1857 Woman Diary Travel from Mississippi with Slaves to Virginia

1857 Woman Diary Travel from Mississippi with Slaves to Virginia

William Stout Pastor Wife Sees Barnum’s Show

This is a great handwritten diary of Mary Elizabeth Jordan Stout, the wife of William Cummins Stout, the first man ordained to the priesthood of the Episcopal Church in Arkansas. They were living in Marshall County, Mississippi in 1857, the time of this diary. The diary details a trip through several states north as they travel so that WC Stout can preach and attend conferences. They travel with their slaves and make note of the status of the slaves in Virginia. They also lose one of their children on the trip due to sickness. It is a really wonderful diary with great entries throughout. It says in part,

Left home early this morning arrived at the depot safely…I met with several acquaintances and friends in the cars, my old friends, Mrs Penn and Mrs Bartlett from near Memphis, Mrs Penn was going to Hardin Springs, MRs B to Knoxville, where I hope I shall meet with her again….

August 9 th Huntsville Ala, We reached this place last evening at dark, we went to the Southern Hotel, a tolerably good hotel. This morning we attended church, and had a very good sermon from Mr Robinson…we took a short stroll from what I saw I think this a gem of a place, there are some splendid and beautiful residences here,
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