248. Rebecca Herndon (William H. Herndon Interview)
Septr: 28th 1866
Rebecca Herndon (My Mother — God bless her
Says — am from Virginia — am 76 years old — Came to Ky in ___ when I was 8 years of age — . We Sang old hundred in Va. and other Christian Songs of that day — about 1798. We cultivated tobacco — and sent it to Richmond — We came in a squad of 40 persons to Cumberland Mountains as we came to Ky — Sold our waggons — packed our horses — men generally walked — women and children rode — went through what is called the Crab apple orchard — Some — Most of the Settlers of Ky from Va Came down the Ohio — Some crossed the [border?] river called ___ We came by Stanford Ky a small village in ___ Co Ky — and thence to Green Co Ky — . I forgot — We Sang Songs against the Yankees then. Now all that prejudice is gone — gone long since — They are good people — good neighbors — good citizens. A Scotch lady gave me a copy of Burn's as Early as 1812 or 1815 — We — my sisters & myself learned Burns by heart — Sang his Songs — Such as "Bonny Doon — " "High
355and Mary" "Soldiers return"
We danced Sang cheerful Songs — Christian ones too — am a Methodist — parents old school Presbyterian. I was a school mistress in Ky in 1812 or 15 — We visited — were Social, more so than now. We raised our own Cotton — carded Spun it — wove it — have picked Cotton Many Many a day — . Seeded it with my own fingers till Whitneys Cottin gin was invented about 1791. Am an abolitionist in sentiment — in feeling & ideas — run with my husband
Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 2683 — 84