The Diary of Ida (Manees) McCloy
This diary was written in 1877 by Ida Manees. It contains references to her
family and her life as a schoolteacher. It also has a list of her male and
female acquaintances in 1877. I have not changed the spelling of names, even
when I know they are incorrect. The wording in the diary is just as Ida wrote
it; no changes have been made, except when necessary for clarification. Ida
Manees (2/9/1857 - 9/30/1931) was the daughter of James W. Manees (12/27/1825
- 3/1/1898) and Julia Ann Taylor Shore (3/7/1833 - 2/20/1882). She married
W.S. McCloy (1853 - 1926). All are buried at the Manees Family Cemetery.
Surnames found in this Diary
Aikin, Allen, Anderson, Bailey, Baker, Barker, Barron, Bell, Belser,
Besselieu(?), Bishop, Bledso, Bolling, Bond, Bordeaux, Boyd, Bradley,
Bradshaw, Brook(s), Buelher, Burget, Burk(s), Callahan, Canada, Carpenter,
Carr, Carter, Chaffin, Chestnut, Clayton, Cole, Cook, Cornish, Craig, Crute,
Culpepper, Davis, Dixon, Dougan, Duvall, Edwards, Elaxander, Evans, Files,
Fisher, Ford, Forest, Fryar, Gabbert, Gabby, Garison, Gibson, Giles, Gill,
Gober, Graves, Hall, Hammet, Hancock, Hankins, Hanly, Hardy, Harper, Harris,
Hart, Hattock, Haynes, Hearn, Hemingway, Henderson, Henry, Howell, Hudson(?),
Hudspeth, Huffman, Hunt, Hurley, Hussey, Hyatt, Irwin/Erwin, Jewell, Jones,
Jordan, Josie, Karr, Killian, King, Kulbeth, Lamb, Lambert, Lane, Laningham,
Maloney, Manees, Marks, Massey, Matthews, McCain, McCalaster, McCloy,
McCullock, McFalls, McGehee, McQuistion, Miller, Montague(?), Montgomery,
Moore, Morgan, Morris, Myer, Nash, Neal, Neeley, Nolly, Owens, Patrick,
Patten, Penix, Pickens, Potts, Preddy, Preston, Procise(?), Ragland, Ramsey,
Raymond, Remley, Rhodes, Rice, Ridgal, Rieves/Rives, Rogers, Royal, Rumph,
Rutledge, Seabrook, Shelton, Shore, Shorter, Slemons, Spencer, Stanley,
Steadman, Strong, Taylor, Thomas, Thomasson, Thompson, Tiffin, Tillar,
Tillman, Trotter, Walls, Watson, Wells, Whitaker, Williamson, Wilson, Wood,
May 7th 1877
I am contented at last. I feel like a new person entirely. Have been enjoying
myself more than I ever have. I attended the May celebration also a party at
Mr. Bob Hyatt's. I never enjoyed myself better in my life than I did that
night. Tonight is the time for the literary society to meet. I cannot attend.
My dear old journal I have neglected you for a month, but I had not forgotten
you. I have been enjoying myself so very much lately that I did not take time
to write. I have attended the literary society three times. Had a fine time
last Tuesday night at Mr. Shelton's. Mr. Rube Massey delivered a splendid
address on history. He had some relics of the old Ship Lawrence commanded by
Commodore Perry. It has been under the water of Lake Erie for 60 years. It was
taken out last year and sent to the centennial. He showed us an iron pin, a
goblet, and an ounce ball made of some part of the ship. The pin fastened some
part of the ship together. Also saw a pair of sleeve buttons made of a piece
of the hull of the ship. He had a copy of the oldest and first newspaper
published in North America, dated April 17th 1704, Philadelphia, Pa. I
attended last Tuesday night at Mr. Bob Hyatt's. We had a splendid society; had
reading by the girls and young men, essays by Ed Cole and Dr. Allen. I left
early that night, hated to do so for I was having a nice tete tete with the
Dr. I was very tired when I got back to Aunt Sarah's. I came home Wednesday
We have had such good rains, vegetation looks beautiful today. It was so dry
that everything looked withered. How thankful we ought to be to God for such a
blessing. I went to church today had a splendid sermon, what other sort do we
have when Mr. John Carr officiates. It always does me good to hear him. When I
got home from preaching I found Willie Manees and Mr. Gill here. I don't fancy
him much. I do fancy someone else though. I did not speak to John Thomasson
today; he was with Levia Miller. I saw Dr. but did not speak to him.
I did not attend the society Tuesday night. Stayed at home untill Saturday and
then Jim went down with me to see Lizzie and Aunt Minnie. There is to be a
celebration on the 29th at Andrew's Chapel.
I went to the celebration on the 29th. We went in the wagon. Tom [?] Wells and
Louise [?] went with us. I enjoyed myself so very much in fact everyone seemed
to enjoy themselves. We had speeches by several boys and scriptural dialogue
by the Sabbath school scholars. Also a speech by Mr. John Carr. I had a nice
time with Mr. Callahan, Dr. Miller, Mr. Royal, Bish Hall, and last of all
Johnnie. He carried me buggy riding Levia Miller and Wiley Royal also. We rode
about five miles. When we got back it was time to go home. It was nearly dark
when we arrived home. I went to the Baptist church today had a splendid sermon
by Mr. Callahan. The text was in the 10th chapter and 23 verse of Hebrews. Let
us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering. Pa is not at home
today went down to Uncle Ziph's to see about the school which I am trying to
get. I don't know how it will be decided yet.
Well we all went to preaching at Mr. Stanley's today. Dr. Karr officiated. We
got back home at 5 o'clock. Then Jim came with me down to Uncle Ziph's to
I am very well contented with my little school. I have but few scholars today,
its being the first day. I don't expect they all know that school commenced
today. I am very well pleased with the scholars, I like teaching very much
although it is something new to me. I am boarding at Uncle Ziph's have two
miles to walk. I do not get very tired. I am teaching in a little school house
that sits on a hill. The bushes are very thick around it, but there has not
been any school here since '74. I want to have the bushes cut down around the
house. I do not have time to get lonesome, am busy all the time. I have not
got many scholars, but they keep me busy.
