Friday, December 31, 2010

Monday, December 31st, 1860

Still in Galveston, and in consequence of the cold which still continues, was unable to transact but little business. I took a few oysters however and at night visited the Theatre, and after which I went to my old friend Archy Ruthven's where I partook of a fine supper, and saw a regular scotch gather, with many fine songs. The meeting was conooked? to drink the old year out & the new one in, but in consequence of my temperence pledge I felt out of place and retired early. Thus I close my chronicles of daily events for the year 1860, now past and gone, and God only knows whether I will be permitted to live to keep one for the incoming year. weather very cold but clear.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Sunday, December 30th, 1860

To day I am still in Galveston and in consequence of the severe cold & sleet am compelled to keep housed and as close to the stove as possible.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Saturday, December 29th, 1860

This morning I got out of my bunk nearly frozen after passing as I said in yesterday's notes a very disagreeable night. about 10 o'clk. a.m. I saw a steamer coming out of the mouth of the river. it turned out to be the Ruthven. she came along side and the passengers were immediately transfered from the Alice to the Ruthven. my feelings can better be imagined than described it was like passing from a dark and miserable prison to a luxuriant palace. after the transfer was complete the Ruthven weighed anchor and started for Galveston where we arrived about 5 p.m. The wind still blowing from the north like the devil which made it difficult to land. we succeeded however and I took up quarters at the Tremont. weather cloudy & very cold and at night it snowed to the depth of about 3 inches. so much for the sunny South.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Friday, December 28th, 1860

To day I left Liberty on the steamer Alice in company with James Wrigley. when we got to the mouth of the river, and fairly in the bay, the steamer Alice was compelled to drop her anchor in consequence of a severe Norther blowing. the bay being too rough for her to proceed. it was very cold and no stove on board and thus I was compelled to pass a very disagreeable & unpleasant night. To day be it remembered that I have made a pledge not to drink any spiritous liquors for one year should life last so long. weather cloudy very cold, and a perfect hurricane blowing.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Thursday, December 27th, 1860

I am still in Liberty, and still at work in the store marking and arranging goods, with but little business doing in the dry goods line. The Steamer John F. Carr came down from the upper river with 940 bales cotton on board. John T. Smith, Dr. Young, Bridgen & Caruthers came in the store to see me, we passed a pleasant time together. The Carr left for Galveston. weather cool cloudy & rainy.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Wednesday, December 26th, 1860

I am still in Liberty, and went to work this morning in the Store, but little business doing. The steamer Swan failed to arrive, and I will be compelled to remain here until next trip. I am passing my time pleasantly however, weather cold cloudy & rainy.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Tuesday, December 25th, 1860

I am still in Liberty, and this being Christmas we closed doors and set in for a regular bender. I took my Christmas dinner with my friend James Wrigley, which by the by was a splendid affair, and reflected credit on his amiable wife. There was a feast of reason and a flow of soul, together with a fine flow of champaigne &c &c. Many times I toasted the loved ones at home, and thus passed the day very pleasantly, although it was cold, cloudy and drizzling rain during the entire day.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Monday, December 24th, 1860

I am still in Liberty and at work in the store, doing but little business. The steamer Swan left for Galveston to day, leaving me behind. I am however passing my time quite pleasantly. weather cool, cloudy & rainy.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Sunday, December 23rd, 1860

I am still in Liberty and at work in the store doing but little business. times are very tight, and money scarce, but whiskey bears a premium, although there is plenty of the article in market. weather rather cool, cloudy and occasional showers of rain.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Saturday, December 22nd, 1860

To day I am still in Liberty and still at work in the store, with very little business doing. I am however enjoying myself as well as I can, considering it is on the ides of Christmas, and I so far from the loved ones at home. weather changable & rather cold.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Friday, December 21st, 1860

To day I left Hawkins and rode 12 miles and arrived at Liberty, where I found all well. I stoped with James Wrigley. Sam Sharp informed me that his magic watch had been stolen from him a few days before. I went to work in the store, marking and arranging the goods. times dull. weather clear and warm.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Thursday, December 20th, 1860

To day I left Drew's in company with Dr. Hunsaker and Mr. Haeff, and after travelling 35 miles over the worst road in Texas, we arrived at Mr. Hawkins' where we stoped for the night. at this place I found a marriage in perspective, with many interesting young ladies in attendance who wiled away the time discoursing sweet music upon the Piano Forte in fact I almost thought myself a boy again so pleasantly did I pass the time, but as all things must have an end so I turned in for the night and had rosy dreams of the future, whether to be realized or not time only can develope. expenses for the day $1.10. weather clear & rather warm.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Wednesday, December 19th, 1860

