150 Years Ago Amanda Wilson Wrote — January 22 – 31, 1861

Posted on Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Amanda Wilson and husband, Obed did not have any children.

150 Years Ago Amanda Wilson Wrote – January 22 – 31, 1861

The following are some of Amanda Wilson’s journal entries:

January 23 (Wed.): Fingers too sore to take music lesson. Have been rather unfortunate in regards to studying music as during my first quarter I had many interruptions. Mrs. Kelly called and spent the afternoon with me.

January 27 (Sun.): Took a long walk with Obed. About 4 miles in all. How some persons live! We had a peek into low life or rather low neighborhoods. How grateful for the blessings and comforts of such a home as ours.

January 28 (Mon.): Commenced giving Lizzie [German house servant] $2.00 per week. Mrs. Cole called.[1]

January 31 (Thur.): Husband, George[2], Caroline[3], Sallie and self went to hear Mr. Murdock read.[4] Met Mr. and Mrs. Hurlburt and Mr. Bailey and Miss Moore there. A very pleasant evening. I consider Mr. M. the best elocutionist I have ever heard. A very fine looking and graceful man.


[1] Williams’ Cincinnati Directory: City Guide and Business Mirror for 1860 (Cincinnati: C.S. Williams, 1860) p. 109. Mrs. Cole was the wife of Henry Cole, a partner-clerk at Cole and Hopkins Dry Goods, which was located on the northeast corner of 5th and Vine. The Cole’s lived at 308 Richmond.

[2] Frederick Wright, Representative Citizens of Ohio, 1981, p. 215. George Landrum, Amanda’s older brother, was born 3 July 1830, in Augusta, KY. Their parents were the Rev. Francis and Mahala Landrum.

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

[4] Cincinnati Daily Commercial, 1 Feb 1861, p. 2. The paper briefly noted, “Mr. Murdock’s last reading of the course was given last night to a crowded house.”

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