I have been teaching a week. I am very well pleased with my school. It don't
seem to me that I have been down here a week. I had one new scholar Wednesday.
I will go home this evening. I want to see them all very much. Jim has come
for me. I was so glad to see him. And old Pomp, I am as glad to see him as if
he was folks. I will come back Sunday evening or I may come Sunday morning and
go to church down at Pine church. I may stay and go to church in town. I must
go home it is getting late. I do want to see Elmer and Bolling so much. Jim
says Elmer fell from Pomp's back just before he left.
I found all well except Elmer. He was very stupid. When I got home he was
better Saturday morning and as gay as a lark Sunday. I did not go to church
Sunday. Came down here for the evening. Jim brought me down and staid all
night. Aunt Minnie was sick all night and is no better this morning. I have a
nice time down here teaching. I would do finely if the seed ticks were not so
very bad. They get all over our clothes. I reckon they will not be so thick
when they cut out the road. The farmers have been so very busy that they have
not had time to fix the road. I will be so very glad when it is done.
I have eleven scholars today, am getting along with them finely. We are
needing rain very much now. I thought that we were going to have a good one
yesterday we only had a light shower. But I was thankful for that. It seems
very romantic to be out here in the woods; when it clouds up like it is going
to rain I feel a little uneasy. The house is not on a very firm foundation.
The blocks are rotting. I have not been to church since I commenced teaching.
I will try to go next Sunday if I get home Friday evening. I am looking for
company some Friday soon. The Misses Thomasson. I hope they will come when I
am at home. John will have to bring them.
Friday, July 19th
Two weeks today since I left home. I cannot tell whether Pa will send for me
or not. I suppose he will. I have been thinking of staying down this Saturday
and dry apples. I have a few that I dried every evening after school. We are
going to have conference in Monticello this fall and will need all such
things. I have been getting on finely this week. I have 12 scholars. That does
very well, I think. How I do wish I could see ______ and tell him how well
pleased I am. I don't know when I will see him, not soon I reckon. Well one
page is enough at present, so goodbye till Monday.
I staid last night and dried apples today. Minnie went home with Jim. I do
want to see Little Buddie so very much. I also want to see someone else's Bud
too. Bless his sweet pretty self. I forgot: we finished the apples. Lizzie and
Aunt Minnie helped me to cut and peel them. I am so very proud of them, it may
be that someone's Bud will eat some of them. I wanted to go to church tomorrow
but will not go. I must be sure to go on the 2nd Sunday in next month. Then I
will see _______, also Dr. _______, but I don't care for him. I want to see
all my old friends. I generally meet my most intimate friends there.
I have been quite sick all day; feel better late this evening. I thought this
morning I was going to be very sick. Did not know what I would do with my
I went to school this morning was very sick until late this evening although I
did not have to stop teaching. I got a long letter from Ma yesterday evening.
It did me a great deal of good. We have not had a good rain for several weeks,
are needing it very much. God knows what we need. I will not murmur if it is
God's will. I will be contented. Elmer and Will left this morning. Adieu!
I have just arrived from school. It is drizzling rain and has been all day
pretty much. Oh! how thankful I am for this little shower. I did not have many
scholars, several are sick, besides two are staying at home this week for what
reason I cannot tell. I am getting on finely . Don't get tired out as everyone
said I would; but I have not been teaching long enough yet. I hope that I will
not get tired at all. If I could see ______ or ______ I would feel just as
happy as a big sunflower that nods and bends in the breezes. And would that I
could say "my heart's as light as the wind that blows the leaves off of the
trees." But alas! I cannot.
Oh! how very very thankful I am. We have been blessed with a splendid rain
this evening. As I write I can hear the drops of rain falling from the trees.
It was very sudden. I saw a dark cloud rising in the northwest about two p.m.
I hurried with the lessons and dismissed school. It commenced raining before
we had got half way. We were very wet when we arrived at Mrs. Watson's. I
found Willie and Elmer waiting for the rain to hold up so that they could come
after me. I am terribly disappointed. It did not stop raining long enough for
me to go. Nevertheless, it is for the best. I will start soon in the morning
if not raining.
I started home soon Saturday morning. Got as far as town and heard that Minnie
Whitaker had got down from Pine Bluff and was at Aunt Sarah's. I went by to
see her, was so very glad to see she and cousin John and little Paul Allen.
Bless his little heart, he is so sweet. Minnie promised me that she would come
out the next day. I went on home and found Ann, Bolling, and Jim all sick.
Minnie and cousin John also Lonnie came out Sunday morning. Will and George
came over from Mr. Word's and staid all day. Then Jim and Ellis Wells came
about 12 o'clock. We had some very nice watermelons, the first that I have had
this year. I did not come down until yesterday. George staid all night and
came with me, and will come to carry the horse back. I got here about half
past 7. I did not have many scholars today, am getting on finely. I forgot to
say I had my fortune told Saturday. It was very nice, told me some things that
I never knew that anyone but myself knew of; the old woman says she will be at
our house next Saturday and finish telling my fortune. I don't believe in such
things but she told me a few things that surprised me. She told me something
that would happen. I don't know how to believe that, I can wait and see.
I have a new scholar this morning. That makes twelve. They are not all here
this morning, some are sick. The road is cut out at last, we don't have to
come through the woods as we did last week. I have not got tired teaching and
hope I never will.
