Intro to Hattie’s Diary

The Diary of Miss Hattie Alexander Logo

Harriet Elizabeth “Hattie” Alexander was born on January 18, 1846, in Concord, New Hampshire. Her parents were John and Harriet (Libby) Alexander. Her father, John Sr., was born in New Hampshire on December 13, 1803 and her mother, Harriet was born in Maine on January 22, 1816.

A 1860 census shows the family having left New Hampshire and residing in Richmond, McHenry County, Illinois. Her father was 56 and her mother was 45 years old. John Sr. was listed as a farmer on that census. That year “Hattie” was 14 years old. Her sister, Sophronia was 12 and her brother, John, was 10 years old. 

Hattie began her diary in the year 1862. She would have been 16 years old. According to her diary, she lived in Hebron, McHenry County, Illinois, in 1860 and in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, in 1862, and Woodstock, Illinois, in 1862. 

She married Eugene Morris “Gene” Swan (1837-1919) on November 23, 1865, in Bloomfield, Wisconsin.

Hattie was a teacher and she married a teacher. They had three children during their marriage. Her daughter Clara May was born on August 18, 1867. Her daughter Olive Marion was born on June 14, 1871. Her daughter Bertha Amoret was born on July 31, 1874. The girls were born in Hebron, Illinois. Bertha Amoret was my great great grandmother. 

Hattie’s diary ends on a Sunday – the date was April 20th, 1873. She would have been 27 years old. 

In 1900, Hattie lived in Elgin, Kane County, Illinois with her husband.

In 1919, Hattie’s husband, Eugene died. The couple had been married for 53 years.

Hattie died on September 19, 1933, in Elgin, Kane County, Illinois, at the age of 87, and was buried in Richmond, Illinois.

Eugene and Hattie Swan’s daughter Bertha Amoret Swan married Frank Hunt Bosworth I who was once mayor of Elgin. They built their home at 903 Douglas Ave. The house still stands today.

The Diary begins with “A Note from Hattie” posted here on this blog July 10, 2017. You may want to begin there when reading the diary. Use the search feature to locate that entry instead of starting at the end as blogs normally present entries with the last post. After reading “A Note from Hattie” scroll all the way down to the bottom of the post and you will find a link to the “Next” entry. Use that to get to the next post in order of the date of Hattie’s entries. You may find entries listed in the “Archives” section of each page. The transcribed diary is 80 pages long. If you have any problems navigating, please do not hesitate to contact me for help. 

Harriet Elizabeth “Hattie” (Alexander) Swan (1846 – 1933)
My 2nd great-grandmother
Bertha Amoret Swan (1874 – 1936)
daughter of Harriet Elizabeth “Hattie” Alexander
married Frank Hunt Bosworth I
Dr. Wilder Morris Bosworth Sr., D.D.S. (1905 – 1990)
son of Bertha Amoret Swan and Frank Hunt Bosworth I
Capt. Frank Hunt Bosworth II (1933 – )
son of Dr. Wilder Morris Bosworth Sr., D.D.S. and Helen Marie Hoagland
Me, the daughter of Capt. Frank Hunt Bosworth II and Janie Lucille Morris

A few years back, I received some items in the mail from a “step-cousin”, Austin Cooper. He had inherited those items from his family. His aunt had married my grandfather and both had passed. Austin felt he should give these cherished treasure to me. I am very grateful that he had saved valuable family history. I could tell he had as much affection for the family history of his aunt’s husband as I did. He had carefully transcribed a diary written by Hattie Alexander from a handwritten copy of the diary my grandfather, Wilder Morris Bosworth, D.D.S. had transcribed from Hattie’s original diary. My grandfather had indexed family names of relatives on our family tree, as well as names of the neighbors, friends and other townsfolk where the Alexander and Swan families had lived. Also included in the box Austin sent me were two of Hattie’s school books. Now, it is time to share Hattie’s diary. Hopefully, the names mentioned in the diary will be useful to learn history and names of folks who lived long ago.

Please feel free to contact me anytime!

Special thanks to Austin Cooper for transcribing my grandfather Wilder Morris Bosworth D.D.S.’s handwritten copy of Hattie’s Diary.



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