1740 November 1 (Saturday). In the Morning I got my Horse Shod at Mr. William Witts. I broke fast at Mr. Smiths, brought up Sally Gott to tarry a while at our House, but we rode first to the Burial of Joseph Warrin Son of Neighbour Thomas Warrin who dy’d of the Throat Distemper at Lieutenant Tainters, and was bury’d from thence. I din’d at Lieutenant Tainters. A Cold Season.
The son of John Witt who came to Marlborough in the early 1700s. Hudson, Marlborough, 473-474.
Sarah Gott was Parkman’s niece.
Joseph Tainter of Marlborough.
1740 November 2 (Sunday). Repeated Isa. 26.9. P.M. 2 Cor. 6.1. Mrs. Ball (wife of Nathan) din’d with us. News that Mother Parkman was ill, Brother Elias worse, etc.
1740 November 3 (Monday). Brother Hicks carry’d down Sister Willard to Boston upon my Mare. Cold. Marritt and Dunton finish’d thrashing my Rye, and p.m. Cut Wood. Matthias Rice here.
The son of Benjamin Rice of Marlborough. The Westborough church records indicate that Matthias and Anna Rice were admitted to the church, Nov. 23, 1740.
1740 November 4 (Tuesday). Snow storm. Neighbour John Rogers kill’d a Shoat for me (weigh’d 50).
1740 November 5 (Wednesday). A Thaw. Wett weather.
1740 November 6 (Thursday). Covering up my well it being very pleasant weather and the Earth open. Much Dirt had drop’d into the well by means of the Frosts. Mr. Mead here and Mr. Billings; the latter inform’d me that the Committee for the School had sent for Mr. Jenison to keep our school for Two Months over on the North side, and That Corner had met, agreed and rais’d Money for his preaching to them, all on the North of the Road; and Mr. Wheeler one of the said Committee was now down for him. Not a word of all which had I ever heard of till this Day.
William Jenison, formerly a minister at Salem.
1740 November 7 (Friday). Jejun. Priv. At Eve Mr. Matthias Rice and his wife here.
1740 November 8 (Saturday). A very great Storm of Rain. The Rain exceeding plentifull.
1740 November 9 (Sunday). 2 Cor. 6.1. All Coran, [?] absent. Mr. Bradish and Mrs. Walker din’d with me. I begg of God we may not continue to receive his Grace in vain.
1740 November 10 (Monday). Mr. Matthias Rice bought a Barrow shoat, weight 52. Mr. Warrin winnow’d my Rye. 11 Bushels and a Peck.
1740 November 11 (Tuesday). Mr. Daniel Forbush came and mended my Chimney, on the north side under the Roof of the House, a part of which we took off and clos’d up again. He pointed round the Chimney, and the Kitchen Jamms etc. My Wife rode to Marlborough with Brother Hicks upon my mare, to be blooded, and return’d at Evening. Lieutenant Tainter and Mr. Charles Rice got me down several turns of wood with my Oxen. In the Evening Charles Woods was married to Phebe Rice. A Considerable Number of young persons and others present. Put up the mare tonight in the Barn.
Son of Deacon Jonathan Forbush.
1740 November 12 (Wednesday). Squawly, Snowy, etc. last night. Cold blustering Winds this morning. Neibbour [sic] Cook here at Evening desiring a church meeting, which I promis’d him with all Convenient Speed. N.B. on the 12th Mr. Eliezer Rice here and took away my young brindled Cow, with Calf, and a young Steer coming 4, according to bargain for his Cattle. I am indebted to him 7.10.0 overplus.
1740 November 13 (Thursday). Storm of Snow, very Cold, and the Meeting House very cold and uncomfortable. Several of the Casements down and others very loose and open. I Spake to the people with some Resentment because I had twice Spoken in Private without Effect. I preach’d, though through much Difficulty, on Eph. 5.20. It continues to Snow, and is a very Difficult, Cold Time. My Cattle out yet.