Wednesday 1st _______
I went home Friday evening, found Bolling sick. He was so very fretful. We had
company Saturday. I went to church yesterday. Staid at Aunt O's all day, went
to the Baptist Church. We had a fine sermon by Mr. Callahan. The text was
found in the 11th chapter of Hebrews 5th verse "for before his translation he
had this testimony, that he please God." There was large congregation, there
not being services at any other church. Mr. Callahan will be out today. I am
sorry that he is coming today. I would rather he would come on Saturday. There
will not be anyone but Ma and the children. Pa will be plowing and Jim is
clerking for Mr. Matthews. I called by yesterday to see Minnie. She is going
to leave Wednesday. Dr. Allen was there. He is such a nice man. Mr. Andrew
Allen was there also. I think a great deal of him. He is very lively. I wanted
to go to ... last night but had to go home so I could come down here this
morning. I did not see Mr. _____. He passed by Saturday, also Sunday but I did
not see him. I had some fine watermelons at Uncle Sam's Sunday.
We had a splendid rain yesterday. I am so thankful for it. Minnie leaves today
for home. I do wish that she lived down here. I wrote a letter yesterday to
Cousin Fannie Thompson. I am writing one to Cousin Jimmie Carter and Cousin
Rosa. I write at play time and recess. But the children keep so much that I
cannot write much. It is "Miss Ida make somebody quit it" all the time. I hate
to see recess and intermission come sometimes. I saw Dr. Allen this morning.
He had been down below to see someone. I will attend church next Sunday if I
can. There will be services at Mr. Stanley's, it being the 2nd Sunday. I am so
glad. I do love to go there to preaching. I see all my particular friends. And
I have been getting on finely lately. I have not had to whip any of my
scholars yet. I won't say that I am not going to do it, for I expect I will
have to do it. Aunt Minnie and Uncle Z have gone to see ... tonight. I will go
home tomorrow. I do hope that Pa will send for me. I am low spirited tonight.
I reckon it is because some of the home folks are away. I do want to go to
church at Mr. Stanley's so very much. I don't expect that Mr. ____ will be
there as there is preaching down there next Sunday. I must not think of him so
much. He might be most ... to, But I don't care.
I went home Friday evening, had company Saturday and made some nice cider that
evening. How I do love cider. We all went to preaching at Mr. Stanley's
yesterday. Had a splendid sermon by Mr. John Carr. We did not have a large
congregation as the Piney Woods folks were at the Baptist Church at Woodlawn.
I did not care. I have not got a particular friend now. I had a faithful
friend once and I cast his love and friendship aside. I do not know why I did
it for I always did like him. I fear I have lost him now but value him very
highly yet, though I know that I am forgotten ere this. God knows best. I will
not murmur at his will. But would that I had not cast his love aside. I am
doomed to disappointments. I feel that I was born for such. But forgive me my
father for murmuring at thy will. Thou knowest best. Make me to believe that
all things work for the best. I know I am wicked but I will strive to be
better from this out. I will be resigned to thy will. I am in a great deal of
trouble at present. I will not confide it to you my dear journal. Would that I
could. I would pour forth my feelings on the pages of this my dear and
faithful book for I know that you are a good confidant. I will not have any
other than you. If I could keep you hid where no one else could see you, how
much I could tell. I know that I am the most miserable creature in existence
but I do not like to put such words in my dear old. When I commenced this
book, I resolved not to put anything but the liveliest of my actions and
thoughts in it. How I do wish that I was happy, and contented. I do not know
why it is but I am getting low spirited again. Nevertheless, I will strive to
overcome my troubles and disappointments. I know these are the gloomiest pages
of my little journal. But I am expressing my sentiments. I hope I will feel
better in the morning. I will retire.
I feel so very badly tonight. Have such a terrible cold and the worst headache
imaginable. I stopped at Mrs. Watson's, she gave me such a nice bait of
peaches. Oh! me, I can't write much I feel so very strangely. I am going home
tomorrow. Am so very glad I do not like to be from home when I am sick. We
will have company next Saturday. Miss S. K... and Mittie R. I promised to go
to church in Pine Woods Sunday but I don't know whether I will go or not. I
shall have to go to church in town to hear Mr. Carr or Callahan. By the way
Mr. Callahan and Mrs. Clayton spent the day at our house last Sunday. I will
We had quite a nice speech Friday evening by Uncle Ziph. He, Mr. Watson's
brother Tom & Pa and Elmer were all at the schoolhouse Friday. The
trustees were there to see how we were progressing. They were very well
pleased. The children had speeches which were very good. My school was just
half out that day. I went home, Pa and Elmer came after me. I got home before
sundown. Mrs. Rice and Mittie were to see us Saturday. I went home with them
that night though I was not able. My cold was terrible bad and is not entirely
well yet. Mittie dosed me good that night so that I would be able to go to
church at Andrew's Chapel Sunday. Sunday was a beautiful day. Mittie rode
horseback and I went with Mr. Stanley in the buggy. Mr. John M. Bradley was to
have officiated but owing to sickness in his family did not get there.
Nevertheless, we had a nice time; took dinner at Mr. Stanley's. We saw Ella
Evans from Dorsey County, did not know she was down until we saw her in the
church. I was so glad to see her, she and Saul B. also took dinner at Mr. S's.
Mrs. Norah Wright, Mr. Griff Stanley and wife, Mr. Maloney and .... We had a
splendid dinner, had turkey. Well, I arrived home Sunday evening and came down
to school this morning, left Anna sick. I will not write any more as I do not
Oh! how thankful I am we have been blessed with a splendid rain today. We were
all needing it very much. How grateful we ought to be. I thought that we would
get wet coming from school but did not. I am staying all night with Mrs.
Watson tonight, Minnie also. Well I forgot to say that Dr. M. has been quite
sick. Had the physician with him. I am so sorry he is poor enough already; now
I know he looks badly. I have not seen _____ for six weeks or more. How I do
wish that I could. I think that he is surely carried away with L_____ but what
care I for that. I have quit such foolishness since I became a schoolmarm.
I stayed with Mrs. Watson last night, also Minnie; we enjoyed ourselves finely
after eating a real nice supper. We had a sugar watermelon which was splendid.
