Thursday, December 31, 2015

Sunday, December 31st, 1865

To day I am engaged in making out bills of lading for the Steamer Kate & Sloop Luna, both of said boats are still here. Mrs. Beale [Elizabeth Lemaire Beale nee Waring] came over and spent the day. Jimmy [James Wrigley Hall] had another chill and fever. Frank [Stewart] is still improving. Weather cloudy with occasional showers of rain. 

Thus I close my notes for the month of December and for the year 1865, which has just passed and gone and now remembered with the things that were. Whether the Almighty wll spare me to record the daily events of things passing around me for the incoming year is more than mortal man can know but trusting in his goodness and mercy I shall enter upon the pleasing task which to me is useful as a book of reference and may here after be profitable to those who have an interest in my affairs.









The Galveston Daily News
Houston, Sunday, December 31, 1865




Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Saturday, December 30th, 1865

To day I am still at work at the storehouse. The steamer Kate & sloop Luna arrived from Galveston with a small freight. I shipped by the Steamer Kate 71 beef hides & 9 B/C [bales of cotton]. I then drove up town to attend a meeting of the citizens to raise a police guard, but it all ended in smoke. ? finished splitting up my wood and I paid him $250 specie for his labor. Weather cloudy with occasional showers of rain.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Friday, December 29th, 1865

To day I am still at work at the store house. I drove up town and waited until the [rail]cars came in from Houston, by them I received several Articles for Mrs. Beale [Elizabeth Lemaire Beale nee Waring]. Col. Wrigley still confined. Frank [Stewart] is still improving slowly. Jimmy [James Wrigley Hall] missed the chill and fever. Weather cloudy & cold with occasional showers of rain.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Thursday, December 28th, 1865

To day I am still at work at the storehouse arranging papers &c. from the utter confusion into which they were thrown by the burning of the warehouse. Jimmy [James Wrigley Hall] had a chill and fever. Frank Stewart is improving slowly. Col. Wrigley is confined to his room from sore eyes and burns received at the fire which destroyed the warehouse. Weather variable & cold, rain at night.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Wednesday, December 27th, 1865

To day I am at work at the old store house, which we have converted into a warehouse, and had the 500 sacks of salt, which came up yesterday on the Royal Arch, stored away. The Steamer Royal Arch left for Galveston, with a very small freight. Weather variable and cold.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Tuesday, December 26th, 1865

To day I am still at work at the Warehouse. The propeller Royal Arch arrived from Galveston with 500 sacks of salt on board consigned to James Wrigley. The salt was discharged too late to attempt to put in the warehouse. At night between the hours of 12 & two some infernal incendiary applied the torch to Col. Wrigley's large and very excellent warehouse consuming the entire building with about 324 Bales of Cotton besides a large lot of furniture & various other things. The loss by the conflagration will be at least 50,000$. Thus sweeping from Col. Wrigley the accumulation of years of toil. Weather variable & warm with occasional showers of rain.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Monday, December 25th, 1865

To day I am very busy at the ware house loading the steamer Kate & sloop Luna. we put 135 B/C on them when they left for Galveston. The only thing I had in way of Christmas festivities was a first rate dinner which was gotten up in the little woman's [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp] happy style. Weather variable and warm, for the season, with occasional showers of rain.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Sunday, December 24th, 1865

To day I am very busy at work at the warehouse. We shipped 146 B/C by an extra train of the T&N.O.R.R. for Houston. The little woman [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp] drove up town and purchased divers and sundry toys to be distributed to the children to night by way of presents from St. Nicholas put into their respective stockings. Weather variable and cool.




Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Saturday, December 23rd, 1865

To day I am still at work at the warehouse. The Steamer Kate & Sloop Luna arrived from Galveston and brought me a barrel of oysters. I discharged the Steamer and made out all her freight bills. Weather cloudy & cold with occasional showers of rain throughout the rain [sic, i.e., night].

