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The Ingraham Diaries


In 1795, a farmer in Rockland, Maine, folded a piece of paper into a little book, picked up a quill pen, and started listing debits and credits in a barter system with his neighbors. Gradually his diaries became more narrative. When his son, Henry, was 13, Joseph Ingraham handed the daily record over to him. Together, they entered the day’s happenings in the diaries for 80 years. Both were justices of the peace, performing weddings and deeply involved in civic affairs. They also burned lime.

Are you interested in 80 years of planting and harvest records?
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Are you interested in 84 ships, shipbuilding and 97 sea captains?
Are you interested in the military and 3 Generals? British ships anchored in Rockland Harbor in 1814, and Henry rode his horse all night to keep them from coming ashore.

The Ingrahams lived through Maine’s becoming a state, Knox’s becoming a county, and Rockland’s splitting off from Thomaston and becoming a city and the county seat. Many other Maine towns are represented, plus distant ports where the mariners sailed.

Like Eaton’s History of Thomaston, Rockland and South Thomaston, or the Journals of Revs. Smith and Deane in Portland, this is sure to become the ultimate reference book on what happened to whom and when in the vicinity of Rockland and Thomaston, Maine, with many racy stories and heart-wrenching tragedies along the way.

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Henry Ingraham’s first diary at Age 13

tuesday 22d this morning calm then the wind Breeze at S lite wind. Then at night calm I tended kiln tall twelve O –clok at night along with my father.

thursday June 7. 1810 this Day Southerly & easterly winds, Some moderate, looks like a Storm. my Dad went to Mr Jarveys & got one shoe set on the Mare. & Mr Nath Crockit came after the crazey woman to keep her a Spell & I am glad She is gone away out of the Neighborhood — Henry Ingraham

friday June 8 . 1810 this Day the wind at NE, Some cold for the time of year. in the afternoon the wind at E, Looks very much like a Storm. Charles filled the Small kiln. Dad went Warren, took the acknowledgment of two Deeds for Mr John Stackpole. Fish very ——- Scarse. Mr Mathias Ulmer hurt himself by falling of his horse & like to faint away. ——– ————

Wednsday 13 this Day very Rany & wet, the wind at E. a great Deal of water on the ground. looks Malencoly, very foggy thunder & lightning & Rain in abundance. ——–

this Day June 23 the wind at South and very moderate. Some thunder, looks like Showers. Father went to church meeting. the crazy woman fight very much. Charles went to Mr Packard to git casks and filled out the Lime —–

June 26 . 1810 this Day in the morning the wind at NE, Some Hazey & warm. we mark our Lambs. had ten yews, two wheathors & two rams, in all fourteen. we have thirty four Sheep & Lambs. father pay Mrs Crockit 10/3 & for Hannah Hix 9/.

thursday 28 . June AD 1810 this Day Some rany & foggy the wind at east. considerable of rain last night. Charles is not got home from fishing. father went to Camden to Se Mr Foote. uncle Josiah got a chain made for the Crazy woman –

July 4 . 1810 this Day is what we call Independent Day. the wind at east & foggy weather, overcast weather all Day. I went to Georges & heard the Rev John Lord Deliver an oration, – looks like Rain.

July 16 . Monday this Day the wind at West SW, some overcast. not very good hay weather. Coit & Charles mowe Some. we got in two lode of hay or about 20 cocks. rain in the afternoon. chery went to Josiahs Bull at night. Mr Cooper git up the gundoloe that he Sunk.

Saturday July 21st 1810 this Day we have good weather for hay. git in three lode. at night Mr Bartlet has cunvulsion fitts.

Wednsday July 25 . 1810 this Day the wind at SWBW, Blows very fresh. we git in one lode of hay. I weed the garden. I mow Some. H. H. absent three Days. Capt Spears got home. he went out to go to the Westward Monday the 23 Day & was Becalmed of the east end of Monhegan & let go both his anchors to keep his vessel from going a shore but she parted her cabels & went on Shore & Stove to peases. he Saved some of her Rigging & Sails.

Saboth Day augt 5 this Day the wind at SW part the Day, thunder & rain pored about two o clock. Susan come home from boston. Mrs Ingraham, the English lady, came also. farther went to hear Mr Lord preach in the forenoon.

august 8. this Day fair weather, pleasant morning, the wind Southerly. good hay weather, we got in three lode of hay. Mr Ames preach a Lecture up to our School house. Lady Ingraham & ant Hannah Ingraham & Susan Ingraham was here a Visiting.