Mr. Watson was from home. I thought it was going to be a rainy day, but it has
not rained yet but looks very much like it now. My school is over half out. I
will not have but five weeks to teach after this week. I am doing very well
now. My scholars are not unruly in the least if I speak to them they mind me
very well. I would like to hear from home. Anna was sick when I left. I hope
she is better ere this. I will go home day after tomorrow. That don't seem
long. The weeks pass by tolerably fast. Mrs. Malony told me Sunday that she
and Miss Pickens would come to see me Saturday. I don't know whether they will
The moon was in partial eclipse tonight. She is full and the nights are
lovely. Brother Tom is here tonight. He was looking for his colt but did not
find it. Says he got lost. I am getting on finely with my school. All my
scholars were not here today, several were absent. Well I have not got tired
of it yet. Hope I will not. I won't get another as soon as this is out. Our
third annual fair comes off in about five weeks. I anticipate having a nice
time. It commmences on the tenth of October. I have not anything prepared for
exhibition, have not had the chance. I will go home tomorrow. My cold is
nearly well but I have a cough yet.
I thought that I would not get to go home. I did not dismiss school until
nearly five o'clock. I was getting very low spirited and thought I would have
to come back. But just as I dismissed, Willie and Elmer came up the road. Oh
how glad I was. I went on home and met Aunt Sarah and Miss Jordan who had been
out to see Ma. We looked for Mrs. Malony and Pickens Saturday morning but they
did not come. I cut out my dress after I had given them out, and Ma and I
finished it that night. I went to town also that evening. Went up to see Jim.
I cleaned his room nicely for him. He is very well pleased with clerking. I
weighed while at the store. I have gained five pounds since I commenced
teaching. Weigh 124 now. Pa carried us all to church yesterday. Jim had come
out to spend the day. He staid at home. Mr. Forest of Lake Village preached.
He is a splendid man. I have fallen in love with he and his wife also. She
came home for dinner and Mr. ______ came by from church, took dinner, did not
leave till nearly sun down. I had a fine time coming down this morning. Lonnie
[?] came as far as town with me. I have ... nice rides Friday and Mondays.
Aunt M is gone to see Ella R tonight. I will have to get up soon so I will
Aunt Minnie has not come yet. I would like to hear from Ella. I had another
new scholar today. That makes fourteen. I think that is quite a good school
for this neighborhood. Well I am looking for a letter this week; it is time to
get an answer from cousin F T, and cousin Bolling Shore. I also wrote one to
cousin Jim Carter and wife. Ed Shore has not answered my last. Jim got one
last week from him. I do love to get letters and write them also. I could
write more but Minnie is singing right by my side, Coming through the Rye, and
singing about killing bugs that are flying around the candle. Adieu.
Aunt Minnie got home today. I feel very low spirited tonight. I know it wrong
to give way to my feelings but I cannot help it sometimes. I feel so very
badly. I do hope that I will not get tired and discouraged before school is
out. This week has passed by very rapidly. I reckon the other four weeks will
seem like two months. Hope not though. I would like to see Ella but don't
suppose I will get to see her before school is out. I reckon the reason that I
am so low spirited today was because all my scholars were not at school. I get
downhearted occasionally though. Willie was down this week staying with his
Ma. He is having chills.
I will go home tomorrow. I am so glad it is time to go home. I must see about
going to camp meeting. I have not been for several years. I will try to get
Brother Tom or Jim to carry me. I have been wanting to go a long time. I had
the chance to go last year, but I am glad that I did not go now. That shows
that all things worketh for the best. Why do we still persist in doing things
that we ought not to do, when God knows best. I will always try to think
everything happens for the best. I must close this page as I have got to knit
some, Aunt Minnie put on some for me.
Monticello Monday September 3rd 1877
I arrived home early Friday evening. I thought that it was going to rain it
thundered so loud. But it did not rain. I staid at home all day Saturday. Ma
went to see Ella R. She and little Maggie Olivia were getting on finely. I
want to go see her when school is out. That will be four weeks. It won't seem
very long. I had more scholars today than usually. De Emma and Clem were all
here today. I went to church Sunday. Jim went with me. Mr. Carr preached a
splendid sermon. The text was in the 27th chapter and 46th verse of Matthew.
My God, my God why hast thou forsaken me. That is a very good chapter, it is
so very imrpessive. There was a very full attendance Sunday. Cousin Fannie
Matthews played on the organ for us Sunday. I don't know why Lou Hussey was
not there. She is our organist. I came home for dinner Sunday and went over to
see Mittie Rice in the evening. She was so glad to see me, said she was so
lonesome. There has been a great deal of excitement for the past week in our
town. Mr. John M. Bradley and Mr. S.J. Matthews were carrying on a
controversy. Mr. Bradley proved to Mr. M. that there was a divine being. Mr.
M. is a deist. He denied it though, said that he was a nationalist. I came by
after Minnie this morning and brought her down to school. She went to town
Saturday. I got met this evening coming from school. I will have to close
until tomorrow. I am sleepy and it's late besides.
It has been raining most all day. I could not go to school, have been knitting
some today. It has been a very long day. The first day that I have missed
since I commenced teaching. We had a splendid rain, was needing it very much.
I hope that I can go to school tomorrow. The farmers are all picking cotton
now I believe on thinking about it. I made a cotton sack for Will today. Pa
said that he was going to commence yesterday. I don't know when Uncle Ziph
will start in his, as soon as it gets dry enough I suppose. I would like to
hear how Mr. J.T. is getting on. I saw him Saturday evening, did not speak to
him, have not heard from ______ for several weeks. Omego
I did not go to school today it has been raining all day except late this
evening. I went up to see Lizzie this evening. She has been quite sick since
Sunday. Aunt Minnie and May came up too. We tried cheer her up but did not
succeed. I feel sorry for her. She has a good husband. He has so much patience
with her when she is sick. She, Cousin Fannie, Minnie & Ella all got very
good husbands. They all are so kind to them. Well I have finished a stocking,
but I ought to have been teaching school. I will have to make up lost time. I
was in hopes that I would get through in four weeks. If not raining I will go
tomorrow. I wanted to have time to make a dress to wear to the fair which will
I thought that today would be a clear day, but I went to school today. It did
not rain until this evening and when it did it rained very hard. I don't know
how we would have got home if George had not have come by with the wagon for
us. The creeks were all swimming for the first time since I commenced school.
