Researcher Dawn George has submitted a transcription of a diary from 1878 from her Great-great-great grandmother Clarissa Bennett.   Clarissa was married to Brice Cunningham.  While writing a good part of the diary she lived with her cousin Percilla Alstetter in Monroe Twp, Allen County.  Dawn may be contacted at crystalstar026@netzero.net

The diary covers the complete year of 1878 and a small portion of 1879, and graphically describes life in those times.  It is interesting reading whether you have ancestral names mentioned or not.  Much appreciation is offered to Dawn who performed the transcription.  Note that the words and sentences are presented as spelled by Clarissa Bennett Cunningham.

Below is an index to the names referenced and the page number of the diary.  Note that the page numbers begin with the alphabet and conclude with numerals.

 
Alstetter, Barbia m, 1
Alstetter, Charley o, p, 2
Alstetter, Fred  2, 9, 11, 12
Alstetter, Freddie o
Alstetter, George m, 1, 5
Alstetter, Jake b, d, 2
Alstetter, Jakie a, 4, 8
Alstetter, Johnie o, 1, 2, 5
Alstetter, Luisa m
Alstetter, Manda f, l, m, o
Alstetter, Millie 7
Alstetter, Mr. o
Alstetter, Mrs. o, p, 1, 2, 3, 12
Alstetter, Mrs. Fred o, 1, 11
Alstetter, Mrs. George I, k, l, m, 1, 8
Alstetter, Petter f, h, o, 5, 9, 11
Anna a, e, g, h, p, 1, 7, 10
Bennett, Aunt Caty o, p, 1, 17, 18, 21, 22
Bennett, Callie f
Bennett, Clara b, e, f, g, I, j, m, n, p, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 17, 25
Bennett, Ella a, b, c, e, f, g, I, j, l, m, n, p
Bennett, Mary Ann 12
Bennett, Uncle Charley a, f, g, I, k, n, o, p, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 17, 19, 20, 23
Best, George k
Billy 'Old' 22
Bodigers, Mrs. 4, 5
Callie m
Cantenia, Mrs f, g, h, i
Catherine 9
Cathren a, e, g, h, k, m, p, 1, 7, 10, 11
Caty 28, 12
Chester, Mr. William b, d, e
Clinger, Anna l
Clingers, Mr. f
Clingers, Mrs. d, I, j, 5
Cliver, Mr. John m
Close, Levi 22, 26
Close, Melroy 22
Crabell, Sherilda 7, 10
Criten, Emma j
Cunningham, Brice a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, I, j, k, l, m, n, o, p, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 30
Cunningham, Caty 2
Cunningham, Ceph b, g, 13, 18, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31
Cunningham, Claray K. 29
Cunningham, Clarrissa Kerlista 30
Cunningham, Dickey 10
Cunningham, Father/Papa 10, 11, 16, 17, 22, 25, 26, 27
Cunningham, John 1, 23
Cunningham, Nan 24
Cunningham, Sallie o, 2, 3, 10, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 25, 28, 29
Cunningham, Wes 21
Cunningham, Wilford B. k
Cunninghams, Mr. 2
Dannie j, k, 3, 4, 6, 7, 11
Drew, Hattie a, b, d, g, n, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 20
Drew, John a, b, d, e, g, n, o, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 29
Drew, Merta 7
Drew, Miss 24
Drew, Mrs. l, o, 29
Drew, Nan b, h, n, o, 4, 6, 7
Drew, Sam 5, 24
Drews l,o,5,20
Drews, Mr. 1,5
Ella 'little' 21
