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Wednesday 25th May 1864

Sister Jane sent here Monday & got a two horse load of hay. Mr. Henry was in Asheville last Monday, sent five sacks of flour but did not sell it. Sister Jane sent today after two pigs & wants to hire a negro woman for her feed. I don’t want to hire the woman but will try to hire her to Mrs. A.B. Jones

I finished Sam’s pants & Charlie’s that Matt sewed on yesterday. Fannie & Tena finished the wool today & Fannie washed some cotton. Rained this evening. I took off the large wheel off my sewing machine & washing & cleaned it well. It runs some better but still heavy.

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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Friday 5th [June 1863]

No news today but one letter came as Mr. Henry brought the mail yesterday. I made or rather finished Zona’s dress & sewed some on Pinck’s pants. I sewed them up on the machine. I made six sacks Wednesday evening on the machine. They were made of the tent cloth, the one I made Mr. Henry the time he went to the Laurel war. They are very dirty. He is going to send after some wheat to Haywood. He gives six dollars & a half for wheat & sells flour at 25$ a hundred.

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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Monday Jan 12th 1863

Mr. Henry off to Asheville. I made a blanket today for him to take with him. Had cooking done for him & some for old Jim Night. They start to market tomorrow with the apples & lard. Two waggons. Atheline is sick again. The others all well. Mrs. Jamison here today changing the sley in the loom as the jeans is not good cloth.

Tuesday 13th [January 1863]

Dr. Thrash here this morning to see Atheline, thinks it is her liver. Left some medicine for her. Mr. Henry sold some pork to the militia, taken away this morning. Mr. Henry got off about 10. Tom Cook brought my shoes this morning. They are very nice. I put them on right away as I have worn cloth shoes till I am tired. Mr. Henry came home tonight. They did not get off. Charlie & Night started this morning. I cut out Hanes & Lonzo a pair pants each & sewed a little on both pair. Got one pair ready for the machine & some on the others. Jinnie scoured my room & dining room today. The jeans does better since the sley is changed.

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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Miss E Stanton

Would respectfully inform the ladies of Charlotte, that she is prepared with Machine thread and silk, to do every variety of machine stitching; she will also attend to the mantua making business, for which she has some new styles. Room in J. Trotter’s boarding house, Maine Street, November 25, 1862

Source: North Carolina Whig  (Charlotte, NC), November 25, 1862 as found on www.digitalnc.org.

 

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Saturday Nove 1st [1862]

My teeth & jaw pained me a good deal last night but I did not get up. They are not easy today. I have made the wristbands & collars of the three domestic loomed shirts today & tried to make a bosom on the machine but it would not stitch it so I stitched it myself & run two or three pleats & sewed some on it at night after repairing two of Mr. Henry’s old shirts. As I had no knitting I finished Willie’s third pair stockings last night & now I must knit for Zona next as she needs worse than Pinck. Pinck’s toe has got a great deal better. Willie has been loosein his bowels this week again. Hanes attends to him. I have a nice quantity of walnuts out drying for winter use. The children have gathered them. This has been a warm bright day. Hanes has cleaned the yards very nicely today.

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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Tuesday 28th [October 1862]

Sewed some on one shirt today. Fannie & Jinnie at work at the wool. Mr. Henry staid at the mill nearly all day. Much warmer today than yesterday, the snow will nearly all melt today except on the North hill sides. My little ones are barefooted this cold weather. Pinck has boots but has a sore toe & can’t wear them. His toe looks very bad. Willie has some old shoes for he has worn shoes all summer but little Zona is perfectly barefooted. We have some nice goat skins to make them shoes but don’t know when I can get them made as old Presley is making for the negroes. Peter went to the machine today after the soles. He tells us that Sister Jane stays in Asheville tonight & will leave in the morning for Ten. I think she might have given us a call. Mr. Henry has been out all day riding. Steph. Jones starts Thursday to sell Mr. Henry’s hogs for him or buy corn to feed on.

Wednesday 29th [October 1862]

Mrs. Jamison spent the day here. I have not done much on the shirt. The machine stitched the bosom very well. Aunt Patsy brought home some light mixed stocking yarn. It is very nice, blue & white. A great deal warmer today. The leaves are crisped up on the apple trees from the cold. We have had heavy frosts every morning for several days.

 

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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Wednesday 2nd [July  1862]

Cut Willie two skirts off the sheeting today. Hemmed both on machine & but little else. Hanes is gathering cherries every evening. They are ripening fast. Fight still going on at Richmond. The hands are sawing wheat.

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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