Scott County, Indiana
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1, 1863Raining this morning. I finish spinning my check flannel and then warp and hackel some flax. Rains all day. James has a rainy time, gets home at 8 A.M. Aby right sick--has a chill. Maria Jane missed her chill to day. She has been sick.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2, 1863Damp and cool. I wash a large washing of clothes then go to mother's to read the daily paper. I hurry home. Aby right sick, another chill. Catherine goes by to mothers. Snow and cold.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4, 1863This cloudy cold sabbath morning, yes all day. Mother goes by to Crises. Marion puts off somewhere. The Copperheads meets in the woods up at Cat Wallow. M. Byfields tried to kill an abolitionist. Everhard all drunk. I stay home all day, read in the Bible. Looks like snow.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 1863Still cold. I weave 5 yards on linen to day. Catherine comes for some rhubarb. Marion commence to work for Chris Young this morning ror one month at $15.00. James and boys still cutting corn. I am hurrying to get some work done but get along slow.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6. 1863Very cold. James goes to Frankfort for medicine for Aby, he has a chill every day. I weave 3 yards, get the linen out against noon. Then beam my flannel, take it through the gears then take mother's flour home. James is sowing some wheat.
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 1863To day is damp and cloudy. I weave 4 yards. Ethe comes, Mother goes to Crises to make cider. We get a letter from Nancy Petro. I suds out 8 dozen of white flannel chain to night. James reads the paper. The butternuts meet at Chapel to night.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 1863Today I weave 2 yards, size my flannel yarn, 22 yards. Mother comes I am boiling bark for to color my jean chain. James is sowing wheat in the old field. D. Thompson and Wesley Spear was here this morning. I commence spooling my white flannel this evening. Clear and cold.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11, 1863Cold with white frost and freezing for the last month. James goes to Gilead to meeting. I stay at home and read and write. We are looking for stirring times this week. The election is to corne off on Tuesday next. Lord help us to trust to thee for all good things. Remember us in these our troubles.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 1863James goes to the election. I go to see Mrs. Phillips. She is better. I get home before night and I fell in the creek. We sew at the boys britches and knit. James don't get home till night. Mother makes kraut to day.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1863Now I wash clothes. James sti11 hurrying to sow wheat. Freeman goes to Austin for the papers. Have glorious news--the Union men of Ohio are 50,000 ahead or more. Good! Good! I do rejoice. Shoot our old guns!!!!
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 1863To day I weave until noon then I make my kraut. Mother gets very mad, won't eat dinner with us. We have chicken. She gets done making molasses. Getting cloudy. James is sowing wheat.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 1863Now this is a cold raw day. I weave out my check flannel. Eliza Morrison comes for flour, gets 10 pounds. Here comes Marion in a great hurry, going to Tea Creek. Maria J. wants to go too. Maria J. and Freeman goes over to Griffiths to stay all night.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1863I commence my white flannel. Get it started--32 yards. Mrs. Hoard comes.
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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1863This is another good day for work. Still working at our lasses. I weave six yards to day. Mr. Terrill brings the rest of his yarn to color. I will color to morrow red and blue. I boil ashes and get the dye for to morrow. I go to mothers for the kettle.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 1863I color my jeans yarn blue. Maria Jane goes to paps minds the children for Ethe until she goes to Frankfort. She washed the clothes in there yesterday then irons to day. Does not get home, stays all night.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1863I go out to Mr. Jones, found them all right. We get home late, found all well. Tilda Foster was here. McMahan preached at Gilead to day. Little Charly Lincoln puts on his new blue breeches for the first time. He is three years old, he is quite proud.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 1863We are all well. James and boys makes lasses. James whoops Griffith' s kraut barrel. Mrs. Griffith comes to warp her linen, weave 5 yards. Cool and cloudy, looks like for rain.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, 1863Rains all day. I weave then sew. James cuts wood and goes over after the paper. Maria Jane makes her new flannel dress. Oh how rainy. We have 65 bushels of potatoes in that patch--$1.00 a bushel.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 31, 1863This is a very cold morning. I cook my preserves. Scrub both houses then finish picking my geese. Make Charly a new pair of pants. Maria goes over to Mrs. Terrills for one dozen yarn. Gets home late.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 1863I am not well this morning, pain in my breast. We bury our cabbage, apples and beets. I go to paps a few minutes to see if they are going to town. Catherine boils lasses to day. Mahala Smith comes helps me sew at my flannel dress. I am hurrying to go to town.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 1863Warm looks like rain. We are off to town early, get to town in good time, not quite dark. We stay at Mrs. Claflins, had to pay $1.20 for supper, breakfast and bed.
