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Emma S. Adams—Diary, 1888

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2019-004

Content Description

The collection consists of one diary from 1888, with transcripts, written by Emma S. Adams who lived in the Walworth County area. The diary is enclosed in a small (4½ x 7) pouch with a zipper. Emma Sally (Benjamin) Adams was born on June 14, 1845 at Whitehall (N.Y.). She married Benajah Adams on September 5, 1866 and the family had five children. The Adams family moved to Dakota Territory in 1886 residing for a time in Campbell County. Roughly a year later the family moved to Walworth County and settled in Adams Township in section 22, township 124 north, range 74 west. The township is located in the northeastern corner of Walworth County. Emma died on January 3, 1910. The 1888 diary entries run from January 7th to December 31, the first page (or pages) of the diary are missing. The weather (mainly blizzards) is a main concern of the diary, but it also describes work, events and activities shared by the Adams family. The mail is also a frequent topic of conversation, either sending or receiving letters. Emma was also very good at listing names of family, neighbors and other acquaintances in the diary. The interaction between the Adams family and the surrounding individuals and families is a charming part of the diary. At the end, Emma dedicates the diary to her husband Benajah P. Adams and then noted, “When on these lines you look, Remember me and close the book.” Transcripts of the diary from January to August 31 are included as well as photocopies of family related photographs.

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  • 1888



0.1 Cubic Feet