Atheline Henry

North Carolina, USA
Death 16 Jul 1864 (aged 19)
Buncombe County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 132991235 · View Source
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Enslaved person of family Henry

Daughter of Aunt Tena
Born 12/21/1844

Husband Jim married 1/4/1862

One child name unknown

Atheline's burial spot – slave section in the Henry family cemetery, Asheville, NC

From Cornelia Henry of Asheville
Saturday 16th [July 1864]
Atheline died this morning about half past eight. She went very easy. She died very easy. She was 19 years old last December 21st day.
Jim takes if very hard.
I have had the headache all day very bad but ‘tis some better this evening. Mr. Henry went to Camps this morning to identify his horse that was killed at Warm Springs last fall. I have done nothing today.
I made a white bow for Atheline this morning. Mrs. Fanning, Betsey McKinnish, Fannie & Jinnie dressed her very neatly. I had a pair of my fine stockings & a nice pair of gloves put on her & gave her a sheet.
She has been and kind to me & my children. I loved her for loving them.
She died perfectly in her mind, told them all good bye last night. She was willing to go. I am glad she was resigned. She was nothing but skin and bone, looked almost like a skeleton. I think she had consumption.
She asked for her baby this morning. It was asleep so she did not get to see it & when it awoke they took it to her but she did not notice it.
She asked Jim this morning if he was not glad her soul was happy.
Tom Tidwell went to Asheville today. Got me 5 lbs. of sugar for fifty dollars. Very dear. I don't use it, only when I have headache.
Mrs. Fanning got the cloth started this morning but wove none after Atheline died.

** Atheline (Slave owned by the Henry family) – Born December 21, 1844,
married Jim on January 4, 1862,
died on July 17, 1864 (age 19).
Daughter of Aunt Tena.
Aunt Tena was purchased from Stacy Webb by Reuben Deaver on September 16, 1841 and sold to James R. Love with her children Atheline and Charley in 1848.
The family was then given to William L. Henry by estate of Robert Henry in 1863.

Sunday 17th July 1864
My head not well this morning. I lay down on the lounge & tried to sleep but could not. Matt kept the flies off me. We sit up till 11 o'clock last night thinking perhaps Mr. Henry would come. The moon shone nearly as bright as day. They sung & prayed all night I think, at least every time I was awake. Yesterday & today have been beautiful days.
They started to bury Atheline about half past one I suppose. There was a heap of negroes went on from here. They had plenty of company last night. Matt , Tom & the children went. I was afraid to leave the house in such times as this.
I sent for Mrs. Fanning to come & stay while I went to the grave yard but she has the headache & could not come. I then sent to know if Arbazena might stay with me & she sent her. They had not been gone long till Mr. Henry came. I was so glad to see him. I felt so lonely. I got him some milk & fixed his dinner for him & now he is upstairs asleep. Arbazena went up to the hotel place a while ago with Nance Warren. Nance came after her letters that Tom brought out yesterday. Everything looks very lonely.
Atheline will never come to me again and ask what she will do. No never. They have come back from the burying.
I received a letter from Sister Matt yesterday evening written the last of May (the 30th) a long time on the road. Mr. Henry took a long nap this evening. Old Boyd here tonight.

Thursday 14th [July 1864]
I finished Pinck's pants & began his coat. Mr. Henry & Pinck went down on the creek yesterday evening & gathered a pan full of nice raspberries. We had two pies for dinner & will have enough for two tomorrow. Jinnie baked them this evening & some molasses bread. I sent Lonzo to town this evening after the sley. Mrs. Fanning warped the thread Tuesday.
Tena spooled it Tuesday & cleaned the flax.
‘Tis only ten yds. to be filled with flax & five tow for Mr. Henry's pants & coat.
Atheline seems to be sinking very fast. She is very feeble, can't sit up any at all. She seems perfectly resigned to die.
Jim Henry, Joe Russell & jims orderly staid here tonight. A very hard rain this evening & ‘tis reported that Gen. Early has burned Washington City & had captured Harpers Ferry. I hope ‘tis so.

Friday 15th [July 1864]
I sewed some on Pinck's coat today, would have finished it but went up to sit with Atheline a while. She is still in her right mind. She told me this evening she was going to di. I hate to think she will soon be gone but ‘tis best.
He doeth all things well.
Mrs. Fanning got the cloth tied in this evening. Sister Jane sent a seven hundred sley instead of a six after she had put it in she had to take it out. I borrowed a seven of Mrs. A.B. Jones. No further news of the burning of Washington City. There is a great deal of sickness in the country & town too. Typhoid fever. Edom Cole & four of his children have died in a month. Lord bless us with health & guard us from our enemies. May we not fall in their hands I pray.

Sunday 10th [July 1864]
This is a very pleasant morning. Cloudy with occasional sunshine. Dr. Baker left early before breakfast. Rachel will stay till evening I suppose.
Atheline was down at the kitchen yesterday evening. Jim brought her down. I think she will never come again. He took her back to sleep at Tena's house. She is a good deal worse this morning. I fear she will not live through the week. They are very uneasy about her.
Gus still improving. Matt, Rachel & the children hulling peas. We have plenty of peas, beans, & fine potatoes now. Mr. Henry & Pinck came home this evening. We were very glad to see them. Pinck has improved a great deal & grown a heap. Mr. Henry staid at Mr. Bill Miller's last night. They were all well at home when he left. Dora and Matt speak of coming up this summer. Sister Frank sent me a sack of nice cotton. I am certainly greatly obliged to her for it. Mr. Henry & I went to the Murray place this evening. We have eight nice little kids, only four goats have kids yet. Four others to have kids. We had quite a pleasant walk.

Source: Diary of Cornelia Henry in Fear in North Carolina: The Civil War Journal and Letters of the Henry Family. Clinard, Karen L. and Russell, Richard, eds. (Asheville, NC: Reminiscing Books, 2008).

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Atheline Henry (21 Dec 1844–16 Jul 1864), Find A Grave Memorial no. 132991235, citing Historic Sulphur Springs Cemetery, Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Carole Conrad (contributor 46532185) .