Thursday, 21 July, 1864

Quite a pretty day, but very smoky weather. Commenced machining today. Beck came down. – – Ju acts very childishly of late. I walked to the barn and requested Bill to have some corn put in bags to go to Mill in the morning. – – Patsy washed out some mildew things this morning. Got dinner and commenced digging potatoes this evening. They are very indifferent, it is so dry everything almost is scorched up. – – Messrs. Meredith, Burg and Lewis came to go fishing by promise to Zac.1This Mr. Meredith is unknown. It could have been one of the sons of Olymphia King by her first marriage. Olymphia was the daughter of Fleming Meredith and Nancy Edwards of King William. As small children their surname, Blood, was changed to that of their mother. However, Fleming, 28 and the eldest, was an active confederate soldier at the time of this fishing expedition. We have no information about his younger brother Friendless, three years younger, except that he may have taken the name John F. Meredith. As such he appears in Clarke’s Old King William Homes and Families. While Clarke states that John F. Meredith served in the “Confederate States Army’ for three years and four months, documentation of service is otherwise missing. He does seem to have joined and soon resigned in mid-1861. There is also an 1862 letter of recommendation for a position in the Treasury Department in existing records. Past that, there is little to go on. There are no Burgs (or Bergs) listed in the 1860 KW U.S. Census, or the 1863 KW PP or Land Tax lists. The Lewis is probably Phil, who we just met on the 15th. All dined here and left after dark. – – Mrs. Crow and Bettie Lipscomb came yesterday and borrowed a barrel of corn for old Mr. Crow. I promised to let him have it if he would fix things right. Bake and Pigeo sent a pair of shoes apiece for Mr. Crow to mend.2The 1860 census lists Henry Crow, a farmer about 59 in 1864, living with Wm. Crow, 26. The Gilmer map shows an H. Crow living down the county near Colosse Church with both a Lipscomb and Ellett household adjacent. That Bettie Lipscomb (probably Elizabeth E. Lipscomb, 39, a head of household in the 1860 census) came with Mrs. Crow (daughter-in-law of Henry?) might indicate these neighbors visited Caroline to borrow some corn. In any case Caroline seems less interested in lending corn than trading it for shoe repair. Caroline will do business with Mrs. Crow and Mrs. Lipscomb as a duo again. – – Mr. Davis came this evening to bring a letter from Mr. Watson Walker respecting corn promises to pay four and a half bls. of new corn for the four bls. I loaned him last week.3Watson Walker lived in King & Queen County. He was 29, the son of John Walker. You can read about the Walkers in In Old Virginia – Slavery, Farming, and Society in the Journal of John Walker, by Claudia Bushman, 2002. It is excellent.