The water was running down the roads like little branches. We had a nice time
coming on the wagon. I will go home tomorrow if nothing happens to prevent. I
will have three weeks and two days if I do not lose any more days. I will have
to wait until Saturday. I am sleepy and tired too.
Friday 7 Sept. Morning
The [sun] is shining brightly this morning, after four days of rain and gloomy
weather. The wind is stirring. I don't think we will have any more today. But
I cannot tell. I do hope that it won't rain this evening. I want to go home. I
want to go home and go to camp meeting Sunday. I have not been lately.
Everyone enjoys being there so very much that I know I would like it. I do
love to go to revivals of religion. I feel like it would do me good. I am not
as religious and as good as I want to be. How I do wish that I were good and
gentle like some people. I feel so mean and wicked. I will have to wait till
tonight to finish writing.
I arrived safely at home Friday evening. Saturday I went up to see Ella. I
came by town that evening, staid with Jim all evening. He had his room cleaned
up very nicely. Dr. was to see me that evening but I was not at home. He left
before I got home. It was nearly dark when I got home. Sabbath morning I was
awakened by a roaring sound. It was a very hard rain. It cleared off before
nine. I did not go to church, wanted to go but was afraid that it would rain.
I did not get to go to camp meeting at Spring Hill either. Pa came with me
down this morning. He has gone to Uncle Ziph's. I wanted to write more but
have not the time to do it.
Wednesday 12th Sept.
I staid with Lizzie last night. Did not write any yesterday. I am getting on
finely. Have but three weeks to teach and I can say that I am not, nor never
have been, tired yet. I will not be sorry nor glad either when school is out.
I have become accustomed to the children and to teaching. I will commence
again the 15th of October if I do not get out of the notion before that time,
which I will hardly do I don't think. I will not have many scholars, will
teach for the benefit of ... children mostly. If I can get any more I will be
glad to teach them and do all I can for them. The school house is but half a
mile from home. Just a nice distance to walk. I used to go there to school
when I was quite young, the first school that I ever attended.
Thursday 13th Sept.
I was from home again last night. Minnie also. We staid with Mrs. Neeley. I
enjoyed myself finely. They are so clever and hospitably. They did all they
could to entertain us. I will have to stay with Emma Jones one night before
school is out. I will not get all around I fear. Some of the scholars live so
far. Well, Cousin Fannie Matthews is going home with me tomorrow if she can.
Cousin Tom has gone to New Orleans for winter and fall goods. I will have to
get a hat this fall. I wish I had have sent by him for one. I told him to
bring me a pretty cravat. I want to get my new dress done before the fair. I
got it last Saturday. Cousin Fannie has promised to help me make it as soon as
school is out. Well I will close as it is time to take up books. Sept. 13,
Friday 14th September
Having just arrived at school, I will endeavor to write a little. I am so glad
to see Friday come then. I get to see them all at home. I won't have but two
weeks and two days more to teach. I feel as if I could teach two months
longer, but I cannot get scholars enough to justify me in teaching. I do love
to make money myself. I feel as if I could work all the time just to make
money myself. I will have to go by for Cousin Fannie Matthews this evening.
She sent me word by Jim that she wanted to come home with me this evening and
stay on till Monday morning. Oh! welcome Friday, welcome. I do hope that I
will see my _____ before Monday morning. If I don't I can't murmur. But how I
do wish I could. After reading in testament I will try to write some more
while I am waiting on the spelling class. We are going to have speeches this
evening, may have company. I don't know for certain. Aunt Minnie and Uncle
Ziph are speaking of coming out to see us Saturday. She has been sick nearly
two weeks but not confined to her bed. I think it will help her to leave home
for a day or two. She says that she must continue some way to see Dr. Miller.
I tell her he is my sweetheart but I am only joking about it. I have not got a
sweetheart. I think I have had my last one. I have such bad luck with them. I
either get mad with them or do something that they do not like and then there
is an end of it. I am too independent or that is what they tell me .... What
do I want with one. I am going to continue teaching as long as I can get a
school. They all tell me that I am going to be a maid because I have commenced
teaching, but I don't care if I am one. It is more honorable to be an old maid
than to marry a man who is not worthy of me. I am all right just as well
contented as need be. I can enjoy myself now, more than I could if I was
married. I have a list of the names of all my male and female acquaintances. I
want to see how many of them are married in five or ten years from now if I
live. I have all that I can think of now and space for my new acquaintances if
I have any. I do love to write in this my old diary. I have written 3 pages
already. Ida Manees
Saturday 15th Sept
It was late when I got home last night, found all well. Bettie and I went in
to attend Presbytery this morning which is in session at the Associate
Reformed Church. The house was crowded had a splendid sermon by Mr. William
Wilson. He has lately returned from the north where he married. He is here now
on a visit, has his wife with him. She is a fine looking lady. They have not
been married very long. After dinner Ida Rieves and myself called on Mr.
Bolling & Mrs. Bell. I went from there to the store to see Jim. He is
getting on finely. I saw Dr. and someone else on the street. I intended to go
to the Drug store but it commenced raining and I went back to Aunt S and then
went home. Farewell till some other time.
Sunday 16th Sept.
This has been a beautiful Sabbath day. Anna and I went in to church this
morning. The Baptists have let the A.R. members have the use of their church
its being larger. I heard two sermons by Mr. Billie Wilson, one this morning
and one after dinner or at two o'clock. They are having services tonight by
Mr. Henry. The house was filled to overflowing. I must go to hear Mr. John
Carr next Sunday. I would like to talk to him. I do feel so very wicked. I
don't know what to do. I am depressed again, feel so low spirited, cannot
account for it. How I wish I could feel free and light of heart again. Oh!
dear me what will I do, I have got to go to school tomorrow. I will be glad
when it is out. I am so much trouble to them about carrying me to school.
Monday 17th Sept.
