Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Saturday, December 31st, 1864

 To day I paid Dr. Murchison 310 lbs. of flour for 62 lbs. of wool purchased from him last fall. Hicks ground 20 bushels of corn and 5 bushels of wheat. Weather clear & cold with a frost & freeze at night. Thus I close my jottings for the month of December and for the year 1864 which has just passed & gone and now numbered with the things that were. Whether the Almighty will spare me to chronicle the daily events of the incoming year is more than poor mortal man can foresee or know but trusting in his goodness I shall enter upon the pleasing task which is meaningful as a book of reference and may hereafter be profitable to those who have an interest in my affairs after I shall have shuffled off this mortal soil and been reaped to the bosom of my ancestors. 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Friday, December 30th, 1864

To day I fixed the mill when Hicks ground 10 bushels of wheat. Sam Sharp & Nellie [Mary Alexandrien Sharp nee Lemaire] drove down to Mother's [Mahala Sharp Hall nee Roberts] in my buggy and spent the day there. Weather variable & cold with hard frost & freeze at night.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Thursday, December 29th, 1864

To day Sam Sharp and John rode down to Stubblefield's mill to see Mr. Malone in relation to his conduct on yesterday but they were unsuccessful. Lt. Neil's Regiment & Waller's Battallion passed by the mill and camped about 3 miles below the Elkhart creek at what is known as the Pridgeon field. I was troubled a great deal by the soldiers & 4 remained for dinner. Hicks ground 8 bushels of wheat. I delivered to Cox's wagon all his flour. Weather changeable & cool.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Wednesday, December 28th, 1864

To day John rode out hog hunting and was arrested by Mr. Malone and his hogs taken away from him. Father [Joshua James Hall] & Mother [Mahala Sharp Hall nee Roberts] came up and spent the evening. Hicks ground 5 bushels of wheat and 6 bushels of corn. Weather clear & cold with a hard frost & freeze at night.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Tuesday, December 27th, 1864

To day John went out hog hunting but without success. Mother [Mahala Sharp Hall nee Roberts] & John Connell [son of Mahala's sister] spent the day with us. Sam Sharp rode my horse Rob to Crockett and back. Hicks ground 15 bushels of wheat. Weather clear & rather warm.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Monday, December 26th, 1864

To day the boys rode out hog hunting and succeeded in getting one. Sam Sharp rode down to Mother's [Mahala Sharp Hall nee Roberts] and spent the day there. Mrs. Bird came up and spent the day with us. Hicks ground 5 bushels of wheat. I purchased from Smith's negroes 22 bushels of potatoes for which I paid flour. A soldier stopped with me for the night. Weather clear and rather warm for the season.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Sunday, December 25th, 1864

Today Sam Sharp & I with the children in the little wagon, Nellie [Mary Alexandrien Sharp nee Lemaire] & the little woman [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp] in the buggy, all drove down to Mother's [Mahala Sharp Hall nee Roberts] where we spent our Christmas. We had a fine dinner & a good eggnogg. We passed the day very pleasantly. Weather cloudy & rather warm. 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Saturday, December 24th, 1864

Saturday December 24th 1864. To day the boys assisted me at the mill we ground 4 bushels of wheat & 23 bushels of corn. Weather cloudy & cool with occasional showers of rain. 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Friday, December 23rd, 1864

To day the boys are at work chopping & hauling wood. I assisted Hicks in the mill where we ground 10 bushels of wheat. Capt. John Wootters left for Crockett. Weather changeable and rather warm.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Thursday, December 22nd, 1864

To day Sam Sharp and the boys again went out hog hunting but without success. Sam however killed a fine deer. I loaned Mother [Mahala Sharp Hall nee Roberts] 300 lbs of fine dry salt. Capt. John Wootters came out & stopped with me for the night. Hicks ground 12 bushels of wheat. Weather clear and cold, with a hard frost at night.


