Scott County, Indiana
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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 1860Here is election day. James cuts buckwheat then off he goes to vote the black republican ticket. Get a licking if he doesn't. Catherine and children comes to reel yarn. I am not well this evening. Here comes James from the election.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 1860Fine pleasant day. Another young son visits us to day. Now seven boys--makes some noise and a great deal of work. In the evening it gets very warm. Looks like rain. Catherine stays all night with us.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 1860High wind--quite cooi. Tilda Miller washes the clothes. William Young comes to work at the sugar mill. Sun shines some in the afternoon, I am tolerable well, but have the toothache.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 1860Still cloudy. James works at his sugar mill then goes to a school meeting at night. The babe is quite good--does not cry, very fat, large boy, looks hearty but has no name yet. I have great pains in my jaw and teeth. James complains of not being well to day. Abner Sinclair's birthday. Six years old.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1860Mother comes, makes me a present of a butter plate. I sent two pounds of feathers with her, bought a broom, some thread and buttons, two combs. Cool and cloudy, misting like rain. Tilda washed. James thrashes buckwheat. Emily Tobias comes this evening.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1860We are some better this morning. Tommy Miller comes for Tilda Miller with a horse. Mother comes, stays till after dinner. James goes to Gilead to meeting. Catherine comes awhile. I get dinner. I am very tired.
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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 1860Some cloudy. Matilda Miller comes to wash. I get dinner and cry with the tooth ache. Tilda's charge is one dollar and 75c for her work. She leaves for home at 3 o'clock. James digs sweet potatoes. I am most crazy with the tooth ache.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 1860Beautiful warm day. James goes to paps to help kill the beef. The children grind cane. My tooth some better--not much. The babe two weeks old to day. Here comes James with some beef.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1860Another fine day. My tooth is very painful. Mrs. Emaline Phi1lips comes a visiting to day. Mother comes awhile. Euphemia Smith comes this afternoon--stays till after supper. Cannot have much comfort for the tooth ache. It pains me so bad. Warm fine sunshiny day. James still works at the lasses. John and Isaac goes by.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27, 1860I almost died last night with my tooth, the pain was so severe. Some easier to day. James goes to Landon's Mills to day, gets home late with good flour. The children finished the sugar cane molasses to day--have 40 gallons--to guess it off. Some of it is in sugar. I feel quite feeble to day. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 1860 Still fine sun shiny and warm. James and Marion digs potatoes. I sew and write, get dinner and nurse the babe. It weighs 12 1/2 pounds--pretty much babe, I think, don't you? Hurrah for Lincoln. Maria Jane washed the clothes to day. The children goes to mother's for crab apples. Charles Griffith comes to bring my kettle home. I bought of William--3 bushels of apples.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 1860Cold--very cold and cloudy. James and Marion builds the Morrison fence. My tooth aches very bad. I sew and knit what I can and nurse the babe and cook. Almost out of heart. Mother comes awhile. I make some apple butter. Our cows are most dry--don't get much butter.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 1860Still cloudy and with cold air stirring. James digs potatoes. The preacher, John Miller comes and stays all night with us. I bake loaf bread and sew and am very tired. The babe does not cry much. All tolerable well.
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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 1860Very pleasant morning--finds us all well. James goes with Brother Miller to the Chapel to meeting then home, gets his dinner then goes to Gilead to meeting. I stay home rocking the cradle. Cass Young and Sarah Hoard and mother comes awhile then Maria Jane and mother goes to meeting. William Young comes by. We have an argument.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 1860Cold, cloudy. James takes a load of potatoes--10 bushel to Mr. Jones. I go with him to Deborah's, get three teeth taken out. This is election day for ths president of the U.S.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 1860We are all well as common but complains a great deal of hard times.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 1860Beautiful day. I commence washing. Mary Morrison comes then Mary Trulock, then Barbara Earhart, then Catherine comes to warp her jeans. I quit washing for the day. Warm sun shines. I have the head ache-feel quite tired. Babe cried. Cannot get much work done. First day of school.
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 13, 1860Beautiful morning, with white frost. James off to town to day. We finish washing then cut pumpkin to day and make pumpkin butter. Matilda Foster comes to get a coat cut. Warm sun shines. Mrs. Butts visits mother to day.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1860Very warm. James goes to hunt his filly, found her at the mound. Marion asks sewers to day. I am going to have a sewing a Saturday. James sets out his trees. I cut out sewing to day.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 1860The sewers come--10 of them--get right smart done. I am very tired in the evening. Great ta1k of war now days as Mr. Lincoln is elected president.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 1860Some cooler with clouds. We are all well as usual. James takes me to meeting in the wagon. Brother Miller preached. I have not been to meeting for six months before. Babe behaved very well--did not cry. Catherine come by.
