1862 Diary of Isaac Hurlburt
Farmer, Broome County, New York
Isaac A. Hurlburt lived with his family in the area then known as Unitaria, Broome County, New York. Unitaria no longer exists, but at that time it consisted of a cluster of houses and a saw mill at the foot of a long hill on the present Route 79 at the junction of Pratt and Skellett Roads. This would be east of the current towns of North Colesville and Tunnel.
Isaac Hurlburt's home is still standing. The current address is 150 Glendening Rd.
Isaac was born in 1804 and would thus have been 57 / 58 years old when he made this diary. He lived until 1879 and is buried in the Pratt Cemetery, Colesville, NY, about 3 miles south of where he lived.
The Hurlburt Family in 1862 consisted of:
William Hurlburt, deceased and Elis Austin, 80
- Daniel, 62, m. Polly Montgomery, 60, 5 children, 26 to 35
- Patience, 60, m. Bele Johnson, 61, 6 children, 26 to 40
Isaac A., 58, m. Mary Parker, 53
- Douglas, 33, m. Lucy Ann Holcomb, 33, 4 children, 2 to 8
Isabel, 31, m. Stafford Montgomery, 39, 2 children, 3 & 10 (Emma Isabel d. 10 Sep)
- Anderson , 29, Mary Ellen Holcomb, 20, 1 child, 1
Eles, 26, m. Andrew H. Rockwell , 28
- Abigail, 24, m. Wakely Jones, 24, 1 child, b. 1862 (see May 7th)
- Esther, 54, m. Hiram Pike, 61, son Harvey, 34, 7 other children, 14 to 30
Thaddeus, 50, Maria Phillips, 44, 6 children, 7 to 27
John, 48, Susan Brizzee, b. 1819, d. 1882, 6 children, 13 to 26
William, Jr., 46, Priscilla Phillips, 46, d. Oct 1862, 4 children, 9 to 24
- Henry Horace, deceased, Sarah Freeman, 34, 2 children, 8 & 13
An 1866 map of the immediate vicinity: 'I Hurlburt' can be seen close to the center
- Pages are in pen unless otherwise noted.
- Transcriber's notes are in [brackets]
- I have tried to break each entry into one sentence per line
The following diary measures 6 inches tall and 3 inches wide (closed). It has a worn black leather cover.
NOTE: Lesson plans and student activities based on this diary are found at CivilWarTidbits.org
Source: In 2006 I downloaded this diary from http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/NYBROOME/2000-07/0964717038. It is no longer available on the web, and I have been unable to contact Tim Doyle so I am posting it here.