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  • Journals, 1816-1830, of Sarah Carrington Cabell Massie (1795-1831) of "Union Hill," Nelson County, Virginia. There are six volumes, one of which is a receipt book. Volume 1 covers the years 1816 to 1824. It includes writings on Roman history, poetry, descriptions of a trip to Lynchburg, including her visits with friends and acquaintances, the terrain encountered, mineral springs in the area, and the route which was taken. She also mentions the death of her father, William H. Cabell (1759-1822) on 2 November 1822, including his funeral service, and the death of her brother Patrick H. Cabell (1804-1822) on 22 November 1822. She also writes about her male acquaintances, including her future husband, Dr. Thomas Massie (1783-1864), marriage proposals she received, and her impending marriage
  • Volume 2 covers the years 1823-1825, and contains information on her duties as manager of the Female Education Society of Prince Edward, including lists of members, and financial information. Also discussed are daily activities such as gardening, reading, and trips taken, including those to Richmond, and Charlotte and Halifax Counties. She also mentions the activities of her siblings, notably her brother Mayo Cabell (1800-1869), as well as births of children to her sister Elvira Cabell Bruce (1783-1858), and the marriage of her brother Edward Cabell (1797-1869) and his wife, and the birth of their son. Also noted is the anniversary of the death of her father, as well as the death of her close friend Hannah Crawford in 1823
  • Volume 3 covers the years 1823-1825, and 1830. There are answers to Bible questions, mention of books she has read, and mostly religious and philosophical writings
  • Volume 4 covers the period from 21 March to 12 May 1825. It includes religious and philosophical writings, poetry, mention of books read, activities of various siblings, religious services attended, health, visits with family and friends, and descriptions of trips to Lynchburg and Amherst County
  • Volume 5 covers the period from 13 May 1825 to 1 November 1830. It contains a list of books which she owned, information on social visits, religious and philosophical writings, a trip to Lexington, including a description of crossing the Blue Ridge Mountains, a description of Washington College, marriages and deaths of friends and family, her marriage proposal from Dr. Thomas Massie, and her answer, his trip to Ohio between May and July 1826, weather, the death of Thomas Jefferson, her marriage on 3 August 1826, gardening activities, and accounts and inventories of household goods
  • Volume 6 is a receipt book covering the years 1822 to 1825. It contains household hints and medical remedies
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Sarah Carrington Cabell was born on 2 November 1795. She was the daughter of Col. William Cabell (1759-1822) and Anne Carrington Cabell (1760-1838). She was married on 2 August 1826 at "Union Hill," Nelson County, Virginia, to Dr. Thomas Massie (1782-1864). They had three children. She died at her residence, "Blue Rock," in Nelson County, on 19 June 1831.
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  • The Library of Virginia
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The History Shop, Inc.
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Vol. 1: 1816-1824; Vol. 2: 1823-1825; Vol. 3: 1823-1825, 1830; Vol. 4: 1825; Vol. 5: 1825-1830; Vol. 6: Receipt Book, 1822-1825.
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