I was up this morning before day. Pa came with me this morning. There has been
considerable change in the weather, it has turned real cold. I thought that it
would rain today, but the wind is blowing at a terrible rate and it is so much
cooler. I don't think that it will rain, am in hopes it will not. Cousin
Fannie did not go home with me Friday evening. She was not well. Will go next
Friday if Mr. Matthews don't get back. I am in hope that he won't get back
before Monday, so she can go. There was a death yesterday, Tom Chestnut,
Mollie and Lum C's little boy. Oh my I am so cold. I do wish we had a stove or
a fireplace one. I would have a fire this morning. I will have one in the
schoolhouse at home. I will have so much work to do after school is out I
won't know what to do first.
I found all well this evening when I arrived. Aunt Minnie is considerably
better than she was Friday morning. I have not seen Lizzie today. It seems
like winter tonight, we have a fire which feels very comfortably. I have just
received a letter from Cousin Fannie T. Thompson. She is a splendid
correspondent. I do love to read her letters. I know I would love her very
much, from her letters. I don't remember her. I was so small when she left. I
read a letter Saturday from Cousin Jim Thompson, her brother. I must retire as
I have to get up soon tomorrow morning and wend my way back to the
Tuesday 18 Sept.
It has been very cool today, in fact fires are needed. Mr. Henry Burk is out
here tonight, he and Uncle Ziph are discussing politics. I finished my
stockings today and put on another pair tonight. I am so proud of them, they
are the first that I ever knit by myself. Aunt Minnie showed me. I think that
I can learn to be a first rate knitter. I am trying to learn to knit well so
that I can make all of ______ socks when we marry if that ever happens. I
don't believe that I ever will get my own consent to marry, no telling though
what may come to pass in the future, in the future no.
Wends. 19th Sept.
It is still very cool, no rain yet. I am so glad that it has not rained this
week. Pa wanted to get out a bail of cotton this week. Perhaps he will if it
does not rain. I must hurry and go to see Lizzie. I have not been this week. I
expect she is mad about it now. Elmer Garison came home with Minnie this
evening. Well I have one more week to teach and two days. I expect I will stay
all night with Lizzie, I don't know for certain yet. So goodbye for tonight.
What a beautiful night. The moon is full and it is so clear. The weather has
turned a little warmer. I know that Pa is glad it has not rained yet. I staid
last night with Lizzie, we had a nice talk about old times and what might have
been. But God knows best. I am contented with my lot. It is true that I have
no sweetheart to care for nor to care for me but what care I for that. I am
all right as long as I can do right and feel that God is with me. I will have
to go by after Cousin Fannie, she said that she would go home with me if she
could do so. Omego
Saturday 22nd Sept.
I came by yesterday for Cousin Fannie. She and Lonnie came home with me. Anna
came down Friday evening and went home with Minnie May. She was delighted to
have her go home with her. Cousin Fannie went home this morning. She would
have staid longer but she had some preserves to make today, which were obliged
to be made right away. As I came by Mrs. Chestnut's I saw Lewis Seabrook. He
told me that he was coming out today but he did not come. I don't know why
unless he was obliged to start home this morning. He is a nice young gent. I
think a great deal of him. He is living on the railroad between Chicot and
Pine Bluff. I hope he did not go home. I want to see him.
Sunday 23rd Sept.
Brother Tom went with me to church this morning. I went to the Baptist Church.
Bro. went to hear Mr. Carr. Mr. Callahan preached a splendid sermon on the
glory of God being the light, without the sun. The 21st chapter and 23rd verse
of Revelations. I had to come by Mrs. Jordan's and wait for him. I ate dinner
with Mary Josie, then came home and ate some real nice apple dumplings. Ma is
an expert hand at the business. She is writing to Aunt Mary. I wrote to Fannie
Shore, a short letter. I want to write to Cousin Fannie Thompson this week. I
will have to answer Cousin Rosa Carter's. School is out next Friday, then I
can write as many letters as I please, that is if I do not have to teach for
the two days that it rained.
Monday 24th Sept.
This is my last week. I do hope that I won't lose any more days. Will brought
me down this morning. Anna went home with him. I wrote to Fannie Shore last
night and have written a long letter to Cousin Fannie Thompson today. I will
not have time to do much sewing before the fair, it is a little over two weeks
off. I want to attend the Baptist Association also, which is to be at Wood
Lawn, on the sixth of October. I will not have time to make my black dress
untill after the fair and then I will have to teach school at home. I intended
to commence on the 15th but will not unless I get my dress made before the
fair. It will take a week to do it and then I have to get my hat fixed for the
Friday 28th Sept.
Today is the last day of school. I have not missed but two days and then it
rained. I have not been sick enough to quit teaching. How thankful I am for
such a precious boon, that is health. I have not had time to write since
Monday. I staid all night Tuesday with Mrs. Watson. Uncle Ziph is having his
molasses made. Wash L. is making this for him. He makes splendid molasses. By
the way I was introduced to him yesterday. I like him finely. I hate to leave
my scholars but I am glad that school is out. I do not know when I will get to
see them. I have tried to do my duty by the scholars. I have tried to learn
them. If I did not I cannot help it. Farewell old schoolhouse.
Saturday 29th 1877
My school was out yesterday. I hated to leave. There were there Mrs. Garison,
Jennie, Mr. Neely and family, Mrs. Watson, Mrs. Cook and there would have been
more but they were busy making molasses. Some of my scholars cried. I got home
late. I stayed at Aunt Sarah's. Ma was there, she rode the pony home and I
came in the wagon. We all went out to the fairgrounds this evening. I took
dinner at Aunt O's and then rode horseback out to the grounds, just before I
started home. Mollie Hyatt came out to ride, we rode around. Mr. R. with me
and Tom with Mollie. Mr. Royal came to Aunt Sarah's with me then. Mr. S.
Miller came home with me. I had a delightful time. I feel relieved I didn't
have to get school work done.
