Jennie Fleming, Alexander and Jean’s youngest daughter, was 29 years of age in June 1869 when she boarded a steamer in
Owen Sound to Collingwood and then rode by train over very rough tracks to Toronto. Her journal of this trip has survived containing the log of the stops on the rail line and the places they visited. We presume she was travelling with another person though she does not reveal any names.
The trip had several purposes: to attend a Disciples convention in Bowmanville, to see some sites in Toronto, and to procure dry good supplies for the store in Kilsyth. You are welcome to read the full account as best we could transcribe it from this document in our Dropbox folder.
This same diary has a short account of her trip in September 1871 on the steamer Meteor from Marquette on Lake Superior in Michigan to southern Lake Huron. Again – no companions are named but she might have been with her brother Charles and his new wife Eliza (Lyda) Warren. She doesn’t say whether the steamer took them home to Owen Sound, or they had to journey by train. The voyage, however, seems to have been blissful – no storms, no accidents.
View Diary of Jennie Fleming 1869-1872