To day I left Sumpter and after travelling 36 miles over a very bad & muddy road I arrived at Drew's cross road, where I haulted for the night. pretty well fatigued from the ride. expenses of the day $1.90. weather clear & warm for the time of the year.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Tuesday, December 18th, 1860

To day I left Dailey's and arrived in Sumpter about 11 o'clock and while there received from Messrs. Ballinger & Robb $338. less 10% on a/c of the Adams note. In consequence of a very hard rain I was compelled to remain in Sumpter all night. expenses of the day $3.60. having ridden only 17 miles. weather cloudy rainy and disagreeably cold.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Monday, December 17th, 1860

To day I mounted Hawk and bid adieu to all at home and started for Liberty. I arrived at Crockett about 11 o'clock a.m. and while there settled with Downes, and received from him $100 in cash and his note for $106.14. I then left Crockett and arrived at Dailey's for supper and remained there all night, having traveled 28 miles. weather cloudy and warm, with a drizzling rain. expenses for the day 75 cents for horse shoeing.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Sunday, December 16th, 1860

To day I carried the little woman & Florence down to Mother's in the buggy, where she intends to remain during my visit to Liberty. In the evening John Harwell came down & remained to supper. weather changable & rather warm for the season.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Saturday, December 15th, 1860

To day Tanner came up and got a gallon of whiskey for Mother. we ground 6½ bushels of meal. weather changable & cold. frost at night.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Friday, December 14th, 1860

To day John & Bill commenced to make a wheel barrow. nothing doing. weather clear & cold with hard freeze at night.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Thursday, December 13th, 1860

To day I brought Maggie, Burta & Florence home in the buggy. Charley Hall left for Crockett and to remain there. I loaned him Sam Sharp's saddles.weather clear & cool.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Wednesday, December 12th, 1860

To day I returned home from Crockett, and went down to see the little woman. weather changable & cold.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Tuesday, December 11th, 1860

To day Frank Stewart, Alex Baker, Malinda, Laura, Conny & Elisha left in the wagon for Liberty. I went as far as Crockett with them, and saw them safely off. I also remained in Crockett all night. weather clear & cool.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Monday, December 10th, 1860

To day Frank Stewart & Alex Baker came up with the wagon & remained all night. I went to see the little woman at night. weather clear.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Sunday, December 9th, 1860

To day I went to Halls Bluff & took Bill with me. Darby, Martin, Albert, Masoline, Joe & Leaverton's George worked on the levy. Weather rainy & warm.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Saturday, December 8th, 1860

To day Charley Hall went to town & returned in the evening, carrying his Mother 1 Bushel of meal. Baker still at Fathers. I went in company with Father to Dailey's & returned to dinner. In the evening I went to see the little woman. weather cloudy & warm with indication of rain.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Friday, December 7th, 1860

To day we started the Mill & ground 3 Bushels of meal having discharged all the hands. In the evening I went to see the little woman. weather changable & warm. Baker went to Fathers in the morning.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Thursday, December 6th, 1860

To day Baker, Charley Hall, Frank Stewart, John Williams, Darby, Masoline, Martin, Albert & Bill worked on the levy. Col. John M. Murchison came to see me. In the evening I went to see the little woman. weather clear & rather warm.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Wednesday, December 5th, 1860

To day Baker, Charles Hall, Frank Stewart, John Williams, Darby, Masoline, Martin, Albert, Bill & Joe worked on the levy. Milton Dailey came to see me, & in the evening I went to see the little woman. weather changable & rather warm.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Tuesday, December 4th, 1860

To day Baker, Charley Hall, Frank Stewart, John Williams, Brown, (Mrs. Bird's Martin & Emery) Darby, Masoline, Martin, Albert & Bill worked on the levy. In the evening I went to see the little woman. weather clear & cool.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Monday, December 3rd, 1860

To day Baker, Charley Hall, Frank Stewart, Brown, Darby, Masoline, Martin, Albert, Bill, Joe, John Williams, (Martin / Mrs. B.) Daniel & Emory worked on the dam. In the evening I went to see the little woman. weather clear & cool.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Sunday, December 2nd 1860

To day Darby, Martin, Masoline, Albert, Joe & Bill worked on the levy, also Frank Stewart & in the evening I went to Mothers & remained all night, weather clear & rather warm.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Saturday, December 1st, 1860

To day I went to Dailey's to attend to the Suit against Taylor & recovered a judgment against him for $10- & costs. Charley Hall, Alex Baker, John Williams, Darby, Masoline, Albert, Joe & Bill with Martin, Daniel & Brown worked on the levy. Father came home with me & remained for dinner. in the evening I went to Mothers & remained all night. weather clear & cool.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Friday, November 30th, 1860

