Creator: Bateman, Mary E.
Collection number: 47-z
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Abstract: Mary E. Bateman lived at Argyle Plantation near Greenville, Washington County, Miss., with her cousin, Margaret Tiedeman Campbell. Her sister was Lavinia Bateman Ball; Lavinia’s husband was Dr. Spencer Ball. Diary of Bateman kept during 1856, in which she described her social life and visits by members of the Carter, Haile, Smith, Scott, Alexander, Mosby, Sutton, Courtney, Gregory, and Randolph families. She also wrote about her daily activities and chores, including nursing sick members of the family, riding skiffs on the river, and reading books. There are occasional references to Bishop William Mercer Green, slaves, overseers, flooding of the Mississippi River, and riverboat traffic.
Repository: Southern Historical Collection
Collection Highlights: The diary of Bateman of Argyle Plantation near Greenville, Washington County, Mississippi. Entries occasionally refer to slaves and overseers. Microfilm available.