Father (Perry Bennett) h,k,17
Felker, Old k
Fisher, Mike 1,4
Gander, Eddie 2
Gander, George 2
Gander, Julia 6
Gander, Marry 4
Garner, Joe 4
Granger, John 2,25,26,28
Granger, Nellie 2,23,27
Granvill, Charley o
Gusta m
Hardrags, Squire 9
Hardsay, Mr. G n
Harpsters, Alice j
Harris, Grannie 10
Harris, Scott k
Hartman, George 3
Hartmans 1
Hesser, Miss Carie n
Hitchcock  20,22
Hitchcock, Bill 20
Hitchcock, Mr. 1
Hofferbert, Johnie a
Hofferberts, Mr. 11
Hood, George 29
Hood, John k,19,20,28
Hood, Mr. 28
Hood, Mrs. 20
Hood, Sallie 28
Hood, Tilda 29
Howell, Janie 24,26,27
Howells, Dave 31
Howl, Enoch 26
Howl, Mrs. 26
Hutchison, George 5,6,7,8
Johnson, Nancy 27
Kessels, Serri 4
Kinsley l
Kinsley, Ada l
Kinsley, George e
Kinsley, Mary e,l
Kinsley, Mr. b
Kinsley, Mrs a
Kinsley, Scott e,i
Kiser, Aunt Polly 20
Kiser, Bell c,k
Kiser, John n,1,2,6,10
Kissels, Lib 25
Leatherman, Dan 5,6
Leatherman, Ella 1,2,3,6,7,8,9,11,13,17,19,25,26,27,28
Letherman, Jake a,b,d,e,h,k,p,2,3,6,7,8,11,26,27,28
Letherman, John a,b,d,e,f,m,n,p,2,6,7,9
Lewis, William a
Light, Abraham k
Light, Jake e,I,1
Lights, Jacob a
Lillie m
Logan, Bill 23
Logan, Isrel o
Logan, Len m,o
Logan, Mrs. 10
Midlestutter, Mike n
Miller, Bill 4
Miller, Charley e,f,n,3,7,12
Miller, Dave 21
Miller, Eddie 8
Miller, Henry 'Hens' ,10,12,13,19,21,30
Miller, Jake l,n
Miller, Jakie 8
Miller, Johnie 6
Miller, Lewis g,n
Miller, Lizzie a,b,k,m,n,1,4,6,7,8
Miller, Maggie k,n,8
Miller, Mary e
Miller, Mr. 10
Miller, Mr. Adam f
Miller, Terzie I,k,10,12,19,21
Morris, Doctor 26
Mulcahey, Presilla 6
Mulckay, Old Ginny 3
Myers, Percilla c
Myers, Tesa j
Myrs, Aunt Bellsie 12
Myrs, Lillie 7
Myrs, Maggie j,16
Myrs, Sylla j,k,l
Nass, Johnie o,p,2,3
Nell, James f
Nerwitz, Joe 4,8
Newbright, Lydey a,4,5,6
Niswanger, Lydie k
Niswanger, Petter fi
Nixon, Willliam a,b,c,f
Nye, Bill m
Parmer, Bill 26
Perciller b,c,d,e,g,h,I,j,k,m,n,o,p,1,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,16,17,18,20,21,22,24,25,27,28
Pete m
Ramsews, Theadore 24
Ramsey, Ike 12
Ramsey, Sam 12
Ramsy, Hannah o
Ramsy, Merta o
Reasmey, Lib 20
Repperd, Julia 28
Repperd, Mrs. 27
Repport & Palmer 30
Roast, Callie a
Rummel, Cate j,k
Rummel, Godfrey 11
Rummel, Mary 5
Rummols, Mr. h,i
Schisms, John 29
Shear, Jonas n
Sigler, Anna n,3,4
sigler, Mrs. 16,20,21,26
Sigler, Willie 4
Slusser, Bill 4
Slusser, Ellen 17
Slusser, Johnie 4
Slusser, Mag 7
Slusser, Mella j
Slusser, Uncle Dan 10,17,28
Slusser, Uncle John n, 4, 11, 21
Slussers, Mrs. f, h, i, l
Slussers, Uncle Ben k
Smith, Frank a
Smith, Petter e, f, g, n, o, p, 1, 2, 6, 7
Snider, Julia 3, 4, 6, 10, 12
Snodgrass, Miss Rena 4, 6
Snooks, Mrs. c, d
Stauffers, Mr. a, 26
Stauffers, Mr. Dave 5
Stinogh, Mrs. j
Stull, Dave b, d, g, h, 4, 6
Stull, Mary Ann b, d
Stull, Mr. e
Stull, Nancy b, d
Sutton, Bell 25
Sutton, Mose 28, 29
Sygler, Lyda f
Syler, L C k
Uncle Dan 22
Ware, Aunt Sallie 25
Watkins, John 21, 22, 24
Watkins, Mary Jane 24
Wells, Michael k
Williams, Tom 13
Willie m
Wood, Jas k