Saturday octo r 20 . 1810 this Day I & Charles hall two lode of wood. father went to mill to the Keig & in the afternoon went to Georges. talks of —– Draughting men for to Suppreƒs an Insurection.

tuesday octr 23. fair weather, the wind at NW Blows very hard & Quite cold weather. father went to Georges. the Minit men was Drafted. I Dont expect they will be obliged to go this year wht ever they Do next. Capt Coombs go out at night. we thrash Barly.

Thursday Jan.y 31st thawy and some rain. Mrs Gregory came from Uncle Jobs in the afternoon. Crazy Caulson came to our Door but Did not com in.

Sabath June 23 . 1811 father went to meeting over to the Keig. I went up to the Meadow. it Seems to appear that we shall have not much hay for our catle & that we Shall have a Dry time. But we Dont no, we are Strange creaturs, we ought to be contented let the weather be as it will for Infinite Wisdom nows what is Best for his creatures – Waterman Hewett come and cary away Elsey Keen ————

Henry Ingraham Diaries – Thanksgiving Days 1859-1874

This is interesting because it shows the gradual evolution of Thanksgiving as a local holiday, sometimes Ad Hoc, to a national holiday proclaimed by President Lincoln in 1863. Even Christmas was celebrated only occasionally.

Thursday 19 Nov 1850 I attend Thanksgiveing at the Methodes House. Mr Fesenden preach. the sons of Temprence have a salibration. snow at night.

Thursday 24 Nov 1859 thanksgiven. I go to here Joseph K[alloch] preach N. end.

Thursday 29 Nov 1860 Thanksgiven, meet with the 2nd Baptist, Mr Hart preach.

Thursday 21 Nov 1861 Thanksgiving. we attend cerves at our Church. Mr Joseph Kalloch preach.

April 13 1862 Sunday we attend Church. Mr Hart preach a Thanksgiven Sermon on acount of the vickres of our armey and navey since 1862.

Thursday 27 1862 Thanksgiven survice at our hous, Joseph Kalloch preach. some slays [sleighs] going. Joseph & Edwin & there famaleys here to dinner. I let Mr Witham cut brush, 25 [cents] a lode.

Thursday 26 1863 national Thanksgiving. Mr Hart preach. we had our children & grandchildren to our house, Joseph, Edwin, John, Joseph H & there wives & Frank Seavey & little Ed. when Shall all meet again? fine day for Thanksgiving.

Thursday 24 Nov 1864 Thanksgiven day, we attend at our house. Mr Peacock preach. Barnerd Ingraham have our oxen to plow.

Thursday 7 Dec 1865 Thanksgiven, State & national. we attend at the Meathest house. sprinkle of snow at noon. sold 10 bu rye, 150.[$1.50]

January 1 1866 Monday rain last night, take the snow of[f]. we have our famely togather, Joseph & Achsah & Frank Seavey Kalloch, J H and his wife & child, Edwin & his wife & little Eddy, John & his wife & his little Johney. we have all bin spared to see anouther year and one aded to the number. O.F. [their son, Oliver Francis] and wife & child was well the 10th of December. [They had emigrated to Kansas.]

Thursday 29 Nov 1866 Thanksgiven. I did not go to church. Mr Prat preach at his house. John help me cut up the beef 1/2 day. wife & I go to Joseph Kallach* to dinner. rainey, mudy going.

Thursday 26 1874 Thanksgiven. Colson sick. I go in the woods, plasent day.

Friday 25 Dec 1874 we go to Joseph Kalloch to a Family partey, plasent.

Henry Ingraham’s Dog Troubles

Henry with his dog about 1864

Monday 9 April 1860 I dig some parsnips sold 56 pounds.  git a dog of a boy, gave him 5 cents.  he ran away.  John white wash the cook roome.

Saturday 27 June 1863  we all help work on the house, git it dun 1/2 past 10 a.m.  Mr Butler gave Edwin a dog name Frank.

February 22 1864 Monday  uncal Josah Ingraham here stay all night.  his cancer is verry bad.  I lent our dog to Mr Singer of Thomaston.  John go to Augusta with his wife.

March 1, 1864 Tuesday we hall Mr Wilson 9 wt hay 20 dollars per ton.  wife & I attend the funerl of Mr Ham.  I go after the dog he ran a way

Thursday 31 March 1864  wind blow & rain a little. I go to John Fosters & up town after noon.  dog go off.

Monday 8 Aug 1864  John & Mr Winkapaw hoe the beans back field.  Mr Singer bring me a dog

Saturday 24 Sept 1864  John paint I kill a lam.  Singers dog here.