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SATURDAY NOVEMBER 7, 1863Here is Saturday. What a full market. Hurrah for the boat. Now we hear the whistle. Here comes mother. Has been to Ohio three weeks nearly. I buy Maria Jane a shawl--pay $6.50. I am so hurried that I cannot buy anything. Mrs. Nicely and mother rides out of town with us after night. When we get home we stopped at Aunt Julia's.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 1863Catherine and Maria Jane goes to mothers to hear the Ohio news. James goes to Morrisons. Sabine and Miller comes and Lloyd Griffith and Lela Tallman comes. We have chicken. Now this has been a beautiful day, but right cool. Now James and I go to mother's a little while. We hear so much wickedness. Oh, that we could be good and religious.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 1863The boys starts to school this morning. I hurry, get the flannel out then color my red flannel for the boys shirts, two pounds of madder and sixteen yards of flannel. Catherine goes by to mothers. Aby misses his chills now.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 1863James and Marion off to town. Mrs. Griffith comes to warp Hannah Watson's flannel. Catherine comes, brings my blankets home, gets 16 pounds of beef. James took the hind quarters and hide to town. We kept the 4 quarters. Griffith got 12 pounds. Getting very cloudy. Sabina comes home with me and stays all night.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 1863I take my jeans through the gears and reed. We have six bunches of rolls to spin yet, for stocking yarn. Very cold, too wet to make my pumpkin butter. Have to wait until Monday. Here comes James and Marion from town. It is seven o'clock. John Young goes by, and stops and eats supper with us.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 1863Now I cut out Marions red flannel shirts, sew and make some pumpkin butter. Mother comes and sets up the blue dye and colors her blue. James goes to Morrisons then home. Goes to Wooster and gets 12 apple trees.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 1863I weave all day. Ethe stays here all night. I go over to see Mary Morrison. Late when I get home. James does not come home to night. I am right sick with colick. Maria Jane washed the clothes then irons them at night.
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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 1863Now I weave 4 yards, then cut out 2 1/2 for James a pair of pants. Maria Jane puts her skirt in the frames to quilt. Sabine Morrison comes to help her quilt. Here comes Lloyd Griffith and Marion.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1863This is a cool frosty morning. Now James takes the wagon and we go to the Chapel to meeting. Asbury Hester presiding elder preaches the 11 o'clock sermon. We come to D. Thompsons then home. I am not well but thankful that we are no worse.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 1863Mother has roasted turkey for Margaret. Quite a celebration, for mothers birthday, don't want anybody but sesech to help eat it, not fit for Abolition or Union people to eat. Catherine comes to warp her flannel. I get dinner. Mrs. Griffith comes at night,. to help quilt. James very sick. Most dies with colic. Great battle at Chattonuga [sic], Tennessee. Union men victorious. Good for our side. James is very sick at night.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 1863James some better. Maria Jane comes from school, at noon and then I fix to go to Gilead to the meeting. The preacher comes late and I did not get home until after dark, then went to mother's for pills for James. He is worse. Mother comes awhile. We hear cannons firing as we come along. We knit some. The moon shines bright.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER l, 1863Not quite so cold, but I am too sick, sneezing all the time--head ache and lame back. James quills for me and cuts wood. I weave one yard and a half, very tired. Mother goes by to Christian's, he is very sick. Maria Jane tries to spin but she is too sick with bad cold and sore throat. Morton very cross and sick with cold. Charley has a bad cold.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1863Up early this morning. Not in very good humor, but get in the loom and weave 1 1/2 yards. James hauls hay to Paris for Jimmy Morrison. Mother comes awhile for me to tell her how to color red. Marion goes to paps to help gather corn. Beautiful day.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1863Still cloudy, looks like rain. I weave 2 yards to day. Very tedious. James goes to day with another load of corn, gets home at dark. Mother comes awhile. James is talking of going out to drive a team for the government but I guess he will not go.
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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 1863More pleasant this morning. I cut out pants, and coats and jackets. James and Marion commences to taking off the flax seed. Cloudy morning. Now I sew and make Melvi1le a jacket. Here comes mother, going to Catherines. Here comes James in a splutter.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1863Cloudy, looks like snow. I weave 3 1/2 yards to day trying to get my jeans out of the loom. Very cold, ground frozen hard. James and I go over to Morrisons at night. We come home, don't stay late.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1863Dark and cloudy, looking very much like rain for some time. It commenced to night [right?] about midnight. I weave 2 1/2 yards to day. James goes to David Tobias' takes dinner with soldiers. Gets in great way for going to war--says he is going to volunteer in Jennings county.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 28, 1863Now I get in the loom, determined to weave, but here comes Tom Miller for James to volunteer. He is gone to Tunis Carlocks but here he comes to put his name on his paper. We have to get dinner for them. I don't get but 2 yards wove. What troubles I do have. I do not want him to volunteer.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 1863Catherine comes, and mother comes. John is here, takes dinner with us. We are tolerable well but I feel troubled.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1863Here comes the children from school and Maria Jane from mother's. [On this day, neighbor William Spear, 23, crossed into Jennings Co. and got a bounty by enlisting in the 120th Indiana Regiment.]