Doct. J.F. Norbury
From the personal collection of Sylvia Hasenkopf
The 1855 census shows a John F. Norbury, a widower, aged 38, doctor, living in Athens, where he has lived for 12 years. Living with him are his father John, aged 65, born in England, his mother Mary, aged 65, born in Greene County, his sister Mary Ann, aged 24, born in Greene County. His parents and sister have been living in Athens for 2 years.
Doct. J.F. Norbury
Posted from Coxsackie, NY
New Baltimore Tues. eve
You see I am spending a long time but I can not help it. Tomorrow I am going to Coxsackie with M.A. to have her teeth fixed. She will have no other chance and they want it bad and shall be home Thursday or Friday P.M. up to this day. I have been so situated that I could not leave home as Father was not well enough to take the charge of Racking up Bees and loading up old truck selling taking notes ec. but that God it is about all done. The bees all sold that we wished yet it looked rather squally in the commen element they averaged $4.65 per hive some went $6 and of course some less We have saved a good one for Jeremiah Reid? which he must come after with a Spring wagon the grey is not sold U shall drive her down with the bees in the old wagon as Moses says they must be set whare they are to remane by the 10th of April Father will not be well enough to bring them this kind of weather therefore I shall.
I am calculating to keep they (sic) grey in Athens as Father with little Ben wants nothing more than the Alida to take charge of and he will then left as comfortable as he can be. Every darn thing is sold but the lumber wagon old one horse wagon cutter & harness – have drawed some more hay to the press took Moses one load and to Athens – and one left here for us about half straw & half hay – and got enough for Cochran and Father here besides. I measured up all our corn twice it sold for so as to average 76 cts 10 Bush in lots 56 Bush in all Sold and 5 Bush left For Father to feed Hens. I think that well disposed of – I then measured up and put one side the seed for Cochran and we can now know what he uses Father is mighty uneasy about the garden being safe to set the bees in – I suppose it will be necessary to have it Pig tight and the cows kept out and the gate shut. Just say to the minister that his cow must come out the garden. And if the fence is down cause it to be put up – Now I shall be on hand as above stated, and feel darned anxious to do so, we have plenty of business on hand next month in money matters – our sales both days amt to $456.00 about $44 cash Benjamin & Lushurance takes about $22, and the rest I shall leave with mother thus you see our notes and Hay will pay off the Quaker but not avaleable under six months we must raise it for that time. the Hay we probably shall turn in money before about $200 worth we can talk this over when I come home etc
I have called at Palmers this Eve nothing new but pray God in his Mercy preserve me quite interesting however the coldest darned ride I have had this winter was to Westerlo to put up advertisements And two the God darnedest, hardest Days work that I ever done was at each vendue but it was done up Brown – and I suppose I have needles security to some of the notes but safe is safe etc. I tell our people that it will be most convenient for them not to move before about the 1st of May and they acceed to it. Drive Hell out of the business I will soon help – do not forget to fasten an affidavit out of J. Woolford.
I would not by God live in this country for any two darn farms I know of the people are so cursed slow to think and act except Father and he does just as near right as he can, naturally a smart man and full confidence in our management of business (Says he will not trust himself to do business)