Saturday 25 Mar 1865  John hall 1 cord to Mr Moses Cobb for firewood.  go a claming afternoon fine day.  Dog here.

Building Edwin’s House – 51 Suffolk St., Rockland, ME

51 Suffolk St., Rockland, MENote:  Henry Edwin Ingraham was the eldest son of Henry Ingraham.  Building him a house was a family affair, begun when Edwin was 23, shortly before his marriage to Sylvia Gatchell, Nov. 10, 1851.  It was across the lawn and faced his father’s house.  His father’s involvment is obvioius, as he, the journalist, writes of it as “our house.”

April 26 1850  Friday  we plow & harrow & hall some timber from the point to Graves for House frame.  plasent.

Tuesday 4  March 1851 Edwin hall lode logs from the point to the mill & a lode lumber home.

Wednesday 2  [April 1851] we start some timber for Mr Graves to frame our House.

May 1851

Tuesday 6  we lay out a seller. set out Liles in the garden.

Saturday 10  we put up fence on the road.  the asseser here to take valuation.  Edwin woork on the seller.

Wednesday 21  Edwin hall rock for seller on the drag.  John plant beets.  I git 18# potash of OF Fales 1 62.  wife make soap.

Friday 30  Edwin diging Seller.

June 1851

Thursday 5  Mr Richerson woork on the seller 1 ½ days.  set hen on turkeys eggs.

Thursday 12  Edwin hall 2 M. bourds [boards] from H Berry & 2 plank.  Mr Rise came to build our House by the job for 225 dollars.

Tuesday 17  Edwin hall rock & some lumber from H Berry, boards & plank…. our sow pig 9 pigs.

Friday 20 ….git  6 casks lime of Mr Burns 62, & 6 barrels sand of Mr Richerson.

Saturday June 21 1851  Richerson woork 2 days, Partrick 1 day.  hall 12 casks.  send Phil woork 1 day, git the seller wall dun.

Tuesday 24  Partrick shoveling out the seller.  go to see about window sash.  git 2 windows to make frames by.  [They bought windows in two different sizes to take home and copy.]

Thursday 26  Richerson work 2 ½.  Partrick 1 day.  Edwin hall rock for backing up the underpining & hall some plank & shingles from Berry.  I bought some granite of Hewett 129 feet.

Friday 27  git a plank of ship yard for doar stoals yesterday.

Saturday 28 1851  we raise the House.  Partrick & man shoveling out the seller part day.

Monday 30  Rise bourding house. [Mr. Rice putting sheathing boards on house.] bought of TK Kimball 3 gallons oil 3 dollars, 2 kegs led 3 50, 10# whiteing 25, 1 keg 3 peney nailes, 30# clabord nailes 92, and 2 paint brushes 92 cents, 2 quarts varnish.

July 1851

Tuesday July 1  Edwin prime sash.  we have of steam mill 11 windows 7 26 cents.  hall 2 M. boards from Berrys & 8 ½ M. shingles 3 25 per M.

Saturday 5  fair.  Edwin hall sand from Getchells vessel 10 lode.  Morel Morse help.  I go to Church meeting.  2 relates their experince.  George Spears son was buried.

Tuesday 8  Edwin paint the woork the joiners put up.

Friday 11  fair.  Edwin hall brick from the patent kills.  let John Hall have 5 hundred.  he pay me 150.  we hall 3 M, git 6 casks lime of Berry.

Monday 14  masons building chimneys.  Mr Richerson & 2 men, Partrick, Mr Lerner, tend.  we have of H Berry 9 hundred of brick & 1 ½ M. shingle of JK Kimball, 44 ½# sheet led, 7 cents per #.

Friday 25  ….hall the sash to Mr Partredges.  git 2 boxes glass of JKK 1 75 per box.

Saturday 26  Mason plastrin the House between the studs. …git 5 casks lime, pay Boyinton 2 dollars.

Tuesday 29  no hay weather.  we git 20 feet plank of Berry.  git of JKK 2 gallons oil 2 00 yesterday, 3 buts & screws 8 cents.  git 3 dours [doors] of LC Libby, one 3 25, one 2 50, one 2 25.  8 dollars.

August 1851

Tuesday 5  git 2 side lites* [to go by the front door] of Libby 1 25.

Saturday 9  git our windows of Partrege.