Sunday, December 21, 2014

Wednesday, December 21st, 1864

To day Sam Sharp and the boys went out a hog hunting but without any success. I half soled a pair of shoes for myself. Hicks ground 13 bushels of wheat & 15 bushels of corn. George Alford & Frank Ward stopped with me for the night. Weather clear & cold, with a hard frost at night.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Tuesday, December 20th, 1864

To day the boys went out hog hunting & succeeded in getting one. I rode up to the school house and paid Bodenhamer my war taxes, also those of Sam Sharp. I had to advance upon Sharp's taxes or in other words loan him $256. I borrowed from T. R. Dailey $370 in old issue, which I am to pay back in new issue, with a discount of one third, or rather I am to pay him $246.00 in new issue. Father [Joshua James Hall] came up and took Toby [Horace Oscar Hall] home with him. Hicks ground 12½ bushels of wheat & 23 bushels of corn. Weather cloudy & cold with occasional showers of rain and sleet.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Monday, December 19th, 1864

To day the boys went out hog hunting, but as usual without any success. I made a pair of shoes for Toby [Horace Oscar Hall]. Hicks ground 15 bushels of wheat & 23 bushels of corn. Weather cloudy & cold with a hard rain all day & night, which raised the creek pretty high & gave me a good head of water.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Sunday, December 18th, 1864

To day Mother [Mahala Sharp Hall nee Roberts] & Burt [Roberta Downes Halyard nee Hall] came up to see Sam [Samuel Houston Sharp] and remained for dinner. Weather cloudy & cool with a hard rain and very disagreeable.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Saturday, December 17th, 1864

To day the boys are at work hauling wood. Hicks ground 20 bushels of corn, and 3 bushels of wheat. Sam Sharp* arrived home from the Army on a 40 days furlough. He looks quite well but is sorely troubled with the itch. He lost my horse, Ratler, which is a heavy loss on me at this time particularly as another cannot be procured. Weather cloudy & warm with a hard rain at night.









*This Sam is a 2nd great-grandpa to the Keeper of this family history blog.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Friday, December 16th, 1864

To day the boys are at work chopping wood. I finished the shoes I was making for little Major [James Hall Sharp]. Toby [Horace Oscar Hall] is still here. Burt [Roberta Downes Halyard nee Hall] came up to bring some papers and letters. Hicks ground 20 bushels of corn & 3 bushels of wheat. Weather cloudy & warm with occasional light showers of rain.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Thursday, December 15th, 1864

To day the boys are at work hauling wood. I am engaged in making little Major [James Hall Sharp] a pair of shoes. Toby [Horace Oscar Hall] came up and remained all night. My daughter Josephine [Josephine Martha Hall] attained the first anniversary of her birth day being just one year old. Weather changeable and warm.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Wednesday, December 14th, 1864

To day the boys are at work chopping wood. Mother [Mahala Sharp Hall nee Roberts] came up and spent the day and while here assisted the little woman [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp] in drawing the thread into the harness and slay for her linsey. Hicks ground 18 bushels of corn. Weather clear and rather warm.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Tuesday, December 13th, 1864

To day the boys are cutting up and salting down the hogs killed on yesterday. I warped the thread for the linsey. Nellie [Mary Alexandrien Sharp nee Lemaire] came home from her visit to Mother's [Mahala Sharp Hall nee Roberts] and brought little Major [James Hall Sharp] home with her. Hicks ground 5 bushels of corn. Weather clear & rather warm for the season.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Monday, December 12th, 1864

To day the boys killed five hogs which only weighed 738 lbs. I helped the little woman [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp] to spool thread for her linsey. Nellie [Mary Alexandrien Sharp nee Lemaire] came up from Mother's [Mahala Sharp Hall nee Roberts] and spent the day. Hicks ground 5½ bushels of corn. Two soldiers stopped with me for the night. Weather clear & cold with a freeze at night.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Sunday, December 11th, 1864

To day I remained in the house around the fire. It was so cold and disagreeable that one cannot move about out of doors. Weather clear with very high wind and a hard freeze at night.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Saturday, December 10th, 1864

To day the boys went out hunting hogs but without any success. I assisted the little woman [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp] to spool some thread to put in the loom to weave some linsey. Hicks ground 5 bushels of corn. I paid Mr. Parker 30 lbs of flour for some tallow I purchased from him some time since. Weather changeable & cold with freeze at night.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Friday, December 9th, 1864

To day the boys went hog hunting but without any success. Billy Stewart left for Crockett. Hicks ground 5 bushels of corn. Weather cloudy and cold with a frost and freeze at night.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Thursday, December 8th, 1864

To day the boys worked upon and finished the fences around the garden and house yard. I finished the shoes for Jimmy [James Wrigley Hall]. Billy Stewart came out from Crockett and remained with me for the night. Hicks ground 5 bushels of corn. Weather changeable & cold with a freeze at night.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Wednesday, December 7th, 1864

