Diaries of Alonzo Aiken

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Diaries of Alonzo Henry Aiken, of Glen Sutton and Abercorn, for Period 1885 to 1923

Alonzo Henry Aiken 1850-1923 left behind a set of diaries that are extremely useful for researchers of the Aiken and other families of Glen Sutton and Potton, Quebec, including local families named Wright, Kinsman, Sargent, Courser, Tisdale, Lafleur, Eastman, O'Brien, Bullock, Brock, Miltimore, Jersey, Smith, Stanhope and many more.

The purpose of this Project is to capture the transcriptions of these diaries and make them available to those who may find them useful.

Typical events captured are:

- weddings, anniversaries, funerals of family and neighbours
- purchase or sale of property
- visits to or by friends and relatives
- signature events (first ride in a car (1911); first sight of a flying machine (1920); first electrical lights (1919))

Alonzo often refers to his relatives with nicknames, so here is a guide to who's who:

"Abie" - Alonzo's son-in-law Abel White
"Lem" - Alonzo's first cousin Lemuel Aiken (mentions 1888, 1889, 1896, 1897, 1899, 1904, 1906, 1920)
"Lon" - short for Alonzo Aiken when he mentions himself in the third person
"Mother Jersey" refers to Alonzo's mother-in-law Philura (Jenkins) Jersey
"Rufe" - Alonzo's brother Rufus Aiken
"Than" - Alonzo's brother-in-law Nathanial Wright
"Vira" - Alonzo's sister Elvira Aiken (Stanhope)


  • A huge thank you to Mary (Cowan) Bailey, Alonzo's granddaughter, for this massive task of transcribing these diaries.

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