1740 November 14 (Friday). Snowy and Cold. Could not Succeed to get my Barn fitted for my Cattle.
1740 November 15 (Saturday). Very Cold. Got up Six of my Cattle. Ensign Maynard got me 2 Turns of wood. Rainy a.m. Reckon’d with Mr. Jonah Warrin. N.B. Several men at the meeting House endeavoring to Mend the Windows.
Son of Capt. Daniel Warrin of Westborough.
1740 November 16 (Sunday). Very Cold. On Isa. 26.9. P.M. repeated sermon 1 on Ps. 5.7. Mrs. Bellows (wife of Ithamar) din’d here.
1740 November 17 (Monday). Phinehas Forbush p.m. cut wood gratis. Cattle got into the Barn. Eve Stormy.
Son of Deacon Joseph Forbush. Pierce, Forbes and Forbush Genealogy, 23-26.
1740 November 18 (Tuesday). A great Storm of Snow. Very Cold and tedious. Thomas not Well. The Business lay on me,
1740 November 19 (Wednesday). Sent by Brother Hicks to Ebenezer. At Evening Mr. Jenison and Mr. Wheeler and the rest of the school Committee. N.B. They agreed with Mr. Jenison to keep School for £65 per annum.
1740 November 20 (Thursday). Neighbor Aaron Forbush and Hezekiah Pratt kill’d Three Swine for me. Weight 141, 118, 99. Neighbor Warrin building me a Hovel. At Evening a great Multitude were here to see Simon Tainter and Mary Bruce marry’d. Thirteen Horses, 12 of which double, came with them and about a Dozen more came before them and a great number of Young Persons, So that the House was greatly fill’d with them.
1740 November 21 (Friday). Very fine pleasant Day, Such as we have not had for a long time. Neighbour Warrin finishing the Hovel. Major Keys here. Mr. Simeon Hayward here. Lieutenant Tainter cut up and salted my Pork this Evening.
Of the northern part of Westborough.
1740 November 22 (Saturday). Moderate weather. Friend Dyer of Marlborough here with Mr. Smiths Horse, going to change him at Neighbour Hezekiah Pratts.
Rev. Aaron Smith of Marlborough.
1740 November 23 (Sunday). Cloudy, Sometimes Misty. Sacrament Day. A great Number of North Side Members absent — notwithstanding that it was the Day according to Custom; and notwithstanding that Mr. Jenison, Mr. Wheeler, and Mr. Hayward were here in the Course of the Week and were well inform’d and could inform others. I preach’d on Heb. 13.20.21. P.M. repeated sermon 2 on Ps. 5.7.
1740 November 24 (Monday). Rainy, otherwise I should have expected a Number of Neighbours to get Wood for me. At Eve Neighbor Whipple and Eliezer Rice here.
1740 November 25 (Tuesday). Treasurer Newton settled with me for the south part of the Rates of last year. Visited Neighbour Barns in his Confinement and weakness. Rain.
1740 November 26 (Wednesday). Mr. Davenport (who married a Tolman) here and din’d with us. Captain Fay and Eager here. Rain.
1740 November 27 (Thursday). Very Rainy Still. Ebenezer Maynard, and Samuel Allen here. Reading Sir Peter King’s History of the Apostles Creed.
The son of Ephraim Allen of Westborough.
The History of the Apostles Creed: with Critical Observations on its Several Articles (London, 1703). It appeared in several subsequent editions.
1740 November 28 (Friday). Rainy day. Mr. Garfield of Shrewsbury here.
Daniel Garfield. Ward, Shrewsbury, 290.
1740 November 29 (Saturday). Rain continues. A most unusual Season. Benjamin Forbush cutt wood a.m.
Son of Aaron Forbush.
1740 November 30 (Sunday). The Rain is not over yet. Mat. 10.23.4.5. P.M. Repeated Sermon 3 on Ps. 89.7. Appointed a Church meeting to be tomorrow at 2 p.m.