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Thursday 18th [August 1864]

I have a slight headache all day & yesterday too. I finished my dress this evening. Matt has sewed on Mr. Henry’s coat. Betsey Jamison was here this evening, staid a short time. The children learn fast & are a dear good set of wee ones. Mrs. Fanning gets on slowly with the flannel as she has warped a piece for us and one for herself this week.

 

Friday 19th [August 1864]

I am twenty eight years old today. Getting up in years smartly. I finished the coat this evening. My head has not been easy since Tuesday. Matt fills quills for Mrs. Fanning. No news of importance this morning. I do hope we will be able to whip the yanks good at Atlanta.

 

Source: Diary of Cornelia Henry in Fear in North Carolina: The Civil War Journal and Letters of the Henry Family. Clinard, Karen L. and Russell, Richard, eds. (Asheville, NC: Reminiscing Books, 2008).

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August 16 1864

Last Sunday I went to Union to prayermeeting, but few there, when I went into the church I felt bad, but I continued to pray to God to remove my sorrow, in a few moments he heard, answered, and he did bless my soul. Oh! I was happy enough to shout, but I kept it in, I was melted down and wept tears of love and joy, and I felt like saying glory and honor to Jesus Christ, the Lord has sanctified me throughout, soul, spirit and body, hallelujah!!! My soul is happy, heaven is my home. I have passed through some fiery trials, many temptations, cares, disappointments and sorrows, but thank God his grace has been sufficient.

This is my dear Mary Virginia’s birthday, she is 23 years old today, I hope she will be a shining light in the church, and live a devoted christian and a blessing to her dear family & may the blessings of high heaven be hers.

Source: Mary Jeffreys Bethell Diary, 1853-1873.  #1737-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. http://docsouth.unc.edu/imls/bethell/menu.html

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Wednesday 20th July 1864

This is Pinck’s birth day. He is eight years old today. I remember this day eight years ago very well. Mrs. Peake & Dr. Peake were there. They came the evening of the 7th Saturday & Pinck was born five minutes of twelve on Sunday morning. The house was full of boarders. We had many things then to what we have now. The burning of that hotel nearly broke us up. I hope to be as comfortably fixed some day again. A great many changes have come over us since then. We buried one of our darling children since & now have three younger than Pinck living. Pinck is well grown to his age. The summer he was a year old, 1857, I thought he would die. He was sick three months with diarrhea. He was nothing but skin and bone. I have dressed him many a morning & never expected to undress him alive. I nursed him nearly all the time. Sometimes Atheline would walk him some. We rode him out every day. Sometimes Sister Jane & I would ride him but mostly Mr. Henry and I . We had a nice buggy then & a gentle poney we worked. I am thankful my child was restored to health. May he make an honorable high toned man & a useful member of society. I wish all my boys the same. May they all be useful to their country & Piously incline. Lead their young hearts unto Thee Oh Lord I pray. I wish my dear little daughter may grow up a virtuous chaste woman. May she never err from virtuous faith & when they come to die may the “dread their graves as little as their beds.” Mr. Henry out in the farm all day. I finished my dress this evening. It fits very neatly. Mrs. Fanning got the cloth out today. No news from the army. They are expected a raid on Asheville every day. They are fortifying there now. I do hope & pray the enemy will never get in. Like David I ask Oh! Lord may we not fall into the hands of our enemies.

 

Source: Diary of Cornelia Henry in Fear in North Carolina: The Civil War Journal and Letters of the Henry Family. Clinard, Karen L. and Russell, Richard, eds. (Asheville, NC: Reminiscing Books, 2008).

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June 28th

Since I last wrote we have had a death in our family. Mollie Weldon, my little grandaughter died on the 2nd of June, her bowels and lungs were diseased, she was about 9 months old, a bright and lovely babe, one of the sweetest buds of promise. We miss her, but we have another angel in Heaven to praise God, our blessed Saviour. May the Lord help us all to meet Mollie Weldon in Heaven.

 

Last Sunday was my birth day, I was 43 years old, and now as I enter my 44 year I will renew my covenant with God. I now consecrate myself and all that I have to his service. I am the Lord’s and he is my Saviour. I will love and serve him as long as I live, hope to praise him in Heaven.

 

Source: Mary Jeffreys Bethell Diary, 1853-1873.  #1737-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. http://docsouth.unc.edu/imls/bethell/menu.html

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April 7 [1864]

Ellerbe Thursday night

This is my 44th birthday. How rapidly are “the days of the years of my pilgrimage” passing away! “So teach us to remember our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” I have had a good night kiss from all my children, except my Mary Eliza and I have thought of her. Jimmie & George came home this evening from their school at Smithville to spend a few days. I have just reviewed my diary & thought of all the ways the Lord had mercifully led me. Truly many a day “goodness and mercy have followed me all the days of my life!”

From my happy girl-hood, and through all the cares and trials of my advancing life have I been blessed and supported. “When worn with sickness, all hast Thou with health renewed my face and when infirm and sorrow sinks revived my soul with Grace!”

 

Source: Jane Evans Elliot Diaries #5343, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/e/Elliot,Jane_Evans.html

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Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th [August 1863]

This is the 19th, my birth day. I was born in 1836, 27 years ago today. Many changes have turned up since that day. My own dear mother has passed away. I can’t wish her back when I certainly believe she is at rest. She is free from all the cares of this life. I had headache yesterday & today, not one of the worst sort as I was able to sit up. I finished my cap & knit some on Pinck’s sock. I am knitting him some cotton socks. Matt Tidwell will knit one pair for him. Today I took some tea, a garden plant commonly called Old Man. I think it done me some good. It is very bitter. I took a nap after dinner & my head was well when I woke about sundown. Harrie came over yesterday. We sent to Asheville for him. He brought my mantilla, it is died black & looks very well. He brought the children some candy & Fannie sent Zona a home made duck. Eugenia’s family were well when he left.

Source: Diary of Cornelia Henry in Fear in North Carolina: The Civil War Journal and Letters of the Henry Family. Clinard, Karen L. and Russell, Richard, eds. (Asheville, NC: Reminiscing Books, 2008).

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June 26th 1863

This is my birth day, I am 42 years old today. I have been blessed from my infancy to the present time, goodness and mercy have followed me all the days of my life. I have had great religious privileges, and every blessing to enjoy. I feel happy today, I will praise the Lord, he converted my soul when I was sixteen years old. I had a pious Father and a good education.

 

Source: Mary Jeffreys Bethell Diary, 1853-1873.  #1737-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. http://docsouth.unc.edu/imls/bethell/menu.html

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