We have our New Years’ feast to day. Lucy, Col. Dawes & wife, Mr. Walton & James, Mr & Mrs. Burgess, Maggie Voris & Lizzie Poage, James & John Means were here to dinner and our own family consisting now of Mr & Mrs W. P. Cutler, their only child Sarah Julia, myself, and Nancy Carlin, John Kunz and Humphrey Peddicord. The turkey was very nicely cooked also the vegetables, the canned strawberries were delicious. Col. Dawes & wife & Lucy went home on the after noon train. Quite a heavy snow last night -- 6 or 7 inches deep.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
A light fall of snow last night. I did not sleep much -- which I attributed to a cup of strong tea which I took at supper.
Mr. Walton, James’ father, came on the evening train. He left Pana a week ago Thursday & has been visiting his brothers & sisters. It was a very pleasant meeting between James & his father who is I think a truly good man. Lucy came with William from town.
Monday, December 29, 2014
Miss Nye left us about two o’clock P. M. She went from here to the grave yard to visit Henry’s grave. James Walton went with her as far as the Gravel Bank. She went to Marietta on the afternoon train.
The weather is becoming cold again. We are expecting Mr. Walton every boat.
Miss Nye was engaged to be married to Henry Dawes (Julia’s nephew), the oldest son of Sarah Cutler Dawes and Henry Dawes. Young Henry died at the age of 28 in 1860.
Sunday, December 28, 2014
Mr. Burgess was here a long time this forenoon and was about as amiable as a grizzley bear. I read to him until I was hoarse.
William came home on the accommodation train having spent last night at Marietta, having business to arrange with some New York men.
Miss Mary Nye is spending the day with us, she takes a great deal of interest in Sarah.
Saturday, December 27, 2014
This is the 80” birth day of Rev. Dyer Burgess, and is celebrated by a turkey dinner. Mrs. Cutler, & little Sarah went up early and Mrs. S. C. Dawes, Col. Dawes & lady, Miss Mary C. Nye, Bettie Gates, Lizzie Andrews & Mary Smith came down on the Accommodation train. I did not go -- am still feeling far from well --
Sherman has possession of Savannah without a battle and has captured a large amount of cotton it is said several million dollars worth also guns & ammunition. Hardee withdrew in the night with his men. Sherman telegraphs the President that he gives the Nation Savannah as a Christmas present--
Miss Nancy C. Nye came home in the carriage with Mrs. Cutler & little Sarah from Mr. Burgess’ to make us a visit.
Friday, December 26, 2014
Still unwell with no appetite. James Means called, had been over after Mrs. Terril to help Mrs. Burgess, thinks it horribly muddy.
William went to Chillicothe on Railroad business. James Walton came down on the evening train, expecting his father would arrive to-night, but was disappointed.
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Maggie Voris & Lizzie Poage are here spending the day. Mrs. Dawes also was here to dinner, but went home on the afternoon train. Sarah is enjoying Christmas in advance. She has recieved several presents of books, and has herself braided four pretty toilette cushions, which she today distributed to her Grandma, Maggie, Lucy & I.
About four o’clock in the afternoon our lard & fresh meat was sent home, as tomorrow is Sabbath we were obliged to take care of the lard, & make the sausage meat of three hogs, tonight it was eleven o’clock before we got through, and though Nancy did all she could, I was very tired.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Monday, December 22, 2014
No circle this week.
The President has issued his proclamation calling for 300,000 more volunteers to serve one, two, or three years. I hope & believe that this will furnish men enough to put down the rebellion. Hon. W. L. Dayton ambassador to France died of apoplexy at Paris on the 1” of December.
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Mrs Cutler went to Marietta & will stay until tomorrow.
William placed in my hands to-day three certificates of 100 shares each, of stock in the New York Gold Mining Company, Colorado. One for Mrs. S. C. Dawes, one for Mrs. C. W. C. Walton, & one for myself on certain conditions -- It is kind of him to do this and if God please, may be a blessing to us. He went to town, & will stay all night with Mrs. Cutler at Mrs. Dawes.
Yesterday’s paper has very interesting War News. Gen. Thomas has defeated the rebel Hood in two hard fought battles near Nashville Tenn. The engagements took place Thursday & Friday Dec. 15” & 16” -- last week-- The rebel loss in prisoners, killed, wounded, & by desertion is estimated at 20,000, our own loss 3,000 of whom very few were killed, the worst of them being slightly wounded. Hood is retreating pursued by Union forces.
Sherman has performed his undertaking of marching his army from Atlanta to Savannah subsisting upon the Country and has invested the latter city -- Dahlgren of the Navy co-operating with him ----
Friday, December 19, 2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Muddy -- walked to sabbath school -- Rev. L. C. Ford preached from “I am ready to be offered, I have fought a good fight, I have kept the faith” &c. It was nearly dark when we got home. A subscription was circulated, (privately) to pay Miss Louisa Carpenter for playing the Melodeon in church. So warm that they opened the church doors.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
A very rainy day. William came home on the evening train from Chillicothe, also Lizzie Poage who was just returning from College Hill where she has been at school.
William says that Mr. Brookover, a New York Capitalist who has been buying oil lands of Rufus, told him that “he never met a man who delighted him more than Col. Dawes--”
Monday, December 15, 2014
William went on the Morning train to Chillicothe on Railroad business. Some trouble with the contractors on the extension from Loveland to Cincinnati.
The ground is covered with ice, it is sleeting.
Circle meets at Mrs A. S. Baileys -- The woods are in such a condition we conclude to stay at home.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Saturday, December 13, 2014
William went to town to-day and Sarah came home with him on the Accommodation train. They have had a late letter from Kate, Maria the colored woman who was with her when Lucy & I was there, was taken sick the day after we left and is dead. The neighbors were afraid to come in thinking the disease was contagious. So Kate took care of her night and day. I fear that she will be the next victim.
Mr. L. Wilson writes to William he has bought him stock in the N. Y. and Gunn gold mines, Colorado.
Friday, December 12, 2014
Sarah coughed hard last night. Nancy suffering from catarrh was also in my room all night. Thermometer at 12o above zero this morning and ice running in the river. Mailed Annie’s Memoir to Clara, Polly, Nancy and Daniel.
Sarah is the eight year old daughter of William and Lizzie Cutler. Her sister Annie died in January 1864 and Julia had prepared a small leather bound memorial book.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
William went to Marietta on Oil business. He has here to fore kept aloof from oil speculation but Pomeroy Wells and some others have sought his co-operation--he has considerable land of his own, to lease, or sell as he may choose and he feels that it may be an opportunity which he would do wrong to neglect to make money with which much good may be done.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Monday, December 8, 2014
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Friday, December 5, 2014
William went to Marietta and Major Dawes and Mr. Wilson of New York came home with him & staid to dinner. I wrote to brother D. C. Cutler of Kansas.
Daniel Converse Cutler was Julia's half-brother, the son of their father Ephraim Cutler and his first wife, Leah Atwood. He was born in Ohio in 1799. When Leah died, Daniel was sent to live with his grandfather, Manasseh Cutler. He later returned to Ohio and farmed there until 1857 when he sold his farm and moved to Kansas.