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Guide to the Daniel J. Hopkinson, Jr. Diary, 1818-1865

Collection number: MC 199

Size: 1 box (0.33 cu.ft.)

About Daniel J. Hopkinson, Jr. (1783-1866)

Daniel Hopkinson was born in Bradford, Essex County, MA on January 22, 1783, the son of Daniel and Hannah Hopkinson. He married Sarah Poore (1793-1867) in 1816. They had one daughter, Abigail.

Hopkinson spent his entire life in Essex County, near the border with New Hampshire, where he farmed , maintained an orchard, and fished the Merrimack River. By his own accounts, he was an active, church-going citizen in this rapidly developing region. He died in 1866 at the age of 83.

About the Daniel J. Hopkinson, Jr. Diary

Hopkinson maintained a diary for nearly four decades, the first extant entry coming on December 1, 1818. Although there are a few gaps, some attributable to illnesses and injuries, he recorded event regularly through 1862. There are faint pencil injuries at the end, the last dated 1865. Entries cover the weather, local events, farming, fishing, and business affairs. Hopkinson names many Essex Country residents with whom he traded and did business. He also noted the advent of local rail travel (1836) and industrialization along the Merrimack River.

Hopkinson maintained a diary for nearly four decades, the first extant entry coming on December 1, 1818. Although there are a few gaps, some attributable to illnesses and injuries, he recorded event regularly through 1862. There are faint pencil injuries at the end, the last dated 1865. Entries cover the weather, local events, farming, fishing, and business affairs. Hopkinson names many Essex Country residents with whom he traded and did business. He also noted the advent of local rail travel (1836) and industrialization along the Merrimack River.

In addition to the diary, there are loose miscellaneous accounts and a very detailed fishing account book (1816-1824), in which he recorded the numbers of salmon, shad, and alewives caught and often the amount for which they were sold.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Daniel J. Hopkinson, Jr. Diary, 1818-1865, MC 199, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Purchase, 2007 (Accession number: 2007.10)

Collection Contents

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1 Diary, Dec 1, 1818-July 16, 1825
Box 1, Folder 2 Diary, July 17, 1825-Nov 13, 1827
Box 1, Folder 3 Diary, Nov 14, 1827-Dec 26, 1830
Box 1, Folder 4 Diary, Nov 27, 1830-Nov 15, 1834
Box 1, Folder 5 Diary, Nov 16, 1834-Nov 20, 1839
Box 1, Folder 6 Diary, Nov 21, 1839-Oct 24, 1841
Box 1, Folder 7 Diary, Oct 25, 1841-Sept 24, 1844
Box 1, Folder 8 Diary, Sept 26, 1844-Nov 5, 1847
Box 1, Folder 9 Diary, Nov 6, 1847-June 29, 1850
Box 1, Folder 10 Diary, June 30, 1850-Nov 24, 1852
Box 1, Folder 11 Diary, Nov 25, 1852-Nov 14, 1854
Box 1, Folder 12 Diary, Nov 15, 1854-Dec 28, 1856
Box 1, Folder 13 Diary, Decr 29, 1856-Nov 13, 1859
Box 1, Folder 14 Diary, November 14, 1859 to [1865]
Box 1, Folder 15 Fishing records and accounts, 1816-1824
Box 1, Folder 16 Loose items, including locations for fishing, estate inventory, receipt, etc.

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