Maria Gardner is author of the journal designated as 'Daily Journal 1862". It was used as her diary for the years 1863, 1864 and 1865. What makes this diary update difficult to transcribe is the fact that Maria often makes entrees for all three years on the same page. It is all written in pencil and some of it is quite light or smudged.
Evidently, the journal and a ring binder of information were given to the Clinton County Historical Society in 1976 by Mildred Gode.
There is a picture of Maria's tombstone in the front of the book. Her sister Sarah's name is also on the stone. Maria was born in 1820, so she would have been 43 when she began writing this diary.
More about Maria: If anyone has any additional information on Maria and/or her family, I'd be glad to post it online.
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