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Friday, December 22nd, 1865

To day I am still at work at the warehouse. Hicks hauling for Mr. Wrigley, he also made another load for Mrs. Beale [Elizabeth Lemaire Beale nee Waring]. I drove up town and finished trying the negroes. One of them I discharged and the other I held to bail to answer the offence at the District Court. We received by express $15,000. The little woman [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp] drove up town and purchased a few articles for the children. Weather cloudy and cold.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Thursday, December 21st, 1865

To day I am still at work at the warehouse. Hicks hauled two loads of things over to Mrs. Beale [Elizabeth Lemaire Beale nee Waring]. I purchased another hog weighing 112 lbs for which I paid 5 cts per lb. In the evening I drove up town to try a couple of negroes for burglary. The trial was continued until to-morrow. Weather cloudy & very cold.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Wednesday, December 20th, 1865

To day I am still at work at the warehouse. Mrs. Beale [Elizabeth Lemaire Beale nee Waring] & family moved over to her home at night. Hicks hauled over one load of wood to her. Ed. Jones left for the up Country [Houston County]. Weather cloudy until late in the evening when the wind came out from the North & it became intensely cold.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Tuesday, December 19th, 1865

To day I am still at work at the warehouse. Mrs. Beale [Elizabeth Lemaire Beale nee Waring] & family are still with me, she paid the little woman [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp] 5$ being the Amt. I loaned her last summer. I loaned my horse and buggy to Ed. Jones, to drive out, Courting. Weather cloudy & rather warm with occasional showers of rain.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Monday, December 18th, 1865

To day I am still at work at the Ware house. I drove up town and got the little woman's [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp] bonnet, hat, &c, which had been sent over from Houston, & I find I owe a balance of $5.50 on the bills of purchase. Mrs. Beale [Elizabeth Lemaire Beale nee Waring] & family are still here. Ed. Jones arrived from the up Country. Frank [Stewart] still very sick. All still have the itch. Weather . . . 

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Sunday, December 17th, 1865

All the forenoon I worked at the warehouse and the evening I spent at home. Mrs. Beale [Elizabeth Lemaire Beale nee Waring] & family are still here, the wagon & servants that came down with her, left for their home in Montgomery County. Thus relieving me of 3 negroes & 6 mules to feed. Weather cloudy and cold.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Saturday, December 16th, 1865

To day I am still at work at the warehouse. Jimmy [James Wrigley Hall] missed the chill and fever. Frank Stewart has a relapse and is now very sick with diarrhea. At night Mrs. Beale [Elizabeth Lemaire Beale nee Waring*] and her whole family with three servants and seven horses arrived from Montgomery County, and stopped with me, to be taken care of until she can arrange to go to housekeeping. Weather cloudy and cold, with light drizzling rain. [*This Mrs. Beale is a 3rd great-grandma to the Keeper of this family history blog.]

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Friday, December 15th, 1865

To day I am still at work at the warehouse. We are all still offering with the itch, which clings to us with great pertinacity and will not yield to medical treatment of any kind so far. Jimmy [James Wrigley Hall] had another chill and fever. My daughter Josephine [Josephine Martha Hall] attained the second anniversary of her birth day. Weather cloudy & intensely cold with a hard freeze all day & night.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Thursday, December 14th, 1865

To day I am still at work at the warehouse. I loaned negro Porter Steve two dollars and fifty cents to give a party with at his house. My whole family are afflicted with the itch. Frank is slowly improving. Weather variable and very cold, with ice plenty, being the coldest night of the winter so far.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Wednesday, December 13th, 1865

To day I am still at work at the ware house. I purchased another hog weighing 150 lbs for which I paid 7$ specie. The little woman [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp] drove up town after a few articles and also purchased for me some tobacco. Billy Duncan arrived from his trip up the Country. Weather variable & intensely cold with a strong North wind blowing. At night all the water in the different vessels was frozen and the ponds around town were covered with ice.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Tuesday, December 12th, 1865

To day I am still at work at the ware house. Frank [Stewart] is still improving. I am some better with the itch, or rather I am some little relieved from it. I purchased one hog, for which I paid 5$. Jimmy [James Wrigley Hall] had a chill and fever. Weather variable and cold, with a strong north wind blowing.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Monday, December 11th, 1865

To day I worked at the warehouse & assisted in loading the Str. Kate & Sloop Luna. we put 126 Bales of Cotton on them, and they left for Galveston. At night I drove up town, with the little woman [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp], to the residence of Pryor Bryan, to witness the marriage ceremony of Mr. W.D. Williams and Miss Laura Bryan. After which the Company took up the line of march to the old City Hotel, where they touched the "light fantastic toe" until the "wee sma" hours of the morn. Weather cloudy & rather warm, with indications of rain.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Sunday, December 10th, 1865

All the forenoon of to day I worked at the ware house. In the evening the propeller Kate and sloop Luna arrived from Galveston with considerable freight. I received by the Kate one barrel of flour and 35$ in specie due me from Charles C. Lund. Weather variable and pleasant.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Saturday, December 9th, 1865

