The 1858 diary of Lucinda Merriss largely focuses on her life at home and with family. It also includes a list of hymns and cash accounts at the start of the book. This year also includes several births and involved the raising of the Merriss family's new house. Quilting and church visits are also discussed on regular occurrence. Notable dates include:
February 12: The birth of her nephew Stanton.
May 22: The raising of their new house.
September 22: The end of construction on the house.
October 11: The first family meal in the new home.
December 17: The execution of a murderer possibly named Myers.
Cornell, Lucinda Lenore Merriss, "Diary From 1858" (1858). The Lucinda Lenore Merriss Cornell Diaries. 4.
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