Post by benotforgot on Jun 8, 2010 21:20:50 GMT -5
Monday, January 16th, 1860. This day commenced to improve the farm with one hand and with the ulterior object of permanently locating a homestead. Thus launching my barque upon an agricultural life with rather poor prospects for success but meeting the smiles and approbation of my dear little woman and with a stout heart and a determination to succeed. Mr. SAM SHARP, Geo. Border, and John Varnadore visited the house and took supper. Mr. Varnadore remained all night and with whom I contracted to build me a good and substantial residence at a cost of $2000. Mrs. J. J. Hall also left on a visit to Mrs. Matthews with a view of purchasing a negro man for me. Thus I close the principal incidents of the day.
Wednesday, January 18th, 1860. This day SAM SHARP returned home from Hall's Bluff and reports the Trinity River in navigable condition. Having put handles in the axes I went to chopping in the clearing. Considering that I have but one hand we are getting along pretty well. No other incidents to day.
Thursday, January 19th, 1860. To day SAM SHARP went to Crockett. I am still at work in the clearing. Old man Keen & Mr. Whitley visited the house remaining for supper. No other incident occurring.
Post by benotforgot on Jun 8, 2010 21:23:09 GMT -5
Tuesday, February 7th, 1860. To day I returned home from Crockett with SAM SHARP who remained until dinner and then left for Crockett. In the evening I burned brush in the clearing with Louisa & Laura. Weather rather cold with the wind from the North.
Post by benotforgot on Jun 8, 2010 21:33:08 GMT -5
Thursday, March 1st, 1860. To day I completed the fence worm around the new ground. SAM brought me a pair of negro shoes from Crockett to wear around the place. The little woman commenced to garden at the old place for the benefit of the negroes. Weather fair & pleasant.
Thursday, March 8th, 1860. To day Mr. Tanner & Albert got home with the corn say 20 or 25 bus. 1 plow 1 Bull tongue, etc. In the evening the fence caught fire and consumed 10 or 12 panels which took all hands to put it out whence nothing else was done. SAM SHARP came out in the night from town. Weather rather cool & cloudy but at night we had some frost.
Friday, March 9th, 1860. In the morning SAM SHARP started to town before breakfast. I made a single tree & irons etc. and started 2 plows. In the evening all hands including the little woman had to fight the fire from the woods to prevent the fence from being destroyed, consequently no other work was done. The weather rather cold with N.W. wind blowing rather fresh & frost at night.
Saturday, March 10th, 1860. To day we commenced to plant corn in the old ground with two plows running. In the evening SAM SHARP & John Wooters came out from Crockett; Weather clear but cold. I paid Bill Hicks in cash $1. on a/c of rails.
Sunday, March 11th, 1860. To day in the morning SAM SHARP, John Wooters and myself went fishing with poor success. In the evening we all went to Crockett to attend Court. Darby split 159 rails. Weather cloudy & rather cool.
Monday, March 19th, 1860. To day I went to Crockett and returned in the evening in company with SAM SHARP. at home the hands finished planting corn. weather clear.
Tuesday, March 20th, 1860. To day SAM SHARP went back to Crockett. I repaired my wagon to go to Crockett. The hands are busily engaged breaking out the middle ? box between the corn rows. Weather clear but rather cool.
Sunday, March 25th, 1860. To day negro boy Dick went to Crockett for SAM SHARP who came out in the evening. Bill split 132 rails. The two mules run off. Weather cloudy with a strong North wind blowing which made it very cold by night.
Monday, March 26th, 1860. To day SAM SHARP & Albert went after the mules and found them some 6 or 8 miles off. I sent to the Mill and got 3 bushels of meal. Weather cold & cloudy all day but cleared off at night, and we had a killing frost.
Post by benotforgot on Jun 8, 2010 21:40:32 GMT -5
Monday, April 2nd, 1860. To day I re-employed I. Tanner for one month @ 12¢ ? per month. SAM SHARP moved up to the old house. Still at work clearing up the new ground. Weather cloudy & rather cool with good prospects for rain.
Tuesday, April 3rd, 1860. To day we finished rolling logs in the new ground and went to staking & ridering the fence. one plow breaking up. SAM stocked another bull tongue. I took my first dinner at the old place. Weather cloudy & windy. We branded 2 oxen "Brandy" & "Spot" ? on the right hip & turned them out.
Thursday, April 12th, 1860. To day SAM SHARP and myself left home for Sumpter to attend Court. I this day paid Cooper as Ex. of Peacock $1200 for his Peacock's interest in the Telegraph Mills and took a clear title for the same. In the evening we went to Dan Dailey's and stayed all night. at home still planting cotton. weather clear and cool.
