Small leather-bound notebook, chipping to spine ends. 17 cm., approx. 85 pp. of entries, almost all in her fine, legible hand. A few newspaper clippings tipped in, and several notes (some addressed to "Aunt Mary") laid in. Beginning with her own marriage to Giles Henry Lodge (1805-1888) in 1845, she keeps mostly brief, but careful records of both branches of the family, births, deaths and marriages. Family names include: Lodge, Merry, Pratt, Williams, Mackay, Frothingham, Weld, French, Alger, etc.
In more detail, on the first several pages, she records the births of each of their children, giving their weights, when they were weaned, when they were first dressed in "short clothes," number of teeth, when they first walked, etc. For example, her first child Katherine Langdon Lodge was born on August 11, 1846, "at 6 1/2 PM & she weighed 7 1/4 pnds. On Tuesday morning June 8, 1847, I was taken ill and kept my bed for 4 days with the Rose Rash. Kate did not nurse from 5 o'clk on that morning until Wednesday night at 12 o'clk & slept in her crib by Sally (the nurse) in the front chamber. I did not wash or dress her for 12 days & then commenced, she was perfectly good. I nurse her now only twice during the day...." For the birth of her son Henry in 1849, she mentions that the doctor used chloroform, which had just begun to be used to relieve pain in childbirth. She notes one of her relatives, Anna Weld Frothingham (ca.1829-1854) was declared insane at an early age, shortly after her marriage. Taken to McLean Hospital, without any of her relatives knowledge, she died there a year later. A 4pp. narrative of the family genealogy, in another hand, traces their lineage from Rev. Thomas Walley who emigrated from London to Barnstable, Massachusetts in 1662. Item #63902
Mary Elizabeth (Williams) Lodge was the daughter of John Davis Williams and his wife Hannah Weld. Mary married Giles Henry Lodge, son of Giles and Abigail Lodge, a physician, and a graduate of Harvard Medical School. He was also a student of Greek language and art, and translated several works including Johann Wincklemann's "History of Ancient Art Among the Greeks," and Baron von Steinberg's "Breughel Brothers." [see his brief biography in Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography). Giles was a member of the "Boston Brahmin" Lodge family. Henry Cabot Lodge (1850-1924), Senator and historian, was his nephew. Mary and Giles lived in Swampscott, Essex, Massachusetts.