April, Wednesday, 6, 1864.
lovely day i have bin quite busy all day as usal in the afternoon i went out of an erand stoped home a minute found a letter there from mary Williams with her Potograph enclosed it was
quite a joyfull suprprise beutiful morning i went down to Mr Livelys but did not take my lesson my finger was to raw Mr lively advised me not to I went around to see Mrs bridge and stoped at aunt Janes Sue and
went out shoping Mary holack and i went to see Poor Mr fairbanx he was hurting the explosion on Wednsday he looks very badly to day i have not bin out sarah sent me word
Article detailing the explosion at the Merrick & Sons Foundry that injured a member of Emilie’s church.
An article in the The Daily Age
on April 7, 1864 titled “Terrific Boiler Explosion” described a devastating blast caused by an exploding boiler at the Merrick & Sons Foundry between Fourth and Fifth Streets and Washington and Federal Streets in Philadelphia. The windows of nearly all buildings in the area were blown out by the shockwave caused by the explosion. Seven workers were killed in the blast and a number injured, including Jacob Farbeaux, a member of Emilie’s church and occasional preacher, listed by The Daily Age
as having suffered a broken arm and fractured skull. The death certificate of Jacob Farbeaux, born around 1801 in South Carolina and died on December 26, 1874, lists his occupation as “Messenger to Merrick & Co,” matching The Daily Age
article description of Mr. Farbeaux as “colored, messenger.” “Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JK3L-ZNP
: accessed 08 May 2013), Jacob Farbeaux, 1874.