150 Years Ago Amanda Wilson wrote — January 29 – February 6, 1861

Posted on Monday, January 31st, 2011

Amanda Wilson turned 29 years old on February 6, 1861.

150 Years Ago Amanda Wilson kept a daily journal for the year 1861. Here are some of her entries:

January 31 (Thur.): Husband, George[1], Caroline[2], Sallie and self went to hear Mr. Murdock read.[3] 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.

February 1 (Fri.): Home. Day spent sewing. Home, how sweet the word, “The Dearest spot on earth for me.” Mine is truly a happy lot. Few are blessed and no one has a better and kinder Husband: so noble, so good. May he long be spared to cheer and comfort me!

February 4 (Mon.): A beautiful sunshine day. Minnie, Will, and little Katie took dinner with us.[4] Eliza Tilson called in the afternoon. Five other calls. Spent an hour or two very pleasantly with Mrs. Hurlburt. Called with Minnie on Miss Mattie Owens. In the morning, called on Mrs. Morse. To lecture in evening with Obed.

February 5 (Tue.): Another spring like day. A call in the morning. Spent and hour with caroline and Sallie sewing. Afternoon went out with Mrs. Hurlburt. Made two calls of shopping. A friend who I met on the street side said she intended calling, had I been home. Sallie called in the evening. After she left, Husband read aloud, while I sewed. A happy day.

February 6 (Wed.): My birthday, 29 this morning. A retrospect far from pleasing. To what little purpose have I lived? How many golden hours thrown away. Oh to be more useful, to live less for self and more for others. Have made many good resolutions, trusting God will give me strength to carry them out. With a heart full of gratitude for the blessings and sunshine of past years. I look to Him to succor and sustain me in the future and make me better and more worthy of my parents who are now with him.


[1] 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.

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

[3] 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.”

[4] Williams’ Cincinnati Directory: City Guide and Business Mirror for 1860 (Cincinnati: C.S. Williams, 1860) p. 369. Will and Katie were children of Minnie (Landrum) Bradley, Amanda’s sister. The Bradley’s lived in Newport, KY. Will Bradley worked as a book keeper for a business at the northwest corner of York and Williamson.

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