To day I am still at work at the warehouse. Mrs. Perkins left for Houston on the cars and the little woman [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp] sent by her $50 to purchase some articles. I drew from the warehouse 80$ in full payment for the wagon I heretofore sold to Jackson. Weather cloudy & cold with occasional showers of rain.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Friday, December 8th, 1865

To day I am still at work at the warehouse and assisted in moving the office from the warehouse to the Store house, in order to be more comfortable. Mr. Haggart arrived from Houston on the cars in company with Mr. Brackenridge. I loaned my horse & buggy to Col. W. to drive up town after the letters and papers. Weather cloudy and cold, with occasional showers of rain.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Thursday, December 7th, 1865

To day I am still at work at the warehouse, and am still suffering with the itch. I again loaned my horse and buggy to Mrs. Wrigley to drive out after Mrs. Massie and this time she was successful. The little woman [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp] is still doing her own house work, and we are entirely without any help. I cannot procure a cook for any thing like reasonable wages. Weather cloudy and cold.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Wednesday, December 6th, 1865

To day I am still at work in the ware house. I loaned my horse and buggy to Mrs. Wrigley to drive out in the country after Mrs. Massie. Frank is some better. I am still suffering with the itch. My son Jimmy had another chill and fever, which has prostrated the little fellow very much. Weather changeable and cold.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Tuesday, December 5th, 1865

To day I am still at work at the warehouse. Frank is still improving. I am still suffering with the itch. Mr. Haggart left on the cars for Houston. The negro boy Steve, that I had hired left me, and I paid him $2.66 for the time he had been with me. Weather cloudy and cold with occasional showers of rain.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Monday, December 4th, 1865

To day I am still at work at the warehouse. Frank Stewart still improving. I got another sack of Buck wheat from Col. W. which makes 50 lbs I owe him. I am still afflicted with sores or rather with the itch. Ed. Jones left again for the up Country [Houston County] not having finished his business on the last trip. Hicks engaged hauling wood. Weather cloudy and warm with light drizzling showers of rain.


Thursday, December 3, 2015

Sunday, December 3rd, 1865

The propeller Kate left for Galveston. The forenoon I worked at the warehouse, but remained home in the evening. Mr. Sargeant came to see me in relation to business. Ed. Jones arrived home from his up country visit. Weather cloudy & warm, with occasional showers of rain.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Saturday, December 2nd, 1865

To day I am still at work at the ware house. The little woman [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp] drove up town & purchased some articles of prime necessity. Henry Perkins, Mr. & Mrs. Bolling left on the cars for Houston. The propeller Kate arrived from Galveston with some freight. We loaded her with 82 Bales of cotton. My sores are still improving. Frank is also improving. Weather variable and pleasant.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Friday, December 1st, 1865

To day I am still at work at the warehouse. Jimmy [James Wrigley Hall] missed the chill and fever. The sores on my person are getting some better. Henry Perkins, Mr. Haggart and Maj. Boling arrived on the cars from Houston looking in fine health. Weather variable & pleasant.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Thursday, November 30th, 1865

To day I am still at work at the warehouse. Hicks is engaged hauling wood. I loaned my horse and buggy to Col. Wrigley to drive up town. Frank Stewart is still improving. My son Jimmy [James Wrigley Hall] had another chill and fever. I am still afflicted with sores. Weather variable and cold. Thus I close my notes for November.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Wednesday, November 29th, 1865

To day I am still at work at the warehouse. Hicks is engaged hauling wood. Jimmy [James Wrigley Hall] missed his chill and fever. I am still afflicted with sores, which does not seem to improve any. Frank Stewart still continues to improve. The little woman [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp] drove up town and purchased a pair of shoes for which she paid 5$ specie. Weather variable and a little cool.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Tuesday, November 28th, 1865

To day I am still at work at the warehouse, and finished bottling off the brandy. Ed. Jones left for Livingston and I loaned him my revolver, to take with him. Jimmy [James Wrigley Hall] has a chill and fever. I am afflicted with sores all over my person. Weather clear and pleasant.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Monday, November 27th, 1865

To day I am still at work at the ware house. I assisted Col. Wrigley in putting up 6 Doz. brandy, which we shipped to D. Willis at Livingston, together with 38 sacks of salt. I sold my large road wagon to L. Jackson for 80$ specie and collected from him 4$ which I had heretofore loaned him. Weather variable and pleasant.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Sunday, November 26th, 1865

To day I am still at work at the warehouse and still drawing off brandy. I let Hicks have $3. to purchase a pair of shoes. Frank [Stewart] still improving a little. Weather variable and pleasant.


