Monday, December 31, 2012

Wednesday, December 31st, 1862

To day Sam & I cut up and salted down the porks that we killed yesterday. I paid Chester & Ann for their services in helping to kill & salt down the pork. Dr. Murchison & Mother [Mahala] came to see Nellie who is still very sick, but they did not remain long. Mr. Pennington's time as Miller having expired he surrendered the mill keys to me and left for his home. weather clear and cool. Thus I close my jottings of daily events for the year 1862 now past & gone and whether God will permit me to live to keep the events around me of the incoming year is more than I can know but trusting in his mercy I shall enter upon the duty which is pleasing to me and may be profitable to my family and myself hereafter.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Tuesday, December 30th, 1862

To day I hired Chester & Ann to salt down the pork we got from Dailey on yesterday. after that was done we killed ten other hogs which weighed 1480 lbs of pork. Mrs. Bird came down to see Nellie who is still very sick so much so that Sam was compelled to go after Dr. Murchison but he did not come down. weather clear & cold with a strong North wind blowing and a hard frost at night.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Monday, December 29th, 1862

To day I went to Crockett in my buggy and while there I purchased from Dr. Corley 25 bales of Cotton for which I paid him 17¢ per lb. Mr. Thomas Dailey sent me 937 lbs of pork for which I had contracted some days ago at 14¢ per lb. I employed Chester to cut it up which he did. Dr. Murchison came down to see Nellie who is still very sick, he however returned home early. Mother & Mrs. Bird also came down to see Nellie. Mother [Mahala] returned home but Mrs. Bird remained all night. weather clear & rather warm.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Sunday, December 28th, 1862

To day I employed two of Mr. Leaverton's boys, one of Mr. Bird's, Chester & his wife Ann, to salt down the pork purchased from Mr. Bird on yesterday, which they did and for their services I paid them 6$. Nellie is still quite sick. Dr. Murchison, Mrs. Bird & Mother [Mahala] left for home. Nellie's sickness resuming a more alarming character, Dr. Murchison was again sent for but did not come, thus leaving us to manage the care as best we could. In justice to the Doctor I must here state that he was not at home when the messenger arrived there & hence he could not come. weather clear & cool.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Saturday, December 27th, 1862

This morning I sent down after Mother [Mahala] and Mrs. Bird to attend Nellie in her sickness, and Sam Sharp went after Dr. Murchison all of whom came to attend Nellie. I purchased from Mr. Bird 1100 lbs of pork for which I paid 15¢ per lb. Mr. Leaverton's boys hauled another load of fodder from Mr. Renfro's weighing 1028 lbs. weather clear & cold with a hard frost at night.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Friday, December 26th, 1862

To day I am engaged about the mill and rode down to Father's in the evening. Mr. Leaverton's boys hauled me from Mr. Renfro's 1034 lbs of fodder. at night Nellie was taken very sick with strong indications of her confinement. weather cloudy & warm with occasional showers of rain.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Thursday, December 25th, 1862

To day I remained at home with the little woman and babies and enjoyed a fine Christmas dinner with several nice egg noggs gotten up in a style as only the little woman knows how to fix them. I contracted with Mr. Thomas Dailey for 1000 lbs of pork at 14¢. The drafting of the Militia came off in Crockett and Sam Sharp* was drawn to serve under the three months call for the protection of our coast. weather cloudy and warm with occasional showers of rain. [*Sam Sharp is a 2nd great-grandpa to the Keeper of this family history blog, and the comments made in this Journal are the only known record (as of this date) of our Sam's military experiences.]

Monday, December 24, 2012

Wednesday, December 24th, 1862

To day I drove my horse Gladiator and buggy down to Mothers [Mahala] and brought up a basket of glass ware. In the evening the little woman drove down to her Mothers [Mahala] and back to try the horse and buggy. I purchased from Mr. Renfro some fodder & peas. weather cloudy, warm and showery.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Tuesday, December 23rd, 1862

This morning before I left my old friend Dan Dailey's my boy Bill with the little wagon & mules drove up in route for Liberty and to whom I gave $5.50 to bear his expenses on the road. I then left Dailey's and drove 15 miles to Crockett where I was compelled to unload my buggy and have the balance iron repaired before I could proceed further, after which I loaded up and left for home at the Mills, and after driving 10 miles I arrived home at the mills safe and sound and where I found all my loved and dear ones enjoying good health, and who were overjoyed to see me. My arrival however was not unexpected as my little woman had been expecting and looking for me for some days. weather cloudy and warm with showers of rain occasionally.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Monday, December 22nd, 1862