[Meanwhile, they are doing the annual haying:]

Monday 18  Lerner woork, hall 1 lode hay & 1 lode barley from the back field.  we are dun haying.  we have had 12 lode from the Marsh, 1 in the barn, 4 in the stack by the barn, 5 in the outher stack, 1 to E Perry, 1 to Dr Merril.  we git 14 casks of lime of J Kallock 75 cents per cask, 10.50. …

Tuesday 19  we slack lime [mix quicklime with water] to plaster the House. I git some hare [horsehair to mix with plaster] of S Deen, 11 bushell, 35 cents per bushell, pay him  4 dollars 30 cents.

Thursday 21 Richerson & 1 man plastring House.  Lerner & Partrick tend.  have 4 barels of sand of Richerson.

Monday 25  Richerson smothe the plastering 2 ½ days. …Edwin shingle the shed over the carrige.

Friday 27  pay WE Tolman 40 dollars in part for my tax.  Edwin clean up round the new house.  Mr Cox fix Anns grave.

Wednesday 27  Edwin shingle the pourch.  we git 1000 shingles of J Berry, 3 dollars.

September 1851

Tuesday 2  we git 12 hundred flour [floor] boards of H Berry, 12 dollars per M. 14 40, 2 wt. No 2 boards, 32 dollars per M. 40, 20.80.  git 17 hundred of boards planed at the mill for Mr Rice, 300 cents per M. 5 90 cents.  git of PK Kimball 50# flour nailes.  rain a little, verry much wanted.

Wednesday 3  Edwin bank the new house.

Tuesday 9  boys dig potatoes.  we git a stair post of Mr Burpee, 1 50 paid.

Thursday 18  Edwin building back House*.  dry & verry dustey.

Wednesday 24  we git of JKK hangings for doars, $11.17.  git of steam mill 17 doars,

1 50 per.  (1 50 x 17 = $25.50).  Ed pick the plums, 1 bushel.

Tuesday 30  Rice finesh our house at noon.  I pay him 80 dollars in gold.

October 1851

Thursday 2  Kiths man L Robbinson come here to paint the new House.

Thursday 9  wife,  John & Achsah go to Balfast.  gave wife 5 dollars.  git of JKK 3 pints S Terpintine, 18 squares of 8 by 10 glass for seller windows.  git of Steame Mill six seller windows & 1 over the doar 1 40.  2 schooners lanched* Staret & Dyers.

Tuesday 14  git of JKK 10# French yellow 50.  1 gal wite 1 00.  2 quarts spirets terpentine & 1 pint jappan.  I carry Achsah home.  Edwin painting flours.  Git 2 quarts of varnesh of Sawyer not long since 1 50.

Wednesday 29  E Smith put the bats on the blinds.  git 30 pair of JKK 23 cents a pair, 6 90.  Edwin git of Mr Sawyer 6 chaires 3 00, one table 2 00, one glas 3 25, put them in the new house.

Thursday 30  Edwin puting his things in the new house.  Sylvel Getchell here.

November 1851

Monday 10  …  Edwin was married to Sylvo R. Gatchell.  Joseph [Kalloch, Rev] Marry them.  git a glass of Mr Wakefield 84 cents for Edwin.  snow.  Ed have 200.  git 2 dishes of E Perry 1 84.

War of 1812

Here are some firsthand accounts from the War of 1812, written by Henry Ingraham in his journal, who was just 15 at the time the war was declared, June 18, 1812. (200 years ago this spring)

thursday [May 21, 1812] very Dark times in our national affairs.

Saturday May 23 Capt Bernard Company Darughted men —- Charles went to Se them

tuesday July 4 . 1812  Charles want to go again to Destruction or privateering. more trouble for my father he needs more patience to act aright. [Charles, Henry’s brother, was 19 at this time]

Friday July 31st 1812 foggy weather Charles enter on Bord the privateer Dart, Capt Curtis commander. father & mother very much against his going a privateering. He is a poor fellow inexperiencd knows but Litle what a place he has put himself in. But we hope for the Best.

Sabath august 9th 1812  Times looks Dark & Dismal. Bad news about the privateer being takeing but no news about the Dart privateers That can be Beleved.

Thursday Sept 10 . 1812  Bad News about Gen Hull. no news of the Dart. we are afraid they are lost.

Monday Sept 14 [1812] we Do no work. Charles come home from privateering.

Friday Sept 18 . 1812  Charles went up  To the Store Drinking & swearing. wicked Boy allmost ruined – having his own way & going a privateering

Monday  we hear that Charles  is gone a privateering in a schooner called The Growler.

