An End, and a Beginning

Thus ends Rose’s Journal for 1853. Rose must have been interrupted; she did not even finish her last entry, stopping mid-sentence.

We should remember that she wrote in her Preface:

“Lilie, Sister and myself have agreed to keep a diary during this year.”

While we do not know if Lilie and Sister kept up their New Year resolves, Rose certainly did.

We also know that Rose revisited 1853 in her Journal from time to time, and at some point started another. How to we know this?

Starting this February 18th we will begin posting Caroline’ Journal, Vol. 1, which begins a little over a year after Rose’s last of January 1, 1854. Details forthcoming.

Won’t you join us?

Friday, December 16th, 1853

I arose very early and was as busy as possible until two o’clk, fixing for the reception of the Richmond folk, when just about that time the carriage drove up empty. I never was so surprised in my life. Bil went up with James. They said the stage driver said he went out to Mr. Shook’s but they were not up, but was all we could learn about them. I can scarcely believe now that they haven’t come. – – Pa spent the day at Mr. James Lipscomb’s sale, he intends buying a good deal of his furniture, but said he could have bought it new much cheaper.1James A. Lipscomb is listed in the 1853 KW Land Tax Rolls as owning 118 acres near Lanesville known as Allens. He had also just received 105 acres, seemingly adjacent, from W. C. Johnson. How this James Lipscomb is related to the other King William Lipscombs is as yet untraced. – – We could scarcely make him believe any way that the girls didn’t come and indeed would not until he went out and asked James himself. Bil & myself took a long walk down to the swamp hoping to meet them in a hack, thinking they would hire one after they found the stage had left them, but not so.

Thursday, December 15th, 1853

I arose quite early. – – Aunt Patsy came over soon after breakfast to go with Ma to Jerusalem to hear Mr. Burnet.1Ohio’s David Staats Burnet (1808-1867), was an early associate of Alexander Campbell. Nevertheless, Burnet differed with Campbell sufficiently enough so that his role in promoting formal church cooperation and establishing the American Christian Missionary Society in 1849 is credited with developing deep fractures in the American Restoration Movement. Burnet has been in Virginia for the annual meeting of the “Disciples of Christ.”A writer in 1918 described Burnet, using the writings of Campbell himself, as,”quite low in stature, but erect in carriage. His head was large and finely formed; his eyes prominent, full and sparkling; his features regular, with a mouth somewhat large, but firmly set, while in his bearing he was remarkably self-possessed, dignified and courteous, giving himself wholly to the cause of the Restoration. After a few years he became one of its most distinguished and successful advocates, delighting large audiences by his eloquent and copious diction, and his able presentations of the principles of the gospel, which he widely disseminated, not only in Cincinnati, but through many of the States from Maryland and Virginia to Kansas.” Pa intended going but his cold was so bad he declined. They dined with Mrs. Tebbs. They carried a snack with them intending to spend the evening with Mrs. Lewis, as they heard she was sick. – – Georgia came over for Aunt Patsy this evening.2As the Quarles’ seem to have no child so named, Georgia seems to be a ‘servant.” They didn’t get back home before dark. – – Pa is quite sick tonight; has a high fever. – – I took down the curtains out of the chambers downstairs and fixed them for the rooms up here, got Mr. Rouse to make the rods.3Mr. Rouse is the overseer Pa hired last February.

Tuesday, December 13th, 1853

I arose quite early, bound the ruffles for my sleeve in the morning. – – Mr. Trible came while we were at dinner and spent the night with us. He thinks he will buy Mt. Hope, or at least is very anxious to do so. – – I received a long letter from Sister this evening (& one from Lilie also). She said they would certainly be down next Friday and that “we all” & the Squire would be down Saturday week.

Monday, December 12th, 1853

I arose as usual. – – The workmen have not been here today. Aunt Rose, Mary & Cousin Fes came early this morning and spent the day with us. Aunt Rose brought a dress for me to fit on Mollie, but I was too busy. She and Ma rode to Walkerton this evening. They didn’t return till dark, but Aunt Rose wouldn’t consent to stay all night. She went home about nine o’clk. Bil accompanied them. – – Pa went down to the Star to get an oyster supper, but was disappointed. He returned home about 10 o’clk.

Sunday, December 11th, 1853

I spent the day by myself again today. Ma & the children have attended church every Sabbath since we moved. Ma came by Mt. Hope and brought the portraits down, we were at dinner when they came, thinking it was so late that they had dined with some of the members. Mr. Thompkins was brought before the church for misconduct, but he repented so sincerely that they concluded to retain him.1Of the two Tompkins families in King William at this time, only Christopher, 67, lives close enough to Jerusalem to be a member. Mr. Luckhard withdrew.2Scottish immigrant John Lukhard and his wife, who lived within sight of Jerusalem Church, had died by 1853. They left six sons, the eldest two, Hardin (Hard) and John, would be about 25. We do not know which Mr. “Luckhard” withdrew from the church or if it was on doctrinal grounds or a reluctance to undergo a conduct review by his neighbors. Being investigated, censured, or disfellowed by one’s church was, and is, considered a serious situation by many. Leaving on points of religious belief was often equally painful, or liberating. – – I spent quite a lonely evening, have been rather inclined to sadness.

I am alone! There is no breast
Doth pant in unison with mine.3Taken from “Thou’rt Not Alone,” Poems by Lilian May, published 1852 in Harrisburg, PA. Other than a scanned copy of this book found on Internet Archive ( which contains these lines, nothing has been learned about “Lilian May” or the book.