Columbus T., age 32, North Carolina


Had a pleasant drive from Franklinville in Randolph Co. to Mr. O. Palmer’s of said county, about 14 miles distant, in company with Mr. P. and two of his daughters, Misses Helen and Decie. Wrote a piece in Mrs. Curtis’ Album. She is a daughter of Geo. Makepeace, the founder of the cotton factories at that place. He died in 1872, and his son George now lives at the old homestead. Prevailed upon Miss Emma Taylor a modest young lady of about 18 [?] years to show me some of her original poems which were well conceived and well written. While stopping with Mr. Curtis, a very agreeable gentleman, we visited the factories near, which are on the Deep River, and also the Faith Rock: down which fearful steep Hunter of Revolutionary memory fled from Fanning — he and horse safely escaping. Closed the day at Mr. Oran Palmer’s, with his cheerful family & some friends.  *(Worthy of Record: The Civil War and Reconstruction Diaries of Columbus Lafayette Turner, Ed. Kenrick N. Simpson, courtesy of the State Archives of North Carolina.)