DANIEL SEAVEY & THOMAS WHITE
 
LOGGING OPERATION / 1880 - 1881

Daniel was of Crawford.
His records here reported provide a good picture of logging at that time.

One of five copies of Pierce’s Memorandum and Account Books filled with Daniel Seavey’s notes provides the following. These books are about 3 by 6 inches. Daniel likely got the books from STILES and STODDARD DRUG and MEDICINE STORE in Calais, their ad is on the back cover of the book Again Daniel has contracted with a Pope to cut logs in Township #21 (Dixie). This time he has partnered with Thomas White and contracted with James O. Pope of the S. W. Pope Company in East Machias. Readers may want to look again at the Agreement Daniel has with S. W. Pope in 1852.

The lists include Daniel’s time (and that of his horse), Daniel’s tools used, food for man and animals, charges for meals, and lodging and livery charges, likely at his home. Some of the names mentioned are Eben Tuel (age 47) of Ash Ridge (Plantation #14) and his son John (18); Amos Young (18) was also from Ash Ridge; Sam Perkins (38) lived in Crawford with his in-laws, the Abraham Bailey family; and dinner for self and Dan meant Daniel and his 24 year old son, Dan.

1 day self & horse to see Tuel

½ day self & horse after hay & men

pd. Sam'l Perkins for halling load boards to Dixie & meal

2 meals board & lodging – Edwin Gardner .50

hay for 2 horses 1 night .40

Kelley 2 meals & lodging .50

hay for horse 1 night - .20

Amos Young 2 meals & lodging .50

Simon Harmon 2 meals & lodging .50

2 horses to hay 1 night .40

Eben Tuel & son 4 meals & 2 lodgings.90

2 horses to hay 1 night .40

S. Harmon 6 meals & lodging 1.40

S. Harmon 2 dinners .40

Demmons 4 meals & lodging .90

1 ½ bu. Potatoes .67

3 ½ lbs. butter .87

¾ gal. Oil .19

bu. Beans 3.00

1 ¾ gal oil .44

1 ½ bu. potatoes .68

1 lb. Tea .40

1 ½ bu. Potatoes .75

Keeping 1 pr oxen 4 nights 1.00

Oliver Huntley & Andros meal .60

Bu. Potatoes .50

¾ day to Alexander & Cooper after oxen & quilts

horse to Dixie with load hay 1 ½ days

½ day halling stack of meadow hay to mouth of login road

2 days halling freight & hay to camp

½ day halled 3 loads to camp

½ bu. Potatoes .45

1 bu. Beans 3.00

1 lb. Tea.40

1 large baker

1 tea boiler

1 iron pot

1 fry kettle

6 tin plates

5 tin dippers

5 knives & forks

2 spoons

1 bread pan

5 axes, 2 @ 1.00, 3 @ .75

4 augers 1@ 2 ½, 1@ 1 ½, 1@1, 1@ ¾

2 saws, 1 hand & 1 cross cut

1 fro (tool to split shingles)

2 quilts from Cooper

2 dog chains

1 lead chain

2 bunk chains

1 double wagon

1 lantern

1 oil can

1-5 gal. Keg

1 long handled shovel - broke

1 short handled shovel

1 dung fork

1 pitch fork

2 cant dogs

3 ½ lbs. butter

1 bread board

¾ gallon oil

Some final notes: Nov. 11 started for the woods; Lost 18 ½ days at home; Eben Tuel for horse & wagon to #14 1.50; John (Tuel?) dinner .20; Self & Dan dinner .40; rcvd payment by J. O. Pope.

The Settlement: Board and articles furnished the company – 40.28; Hire of team - 83.12; 3 months & 2 days work – 61.49; to Silas Harmon as per settlement - .70 = 185.59

The second Memorandum book (1878 or after) is partly bleached out. It appears to represent another logging operation. This one on Huntley Brook, using a capson raft to move a boom of logs to Pokey Dam. These names are mentioned: Abner Harmon, Robert Wallace, and Alvin Wallace. S. Davis, H. D. Frost, John Lydick, Jr., H. W. Seavey, and Wellington Davis.

The third Memorandum book (1882 or after) has:

Logs hauled for G. E. Burrell & Co., winter of 1882 & 83 No. of Logs = 4736

Burton Ackley worked 2 mo. 7 days – 38.57

Philip Carlow worked 8 ½ days

Frank Grover worked 7 days – 3.50

George Bohannon worked 8 ½ days – 6.37

Robert Creamer worked 4 days – 4.00

Oscar Durling worked 9 days – 7.12

Wm. Grover worked 5 days – 3.75

Lorenzo Seavey worked 17 ½ days – 30.69

Augustus Seavey worked 14 ½ days – 17.56

Philip Carlow, Thomas Creamer, Joseph Chambers, Robert Mercer, and Ira Cushon all were haying and the hay was delivered to Kelley & Ashley.

The fourth Memorandum book (1882 or after) has:

Emmer Smith bill; Oil - .12; Soap wicks - .09; Mustard - .15; Soap - .07; Paint – oil - .62; Paint – 1.00; Raisins - .32; Soap - .07 = 2.44 less 58 lbs. oats – 1.16 = 1.28 to carry forward.

Emma E. Smith was a Dwelley before marrying Daniel Augustus Smith in 1866. She was a sister of Daniel Seavey’s second wife Susan and also a sister of Wellington Davis’s wife Frances. All were daughters of Jedediah and Carolyn (Stephenson) Dwelley.

The fifth Memorandum book (1884 or after) is another haying record. Listed are:

Everett Fenlason, George Perkins, Daniel Perkins, Madison Perkins, Moses Long, Albert Davis

And in the back is this list:

Richard Edgly & Laura Morasy; Wm. Morasy & wife; Madison Perkins & wife; Laura, Grace & Eliza Morasy; Abraham Bailey & wife; Henry Haywood & daughter, Joseph Godfrey & wife; Mr. Walker & wife; James Jeffrey & wife; Emely Long & Moses Long; Lessly Haywood & wife

Those we know listed in the second through fifth books are with age in ( ): From Crawford; Abraham Bailey (72), Robert Creamer (29), Albert Davis (16), Andrew Wellington Davis (36), Oscar Durling (13), Frank Grover (14), Wm. Grover (13), James Jeffrey (39), John Lydick, Jr. (19), Wm. Moraisey (47) and his daughters, Daniel Perkins (38), George Perkins (20), Madison Perkins (38), Augustus Seavey (22), Horace W. Seavey (30), Lorenzo Seavey (31) and from Alexander; George Bohannon (29), Philip Carlow (18), Joseph Godfrey (61), Robert Wallace (42) and his son Alvin (16). Richard Edgerly (29) lived in Princeton. Additions and corrections are welcome. jd

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