Sunday Decr 13 . 1812 father Did not go to meeting. allmost sick hear news of the Growler had taken Prize….Do not know what is Become of Charles.

monday March 1st I & father went to Town meeting we hear that the Growler is got into

Holmes Hole & had a Battle and lost two of her men & a Boy & Six wounded among

the wounded the captain.  father is very much troubled about Charles for fear he is amongst the killed or wounded. But he is in the hands of his Creator & he will Do what is right to his creatures and if he is for longer life the lord will preserve him & keep him in the Day of Batle .

tuesday March 9th [1813] we hear Charles is arrived to Boston…father take a portion of physick.

Wednsday april 13 . 1814 news that the embargo is a going to be taken of[f].

Charles went a fishing & caught 13 fish.

Monday May 9th [1814] we have Dismal news that my poor Brother Charles & Isaa Spear And Edward Robinson Are all Dronded poor Charles has Been at Home allmost Six month he came home the 20th November.

May 10 . 1814 a Day of  Mourning at our House.  All the People went & Got up John Goddings Boat. a Maloncolly sight to se the Boat come Back & leave the poor young men in the ocean.

Wednsday May 11 . 1814 all or a Great many men went to Sweep after the Drownded young men but did not find them. Mother mourns very much for her poor Charles but he will not come to her but She must go to him…

wednsday we have word that poor Brother Charles is found.  father got Mr Thomas Crockit to go & fetch his Body up & it was a Dismal Sight to Se his poor Body with his head & hands eat up by the fishes as we suppose. [Charles’ grave is at Tolman Cemetery on Lake Avenue]

friday [July 1, 1814] father went to Uncle Johns [Boothbay] and found them all well But very much Disturbed by the enemy he went to se Maj’r Mc cown & Mr Harris & Mrs Harris his Mother (in Law) and Mr Thompson & Joseph Pearce all very much flustrated there expecting the enemy to Destroy & Burn them up every minit.

wednsday Sept 7th  [1814] in the morning there was four Ships & two Brigs at anchor in the Bay, and come in one Ship & a schoner, making eight British vesels in our bay at night. we are some in fear that they will land But Hope for the Best. at night I went to keep guard.

thursday Sept 8 . 1814 the Ships went out this morning & came Back again in a Few Hours. father went to Capt Ulmers to training & Set the Gaurds. Uncle Jacob came to our House and kept Guard on our Point at night. (Ingraham house below, shown after 1848 enlargement.)

Friday Sept 9 . 1814 the Ships went out this morning & we Dont no where they are gone But we hope they wont come back.

Saturday Sept 10 There was Seven British Ships & Brigs went up the Bay. how the times will turn with us we know not but the Lord is good & will Do what is Best for us.

wednsday [Sept. 20, 1814] we had an uneasey time this after n. there is nine Ships & Brigs and 7 or 8 Vesels in our Bay of the enemy. very much Disturbed at night. I rode the horse all night.

Thursday wind easterly the Ships all a laying in the Bay the Town in alarm no Businefs Done But Soldiering

friday Sept 23 the Ships went out this morning. we hear the Britons are been plundering at North Port.

Saturday there was a Scirmish at Jameson Point. a Privateer run Bann a shore and the

militia Defended her.

Sabath octr 23 . 1814 father went to meeting & I went to the Keig. we was

alarmed & run out of the meeting heard that Barges was a coming up the river!

wednsday Novr 2d 1814 one Brig & one schoner lay of in the Bay suppos to be British. very much alarmed this night. the Enemy threaton to burn Camden Harbour or the houses on the Shore

Saboth [Nov. 13, 1814] the Ship went from Camden and I am in hopes she wont come again

Tuesday Nov 22 . 1814 we was much alarmed. the privateer fly in here and drove a schoner Belonging to Hamden In to Spears wharfe.  The fly belonged to Portland, Capt Sweat of Portsmouth commander.

Wed Nov. 30, 1814 The privateer a fixing out at the Mill River.  Coit went to Georges to enter as he said.  Father says he thinks it a poor plan to fix out privateers when we are so much exposed to the enemy.  Some a trading with them and some a fighting them.  Strange war and people we are one against another.  A kingdom divided against itself cannot stand.

Tuesday Decr 13th [1814] Mr Crocket & Philip Ulmer came to our house to git a Search Warrant to Search for Smugled Goods and found some.

[Treaty of Ghent, Dec. 15, 1814.  Fighting continued until ratification in February wednsday feb.y 15 we have news that a Dispatch vessel has arrived and there is news of a Pacifick nature. great rejoiceing here and all around.

Saturday [Feb. 25, 1815] we have the agreable news of peace in our National affaires.