150 Years Ago Amanda Wilson Wrote — January 14 – 21, 1861

Posted on Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Amanda Wilson played the piano

150 Years Ago Amanda Wilson Wrote — January 14 – 21, 1861

January 16 (Wed.): Took music lesson.

January 17 (Thur.): Husband came home. Spent the day with Minnie. Little Georgie had a birthday and went with me.[1] In the evening at Sallie’s.[2] Met Nataniel Owens and Emma Bickham there. Also Miss Bingham.[3]

January 19 (Sat.): Did not take music lesson. Very sore fingers Went to Opera House with Husband and Mr. Fletcher.[4] Play – “The Woman in White.”[5]

January 20 (Sun.): Home all day with sore fingers. Read, etc. Husband home all day.

January 21 (Mon.): Went with Husband, Carrie and Sallie to hear Mr. Gough lecture.[6] Hall more than crowded. Audience as usual when Mr. G. is the lecturer. – delightful subject – “Life in London.” A great little man. A self made man.


[1] Georgie Stone was Amanda Wilson’s nephew. He was Sarah (Sallie) Stone’s young son.

[2] Sarah ‘Sallie’ (Landrum) Stone was Amanda’s sister. Williams’ Cincinnati Directory: City Guide and Business Mirror for 1860 (Cincinnati: C.S. Williams, 1860) p. 280. The Stone residence was across the street from the Wilson house, being located at 111 Richmond.

[3] Williams’ Cincinnati Directory: City Guide and Business Mirror for 1860 (Cincinnati: C.S. Williams, 1860) p. 239. Nathaniel Owens was the son of John W. Owens. They lived on 119 Richmond. They were the Wilson’s next door neighbors.

Williams’ Cincinnati Directory: City Guide and Business Mirror for 1860 (Cincinnati: C.S. Williams, 1860) p. 61. Emma Bickham was the daughter of William Bickham, a local editor for the Cincinnati Commercial. The Bickham’s lived at 269 Richmond.

Williams’ Cincinnati Directory: City Guide and Business Mirror for 1860 (Cincinnati: C.S. Williams, 1860) p. 69. Miss Bingham was Cthe daughter of David Bingham, who was a book keeper, employed at 9th and Race Streets. Their home address is not known.

[4] Williams’ Cincinnati Directory: City Guide and Business Mirror for 1860 (Cincinnati: C.S. Williams, 1860) p. 144. Robert Fletcher was a business associate of Obed Wilson. He was a salesman, employed for a business located at 146 W. 5th St. He boarded at 206 W. 5th.

[5] Cincinnati Daily Commercial, 19 Jan. 1861, p. 3. The daily recorded Miss Sallie St. Claire’s performance stating, “Pike’s Opera House announced its farewell and Complimentary Benefit to Miss Sallie St. Clair.” The report continued, “After many weeks of preparation, will be produced, with all the adjuncts necessary to give proper effect to the most startling of modern dramatic romances, the great sensational drama of The Woman in White.” The ad mentions, “Doors open at ¼ to 7; performance will commence at ½ past 7.”

[6] Caroline “Carrie” (Landrum) Beer was Amanda Wilson’s sister.

Cincinnati Daily Commercial, 21 Jan. 1861, p. 2. The paper announced, “Mr. Gough has two lectures on ‘Lights and Shadows of Lond Life’.” The article continued, “Those who listen to his descriptions of a London fog, a cockney within sound of Bowbells … will never forget them, and never fail to smile inwardly at the memory of them.”

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