Tuesday, March 04, 2008

A Note About the John Braden Diary

I should post every so often what this diary is and dates to let some one just coming to the blog know what these pages are and who wrote them.

John Braden is my great great grandfather. He was born December 19, 1864 in Illinois. He started this diary when he moved to Webster City, Iowa in 1898. The diary spans over a year with a few entries after.

I though since I am putting John Braden's diary on here, it might be a good idea to put some information about his family here too. I was just writing this last entry and looked at some of the dates I have that he wrote in the back of his diary and realized his wife, Lucina would at this time be pregnant with what will be twins. She also has a one year old (she will be my great grandmother) along with a 7 year old boy and a 4 year old boy when we left off in May of 1899. The twins will be born in October of 1899. I do wish I would have Lucina's thoughts on paper too. I am thankful for the diary I have, but it just peeks my curiosity about Lucina life. Here below is the information John wrote in the back of his diary.

John Braden was born in the year of 1864 December the 19th
Lucina Gatton was born in the year of 1867 November the 11th
Lora May Braden was born in the year 1891 of May the 4th
Harry Vanburen Braden was born in the year of 1892 September the 25th
John Young Braden was born in the year of 1895 June the 26th
Cora A. Braden was born in the year of 1898 June the 29th
Ray B. and Fay G. Braden were born in the year of 1899 October the 19th
Dorothy J. Braden was born in the year of 1902 July the 17th

Lora May Braden died May 26, 1893
Fay Gatton Braden died October the 15, 1900

Sadly it looks like when he wrote this diary they had already lost one child. They lose Fay just under a year after she was born.


At 4:37 PM, Anonymous swampy said...

I am so far behind with my blog reading.
This is such an interesting journal and I plan to take some time to go back and catch up where I left off.
Just wanted to say hey.

At 9:24 PM, Blogger The Travelers Journal said...

Hi swampy, glad to see you here! I enjoy visiting your blog too! I would love to have a link for the diary and have it in page order, but I'm not sure how to do that yet :)

Coming up are pages that are getting really hard to read. Some look like election results. I am going to try really hard to figure some of those page out. I don't have too many pages left.

Thanks for stopping by!

At 11:02 PM, Anonymous Steph said...

What an amazing diary! His words have wonderful energy, among every letter there is sweetness.

So lucky to have stumbled upon your blog today.

At 12:40 AM, Blogger The Travelers Journal said...

Thanks Steph, it has been wonderful reading it all.


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