To day I left Mr. Alderman's and drove 29 miles and stoped for the night at my old friend Dan Dailey's with whom I passed a very pleasant night, and enjoyed myself hugely on a good toddy being the first I have had since my departure from Liberty. weather changeable and very warm with every prospect of rain.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Sunday, December 21st, 1862

To day I left Carr's and after driving 29 miles over a very bad road arrived at Mr. Alderman's where I stoped for the night and from whom I purchased one pound of Tobacco. expenses of the day $3.00. weather clear and pleasant.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Saturday, December 20th, 1862

To day I left Mr. Hawkins' and drove 28 miles over a bad road, and stoped for the night at Carr's. weather clear and cool. expenses of the day 2$.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Friday, December 19th, 1862

To day I purchased from Dr. Stanwood a beautiful upright Piano Forte for the little woman for which I paid 300$. Dick Cole went down home with me and took dinner after which I packed up my buggy, bid farewell to all my particular friends and left Liberty in route for the mills to see my little woman and babies. I drove out 13 miles and stoped at Mr. Hawkins' for the night. weather clear and cool.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Thursday, December 18th, 1862

To day I went up town and purchased the celebrated horse Gladiator also a fine buggy from Dr. J.O. Shelby to go up the Country [to Houston County] to see my family for which I paid him 600$ Confederate money. weather clear & cool.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Wednesday, December 17th, 1862

To day I am still engaged assisted by Bob in packing up my furniture making very poor head way but as I have now got the most valuable part already packed up I shall leave for the up Country [Houston County] to see my family without packing any more at present. weather clear & cool with a light frost at night.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Tuesday, December 16th, 1862

To day I am busy assisted by Bob in packing up my furniture to move up the Country [to Houston County] and in getting ready to start up in person as I have despaired in ever seeing the wagons come down. weather clear and cool with a hard frost at night.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Monday, December 15th, 1862

To day I am busy preparing for a party to be given at the residence of Dr. Stanwood in honor of his daughter Sarah Eugenia having attained her full age of majority. The dinner given on the occasion was magnificent for the times, and passed off to the entire satisfaction of the guests and reflected great credit upon those who got it up. At night the guests assembled at the Court house where we had a first rate dancing party and as usual I had to act as Master of Ceremonies on the occasion. towards the small hours of morn the party closed, every thing passing off quite pleasantly. weather changeable. The wind having hauled around to the North made it quite cold.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Sunday, December 14th, 1862

To day I remained at home writing up this journal, also reading. weather cloudy and warm with occasional showers of rain.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Saturday, December 13th, 1862

To day I am still engaged in packing up my furniture, making rather poor headway however. I went to the office and settled with Mrs. Branch. Time is now hanging heavily on my hands and I am nearly worn out waiting for my wagons to come down for me [from Houston County]. weather cloudy and warm with occasional showers of rain.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Friday, December 12th, 1862

To day I am very busy packing my furniture to move up the Country [to Houston County], where I am determined to settle permanently. Charley Lund came home on the cars from Houston. he succeeded in purchasing me two pair of cotton cards at 25 cts per pair. he also got me some coffee at $1.65 per lb. weather cloudy and warm with occasional showers of rain.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Thursday, December 11th, 1862

To day I am engaged in the ware house breaking out and shipping freight by the cars to Messrs. Murphy & Sanderson at Houston. My old friend Murphy left on the cars for his house also at Houston. I went up town and there learned that my roan horse Ratler which had been stolen on Tuesday night last was left at the residence of James Rodgers on the Trinity River. I then dispatched Bob after him, who returned at night with my horse. weather cloudy and warm with occasional showers of rain.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Wednesday, December 10th, 1862

On last night the roan horse Rattler that I purchased yesterday from Mr. Wright was stolen out of my stable, and I honestly believe by the individual from whom I purchased. Mr. Murphy came over on the cars from Houston and took up quarters with me. at night Messrs. Key & Fitzgerald came down to my house and we had quite a pleasant game of whisk. weather changeable and warm, with a hard shower of rain at night.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Tuesday, December 9th, 1862

To day I traded what interest I had in and to a tract of land known as the Dobie tract to Joseph Wright for which [he] gave me a roan horse about 4 years old, which I named Rattler, and twenty five dollars in cash. I sold my interest only in said land and without any recourse on me as to little or any thing else. Charley Lund left on the cars for Houston to attend to some business for the concern. Weather changeable and pleasant.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Monday, December 8th, 1862

