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About Jeannette Reid Healy

About the author: Jeanette Reid Healy (July 18, 1891 —  November 19, 1961). Traveled for two years on her honeymoon with husband Augustine Healy, during which she kept a travel diary “describing her two-and-a-half-year honeymoon with husband Augustine Healy touring Japan, Korea, China, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, India, Pakistan, and Kenya, principally describing the tourist sights and places they visited. Jeanette includes her impressions of the local landmarks, temples, museums, scenery, and people, often describing native dress, hairstyles, and appearances.” As for their subsequent life,

After the conclusion of their wedding trip, the couple became interested in equine sport, particularly foxhunting. In 1923 they built Firleigh Farms, a winter foxhunting retreat in Moore County, North Carolina. They appear to have split their time between Chicago and North Carolina. The 1930 census shows that they lived in Moore County, where Augustine’s occupation was listed as “farmer.” The Healys were leaders in the Moore County Hounds hunting club, which formally incorporated as the Moore County Company, Inc., in 1929. Augustine Healy conveyed Firleigh Farms to Jeanette Reid Healy in 1934, presumably as part of the couple’s divorce settlement. She continued to live at least part-time at Firleigh Farms for the duration of her life. Augustine Healy remarried twice:.. According to his death certificate, Augustine died … in Palm Beach, Florida; he was survived by his wife, a son, and two grandchildren. According to Jeanette’s death certificate, she died.. in Southern Pines, North Carolina. She had no children.

About the diary: Located in Jeanette Reid Healy papers, 1920-1922, Duke University Libraries Archives & Manuscripts, with the volume Jeanette Reid Healy diary, May 1920-December 1920 being the one consulted and the following portion included in The Philippine Diary Project: “Finally, the couple departed for Manila at the end of 1920, arriving Dec. 15. The volume ends on Dec. 18, 1920.”