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Mary Beckley Bristow was born on November 18, 1808 in Boone County, Kentucky. She died in 1890 in Kenton County, Kentucky. In 1858, Mary began a diary of what she called a “Record” of daily events that took place in her life until September 19, 1863 when her first volume was full. Aside from her daily life, the diary would contain letters, bible verses and religious interpretations. Then, on September 21, 1863, Mary started her second volume of spiritual writings to her Father until 1871.1)