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Saturday, November 25th, 1865

To day I am still at work at the warehouse, drawing off brandy and putting it up in cases. I loaned Col. Wrigley my horse and buggy to drive up town. Frank Stewart walked down to the warehouse being his second trip. Weather variable and rather warm.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Friday, November 24th, 1865

To day I am still at work at the warehouse. Frank [Stewart] and Burt [Roberta Downes Halyard nee Hall] are about as well as their diseases will admitt of. Col. Wrigley arrived in the cars from Houston. The Steamer Mary Hill on her upward bound trip struck a snag in demijohn bend and sunk, she will prove a total loss with every thing on board. Passengers and crew all safe. Weather variable and warm.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Thursday, November 23rd, 1865

To day I am still at work at the warehouse. The little woman [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp] drove up town to purchase a few articles. Frank [Stewart] and Burt [Roberta Downes Halyard nee Hall] are still improving. Jimmy [James Wrigley Hall] is quite sick with a severe cold. Weather clear & cool.


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Wednesday, November 22nd, 1865

To day I am still at work at the warehouse. Frank [Stewart] & Burt [Roberta Downes Halyard nee Hall] still continue to improve. Frank walked down to the warehouse, being the first time since his arrival in Liberty. I loaned Ed. Jones my horse & buggy to go out ducking and for which he presented me a fine duck of mallard. Weather clear and rather cool.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Tuesday, November 21st, 1865

To day I am still at work at the warehouse. Frank and Burt are still improving. Col. Wrigley left on the cars for Houston. I got from Ed. Jones an overshirt for Frank Stewart for which I paid two dollars. The little woman [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp] also purchased him another shirt up town, for which I paid three dollars. Weather clear and pleasant.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Monday, November 20th, 1865

To day I am still at work at the warehouse. Frank and Burt are still improving slowly. At night the little woman [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp], children and I spent the evening at Col. Wrigley's where we partook of a fine oyster supper. I paid Sam Clark fifteen dollars for making a trip up the country for me. Weather clear and pleasant.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Sunday, November 19th, 1865

To day I work at the warehouse all the forenoon & played chess in the evening with Col. Wrigley. Frank & Burt are still improving. The little woman [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp] purchased some pork for which I paid $2.50. Weather clear & cool.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Saturday, November 18th, 1865

To day I am still at work in the warehouse. Ed. Jones went out hunting, but with poor success. Frank Stewart and Roberta are little better. I spent the evening very pleasantly playing chess. Weather cloudy & cold with a strong north wind blowing all day and all night.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Friday, November 17th, 1865

To day I am still at work in the warehouse. Col. James Wrigley arrived on the cars from Houston looking quite well. Frank Stewart & Roberta are improving & much better. Hicks finished hauling all the corn from Dr. Coleman's. I paid him for my share of the corn, amounting to $114. Weather cloudy and cold with a hard rain all the evening and all night making it very disagreeable and unpleasant.


Monday, November 16, 2015

Thursday, November 16th, 1865

To day I am still at work in the warehouse. Riley Hefley arrived from my mills with 6 bales of cotton on his wagon. He reports all my relatives up the country [in Houston County] well. Hicks hauled 2 loads of corn to Col. Wrigley's crib. Frank Stewart and Roberta are still quite sick. Jimmy & Josephine have recovered. Weather cloudy & cool with a light shower of rain at night.


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Wednesday, November 15th, 1865

To day I am still at work in the warehouse. Hicks hauled me another load of corn which makes in all delivered in my crib 190 barrels. He also hauled one load of 38 barrels and put in Col. Wrigley's cribs. Frank Stewart is still sick and confined to his room. Roberta is also sick. Jimmy & Josephine are better. Weather changeable & warm with a shower of rain.


Saturday, November 14, 2015

Tuesday, November 14th, 1865

To day I am still at work in the warehouse. Col. Wrigley left on the cars for Houston. Hicks hauled me another load of corn and put it in the crib. Frank Stewart is still quite sick and confined to his bed. My son Jimmy [James Wrigley Hall] and little daughter Josephine are both unwell. The little woman [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp] drove up town and purchased a few articles. Weather cloudy and a little cool.