To day the boys are at work on the garden & house yard fence. I worked on a pair of shoes for Jimmy [James Wrigley Hall]. The little woman [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp] & children drove down to Mother's [Mahala Sharp Hall nee Roberts] in the buggy and spent the day down there. Hicks ground 13 bushels of corn. Weather cloudy & cold, with a freeze at night.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Tuesday, December 6th, 1864

To day the boys are at work on the garden & house yard fence. I worked on a pair of shoes for Jimmy [James Wrigley Hall]. The little woman [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp] & children drove down to Mother's [Mahala Lee Sharp Hall nee Roberts] in the buggy and spent the day down there. Hicks ground 13 bushels of corn. Mother got 19½ lbs of cotton. Two soldiers stopped with me for the night. Weather variable and rather warm for the season.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Monday, December 5th, 1864

To day the boys are fixing up the garden fence. I am at work spooling some thread. Hicks ground 5 bushels of corn. Weather variable and rather warm.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Sunday, December 4th, 1864

To day Nellie [Mary Alexandrien Sharp nee Lemaire] came up and spent the day. In the evening she returned to Mothers [Mahala Sharp Hall nee Roberts] and took Burt [Roberta Downes Halyard nee Hall] home with her. I am engaged writing up this note book. Weather changeable and rather warm.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Saturday, December 3rd, 1864

To day the boys are at work on the garden fence. My mouth is still quite sore although recovering. The little woman [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp] rode down to Mother's [Mahala Sharp Hall nee Roberts] and Burt [Roberta Downes Halyard nee Hall] came home with her. Hicks ground 10 bushels of corn. Weather changeable and cold, with a hard frost at night.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Friday, December 2nd, 1864

To day the boys are at work on the garden fence. My mouth is still quite sore, but still improving. Hicks ground 18 bushels of corn. Weather changeable and warm.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Thursday, December 1st, 1864

To day the boys are at work hauling rails. I am still confined with the sore mouth although it is still improving. The little woman [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp] is at work weaving jeans, and finished the piece in the loom. Hicks ground 14 bushels of corn. Weather changeable and rather warm.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Wednesday, November 30th, 1864

To day the boys are still at work hauling rails. I am still confined with the sore mouth although it is improving a little. The little woman [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp] finished weaving of the jeans for Mother [Mahala Sharp Hall nee Roberts]. Hicks ground 10 bushels of corn. Weather changeable and rather warm. Thus I close my notes of events around me for the month of November which of course are of no interest to any one but myself.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Tuesday, November 29th, 1864

To day the boys are at work hauling rails. I rode over to Mr. Keen's & to Mr. Dailey's in relation to the supplying the families of soldiers with subsistance for the next year. Mother [Mahala Sharp Hall nee Roberts] & Nellie [Mary Alexandrien Sharp nee Lemaire] called by as they returned from a visit to Mrs. Bird's. Hicks ground 2½ bushels of wheat and 16½ bushels of corn. Weather cloudy and warm with a light shower of rain.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Monday, November 28th, 1864

To day the boys are at work hauling rails. I rode around to see the families of soldiers and take an account of what they require for their next year's supply. Hicks ground 4½ bushels of wheat & 12½ bushels of corn. Weather changeable, warm and very windy.
 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Sunday, November 27th, 1864

To day I remained in the house writing up this note book. my mouth is still sore though some little better. Weather changeable and warm.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Saturday, November 26th, 1864

To day the boys are at work splitting rails. I am still confined to the house with the sore mouth. Mother [Mahala Sharp Hall nee Roberts] came up and spent the evening. Hicks ground 17 bushels of corn. Weather cloudy, windy and rather warm.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Friday, November 25th, 1864

To day the boys are at work splitting rails. I am still confined with the sore mouth. Toby [Horace Oscar Hall] came up after Burt [Roberta Downes Halyard nee Hall] who went home with him. I received my new jeans pants they being made of the cloth that I wove for myself. Hicks ground 3 bushels of wheat & 20 bushels of corn. Weather cloudy & cold with misting rain.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thursday, November 24th, 1864

