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JULY 1859

MONDAY, JULY 4,1859

Set up last night with Abby. Very cool. Almost frost. The drums and cannons are sounding all around. Clear all day--very cool. James cuts at his wheat. The doctor comes. Mother and Catherine comes awhile. I sew what I can then get supper. The black berry pies are getting plenty.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 1859

Getting very warm. I spin 14 cuts today then hoed in the garden. Some cloudy this afternoon. Abby can sit up this morning. James sold 19 sheep to day. $1.25 per head to a gentleman from Kentucky. Mother comes out and brings the money.

FRIDAY, JULY 8 1859

Cloudy, looks like rain. I go to pick berries, then come home and get dinner then spin 4 1/2 cuts. James and Marion plows corn, the ground is very dry, the corn looks sick looking,

THURSDAY JULY 28, 1859

[Note that this is out of order on my copy of the transcript.] Beautiful morning. Babe no better. I commence washing. Lizzie Trulock comes by. I feel some better this morning. I stop washing. I have a house full of visitors. Mrs. Tobias, Mrs. Ruth Young, Miss Martha Redman. Dinner over then sew and nurse my sick baby.

TUESDAY, JULY 12, 1859

Sultry, some red clouds this morning. Sign of rain, but then clears away. Oh how glad we are. Poor little George is very sick. No better--has a hot fever. James helps me hoe the sweet potatoes.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 1859

Little George is no better. James goes to the doctor for medicine., Very warm. Some cloudy. I do not get much work done--the flies are so bad. James works at his oats. The children picks some berries. Marion takes some feathers to Frankfort to get some jugs but could not get any--all gone. Gets the money for feathers then comes home. George is no better--has a hot fever--we still give medicine.

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SATURDAY, JULY 16, 1859

James goes to mill, me and Marion, Freeman and Melville all go to the old field to pick berries. George is some better. Pleasant air--hot sun. Christian and Maria come by in the evening. They have been cutting hay. I fill some jugs with berries. The earth is dry and parched for want of rain.

SATURDAY, JULY 23, 1859

Some cloudy. James goes to help thrash at Marion Peregrines. I patch some then take Jimmy and go to Gatherines in the evening. He is right sick. Looks like for rain.

AUGUST 1859

TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 1859

James goes to mill--gets home late with a load of black flour--not fit for hogs to eat but we poor children have to eat it. We have nothing much to eat. Times are hard and worse coming. Nothing to sell. I spin all day and sing as much as I can. Babe some better. (This is Landons Mill.)

FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 1859

Here we go to the infair dinner to Mr. Honlery. Pap, mother, Jim, K., George, Marion, Babe and myself. We have a fine time, and a first rate dinner, but I did not wear hoops like some of them. A beautiful day.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, 1859

A pleasant morning. I go to Catherines a few minutes. Mother goes to Frankfort to the reformers meeting. Pap goes to Wooster Mill. I wash. Catherine comes, we make James a black luster coat. The children destroys the watermelon patch. We whip them well for it. James is to Wooster meeting.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 7, 1859

Very pleasant, no clouds. James, Isaac, Catherine, and myself goes to Wooster to the Quarterly Meeting. Mr. Hiblin preached, his text was "Cast not away your confidence." We took dinner with Brother Monroe, then went to the Sacrament meeting at three o'clock, then home through Frankfort.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 9, 1859

Looks like rain. East wind, very cloudy and warm. James goes to help Christian Young thrash and I have to patch and make some preserves. Little Jimmy very cross and cannot get much spinning done.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 14, 1859

Beautiful morning. James takes the wagon to the Chapel to meeting. Mother goes with us. Brother Miller preached. We went to Mr. Belches for dinner. Very warm--some cloudy.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18, 1859

A pretty day. I sew some, fixing for camp meeting. Mother comes by from the pedlar, brought Maria Jane a basket. Catherine has the chills. I have the headache.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 1859

A beautiful day. We wash, starch, iron, sew some, getting ready for camp meeting. A pretty day, all tolerable well. Times looks some better. We have plenty of rain.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 1859

Little Jimmy had a chill and a fit last night. We go to camp meeting this morning. Looks some like rain. Baby has another fit. We hurry home with him and go for medicine. Mother stays us all night.

MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 1859

Clear and cool. We finish our course gray rolls. Mrs. Griffith comes for stocking yarn. Last night the skies was light as day with red streaks called the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights. Article in Almanac--Looking Nice--A term invented to keep boys off the grass, and make girls consumptive. In our opinion, dirt is one of the very elements of health, and no boys should be denied his legitimate share thereof. C1ean children are always "pale and interesting." [Did she mean "uninteresting"?]

SEPTEMBER 1859

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 1859

A beautiful day. Catherine comes. James goes to Redmans to see the sick. I spin all day at my blankets filling. A heap of sickness.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 1859

Mr. Greens little boy died last night. James had to go over then to Frankfort. Another light night. I am troubled nearly sick, so much trouble here below.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 1859

Cool, some clouds. James and children goes to meeting. Mother and pap comes by, they received a letter from Aunt Liza. Granny P. and Frank P was here for dinner. Then James kept the children and I went to meeting the afternoon, the reformers meeting.

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 1859

James sows wheat. I double and twist coverlid yarn. We are all well. Cool and some clouds. In great hurry to get some work done.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 1859

Cool and pleasant. Fine time for work. I twist yarn till noon, then go to Catherines to the ped1ar but he does not come. What a trouble I have.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 1859

James goes over to Mr. Green's this morning. Their child died last night. Cool and cloudy, rained some last night. We go to Gilead to meeting in the wagon. We get our children baptised.--M.A., G., and James Carvossa. (Melville, Abner and George.)

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1859

Cool. James goes to Paris and gets my indigo and madder to color my cover lids. I twist 21 cuts. Mr. Belch and Mr. Hubanks comes. The children goes for hazelnuts. I go to Catherines late in the evening, she is not at home.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1859

Some cloudy, cool, fall weather. James commences sowing wheat at Mr. Morrisons. I twist 16 cuts of coverlid yarn and send some to Catherine to twist. Mother comes a few minutes.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 1859

A beautiful morning. We go to Hr. Jones with all the children. The quarterly meeting is at Wooster. Very warm, threatens rain. Get home late. I stopped at Margy's, her and John is sick. I stopped at Mrs. Phillip's. She is better.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 1859

A pleasant, morning. Some clouds, rained last night. We spin at our flannel filling. I go to mothers and fix her bonnet. She is going on a visit. I come home, set a blue dye, then go to Catherine's almost run down, James complains of being sick.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 1859

Here we go, James and I to Mr. Foster to the house raising. Cool cloudy. We have a fine time. I come home at noon, then go to Catherines to the pedlar, he does not come, then home--very tired. Mother has gone on her visit to Shelby Co.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1859

A beautiful morning. We sleep late. We are all well. James goes to Chapel to meeting, then comes home, gets dinner then we both go to Gilead meeting. We go mare back instead. How fine we rode. I am pretty near proud. We hear a good sermon from Mr. Miller. (Margin) Brother Miller's last sermon for this year.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 1859

Late breakfast. I go to Mrs. Griffiths a few minutes, then home. Sew and bake black berry pies. Mother returns from her visit late this evening. Found her folds all well and found things doing well enough at home. We are fixing for Canton to get our coverlids wove. Cloudy all day, threatens rain.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 1859

James goes to Wooster Mill. I take the three least children and go with him to sister Deborah McLures. Oh how the rain pours down as we come home. Found them all well. Debby and I took our babies and walked to Mr. Davis' and Mr. Stokes stores, get home late. Marion goes with George and K. to Mr. Tobiases to an apple cutting. Rains quite so hard at night.