I went down to the Pine Woods today to hear Mr. Henry. Tom went with me, heard
a splendid sermon. The text was in the 24th chapter and verse 3 of Luke. He is
risen. We took dinner at Mr. Thompson's, had a nice dinner and spent a
pleasant day. But I don't feel right to stay away from home on Sundays. We
came by Mr. Stanley's and he gave us a nice treat of apples. Mrs. Stanley was
sick this evening. Willie Pickens, Sam Killian and Billie Wilson came part of
the way with us. I do like Will so much. I did not say who went to church with
me, but I will not forget it no way.
Tuesday 2 Oct.
I arrived home late this evening, have been in town since Monday morning. I am
bothered about having so much work to do. I almost wish that there was no fair
at all. Dr. Graves preached last night, a splendid sermon against infidelity.
And Catholicism. Mr. Callahan and Miss Della Ridgal were married today at ten
o'clock. They were to have gone to Warren with Dr. Graves but he was not well
enough. He will not go to the Association unless he gets better. He was quite
hoarse last night they said. The fair is one week from tomorrow.
New Year's Day, 1st 1878
I awoke this morning and looked out the window. All the clouds had disappeared
and the New Year had come in with a bright and beautiful day. I formed a great
many resolutions for the coming year. I resolved to be a better girl, commence
reading through the Bible and testament. I had so very much to thank God for
this day. He has watched over us dayly. I have been gay all day. I mended
Tom's coat, knit a little, and then got my patchwork. Late this evening I saw
the Dr. coming. We had a long talk. Tonight I must read a chapter and retire.
Jan. 1st 1878
Jan. 2nd 1878
Dr. Miller left early this morning. He said that there was to be a party at
Mr. Thomasson's Friday night and not having any shoes to wear to the party, I
went into town today to get some. I made the money myself, that is the beauty
of it. I arrived home about four p.m. Ella Evans went in this morning to
assist Mrs. Wood in moving. She came out and is with me tonight. She is a
particular friend of mine. I did not see _____ today. He went to town but I
did not see him. I would like very much to do so. Ella is waiting and I must
read a chapter, or break my resolution.
Jan. 3rd Thursday
It has been snowing all day, the ground is covered. Everything looks beautiful
with its pure white vesture. I fear the party will be a disappointment to all
owing to the snow. I looked forward to a delightful time with Mr. ______. He
is a noble man. I don't know what to think of him, he does not come to see me
but says he loves me better than anyone else. I can't account for it. Ella is
still with me, she is sorry to see the snow. She wants to go back to Dorsey
County. She has been here four nights. We have had a nice time snowballing. I
have been knitting, also sewing on my quilt, assisted with the cooking. It is
nine. I will have to go back in the parlor. Ma is talking to Ella while I
This has been a beautiful day, clear and bright. Ella is still with me. We
have had a lively time today. Brother Tom and Mr. Huffman came over and we had
an eggnog and a snowballing, which was very nice. Tom called by a little
while, told us that the party was postponed. I was very glad. The weather is
so cold with snow on the ground. I am thinking of going home with Ella if the
wagon comes by. Mr. Stanley's went into town this morning. I don't know
whether we will see it or not. I will leave off untill some other time.
The wagon came by with Mittie in it. Sam came by just before the wagon came.
He got in the wagon with us, and Mr. Anderson rode his horse. He staid until
ten. We had a lively time. Mittie left Saturday morning. Ida Thomasson, Brooks
T. and Sam Hemingway called in to warm on their way from the party, which was
a failure. We had a fine time in the evening snowballing. While Ella and I
were playing John T. passed. I thought he looked interested. We have been
reading most all day. I came home this evening. Will came after me. Kate
marries Thursday. I am sorry to see her marry so young. I am too well
contented to marry yet. I must read a chapter tonight. I have not been ...
I have a terrible cold tonight. Am afraid that I will be sick. I hope and
trust that I won't. Nevertheless, if it is God's will I will not murmur. Ella
came over today with Mr. and Mrs. Stanley. They were on their way to see
Tommie. Ella intended to stay until Wednesday but Mr. Rice came by for her.
Her uncle Styles is to meet her and have a settlement. She would come back if
she had a way to come. Tom has come over to see Ella. I suppose that is it. He
don't know that she is gone. I will have to retire as I am not well. I want to
get a school as soon as I can. I am tired doing nothing.
Tuesday 8th 1878
Today is the sixth day that the snow has been on the ground. It is quite
cloudy tonight. The snow is not near melted. I have been spinning and carding
today, have not got my quilt half done. I wrote a letter to Green Mount today
inquiring about the school there. I am trying to get one there. Wheather I
will get it or not, I can't tell yet. I will have to get a school somewhere. I
cannot live and not work. I want to be independent. Well Sallie Montgomery and
Mr. Wright married Thursday. Also Kate Pickens and Sam Killian. Ed Cole and
Anna Burks will step off today week. Dolphus Pickens and Sue Patten married
last Tuesday. He was my sweetheart. I am glad that he is married at last. I
wish much joy and happiness.
This has been a very pretty day. It was cloudy soon this morning when I first
got up. We had to have a soon breakfast. Jim went to the cutoff, he won't get
back till tomorrow. Mr. & Mrs. Stanley came by on their way from Tommie's
and spent the day. Mr. Rice came also. Bettie went home with Mrs. Rice. Tom
Rice staid with the children tonight. Pa is clearing new ground and cutting
wood to haul to town to Ed Cole this week. He works so hard. I do feel sorry
for him. I do not know a better father or mother than I have got. I sent my
letter off today enquiring into the school at Green Mount. Well, I must go to
church Sunday. Mr. John Carr has gone to Bradley Co. to preach. Mr. Jewell is
station preaching and Zeke Watson. P.E.
The brides have had a very beautiful day. It was a little cloudy when I arose
it soon cleared off. I cooked dinner and supper, spun some thread for Bettie,
knit a while and then I helped Ma to cut out all her quilt squares. Jim got
back from the depot this evening; Pa went in and came back on the wagon. He
said that Aunt O. wanted me to come in soon tomorrow. I don't know what she
wants but I guess I'll not go as it don't suit all run around; and I like
peace and quiet. Oh! father bless us all. Make us an humble and loving people.
