Roach and Eggleston family papers, 1825-1905 (bulk 1853-1905).

Creator: Roach and Eggleston family.
Collection number: 2614
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Abstract: The Roach and Eggleston families lived in Woodville, Wilkinson County, and Vicksburg, Miss. Prominent family members included Elizabeth Gildart Eggleston (d. 1895), a member of the Confederate Cemetary Association of Vicksburg; her daughter, Mahala P. H. Roach (1825-1905); and Mahala’s husband, James P. Roach (d. 1860), a banker in the firm of Wirt Adams & Co. The 49-volume diary of Mahala P. H. Roach, 1853-1860, 1862, and 1866-1905, comprises the bulk of this collection. Mahala wrote about household chores; her family, including disciplining her children and conflicts with her mother; and neighbors and friends, especially focusing on social activities in Vicksburg. Mahala also described nursing she did during epidemics of yellow fever, cholera, and other sicknesses in Vicksburg. A three-volume diary of James P. Roach, 1858-1860, is also included. Roach, a banker, wrote about banking, civic, and political affairs in Vicksburg. James and Mahala both noted visits from Jefferson and Joseph Emory Davis. Also included are correspondence, financial and legal items, scrapbooks and commonplace books, and miscellaneous diaries of other members of the Roach, Gildart, and Eggleston families. One of these diaries discusses the 1864 banishment from Vicksburg of Elizabeth Gildart Eggleston, who appears to have been running a hospital in the city.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: The bulk of the collection (the 49-volume diary of Mahala P. H. Roach) records the household chores of slaves. There are also typed transcriptions of these diaries available.

Volume 67 in Folder 74 includes mention of James Roach attending a Southern Convention from 9 May to 13 May 1859 in Vicksburg where a big topic for discussion was the African slave trade.

Volume 72 in Folder 79 contains a plantation journal of Dick Eggleston from the 1830s, where he describes the work done by enslaved people on his plantation.