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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 1860James names the babe this morning the 19th, calls him--Charles Lincoln Bovard.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 1860Marion starts for school this morning. Five from here goes to school--4 boys and one girl. James shells corn, then goes to mill. I sew and write and nurse.
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 24, 1860We all almost froze last night and still freezing cold to day. Mother comes. K. goes by shooting rabbits. James hauls wood and gathers corn. Marion and K. goes to the post office. The papers are all sesession news.
MONDAY NOVEMBER 26, 1860James goes to the blacksmith shop then to Mr. Everharts to see about getting me some shoes. Says they will be ready in two weeks.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 1860Not very cold. Mother, Catherine comes--this is Thanksgiving Day. Oh, how thankful we feel for the blessings we receive. James gathers corn.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1860Mothcr goes on to the store, then goes to Christians--he is sick. I sew and knit and nurse, cook, scold--trying to get some work done. James goes to paps--gets money for his taxes. Cloudy, snowed some. Mother goes by from Crises--says he is some better.
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 5, 1860James off early to Lexington to pay his and pap's taxes. Pap's taxes--$27.00. James taxes $l2.00. Catherine comes. We make mother some new caps to day. I make two--Catherine one. James gets home at 3 o'clock. The children goes to school. Isaac comes for Catherine to he1p her home.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1860Margaret has a young daughter this morning. She calls her Florelle Agnes. Cloudy last night. James comes for me with the wagon. We get home at 3 o' clock. Quite cool. James goes to Everharts for my shoes.
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 12, 1860James still cutting and hauling wood, goes this morning--gets my shoes. Hang them to the joist--I'1l send them back in the morning. They must have been the pair that Noah forgot to take in the ark. Mother comes to see if James is going to town to day.
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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 1860Here goes James with the said canoes or shoes as the case may be. Pap comes, I go to pap's for mother to mind the babe till I can pick the geese. Pap helped James gather corn, getting colder all the time. I dress some chickens. Maria Jane goes to Catherine's to stay all night.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, 1860James comes home at 7 o'clock last night, safe and sound. We are all well this morning. James, Marion, Maria Jane goes to Gilead to meeting. Eastman preached at Gilead.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 1860Rains all day. James makes door latches, fixes the doors. There is no school to day. The children at home all day--what a noise they keep. I sew hard all day. Marion goes for my new shoes. The creek up. The babe not well--very cross. I have bad cold and sore throat all the time.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1860Clearning [clearing?] off. Mother goes by to the office. We salt up six fine fat hogs. James helps me do the work, finished the sausage and lard against night. Mother come by from the office--brings the paper. Get a letter from Maine.
MONDAY DECEMBER 24, 1860James cuts and hauls wood. I go to Mrs. Griffith's a few minutes, then home. Fry some crulls. John Young comes by--gives me a candy apple for a Christmas present. James went with me to Mr. Griffith's at night to stay till bed time. Him and Ivan went to debate then come home.
TUESDAY DECEMBER 25, 1860Here is Christmas again. Oh how thankful ye are for the blessings we have received this last year. James fixes the old sled, takes me a sleigh riding to Williams. Mother goes to Cris's to eat roast goose. James goes on to mill, gets our flour, then to home.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28, 1860Quite cold. I stayed all night. They have a young daughter but it is dead. It will he buried at Coffee Creek this afternoon. James comes after me, then hauls corn, then goes and carried the little babe to the grave. Catherine is here to day. I am very tired and sleepy. The children at school to day.
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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29, 1860Marion and Freeman goes to the shoe shop to get shoes mended Old Mr. Barney Miller comes for day. James hauls wood. We scrub, and clean the house then James takes me to mother's on the sled to fix a can for her. Marion goes to the office. The papers are filled with war news and secession. I feel bad--do not work much.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30, 1860I do not feel like walking to Gilead to meeting. James goes. Brother Miller preached. John Young and John Foster come by going to meeting, and K. Young is with them. All gone--now I read all day. Catherine goes by to mother's. Mother is sick. Maria Jane goes with her--gets a mess of kraut.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1860The old year is most out. I do a large washing. Beautiful day for the last day of the year. James gathers corn in the Morrison field. Maria Jane goes home with Morrison children from school. Marion and K. Young goes at night, they have lots of fun. James does not go to the debate tonight. I do not get much work done.