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Letters provide look at Moriah

The kitchen was the most important room in the house, and often the only one except an attic where the children slept. There was usually a bed in the kitchen, and sometimes two in the farther corners. No lights were needed when the fire was burning, but they had candles for their lighting. They never let the fire go out in winter, as they had no matches. A settle (a long wooden seat with a high back) beside the fire made a comfortable seat.

The earliest tradition I have from Mother of her family is the marriage of her parents, or a little before. Her father staid (stayed) at home to care for his parents. I think he was the youngest child, and they were aged. At one time he started out to "seek his fortune", and when he bade them goodbye they felt so badly that he put his "bundle" down and staid with them till he was married. She said her father and mother were engaged a long time - her father had provided her "setting-out" which meant furniture for housekeeping, when her older sister, not liking to have her younger sister married first, accepted a man she disliked and married, taking Grandmother's "setting-out" with her; so she had to wait another year.

Joan Daby is town of Moriah historian.

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