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Monday, May 1st 1865

. . . I had just torn my clothes out of my trunk &c when many horseman galloped by — shouting & shooting.  And for a moment I did not dream, it was the foe, but then it came — “the Yankees, the Yankees!”  And all of us rushed together screaming.  Ma & the children — white & black — & we girls — negroes all willing to help us bring & hide clothes & silver &c — some of them crying in terror.

We found they were pursuing some of Wheeler’s & other S. cavalry passing through & taking up all the men prisoners — paroling some — passing by those who had paroles from Lee’s army, but confining many in the C.H. for a few days.  Clifton was so excited & rash — rushed out toward those who were rushing madly past exclaiming “what does this mean?” &c.

Thursday, June 22nd

. . . I went in to see Baylis Earle’s family too — Eugenia stiff — talks much of Dr. Cooly.  Tense & children — Joe Adams — a prisoner who took the oath while living in the North.  Queer changes in a few years!

A Faithful Heart The Journals of Emmala Reed, 1865 and 1866


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  1. My gg-grandfather was mentioned in this book. She called him Baylis Clark. His name was John Baylis Clarke and was called JB Clarke in most of the records that I have seen. His mother was Janie Sammons Clarke. I think that the Baylis name may have come from the Earles, a prominent family in Anderson.

    • I’ve just not sorted out all of the Princes and Earles and Clarkes (who inter-relate in my Williams and Sammon and Harrison families). You know how that goes, Susan!!

      Emmala Reed’s diary is a marvelous find (although I only have it on inter-library loan). The Reeds and the Hammonds ‘connect’ to my Sammon family through a Hammond-Strickland marriage.

      On and on it goes! I need to visit your site and get re-oriented with some of the research!

    • You probably have this info:
      “John H. and William Clarke were the sons of Anderson’s tailor and clothing merchant, J. B. Clarke, and his wife, Margaret “Betty” J. Mr. Clarke was a prominent businessman and served a term as intendant, or “mayor,” of Anderson (Vandiver, Traditions, 29; 1860 Census, Anderson District, 156).

      • I own Vandiver’s book and found Emmala Reed’s diary on google book. I was able to read the relevant pages there, but I have not read the whole book. The J. B. Clarke above was the son of JB Clarke, Sr. and Janie Sammons.
        Janie sammons says she was born in NC in the 1860 census so I am pretty sure that she was Jane daughter of
        John Sammons and Betty Walker. Her marriage to John B. Clarke may have been a second marriage as she was older than him.
        It’s interesting that the Earles do have a Clark connection in their family and one of the sons was named Baylis Clarke, but he is not mine. I do think that somehow J. B. Sr. was named for the Earles, and he is still one of my mysteries.

      • I neglected to note my source for my Jane Sammon note (shame on me!) – but I have that her first husband was perhaps a Burbank.

        Some of the Clarkes that connect into the Sammon family were of the Cornelius Clarke and Amy Whitfield Sledge family. But, as I’m sure you have discovered as well – during some of the same generations, all of these cousins had the same names! It has been difficult to sort them out. And there were several Baylis Clarkes. Ahhhhh . . .

  2. I had seen that too but have found no Burbanks in the early SC censuses. Jane was born c1783 ( 77 in 1860 census) in NC which would fit. Her only daughter that I know of was named Elizabeth perhaps after her mother.. No, I haven’t heard of Cornelius Clarke. The name Cornelius was used as the middle name of one of John B. Clarke, Jr’s sons, but it was a name used in the Nevitt family so I haven’t thought much about it. When you have time send me some more info on Cornelius Clarke at These genealogy mysteries always nag don’t they.


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