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Title Diary of Guliema Brinton of Sadsbury.
Object Name Diary
Creator Brinton, Guliema
Scope & Content Diary of Guliema Brinton of Sadsbury. Diary was transcribed by Lucy I. Smedley, December 1939. Descriptions of travels, as well as family information between 1816-1879.

"A tour of the West in the Fall of 1816" by the author (age 21), her brother (age 19) and Aunt Ann (no age given). Route is relatively crowded with wagons, stage coach, etc. ..."we got in sight of Pittsburgh, it just agreed with the description I had of it, a Dark Smokey looking place indeed" Two weeks travel by horses by foot to "New Garden" beyond Pittsburgh. Two weeks visiting Uncle and family, two weeks return.

Guliema born 1794 to James Cooper and Mary Paxson Cooper. Married William Brinton in 1823, children are Cassandra, Rigby, Jane, Joseph, Mary, Susannah.
4.14.52 Jane marries Parvin {?} Smith.
5.8.52 Bother Aaron dies, age 57.
1857 Cooper family farm sold "Now its gone out of the name and belongs to strangers, it causes something like a regret to cover the mind."
6.10.1857 Daughter Cassandra married Thomas Harvey.
12.19.1857 Brother Cyrus dies.
1859 Moved to West Sadsbury to former home of Uncle Robert and Aunt Mary Moore.
5.7.1861 "...owing to the great departure from the Doctrine and testimony of Friends and embracing those of Joseph John Gurney, a few faithful friends have withdrawn out of the mixed state of things in our Society.."
9.25.1861 Daughter Mary married to Joseph J. Hopkins of Baltimore.
11.18.1863 Son Joseph married to Mary H. Howard, formerly of Maine.
9.19.1864 Joseph has a son, David.
7.23.1864 Brother Joseph died, age 73. "I may say he was my tribulated brother."
2.16.1867 "Wm., Susan and I reside with daughter Mary and her husband, but have a prospoect of removing ...to the house at the end of the lane."
2.9.1870 Joseph's wife dies, leaving 3 day old daughter
2.16.1871 "five children in number and 14 grandchildren besides two deceased"
2.10.1878 "my dear husband William Brinton departed this life" age 93.
2.16.1879 last entry. "This is my birthday and I am eighty-five years of age."

Much information regarding [Quaker] meetings and various controversies within them. Favored child appeared to be Joseph, who lived much of the time in New Port, RI. no mention of son Rigby other than his name. Somewhat incomplete account of a prosperous devout Quaker lady.
Collection Diary Collection
Extent 1 volume