To day the remains of my old friend Francis L. Barziza was buried at Liberty by the Masons. The procession was large and the ceremonies were well performed by C.L. Cleveland the Master of the lodge. I am loafing around town generally, with [nothing] really to do. weather clear & cool.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Sunday, December 7th, 1862

To day I remained at home writing up this journal. I also wrote to my little woman. Charley Lund came down and spent the most of the day with me. weather clear & cold with a hard frost at night.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Saturday, December 6th, 1862

To day I learned from Mr. Barziza that my old friend Frank L. Barziza departed this life on last Thursday after a lingering illness of some time with consumption. His remains will be interred at Liberty with Masonic honor. alas poor Frank may God have mercy upon him. I am loafing around town & done nothing in the way of packing up my furniture owing to the continued sickness of Bob. weather clear & cold with a frost at night.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Friday, December 5th, 1862

To day I done nothing in the way of packing up my furniture in consequence of the continued sickness of Bob. I went up town and loafed around the stores. weather clear but cold with a strong North wind blowing and a severe frost at night.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Thursday, December 4th, 1862

To day I done nothing but set around the fire at home in consequence of the rain & cold. it rained all day and was exceedingly cold, with a hard North wind blowing.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Wednesday, December 3rd, 1862

To day I am still engaged in packing up my furniture to move up the Country [to Houston County], but in consequence of the sickness of Bob I done but little. In the evening I went up town and there learned that the train of cars from Houston had run off the track doing serious injury to several of the passengers. weather cloudy and rainy making it very disagreeable and a strong North wind blowing rendering it quite cold.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Tuesday, December 2nd, 1862

To day I am very busy packing up my furniture, assisted by Bob, preparitory to my removal up the Country to my Mill [in Houston County] where I contemplate settling. weather cloudy, cold and rainy, making it exceedingly disagreeable and preventing me from doing much towards packing up.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Monday, December 1st, 1862

To day I went up town and settled in full with Mr. De Blanc for the things purchased at his auction sale. at night I visited a ball given in the Court house by the members of Capt. Black's Company now stationed in Liberty. weather cloudy and cold with occasional showers of rain.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Sunday, November 30th, 1862

To day I went up town and made out all the bills for the goods sold at Auction for Mr. De Blanc, and thus closed my labors in that particular. I visited Captain Peacock and while there took dinner with him, after which I returned home and spent the evening in writing letters. weather changeable & warm, with a light shower of rain at night. Thus closes the jottings for the month of November.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Saturday, November 29th, 1862

To day Mr. Allen's wagon left Liberty in route for Crockett, by which I sent forward some of my furniture. I was then engaged in selling off at Auction some more of the goods of Mr. De Blanc, some brought a large price & some sold reasonable enough. weather clear & warm for the season.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Friday, November 28th, 1862

To day I am engaged in making out the bills for the goods sold at Auction on yesterday. Mr. Allen came down from Houston County with his wagon & team, and by whom I expect to send forward some of my furniture to the mills at which place my family is now living and where I expect to settle. The old gentleman remained with me all night. weather clear & cool.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Thursday, November 27th, 1862

To day I am still engaged in selling off the goods of Mr. De Blanc, which kept me busy all day. Some of the articles sold very dear & some sold very reasonably. weather clear & cold with a hard frost at night.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Wednesday, November 26th, 1862

To day I am still engaged in selling off the goods of Mr. De Blanc at auction. I sold but little in consequence of a general spree among the soldiers stationed here in Liberty, they being all drunk and refusing to obey the order of their officers, put the whole town into commotion and broke up the sale. weather clear and cold, with a hard and severe frost at night.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Tuesday, November 25th, 1862

To day I commenced selling off at auction the stock of goods belonging to Joseph E. De Blanc. I only charged him 2½ per cent, for my trouble in crying off the goods, but having nothing to do, prefered to do that, rather than loaf around town. weather clear & cool.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Monday, November 24th, 1862

To day I am busy writing. Mr. & Mrs. Parkins came over on the cars from Houston. At night the ladies of Liberty gave a grand tableau representation at the Court house, the proceeds of which are to be disbursed for the benefit of the soldiers in the Southern Army. At the exhibition I had to act as scene manager, Master of Ceremonies, take my part in the various tableaux and in fact was a perfect Major Domo of the affair. The house although very large was crowded, there not being less than three hundred persons present. The receipts being about one hundred and sixty-five dollars. The Tableaux were received with great eclat and every thing passing off to the entire satisfaction of the audience as well as all the parties concerned. weather clear & rather cool.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Sunday, November 23rd, 1862

