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Excerpts from Edwin Nims' Agricultural Diary
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Edwin Nims (1791-1852) farmed Lot 28, first with his father Seth Nims (1762-1831) and then alone. He did not own the land until 1843 when his sister Lucinda, who had inherited from Seth, deeded half her real estate to him. The diary speaks of 'Father' which reveals that Seth was farming into his seventies. Seasonal chores are evident as well as the chores that carry through all the seasons such as "carting dung." Sunday is recorded only as the day of the week suggesting that no farm work occurred on that day. This diary is unusual in the quantity of information about farm work; many farm journals tell little except to record the daily weather.
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