Amelia Carter Kennedy's Red Notebook

Scan of all the pages of the red book (pictured above) plus a few inserts.
The book was hand written by Amelia between 1892 and 1903, with a few later updates for the immediate family. It contains the genealogy of the Carter, Spaulding, Ingalls and Butts families, as well as family stories. OS means old style date and NS new style. Pages were left blank between subjects and not scanned.

Transcriptions of pages 219 to 227 (Note: There are inconsistencies in spelling that have been copied, such as Wheelock and Whelock; Phineas and Phinehas.)

Extracts from P. Carters Expense Book. Also date of Commission as Ensign & Discharge from military service.

A commission under date of May 9, 1839 accepts him as an Ensign of the Seventh Company of the Twenty first Regiment of Infantry in The Militia of Conn., taking rank Apr 8, prior. That he was elected to that position on Apr 15th seems probable as that date has these items “To Cash on Town Meeting day 1.00.” “To cash paid in treating Company when appointed Ensign of 5 & 21 Regt of Infantry 3.60.” On May 1st “1 pair Leather gloves of Col. Hubbell &Co 1.00” May 4 “To Coat, Cap, Sword, Belt, Plume, Epaulets &c of A. M. Rice for Military 21.00.” “To 1 pair blue satinett Pantaloons, clothe of M & C. J. Camp. Made by Mrs. Newman .4.34” and “One dress Coat, Clothe of M & C. J. Camp. and made by Brown 20.34” shows suggestively. On May 6th “To cash spent training day, 57.” A Brigade order dated July 27, 1841, gives “an honorable discharge from military duties for which he has been duly renominated by the Colonel of said 21st Regt. having served well and faithfully -- being about to remove from this State.” and signed by Brigadier General Fredr Philps.

“A deed from Pliny Carter to Phineas Carter for land (4 acres and 61 rods) shows Pulaski Carter as owner of the land on the south boundary at that date July 6, 1836 drawn and executed “in the City of St. Mary’s and witnessed by John Bessent Clerk, and Alfred Doolittle Intendent’s Court” Town of St. Mary’s Georgia. Consideration $65.00.

July 28th 1845, a deed from Pulaski Carter to Lucy S. Carter transfers “Two pieces of land lying in Canterbury County of Windham & State of Connecticut, it being all the land set to me out of my honored Father’s Phinehas Carter’s estate, late of Canterbury, Deceased.” Was witnessed by Ebenezer Leach, Justice of the Peace and I. Vaughn. Consideration $600.

There is also in possession of M. P. Carter deed dated at Buffalo, Erie Co. New York, Nov. 11, 1836 in which eight acres of land is deeded to Phinehas Carter by William C. Davison, John P. Davison, Benjamin F. Davison, and Cordillo Davison, consideration $40.00. These Davisons are without doubt children of Mary Carter daughter of Joseph and Patience Pellet Carter.

An unsigned quit claim deed of Lucy C. Spaulding, wife of Samuel Spaulding of Norwich Windsor Co. Vt. (?) to Lucius Carter of all right and title to one seventh part of a parcel of land, lying in Canterbury, containing about twenty six acres, be the same more or less and is our seventh part of the land set to the heirs by Cynthia Carter, late wife of Phinehas Carter of Canterbury which was set to us in the distribution of the estate of our honored grandfather Stephen Butts, late of Canterbury deceased, reference to the will and distribution &c &c” This paper is undated and unsigned but am confident the property disposed of is from same source as that deeded by Pliny and the Davisons as this last refers to a will of Stephen Butts.

Father learned the Blacksmith Trade in Brooklyn Conn. In an old account book are his expenses from the time he was of age until after his coming to Penn. On Monday Sept. 8, 1834 is a Memorandum “Started from home for Winsted. Father brought me to Windham. Took stage at Windham at 2 o’clock P.M. Arrived in Winsted Tuesday 4 P.M.” and the following the total expense.

