Creator: Robertson, Eliza Ann Marsh, d. 1878.
Collection number: 1181-z
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Abstract: Eliza Anne Marsh Robertson was born in Petit Anse Island (now Avery Island), Iberia Parish, La., to John Craig Marsh and Eliza Anne Baldwin Marsh. In May 1844, she married William Robertson (1819-1890), with whom she had ten children. She died in October 1878 in New Iberia, La. The collection is a diary/scrapbook (110 p.), 1849-1856, of Eliza Anne Marsh Robertson, apparently written at New Iberia, Iberia Parish, La., recording the daily life of a Louisiana gentlewoman. Robertson’s brief though detailed daily entries document her participation in food production, clothing production, child care, and other household tasks, often noting which chores were performed by slaves and which she performed herself. Social activities are also described in detail, including arrivals and departures of guests, food served, the celebration of Christmas, games played, and events attended. Also included are six letters Robertson wrote in 1872 to her sister and her niece, and a page of recipes.
Repository: Southern Historical Collection
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Daily entries document household tasks and often note which chores were assigned to slaves (1849-1856). The book also includes a description of an Easter celebration among slaves.