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Rebecca Ells family

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Rebecca (nee Kinsman) Ells lived and worked on a farm in Port Williams with her sons Manning and William. While her husband, Cyrus Ells, worked in western Canada, she ran the household, tended to the gardens, and the handled of all farm transactions. Her diary reflects that Rebecca sold eggs, poultry, strawberries, cream, farm produce at the market, and butter to supplement the farm income, as well as cleaned granaries and tended to the livestock.

In 1911, Manning and his father became partners of the firm Cyrus & Manning Ells, in the apple and strawberry growing and exporting business. They became known as one of the largest growers and shippers of strawberries in the Annapolis Valley. Later, they expanded the business and went into poultry farming and egg production. The business was later sold to A.C.A. Cooperative of New Minas.

The seven diaries and one account book of Rebecca Ells and a farm journal kept by Manning Ells highlight farming life at the turn of the 20th century.
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Diary of Rebecca Ells

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Dates: January 1904 to December 1904
Collection: Rebecca Ells family
Description: Diary of Rebecca Chase Kinsman Ells of Upper Canard from January 1904 to December 1904. Includes descriptions of weather, a recipe, anniversaries, deaths, births, baptisms, trips to market, daily farm activities, interactions with family, friends, neighbours and community groups such as church, women's groups. Includes a chart of amount of [butter?] made and sold in 1904.
Accession Number: 1986.004-ELL/006
Creator: Ells, Rebecca, 1856-1928
Type: textual record

Diary of Rebecca Ells

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Dates: September 1901 to December 1901
Collection: Rebecca Ells family
Description: Diary of Rebecca Chase Kinsman Ells of Upper Canard from September 1901 to December 1901. Includes descriptions of weather, a recipe, anniversaries, deaths, births, baptisms, trips to market, daily farm activities, interactions with family, friends, neighbours and community groups such as church, women's groups.
Accession Number: 1986.004-ELL/004
Creator: Ells, Rebecca, 1856-1928
Type: textual record

Diary of Rebecca Ells

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Dates: April 1901 to September 1901
Collection: Rebecca Ells family
Description: Diary of Rebecca Chase Kinsman Ells of Upper Canard from April 1901 to September 1901. Includes descriptions of weather, a recipe, anniversaries, deaths, births, baptisms, trips to market, daily farm activities, interactions with family, friends, neighbours and community groups such as church, women's groups.
Accession Number: 1986.004-ELL/003
Creator: Ells, Rebecca, 1856-1928
Type: textual record

Diary of Rebecca Ells

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Dates: January 1896 to October 1900
Collection: Rebecca Ells family
Description: Diary of Rebecca Chase Kinsman Ells of Upper Canard from January 1896 to October 1900. Includes descriptions of weather, a recipe, anniversaries, deaths, births, baptisms, trips to market, daily farm activities, interactions with family, friends, neighbours and community groups such as church, women's groups. Also includes farm accounts of expenditures, the amount of butter produced and sold… more
Accession Number: 1986.004-ELL/001
Creator: Ells, Rebecca, 1856-1928
Type: textual record

Diary of Rebecca Ells

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Dates: January 1901 to April 1901
Collection: Rebecca Ells family
Description: Diary of Rebecca Chase Kinsman Ells of Upper Canard from January 1901 to April 1901. Includes descriptions of weather, a recipe, anniversaries, deaths, births, baptisms, trips to market, daily farm activities, interactions with family, friends, neighbours and community groups such as church, women's groups.
Accession Number: 1986.004-ELL/002
Creator: Ells, Rebecca, 1856-1928
Type: textual record

Diary of Rebecca Ells

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Dates: January 1902 to May 1902
Collection: Rebecca Ells family
Description: Diary of Rebecca Chase Kinsman Ells of Upper Canard from January 1902 to May 1902. Includes descriptions of weather, a recipe, anniversaries, deaths, births, baptisms, trips to market, daily farm activities, interactions with family, friends, neighbours and community groups such as church and women's groups.
Accession Number: 1986.004-ELL/005
Creator: Ells, Rebecca, 1856-1928
Type: textual record

Diary of Rebecca Ells

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Dates: June 1905 to December 1905
Collection: Rebecca Ells family
Description: Diary of Rebecca Chase Kinsman Ells of Upper Canard from June 1905 to December 1905. Includes descriptions of weather, a recipe, anniversaries, deaths, births, baptisms, trips to market, daily farm activities, interactions with family, friends, neighbours and community groups such as church, women's groups.
Accession Number: 1986.004-ELL/007
Creator: Ells, Rebecca, 1856-1928
Type: textual record

Farm account book

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Dates: January 1901 to December 1901
Collection: Rebecca Ells family
Description: Farm account book from January to December 1901 kept by Rebecca Ells. Includes lists and prices of monthly expenditures, cash on hand and monies received for market produce, butter, poultry, eggs and fruit sold by the Ells family from their farm in Upper Canard, Nova Scotia.
Accession Number: 1986.004-ELL/008
Creator: Ells, Rebecca, 1856-1928
Type: textual record

Farm journal

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Dates: May 1901 to April 1902
Collection: Rebecca Ells family
Description: Farm journal, entitled "His Journal" kept from May 1901 to April 1902 by Manning Ells. Includes instructions for farm animal care, planting and harvesting of crops, the hauling and spreading of manure, attendance to the hay fields and the planting, production and marketing of apple and potato crops. As well, it includes a daily log of farm activities and chores.
Accession Number: 1986.004-ELL/009
Creator: Ells, Manning, b.1880
Type: textual record