Thursday, April 26th, 1860. Today I left Sumpter in company with Daniel Dailey and Guy Stokes and came as far as Dailey's residence where I was overtaken by SAM SHARP and remained all night. The remains of M. H. Bracken were interred in their last resting place. at home still at work in the cotton. weather clear & warm.
Friday, April 27th, 1860. To day SAM SHARP & myself left Dailey's and arrived home safe & sound where I found my dear little woman well but on a "light tight" she having heard of my acquittal before I reached home. hands still at work in the cotton. weather clear & warm.
Post by benotforgot on Jun 8, 2010 21:51:19 GMT -5
Tuesday, May 1st, 1860. To day I settled with Williams for the use of the mill. still at work in the cotton. weather clear & warm. The wagon went for the balance of the corn, and under the care of SAM SHARP. weather clear & warm.
Wednesday, May 16th, 1860. To day SAM SHARP went to Crockett. In the morning we set out potato slips. In the evening we went up to clean out the Mill residence. weather changable & warm.
Thursday, May 17th, 1860. To day SAM SHARP returned from Crockett. We went up and cleaned the mill place. weather clear & very warm.
Thursday, May 18th, 1860. To day SAM SHARP complained of being sick. Albert was engaged all day hunting oxen. Weather clear & warm.
Sunday, May 20th, 1860. To day I employed Negroes Bill & Albert to assist me in moving & made 2 more loads. Weather changable & warm. SAM SHARP still stick.
Monday, May 21st, 1860. To day the hands commenced to lay by the corn. I carried one load in the cart to the mill place. SAM SHARP still sick. Weather changable & warm.
Tuesday, May 22nd, 1860. The hands still in the corn, and I made a load with the Cart to the mill place. SAM SHARP still sick. weather changable & warm.
Wednesday, May 23rd, 1860. The hands still in the corn. To day I moved to the mill place with my little woman & commenced keeping house. SAM SHARP still sick. weather changable & warm.
Thursday, May 24th, 1860. To day I returned the cart. The hands still in the corn. I went to see SAM SHARP in company with Billy Stewart, & returned home in the evening. weather changable & warm.
Friday, May 25th, 1860. To day I settled in full with John Williams & discharged him and employed Mr. Perry to run the mill at 25$? per month. I had two travellers to dine with me. In the evening myself & wife went to see SAM SHARP who is still sick. The hands still at work in the corn. Weather changable, very dry & warm.
Saturday, May 26th, 1860. To day I went to Crockett and back having purchased a new ½ bushel Measure with the County seal thereon for the use of the Mill. The hands still at work in the corn. SAM still sick. Weather clear dry & warm.
Sunday, May 27th, 1860. To day the little woman in company with Mr. Hepperla went to see her mother and in returning was thrown from Mustapha through the negligence of the one who fastened on the saddle. no hurt however only a little vexed. Bill & Martin made another load to day. SAM SHARP still sick. Weather clear dry & warm.
Monday, May 28th, 1860. To day we droped? the mill rocks. I went on Joseph Keen's note as security for $59.64 payable to Herndon's admst. Cousin Sally Dillard paid us a visit & remained to tea, a great woman Cousin Sally is. The hands still in the corn. SAM still sick. Weather clear dry & very warm.
Tuesday, May 29th, 1860. To day I went to see SAM SHARP. The hands finished laying by the corn. Weather changable & warm.
Thursday, May 31st, 1860. To day I went to see SAM SHARP & found Roberta sick. The hands are working out the patches. Billy Stewart & Col. Hay came out at night for a fish hunt in the morning. Weather changable & warm.
Post by benotforgot on Jun 8, 2010 21:53:39 GMT -5
Friday, June 1st, 1860. In the morning I went to the lower place and put the hands to working out the cotton. In the evening I went fishing with Col. Hay & Billy Stewart. I spent a very disagreeable night in consequence of a rising on my thumb which gave great pain all night. SAM SHARP still sick. Weather changable & warm.
Saturday, June 2nd, 1860. Billy Stewart & Col. Hay left for Crockett. I went to see SAM SHARP who is still sick. The hands at work in the cotton. Weather changable & warm.
Monday, June 4th, 1860. To day John S. Harwell came out and in the evening we went to see SAM SHARP who is still sick. Weather changable & warm.
Wednesday, June 6th, 1860. To day the little woman, myself & Harwell all took dinner at Mrs. Hall's. SAM SHARP'S better. The hands are hoing the cotton. The corn is now suffering for rain. Weather changable & warm.
Thursday, June 7th, 1860. To day I sent Albert to town with the cart to bring negro woman Eliza out. he arrived home with said negro at night. I went to see SAM SHARP who is improving. Weather changable & warm.
Friday, June 8th, 1860. To day I went to Hall's Bluff for a keg of printers ink and sent it to town to Hepperla. I went to see SAM SHARP, who is still improving. I also sent Melinda to the place. The hands still at work in the cotton. weather changable & warm.