To day the boys are at work splitting rails. I am still confined with the sore mouth. Hicks is engaged making an axle tree for my little wagon. Burt [Roberta Downes Halyard nee Hall] is still here. Col. Miller camped at the mills for the night, on his way to the wheat region. Weather cloudy and cold, with a rain at night.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Wednesday, November 23rd, 1864

To day the boys are engaged chopping wood. I am still confined with the sore mouth. The little woman [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp] rode down to Mother's [Mahala Sharp Hall nee Roberts] after some cloth. Burt [Roberta Downes Halyard nee Hall] came home with her. Hicks ground 23 bushels of corn. Weather cloudy & cold with hard freeze and frost at night.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Tuesday, November 22nd, 1864

To day the boys are at work hauling wood. I am still sick with the sore mouth. Nellie [Mary Alexandrien Sharp nee Lemaire] still down at Mother's [Mahala Sharp Hall nee Roberts]. Hicks ground 1½ bushels of wheat and 29 bushels of corn. clear & very cold with hard frost and freeze at night.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Monday, November 21st, 1864

To day the boys are at work hauling wood. I am still confined with my sore mouth. Nellie [Mary Alexandrien Sharp nee Lemaire] rode down to Mothers [Mahala Sharp Hall nee Roberts] & remained there. Hicks ground 5 bushels of wheat and 10 bushels of corn. Weather cloudy and very cold, with hard frost and freeze and plenty of ice at night.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sunday, November 20th, 1864

To day Lieut. Allen stopped on his way to Houston. I got from him 1 qt of whiskey. I am still confined with the sore mouth. Nellie [Mary Alexandrien Sharp nee Lemaire] drove my buggy down to Mother's [Mahala Sharp Hall nee Roberts] and there spent the day. Weather changeable and cold, with a hard freeze at night.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Saturday, November 19th, 1864

To day the boys are still at work splitting rails. I am still sick with the sore mouth and confined to my room. Hicks ground 2 bushels of wheat & 21½ bushels of corn. Weather cloudy and cold with drizzling rain.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Friday, November 18th,1864

To day I left Crockett for home after getting my detail as a miller. upon my return home I found Josephine [Josephine Martha Hall] with a fever. John rode up to Prewitt's tan yard and succeeded in getting my shoes. I am still sick with the sore mouth. Hicks ground 2 bushels of wheat & 18 bushels of corn. Weather cloudy & cold with drizzling rain throughout the entire day. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Thursday, November 17th, 1864

To day the boys are at work splitting rails. I rode my horse Rob to Crockett and stopped with Mr. Downes for the night. Hicks ground 10½ bushels of corn. I am still sick with the sore mouth. Weather cloudy and cool with occasional showers of rain.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Wednesday, November 16, 1864

To day the boys are at work splitting rails. I am still sick. The little woman's [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp] finger is still improving. Little Major [James Hall Sharp] had an attack of Cholera Morbus. Hicks ground 13 bushels of corn. Weather cloudy and cool, with light showers of rain throughout the day.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Tuesday, November 15th, 1864

To day the boys are at work hauling wood. Father [Joshua James Hall], Genl. Hodges and his nephew with Mr. Strain came up to lease some land from me but I declined the contract they offered. I am confined to the house with rheumatism. The little woman's [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp] finger is improving although it is still quite sore. Hicks ground 11 bushels of corn. Weather cloudy with a light shower of rain.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Monday, November 14th, 1864

To day the boys are at work hauling wood. The little woman [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp], Pet [Florence Mahala Hall] & I drove down to Mother's [Mahala Sharp Hall nee Roberts] in her buggy and spent the day. I loaned my little wagon & mules to Mr. Keen to go to Barn's prairie after pecans. Hicks ground 20 bushels of corn & 2½ bushels of wheat. Mother got 19 lbs of cotton which makes a bale of 500 lbs and 5 lbs towards another. cloudy with occasional showers of rain.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sunday, November 13th, 1864

To day I remained at home quite sick. I let the boys ride the mules over the river after some of my oxen that had ran away. They returned at night with the oxen. Weather changeable & rather warm.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Saturday, November 12th, 1864

To day Bill is engaged cutting up and salting down the beef & hog that I had killed on yesterday. Hicks, John & I are at work putting in the new ink, bushing, &c. in the mill. we succeeded in getting the mill started and ground 20 bushels of corn & 1½ bushels of wheat. The little woman [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp] is sick. Weather clear & rather warm, but cold at night with a light frost.