Lost, but researchers hope to find missing 18th Century diary in Alabama

A group of English researchers is seeking an 18th Century farming diary that they think ended up in Alabama after World War II.

The diary of Anne Hughes may have been brought to Alabama after the war by a soldier named Hoyt Oliver, according to the website, Anne Hughes Diary. It’s believed that an American soldier – likely Oliver, who died in Winston County in 1993 – borrowed the original manuscript when he was stationed in England and that the diary went with him when went to his next posting.

The researchers have contacted Hoyt’s remaining family but nothing has turned up. The researchers are spreading the word of their search in case someone sees it in a library, archives or antique shop. If you come across Anne Hughes’ diary, contact the researchers.

(Our thanks for a tip on this story from Professor Bob Davis of Wallace State Community College in Hanceville).

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