A Guide to the Pastor's Diary, 1878-1881 Pastor's Diary Ms2008-056

A Guide to the Pastor's Diary, 1878-1881

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2008-056


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Processed by: Emily Cook, Special Collections

Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Pastor's Diary,1878-1881
Physical Characteristics
0.1 Cubic Feet 1 folder
1 container; 0.1 cu. ft.
Diary documenting the life of a Methodist circuit pastor, salesman, and farmer from Washington, Ohio, from 1878 to 1881, including comments on religious practices, death and disease, farming, business, and elections.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Pastor's Diary must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Pastor's Diary, Ms2008-056 - Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Pastor's Diary was purchased by Special Collections.

Processing Information

The processing and description of the Pastor's Diary occurred in August, 2008.

Biographical Information

Although no information exists on the author's identity, much biographical data can be gleaned from diary entries. The author lived in Washington, Ohio, was married to a woman named Alice, and had more than one daughter. As a Methodist pastor of the Groveport Circuit and as a salesman, the author often traveled to Groveport, Cincinnati, Columbus, Circleville, Logan, and Yankeetown. The author also practiced a degree of farming and husbandry. After getting involved in a buggy-selling scheme, the author filed for bankruptcy, but later attempted financial gain by selling padlocks. The author was often self-professedly "gloomy."

Scope and Content

The Pastor's Diary documents the life of a Methodist circuit pastor, salesman, and farmer from Washington, Ohio, from 1878 to 1881. The collection includes one handwritten, leather-bound diary. Salient topics cover the weather, milling of corn, raising livestock, church activities, local festivals, funerals, marriages, yellow fever outbreaks, local and national elections, and a hanging. The author also mentions twice attending a sermon at the "colored peoples camp meeting." Mentioned geographic locations are Cincinnati, Groveport, Rees Station, Yankeetown, Lockburn, Lancaster, Darbyville, and Circleville, among others.

Index Terms


  • Diseases
  • Folk, historical, and patent medicine

Contents List

Folder 1
Diary, 1878-1881