To day I remained at home writing letters. Charley Lund came down & we spent a very pleasant time together. weather clear but rather cool.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Saturday, November 22nd, 1862

To day I went up town and assisted the ladies in erecting a stage upon which to represent some tableaux which exhibition is for the benefit of the suffering soldiers in our army in the way of purchasing clothing, shoes etc. The County Court passed upon and allowed the account of Sam H. Sharp as assessor & collector and discharged him from further liability upon his official bond as such. weather clear and pleasant with considerable frost at night.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Friday, November 21st, 1862

To day I am busy writing up the papers preparitory for a settlement with the County Court of Sam Sharp's* affairs as Assessor & Collector. The Court entered into the settlement, but not having time to complete it adjourned over until tomorrow. In the evening I went up town & soon returned home. weather clear & cool, with frost at night. [*This Sam is a 2nd great-grandpa to the Keeper of this blog]

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thursday, November 20th, 1862

To day I went up town and thence down to the office at the river there I settled in full with Mr. Patillo for the work he done on my house. Mrs. Raschall & Mrs. Bitterman called on me for the purpose of getting me to intercede with Col. Gillespie to procure the discharge of Mr. Bitterman from the service. this I done of course for the accommadation [sic] of the ladies, but I can't say with what success. weather clear & cool.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Wednesday, November 19th, 1862

To day I went up town and there learned that Sam Sharp had camped last night at Grand Cane, thus driving 23 miles in two days rather slow work that for a mule team. I am now really doing nothing and nothing to do really. weather cloudy and disagreeable with a strong north wind blowing, making it quite cold.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Tuesday, November 18th, 1862

To day I went up town and attended the auction sale of the goods belonging to Joseph Richardson, & while there purchased a few articles for which I paid the cash. weather cloudy and warm with occasional showers of rain.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Monday, November 17th, 1862

To day Sam Sharp with the little wagon and mules and Masoline riding my horse Rat left Liberty after bidding us all good bye in route for the mill, to which point I am now moving my furniture with a view of settling up the Country permanently [i.e., Houston County]. I attended a mass meeting at the Court house for the purpose of furnishing labor to obstruct the navigation of the river and against the advance of the enemy's gun boats, but I regret to say that no definite action was taken and the Government steamer Col. Stell was compelled to leave without the hands for which she came, thus making two grand failures to arrouse the people to a sense of their danger. weather cloudy, warm and occasional showers of rain.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Sunday, November 16th, 1862

To day Sam Sharp and I are very busy packing up some articles for him to take up the Country [i.e., to Houston County], and in loading the little wagon. The steamer Col. Stell arrived from the mouth of the river, not having as yet commenced any defencive [sic] works for the want of labor, which appears to be hard to be obtained. weather cloudy & warm, with showers throughout the day and a very hard rain at night.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Saturday, November 15th, 1862

To day I am busy making out my accounts current with the government as Provost Marshal and forwarded the same to Brig. Genl. H.P. Bee at San Antonio, Texas together with all my original vouchers. In the evening I went up town and attended the vendue of Joseph Richardsons effects, which were auctioned off by Charley Lund, purchasing a few articles. I regret to say that I got slightly tight while up town. weather cloudy & warm with occasional showers of rain.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Friday, November 14th, 1862

To day I went up town and remained there pretty much the whole day expecting to attend a mass meeting of the people called for the purpose of devising ways & means to obstruct the mouth of the Trinity River in order to prevent the gun boats of our enemy ascending the same but from the luke warmness of the people no meeting was holden and every body appeared to be resigned to their fate if the enemy should come and take the villiage which does not at all seem improbable. weather changeable & cool.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Thursday, November 13th, 1862

To day I am still busy in the office and finished making out my rolls as Enrolling officer, and sent the same to Head quarters together with my resignation of the same. At night I attended a dancing party given in the Empire Saloon given in honor of the returned soldiers from Virginia. weather cloudy & cold, & very unpleasant with light showers of rain.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Wednesday, November 12th, 1862

To day I am still busy in making out the Muster roll of Conscripts, conscripted by me since I have held the office of enrolling officer for Liberty County, and also in arranging all the papers belonging to said office preparitory to my resignation. The Government steamer Col. Stell arrived here from Lynchburg in quest of negro men to assist in erecting fortifications at the mouth of the Trinity River and in sinking obstructions in said river to prevent the gun boats of our enemy from ascending the same. weather cold, cloudy & rainy with a strong north wind blowing.