Paid gate fees in going to Windham
“      State fare from Windham to Hartford
“      An umbrella in Hartford
lodging in Hartford
Stage fare from Hartford to Winsted
1/2 lb. crackers
The memo continues.
“Wednesday noon begun work for Capt. Wheelock Thayer at welding Scythes. Began boarding at Mr. Smiths Tuesday night Sept 9, 1834, at $1.75 pr week.” Up to Sept 20th 1834 (9 1/2 days he welded 38 doz of scythes. “Continued welding until Thursday morning Sept 25th and welded with Harrison Crane 46 doz and 8 scythes and drew the heads.” This is evidently his first meeting with his life long friend Henry Harrison Crane. “Sept 25 went to finishing for Capt Thayer.” On Oct 1, 1834 his mem states “finished 12.” his first day was 6. From that time until he came to Providence Pa he continued “finishing” for Capt Whelock Thayer and his largest months work, shown by his account book 53 doz in Mar 1837 50-6 Yorks & 2-6 Yankers June 1838 50 doz Yankers & 2 doz & 8 Cradles. The latter no doubt earning the most money. There is no work done later than July 15, 1839. That month was a record, for the 15 days, as he has charged 31 doz and 3 for the time. He received $1.00 for York & Yanker scythes. Cradles undoubtedly more, but no item to show.

His first years cash expenses from his birthday Jun 23, 1835 was $100.93

His second year 140.00
  “  third  “  162.18
  “  fourth  “  164.87
(June 23, 1839)“ fifth “ 265.76

His expenses to Aug 5, 1839 -- 866.61. This was the date of first marriage.

Marvin P. Carter from his searches over old books writes in his note books--

“Am of the opinion his (Pulaski’s) father Phineas collected his wages until he was of age, which was the order of the day. Owen Fenton, Blacksmith and maker of Scythes has a large account with Phineas on his books. he is credited with scythes sold by him to various persons and there is charged to him July 12th 1834 “To 9 months work of Pulaski at $15. pr month $175.54.”

Fenton is also charged with one triphammer, the first item, and steel iron, coal, glue &c making evident as no credit is given until Sept 1834 and the fixtures and supplies furnished the previous year, that Phineas was either interested in, or backing the ship of Own Fenton. There was $724.99 due before the first credit and the account was never balanced. The last credit leaves Owen Fenton still owing $150.86, in Aug 1838.

We find this account in the ledger of Phineas Carter, his last in possession of P.P. Carter -- and it seems clear that after learning the Blacksmith’s trade in Brooklyn a year was spent at Mansfield in Owen Fenton’s before going to Winsted, that his father collected his wages until his majority is evident from the account book of Pulaski’s in my possession. The first item is “An account of my expense since I was of age June 24, 1834” “For this paper 12c.” The first credit is “Received of Phineas Carter July the 14th, 1834 for work done in Owen Fenton’s shop in Mansfield on Scythes, being 11 days at $18, per month $7.62. A memorandum in Phineas Carters writing states Jan 17, 1787 “Began to keep school in School House near Capt William Hibbards in Canterbury at 20 shillings for one month and Board, except washing. Kept school until March 16th. 2 months.”

Pages 238

From Marvin P. Carter’s Sketch of Father’s life -- “He looked after the whole plant personally until his injury in 1876, besides devoting a great deal of time to public affairs. It was in all seriousness that any one wishing to see him was directed to “stay at any one place about the works and Carter will show up within ten minutes.” He could be down and in an instant sleep, and “when at his desire, ten fifteen - thirty minutes, and to his feet wide awake. With no trace of slumber apparent.

Not only did he supervise the works but attended to all the clerical duties in connection thereto until my brother-in-law, W. D. Kennedy, came in Sept 1869.I have seen him nights - after the fire - in the little house used temporarily as an office - at work at the books, suddenly stop, go to the sink, dash water over head and face, briskly rub dry and thus “freshened” return to his work.”

Pages 239 (end of book)

Copied from Father’s Family Record.“1880 Memorandum of Henry Harrison Crane.

Was born in warren Mass in 1815. Lived with his father John Crane in Pittsfield Mass and attended school there awhile. About 1820-24 moved to Winsted Conn with his father. When he was about 10 or 15 years old, and learned his trade at scythe making with Capt Whelock Thayer about 1830 to 3-4&5.

Came to Penn. at Providence Luzerne Co about 1845 was engaged with me in the Scythe and edge tool business and worked for me many years. Worked for Millard in Clayville a few years and came back and worked for me again, and had a shock of Palsy probably, in 1878, and died from its effects June 11, 1880 and was buried in the Dunmore Cemetery. “An Honest Man, The noblest work of God.” Pulaski Carter”

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