Collection number: MS 295
Size: (2 items) (1 folder)
About Susie L. Brown (b. Jan. 14, 1824)
Susie L. Brown (b. Jan. 14 1824) was a young, unmarried woman working as a school teacher in a one-room schoolhouse in Kensington NH in 1875-1876. She is not named in the census records of the time, but her most likely parents are John Brown Sr. (1779-1863) and Lucy Rowe (1784-1863). Susie was not happy as a school teacher, and much preferred to spend her time reading, socializing, and going to church.
About the Diaries
Brown's two diaries, one for 1875 and one for 1876, document her daily social interactions, her health, things she's reading, the weather, her teaching, and her opinions of older family members (of whom she is often highly critical). She dislikes whipping her students but performs the task anyway. The family seems very religous; at one point she visits "the seminary in Exeter", while on another date she attends a Spiritualist church in Boston with her aunt and uncle. Her parents attend a camp meeting at least once. Brown's writing is wry and witty and full of opinionated observations about those around her.
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[Identification of item], Susie L. Brown Diaries, 1875-1876, MS 395, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.
Purchase from Carmen Valentino, 2018 (2018.10)
Arrangement is chronological.