A Guide to the Henrietta Baker Embree Diary, 1856-1861
Born in Cumberland County, Kentucky, in 1834, Henrietta Baker Embree married doctor John Wilhoit Embree in 1852 and moved to Belton, Texas, shortly thereafter. There, she kept house and had three children who died in infancy, three years, and fifteen years. Embree was deeply religious and strictly observed the Sabbath before passing away in 1863 from tuberculosis.
The Henrietta Baker Embree Diary, 1856-1861, is a typescript copy documenting the experiences of a young woman on the frontier prior to the Civil War. Embree depicts the hardships of pioneer life, including managing her household and slaves, tumultuous relations with local Native Americans, the deaths of her children as well as her own poor health, and the Civil War. She also notes her religious thoughts and feelings, providing insight into religious thought on the frontier.
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Henrietta Baker Embree Diary, 1856-1861, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project, 2009-2011.
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