Thou canst do with us as thou seest we need. I will not murmur at none of thy
Thursday 24th Jan.
Dear old journal I have neglected you ten days. I went to town on the
eleventh. I went to church Sunday, heard Mr. Jewell preach a splendid sermon,
the first one since he came to Monticello. It was splendid. The text was "Who
forgiveth all our iniquities, who healeth our diseases," found in the one
hundred and third Psalm, third verse. I attended Sunday school for the first
time in six months. I want to go every Sunday that I can possibly do so. I had
the pleasure of an introduction to Mrs. Jewell. I think she is a splendid
lady. The Misses Jewel are nice looking girls that remind me I must add some
more names to my list. Some new acquaintances. I went to see Miss Tove[?]
Shorter yesterday had a pleasant visit. Mr. Tom Ragland was there. She had
just arrived home; he came with her. I don't know what to think of his waiting
on Miss Tove so much. Ed and Anna were married on the fifteenth. They are
living on Dan Rutledge's place in town. Effie Tilman was married last week to
a Mr. Baker. She was sixteen. There has been a great many marriages lately.
Sallie M. & Wilson Wright married on the tenth. I have been starching and
ironing today also sewing and knitting. I have a cold still. We all want to go
to a party at Mr. Hayneses tomorow night if it don't rain. I hope it won't.
Anna is at Mrs. Stanley's, don't know when she is coming home.
Friday 25th & Saturday 26th
This morning when I arose the moon & stars were shining so brightly. I had
breakfast by lamplight. I went out to help Bettie milk, and before we were
through it had got quite cloudy. But it soon cleared off. We went to the
party. I enjoyed myself finely. It was half after three when we got back.
Sat'dy. I felt quite stupid after my last night's disruption. It has been
cloudy all day. Ma & Pa, Elmer & Bolling went to Uncle Ziph's this
evening. No one at home except Jim, Bettie, Anna, Willie & myself. Anna
staid with Mrs. Stanley & Rice this week. She came home this morning. I
will close for tonight and have to read some & I am real sleepy. So good
Sunday 27th Jan. 1878
I did not attend church today. Jim went, he got back at one o'clock. Tom &
Tom Hofman came with him. I had dinner at two. Ma & Pa got home about four
p.m. Lizzie has a little babe a week old tomorrow. Little Eula May Tiffin.
Such a sweet name. I do want to see her so much. I know she is a sweet child,
only weighs 6 lbs. Tom & Mr. Huffman left about sundown. I have been
reading Paul's Epistles in Acts about this conversion. It is really a great
consolation to sinners. I do feel that I'm a great sinner; I will have to
retire as we will have to get up early in the morning. I must go to Sunday
School next Sunday. I took a class last Sunday and must attend regularly if
possible. I would have gone but could not leave the children alone today. I do
love to attend Sabbath School and church.
Monday 28th Jan.
I have been cutting quilt scraps all day. Tom & Ed Owens came over tonight
after supper; have just left and it is ten. I will read a chapter in Acts and
retire for tonight as I want to rise at four in the morning. I do love to get
up early. Adieu.
It is raining tonight. Pa got through planting oats in time. I have been
sewing and cutting quilt pieces today; also helped Ma to cut a Negro woman a
dress. Anna is not well tonight, hope she will be better by morning. She has
sore throat. I will read a few chapters and retire. I have got Romans in the
new testament, am also reading the old Bible.
It has been raining all day and has turned real cold. We have been sewing all
day. I helped milk the cows and it was very cold. Mr. Tom S. Wells is here
tonight from Walnut Lake where he is living now. I will have to read so I will
stop for the present.
It is clear tonight. I sewed this morning. This evening I went over to see
Miss Tove also went by Mrs. Rives. I am quite sleepy and will not write much.
Tom has just left, he got his neck hurt today with the wagon.
Friday 1st February 1878
We are all well with the exception of colds. The clouds all dispersed and it
is clear and bright. Ma & I have been carpentering this evening. I do hope
that we will have pretty weather. The young folks say that they are going to
have a valentine's party here on the 14th inst. Don't know yet wheather they
will or not.
We are still carpentering today. It is cloudy and cold. I got a fall today.
Fell off of the garden gate. I want to go to Sunday school tomorrow if the
weather will admit. We will not have the party here on the 14th as there will
be one somewhere else. I willl have to read and retire.
Wednesday 27th Feb.
Well my old diary I have neglected you ever since the 2nd ult. We had the
party here on the 14th. There was a nice crowd. I enjoyed myself finely and
everyone else seemed to do the same. All three of my fellows were here, one
stayed all night with his sister. Since the party I have been teaching school.
I have a small one. Mrs. and Mr. Rives children, Joe Remley was to see me on
the 16th. Dr. Miller the 17th. Jim & Carrie L. Remly on the 23rd and _____
on the 24th. I did not go to church Sunday, will go next. I will take dinner
with Mittie tomorrow and will probably stay with Miss Tove S. tomorrow night.
I met _____ this evening, had a few words with him. I don't know when I will
write again so farewell.
Sunday 10th March
I went to church this morning. Pa was my escort. Dr. Allen came along just as
I was getting down, he went with me to and from church. He is a nice
gentleman. We had a splendid sermon 24 & 5 verse of the 15th chapter of
1st Corinthians. My fellow was here again today was a week ago. Don't know
when I will see him again. Mittie & Tom[?] staid Thursday night with me.
Mittie and I were going to see Carrie Remley but it rained all day.
Nevertheless today is a beautiful day. I did not get to town in time for
Sabbath school. Would have done it but the horses got out last night. Au
[This is the last entry in the diary, except for the following list of names.]
Names of Male Acquaintances Sept. 5, 1877
Babe [Bob?] Jones
Wm. Procise [Provise?]
List of the girl's names and young gentlemen of my acquaintance in 1877
Ella H. [Hudson?]
Dan Ella Neal
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