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Walter Bisland Wade was 17 years old when this diary begins in January 1884. The diary covers 1884 to 1891. It gives us a wonderful glimpse into the everyday lives of our ancestors in Jefferson County. The original diary is in the Mississippi Department of Archives and History in Jackson, Mississippi.
I have included the key to the characters in the diary written by Caleb F. Darden, son of Thomas L. Darden, Jr. & Martha McGinty.
I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did!
New! Thanks to Kevin Ross Richlin we now have the
Diary of Walter Bisland Wade in *Adobe PDF format!
Kevin is the grandson of Jewell Ross, who along with Mary L. Bowman, transcribed the diary into its present format in 1986.
Many thanks to Kevin for allowing us to post it here!
*(Requires Acrobat Reader) Don't have it? Download it here for free!
Please note there IS an Index
to some of the names in the Diary.
WARNING! This PDF Version is copyrighted by Kevin Ross Richlin and may not be distributed in any form except by express written permission from him!
Original Introduction to the Transcription by Mary L. Bowman
TO THE READER