I ran across the entry "I went to Jontys home bringing" in an 1865 entry in a Bucks County Pennsylvania daily journal and am wondering what a "home bringing" was. Does any one know what it was?
Well, since you are mentioning a Quaker ceremony, I'd look into the Quaker terminology. 'Home bringing' might be a particular form of speaking or ceremony that was peculiar to the Quakers.
"Just google it", was my first thought. But, as you also possibly found, nothing to explain the expression!
Perhaps connected with Jonty returning from a battlefield in the Civil War? (Hopefully, still alive - as I would have thought "home coming" would have been a better term, if so!)
Thanks for the suggestions. I found several instances to the name in the journal
"We went to quaker quarterly meeting and went home with Jonties" "Jonty moved" "Jonty and R Croasdale was here"
I have not found the name Jonty in searches and wonder if it was a nickname given to a family.
I thought you were asking about "home bringing".
Jonty is a diminutive of Jonathan.
Thank you for the help. I checked the daily journal that I am working on and found the following two October 1864 entries.
"20th Thursday Weather clear J Kirkbride married"
"23rd Sun Weather clear We went to Jontys home bringing"
On Thursday October 20th 1864 Jonathan Kirkbride married Rachel Croasdale. I wonder if the home bringing would have been something like a current house warming party.
It does sound likely that "home bringing" refers to the husband bringing his new wife home, although why they would've waited three days to do it is not clear to me. How far apart were their pre-wedding homes?
How long was the wedding party? (https://www.sciencenorway.no/history-tradition/19th-century-norwegian-wedding-celebrations-are-hard-to-match/2227071) The husband would not have taken his wife home until the party was over.
I have been transcribing the daily journal of Hannah Flowers and this is all the references to "Jonty" or "Jonties" in the transcription.
The Sunday April 17th 1864 entry in Hannah’s Journal read “Weather clear Jonty and R Croasdale was here”
Jonathan Kirkbride and Rachel Croasdale were married on Thursday October 20th 1864 in a Quaker ceremony at her parents’ home, located near Oakford PO in the Northeast corner of Bensalem Township. Jonathan’s family lived about 8 miles away near Newtown.
The Thursday October 20tht 1864 entry in Hannah’s Journal read “Weather clear J Kirkbride married
The Sunday October 23rd 1864 journal entry in Hannah’s Journal read “Weather clear We went to Jontys home bringing”. They may have scheduled the “home bringing” so it would be on the week end
After they were married Jonathan and Rachel must have lived near Hannah as the Thursday November 24th 1864 journal entry read “We went to quaker quarterly meeting and went home with Jonties”. Implying they lived near her. Hannah lived just outside the southeast corner of Attleboro.
The Sunday April 23rd 1865 journal entry in Hannah’s Journal read “weather clear we went to Jonty’s”
The Wednesday February 28th 1866 journal entry in Hannah’s Journal read “weather clear Jonty and wife and S Croasdale here”
The Thursday March 29th 1866 journal entry in Hannah’s Journal read “weather very rainy Jonty moved”
The Sunday May 6th 1866 journal entry in Hannah’s Journal read “weather clear went to Jontys”
My wife is half Norwegian and half Swedish but we missed out on three days of partying. I guess that her parents never got the message on the three day long party.
"Home Bringing" must be a Quaker phrase as Hannah mentions someone getting married in several places and this is the only one that mentions "Home Bringing".