In 1854, Emma V. Edmondson was 18 years old and living with her father William V.M. Edmondson in East New Market, Maryland. Her mother, Elizabeth Greene Edmondson had passed away in 1851 and she did not have any surviving siblings. Her father was a physician and traveled. Emma frequently interacted with relatives and nearby neighbors. On 23 November 1854, Emma V. Edmondson started keeping a diary. The diary continues through August 6, 1855.
There are no pages for May 1855 and June 1855