Tuesday, 22 November, 1864

Still raining and propitious of another day like yesterday.1 Hill sent the buggy for Mary and Annie after breakfast. Came on to snow soon after they started. Sent Bettie to Ju’s for some potatoes he promised to give Bake’s bird. Mag sent some fresh meat by her also and a little of ink to Bake. – – Martha got dinner and supper all under one today. – – Bill went for the mail. No paper, a letter from Mary to Bake informing her of the death of Allie Power from “Dyptheria”, a sweet interesting little girl of twelve years old. The third death in the family at “Edgewood” within the last ten days from the same cause. – – Mary’s very uneasy on account of her children. Mollie McKinney has symptoms of it, who is boarding with her.2 Rose is very much affected at the recent death of her two little cousins, Hallie Chamberlain and Allie Power.3 – – Finding there is no possible chance of getting a chimney run, Bill has consented to sleep in the passage and give Bake back her room he occupied while she was with Mary.4 She accordingly went about removing the furniture I had taken out in the summer. – – Quite a snow tonight, the most of any account we have had this fall.

  1. Propitious was transcribed as prossitious, which it certainly looked like in the original text.  (back)
  2. Lucia Frances (Fanny) Power, sister of Dr. Fredrick William Power, married Henry F. McKenney in 1848. They had a daughter, Mary E.B. McKenney. Henry was a school teacher and in 1850 the Census shows his wife’s younger sister Laura B. Power, 16, living with the McKenneys in James City County. Four years later Henry is dead. I think our Molly McKenney is teenager Mary E.B. and is living in 1864 at Edgewood with her uncle Dr. Power, who in turn is living with his wife’s father, Garland Hanes, Sr.  (back)
  3. The 1864 Henrico Death Register records Henrietta Chamberlayne’s death on 17 November. The daughter of F. W. and Virginia Chamberlayne, Hallie was 1 year and 2 months old. Her mother was probably Virginia Hanes, the daughter of Garland Hanes, Sr. Then 13, Virginia first appears by name in the 1850 US Census in Garland Sr.’s household. The 1860 US Census shows the Chamblerlayne’s living with Garland Hanes, Sr. at Edgewood. Emiline (Allie) Power also appears on that 1864 Register. The “sweet interesting little girl of twelve years” was the daughter of Dr. Fredrick and Caroline [Hanes] Power, she was listed in the Register as 11. The two girls died the same day. The following day another of the Power children died, a boy, Percy. He had just turned one. No wonder little Rose, 8, was “very much affected.”  (back)
  4. “Run” in this case is a verb. A course of bricks is often described as a run of bricks. To lay bricks, whether a wall or chimney, is to “run” them. To “run up a wall” is to build it. We also now use this term to describe a unit of manufacturing production, as in a “run” of widgets. This is also where we get a “dry run.” These are stones or bricks laid without mortar, often to make sure a pattern or layout works. Then they are run with mortar. Sometimes stones are dry fitted together. Many agricultural fields were divided by dry walls with carefully selected stoned fitted together. I saw some amazing such stonework in Ireland. They were not just piles of rocks; takes skill. The phrase “dry run” is commonly used in so other many contexts that we have lost the origin. We have been laying stone and brick a long, long time.  (back)