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Susan Silers Darden diary

Susan, Darden (1861-00-00)

Category:Diary

Source:n/a

Subject:of carriage drivers, other slaves and whit men in jeffeson county and troule with slaves in natchez and second creek 1861



[Even by the standards of her day, Susan Sillers Darden, mistress of a plantation outside Lafayette, in Jefferson County, was very sparing in her diary with periods and which capital letters at the beginning of sentences. Here, some such punctuation and capitalization have been silently supplied.]

Thurs Jan 17. . . . Tom and Fed made 7 Bunches Plow Lines; they had 63 Balls in all. . .

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Tues Ma 7. . . . Allison Ross has a negroe to die from the bite of a dog: there is more that are badly bitten by dogs. Mrs. Richardson sent for the D. today. Martha had Jimmie Baptized at Jack Rosss. Mrs. Ross had her Babe baptized at the same time. It is clear and cool. I finished Lauras Cape making her under body. . . .

Wed May 8. . . The little Negroes killed one of my largest goslings and crippled another. Killed a small one also I had only 14 left out 24 that were hatched. . . .

Thurs May 9. . . I finished Lauras under body, cut out Sleeves of Prenes calico Dress. Maryanne made them, Olivia cut out Brown Plaid Dress for Manda. Prene sewed up the Skirt. Elsy made the Sleeves. Sue made cake. Ben planted Pumpkin Seed in Stewart field. It cleared off warm this evening. Mr. Darden went to Fayette did not hear anything new. Dr. Tate came at 5 oclock; he has joined the Adams Troop at Washington. Everyone seems to be very warm in the cause of their country.

Fri May 10 cloudy. Ann S[t]uart and Julia got here before 9 Oclock. Dr. Tate staid till after dinner. Mr. Darden went to Fayette. Fed had been talking a great deal about Lincoln freeing the servants. David Harrisons carriage Driver had been taken up. They had been forming plans about an insurrection. He has a great many carriage drivers connected with it. The Minute men are investigating the matter. They have Bob Adams the Black Smith in Jail. Have Cousin Sarah Howess Old Thornton in jail. Mrs. Terrys Negros that was concerned init jumped in the well and killed killed [sic] himself. The negroes engaged in it belong to H. Hinds Mrs. Shackelford L. Dangerfield G. Torrey. Dr. Fox P. K. Montgomery S. Darden and J. H. Darden. He whipped fed and discharged him. Blount promised to come here to night if he could get off but did not come. It is dreadful to think of it the danger we are in all the time by the Servants besides the Abolitionists. Very warm to night.

Sat. May 11 cloudy. This morning Mr. Darden went to Fayette joined the minute men. They marched up to the jail and Bob Adams came praying and crying for the Lords to have mercy and begging the Minute Men to spare him till he could make his peace with Gd. Mr. Darden said he could not help but feel sorry for him. He thought his time had come that they would hang him. They put him back in jail going to petition to the Governor for him to go to the Penitentiary.great many there. There was a meeting of minute men at Ebenezer Church and the Committee said they would hang Mr. P. K. Montgomerys John (carriage Driver) and Samuel Dardens Davy (carriage driver). Mr. Montgomery left. Blount Stuart thought they were too hasty and would have gone right there if he had not thought it would have been too late. Oh: Horrible: the idea of such a thing taking place in our midst. We got a letter from Buckner. He is low spirits; had so much rain the cotton looks bad and the country so disturbed; the corn looks well. Sas they have a home company; he is orderly Sergeant and has a hard duty to perform if it is necessary he has to let the company all know. Charley Scott has gone home; there were only few boys left. . . Dr. Brummells Negros put chloroform in his whiskey; he took mustard vomited it up.

Sun May 12 Clear and warm. Jim drove Ma to Jacks. Tom drove our carriage to Fayette. Fed was sick. Sarah Darden was at church, told Olivia that brother Buckner and Madison witnessed the hanging of Samuels Dardens carriage Driver Davy and P. K. Montgomerys John. He marketed and drove carriage sometimes. And said she had trusted her life with Davy, had every confidence in him, did not even want him examined. They were only allowed 3 hours after the sentence was passed. I feel truly sorry for Samuel and Anna. They have no other negroe that they can trust to drive carriage. He is Blacksmith and carpenter too. Mr. Montgomery Boy is great loss but he is not their only carriage driver and will not miss him so much. Davy has been in the family 26 years, poor deluded negro. Sarah heard their place was to be first attacked to commence in few days. . .

Mon May 13. . . . Jack cam by late this evening; said they brought in 2 more white men this evening one of the Cooks; put them in jail and out one in yesterday that was working on Will Trimbles house. Miss Montgomery was with them when they arrested them; it is dreadful state affairs certain. . . .

Tues May 14 cloudy rained good deal last night; ground wet as can be; hand hoeing. Mr. Darden went to Cousin Sarah Howes out of jail; Cooks will have a trial. . . .

Thurs May 16 . . . Mr. Darden went to Fayette after dinner. Jeff Cook tat was taken for helping negroes to insurrection great many there his wife came to town she has 3 children. Frank Higdons negroe was hung; they shot him he was advancing on the person that was going take him; he ordered him not to advance he still kept on forward him. They have had him going through the country. It is horrible to think of. Mr. Montgomery told Mr. Darden that Davy died with a lie in his mouth; his Boy John acknowledged that they were going to do it himself. John