I recently purchased a journal/diary kept by Nancy Mathews Hicks of Salina NY covering the period from 1816-1872 and have transcribed it and put it online in the Diary section of my webpage at the following link:
This is a fascinating journal of a very religious nature. Nancy and her husband Jonathan P. Hicks were prominent members of the Liverpool community and were instrumental in establishing the local Presbyterian Church in the 1820's.
While the first entries are from as early as 1816, I suspect most of the entries were written into this book starting around the time of her husbands death in 1866. It appears that Nancy Hicks transcribed entries from older documents into this single journal. One piece of evidence of this is that an older piece of paper was included in the journal describing the death of her Mother. The information from this piece of paper appears to have been transcribed into the Journal. Most of the entries in this journal are religious in nature as her religion was the central focus of her life. She had many tragedies in her life, which are described in the journal, including the death of her son at 17 months, and the discovery of her sister & her sister's husband dead under the ice of Onondaga lake (along with their horse & cutter) after they had been missing for four weeks.
Nancy Hicks was born in 1794, most likely in Fulton County NY since she lists the town of Kingsboro as her 'native place'. She married Jonathan P. Hicks and lived in Salina in Onondaga County. Jonathan Hicks was elected the first Treasurer of Liverpool in June of 1830 and was president of the village in 1837. Nancy Hicks was one of the original nine members of the Presbyterian Church in Salina (Liverpool) which was founded in 1829. Her husband was the main funder in 1841 of the frame edifice for the church. The 'History of Onondaga County ' written in 1878 states 'The principal financier in the erection of the church and its most useful and efficient member, about that time and for years afterwards, was Jonathan P. Hicks. Kind hearted, noble and generous, the church owes him a great debt of gratitude."
This journal contains many purely religious entries along with entries regarding the deaths of all of her family members (son, mother, father, husband, five sisters, and two brothers). It also provides a glimpse into the attitude of a person living over 150 years ago.
I'd love to hear from anyone familiar with any of the people, places or events described in the document. I'd also like to find out how to contact anyone affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in Salina or with a local historical society to see if they'd be interested in having the journal donated to their collection.
(born Syracuse: decended from Cady, Duffner, Klumpp, Pfohl)
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