April 1994

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Cornelius Younglove Diary

transcribed by

Leonard P. Wood

Click here for an index to the diaries of Cornelius Younglove and his sons Samuel
Younglove, Timothy Meigs Younglove and Cornelius S. Younglove


Cornelius Younglove was a descendant of Samuel Younglove who came to this country from England in the ship "Hopewell" with Captain Babb in September 1635. Cornelius was born March 7, 1772, at New Brunswick, New Jersey. Six of his uncles, sons of his grandfather Isaiah Younglove, had been in the Revolutionary War.

He went to Vermont, where he was a stone-cutter and farmer until June, 1807, when he removed to Steuben County, New York, and became a farmer and wool grower. Cornelius settled in Pleasant Valley in a log cabin that was located where the home of Richard Wood now stands.

He had married Hannah, daughter of Samuel and Hannah Meigs Bartlett of Sunderland, Vermont, on February 21, 1802, and they had eight children: Aaron, born May 30, 1803; Julia Ann, born February 27, 1805; Samuel, born June 7, 1807; Joseph and Dugald who both died in infancy; Timothy Meigs, born March 5, 1814, who lived until 1892 and kept his diary for over 50 years; Myra, born in 1815 who died of scarlet fever when she was 20; and Cornelius S., born November 29, 1824.

Their mother, Hannah, had been born November 13, 1780, and she lived until October 26, 1852. Cornelius died September 16, 1856. He had a brother, Aaron, who lived in Gorham, New York, and is mentioned in Cornelius's diary, and he had three sisters: Hannah, Elizabeth, and Polly.

Cornelius's son, Timothy Meigs Younglove was a well-known farmer and surveyor. He built the octagon house a short distance from his parents' home in 1859. The diaries of Cornelius were kept at the octagon house along with the diaries of his sons Samuel, Cornelius S. and Timothy. The diaries had been moved and were sold at an auction, then eventually, through the good will of Harold McGuire of Bath, New York, were returned to the family.

Leonard P. Wood, Cornelius's great-great-great grandson, who still lives in Pleasant Valley, copied and transcribed the diaries and put them on computer disks for the use and interest of future generations.

Cornelius Younglove Diary

April 1826

April 16, 1826 was the first entry in Cornelius's journal. He was 53 years old.

16 Sunday April 1826 Rain—Went to Squire Powers, found him sick, left a complaint against Simeon Burges for not appearing to work on the highway.

17 Monday Fine weather, Self, Aaron & Saml went to Bramsville—fixed sills & sleepers to the grocery.

18th Tuesday Went to Bramville—fixed the beams & overhead in the grocery. Aaron & Saml tagging the sheep at home. Smith & his man Read came at night.

19 Wednesday Fine morning. I went to see N. Taylor, found him at Covels log house. Aaron & Sam tagging sheep. Took out the potatoes. Made a little rope. Planted some scions with ends dipped in pitch. Little black sheep lost.

20 Thursday Self & boys went to Bramville, began to plough. Got some hay into the old house. Jas. Weeks raising his house. Cold weather.

21 Friday Cold. Got in some wheat to Esq. Bennet's barn for Bendict to thresh for the straw. Boys ploughing, had Jas. Weeks half day.

22 Saturday Cold, went to L Casterlines, got two thousand shingle. Cold, could not plough.

23 Sunday Brigham Smith and wife came over night. Went home on Sunday. We settled. I paid him off for weaving and all acts. Borrowed five dollars of Jas. Brundage.

24 Monday Saml went to Clarks in the morning, got 2 shoes resot on the old mare. Taylor came to help fix my grocery, like to rain, went home. Self and boys doing but little. Wet. The old cow in the mire at night.

25 Tuesday Went to Bramsville, boys ploughing. I draw some stone.

26 Wednesday At Bramsville. Boys ploughing. I underpinning the grocery.

27 Thursday Went to Bramsville, Got John Townsend to drive the plough. Took Saml to turn the mill. Cleaned & brot home wheat. Left two bushel at Bennet's barn for Casterline.

28 Friday N. Taylor helping board the grocery. Boys got done ploughing. John Weeks after dinner till 4 o'clock Digging cellar for Weeks. Had the oxen to draw a load from Drew's mill.

29 Saturday Taylor came. We went to Bramsville. Came on rain, came home.

30 Sunday Cleared off, not very warm, Graft some.

© 1994, Leonard P. Wood
Index to the diaries
Pegtown was an early name for Hammondsport, for the wood shoe pegs made there. Bramsville was the upper part of Younglove's farm on the higher level above his home in the valley.
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