To day John Williams, Brown, Alex. Baker, Charley Hall, Frank Stewart, Darby, Masoline, Albert, Joe & Mrs. Bird's 3 negroes worked on the levy but to little or no good. in the evening I went to Daileys Store. Father came up & remained all day. I recd by Mr. Keen 1 Keg of nails. weather clear & cool. Bill made 1 load from Wortham's Mill, bringing 604 ft.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Thursday, November 29th, 1860

To day Darby, Masoline, Albert, Joe & Frank Stewart came to work. Bill made 1 load from Wortham's Mill 560 ft. John Williams came to work about 11 O'clock & Mrs. Bird sent 2 _____ me & Brown after dinner I returned to Mrs. Bird 69 lbs. of beef heretofore borrowed from her. Mr. Brown done no work on this day. In the evening Alex Baker came out. I sent to Fathers by Charley Hall for some nails, who sent me 29 lbs. I aslo killed one hog & recd. one half of a beef. weather clear & cool.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Wednesday, November 28th, 1860

To day about 10 o'clock a.m. Father sent me Darby, Masoline, Albert & Joe also 3 yoke of oxen.- Frank Stewart & Masoline left after dinner to kill a beef. Bill made a load from the Mill 300 ft. I took My wife & Florence to her Mother's in the evening. weather clear & cool.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Tuesday, November 27th, 1860

To day I went to Fathers to procure some hands to assist in fixing the dam. John Harwell went to Wortham's Mill for lumber to repair the Mill. weather rainy & disagreeable.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Monday, November 26th, 1860

To day John WILLIAMS came over, and in consequence of the rain & high water was compelled to remain all night. The levee of the mill gave way & a rent in dam was made about 26 feet wide. weather cool with hard rain all day, stopping any kind of business.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Sunday, November 25th, 1860

To day I went to Hall's bluff in company with Mr. LUND & saw him safely across the river. I stoped and took dinner at Mothers. weather cloudy & cool with occasional showers of rain. Toby came home with me.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Saturday, November 24th, 1860

To day I (went) ducking with Mr. Lund and walked down to Mother's where we took dinner. The mill ground 39 bushels of corn. weather clear but cold.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Friday, November 23rd, 1860

To day Charles LUND of Liberty came to see me. we went to Fathers. no business done in consequence of the rain. at night the wind came out of the north and we had ice & a hard freeze.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Thursday, November 22nd, 1860

To day it rained the entire time & was very disagreeable so much as that no out doors business could be done.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Wednesday, November 21st, 1860

To day Mother came up to see Florence who is now much better. John Harwell killed 2 ducks. weather cloudy & cool.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Tuesday, November 20th, 1860

To day John Williams helped us to dress the Mill rocks. we ground 6 bushels of corn. Mother & Father came to see me, & also went to Mrs. Birds. weather cloudy & cool. wind from the North. [Note from V. . . . "Mother" is my 3rd great-grandma, Mahala]

Friday, November 19, 2010

Monday, November 19th, 1860

To day John HARWELL went to Crockett & returned at night. Charley HALL staid all night with me. we ground 19 bushels of corn. weather changable & warm.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sunday, November 18th, 1860

To day I sent Bill for the wagon. I got from Father one beef hide, weighing on our balances 30 lbs. even but by his steelyard 31¼ lbs. Mother & Father both came up to see Florence & the little woman. weather clear & warm.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Saturday, November 17th, 1860


To day Mother came up & remained all night after going home in the morning. we ground 14 bushels of corn. Florence is still sick. weather clear & warm.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Friday, November 16th, 1860

To day Mother & Father came up to see the little woman. Mother remained all night attending to Florence who is still sick. we ground 12 bushels of meal ten of them after night. weather clear & warm.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Thursday, November 15th, 1860

To day Mother & Father came up. we ground 15 bushels of meal. weather clear & warm in the day, rather cool at night.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Wednesday, November 14th, 1860

To day Mother & Mrs. Bird came to see the little woman & Florence, who is still sick. we ground 17½ bushels of meal. weather changable & rather cool.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Tuesday, November 13th, 1860

To day I went with Billy Stewart down to Fathers & Mothers and Mrs. Peacock came to see Florence who is still sick & remained all night. weather changable & very warm with a hard [freeze?] at night.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Monday, November 12th, 1860

To day Billy Stewart came out & staid all night with me. at night Florence was taken with a fever. The little woman set up with the little one. weather changable & warm.