Lady Farmers

Lady plowing

Lady plowing

I finished adding all of a business directory from 1869-70 for the rural Towns in Monroe County. That directory includes people that are farming as businesses. I noticed that in every Town that there were some ladies listed as farmers. Seeing as they most all were listed as Mrs., I suspect that they were widows. Most had fairly large farms for that day. A person can plow a few acres by them self every year but in most cases the ladies would have had some help. That could be either some of their own family or some hired help.

I picked ladies from just two towns as examples (below), the Town of Sweden on the west side and the Town of Penfield on the east side of the county. To see the rest of the Towns, go to the Vital Record page, and click on the Town that you are interested in.

Town of Penfield

  • Barker, Sarah Mrs., farmer, owns 32 acres and George F. Taylor leases.
  • Cheney, Jane Mrs., farmer, owns 50 acres.
  • Dodd, E. Mrs., farmer, owns 30 acres.
  • Greene, Ednah Mrs., fruit grower and farmer, owns 24 acres.
  • Kelley, Abigail Mrs., farmer, owns 61 acres.
  • Kennedy, Paulina Mrs., farmer, owns 96 acres.
  • Mason, Betsey Mrs., farmer, owns 40 acres.
  • Merritt, Tabatha Mrs., farmer, owns 50 acres.
  • Rich, Minerva Mrs., farmer, owns 56 acres.
  • Vantice, Emily Mrs., farmer, owns 3 acres.
  • Ward, Martha Mrs., farmer, owns 34 acres.

Town of Sweden

  • Allen, L. B. Mrs., farmer, owns 58 acres.
  • Case, Electa Mrs., farmer, owns 40 acres.
  • Chapin, Desdemona Mrs., farmer, owns 30 acres.
  • Clonk, Catherine Mrs., farmer, owns 10 acres.
  • Cushing, Irena Mrs., farmer, owns 120 acres.
  • Goodrich, E. Mrs., farmer, owns 90 acres.
  • Jennings, J. Mrs., farmer, owns 70 acres.
  • Locke, Dudley Mrs., farmer, owns 90 acres and Joseph H. Goodridge leases.
  • Locke, E. Mrs., farmer, owns 1 acre.
  • Preston, Caroline Mrs., farmer, owns 40 acres.
  • Preston,—-, Mrs., farmer, owns 50 acres.
  • Raleigh, Polly, Miss, farmer, owns 64 acres and Edwin Barlow leases.
  • Rich, Freelove Mrs., farmer, owns 12 acres.
  • Robinson, Sarah Mrs., farmer, owns 60 acres.
  • Root, Wm. Mrs., farmer, owns 122 acres and Allen J. Potter leases.
  • Whipple, Susan Mrs., farmer, owns 100 acres.
  • Willard, R. C. Mrs., farmer, owns 19 acres.

One Comment

  1. Thank you very much for posting this. I decided to explore the links a little, and I didn’t expect to find anything about my family.

    Instead, I found my great great great grandmother, along with her son-in-law, and her son-in-law’s uncle and cousin! That was new information for me, and it leads to more interesting research.

    Thank you!

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