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Title Diaries [manuscript]: Morton, Ill., 1830-1886
Author Roberts, John Montgomery (1807-1886)
Document Type Diary
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: The diaries of John M. Roberts primarily focus on his family’s daily farm life in Tazewell County. The Roberts’s family left their New York home in the summer of 1831 and travelled to Illinois by horse and wagon settling in Pleasant Grove Prairie. The diaries contain much information on the following topics: routine farm activities, farming expenses and proberty valuations, illnesses and medicinal cures, family births and deaths, local events, and weather conditions. Prior to settlement in Illinois, Roberts was engaged as an apprentice to a lithographic firm in New York City. In the first two volumes he describes the technical aspects of making lithographic plates as well as an earlier trip he made in 1830 to St. Louis and Illinois returning home via New Orleans. The collection of diaries also includes his first wife’s (Mary W. Burhans) account of their trip to Morton in 1831 and his second wife’s (Ann Waters) account of a trip to New England she made in 1859. A few volumes contain miscellaneous sketches of Robert’s home and towns he visited in Illinois.
Places New Orleans, Louisiana, Morton, Tazewell County, Illinois, United States
Keywords pioneer, frontier, white settlement, white settlers, settlement, farming, agriculture, migration, migrant, travel, travelogue, property, expenses, health, medicine, death, social life, society, lithography
Theme Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Culture Area Northeast, Southeast
Additional Information Born and raised in eastern New York state, John M. Roberts (1807-1886) emigrated with his family and young wife to Tazewell County, Ill. in the summer of 1831. One of the first settlers in Morton Township, Roberts acquired 360 acres of land and remained engaged in farming for more than fifty years. He also held several offices in the township including town clerk, 1860-1879.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 3157
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue