The Diary of Mary Ann Denham

Wootton Bridge 1857 -1859
July 30th, 1857

Thursday 30th July 1857

Miss Mary Ann Denham’s birthday. Twenty one years of age; Grandma gave a very hansome Chinese box, Mother a pair of Toilette Bottles and Julia a embroidery collar of her own working. I spent a very pleasant day, being very much pleased with my presents, only to think of being 21 is it not delightful?

July 8th, 1857

Wednesday 8th July 1857

Julia’s birthday*  I much better. In the evening Mr G.C called and spent a few hours with us.

* Webmasters note: It was Julia’s 17th Birthday.

May 10th, 1857

Sunday 10th May 1857

Mr George Coopers birthday, I went to church Mr Scot has preached at Wootton 2 years today. In 1856 the sacrament was administrated 6 times. There was 190 communicants this year, it was administrated 8 times and 226 communicants . Mr Scots text was from the 16th verse of the second chapter of Corinthians “Who is sufficient for these things”.

In the afternoon drank tea at Balams Farm, after tea Mrs Alford, Miss Alford, Nora and I went for a long walk, we called on Mrs H. Williams. I arrived home about quarter to 9 o’clock. Julia had gone part of the way home with Cousin William.

March 31st, 1857

Tuesday 31st March 1857

Grandmothers birthday.