Monday, 9 January, 1865

Quite a pretty day. Sent Tom up for my knife I loaned Ju at Xmas, thinking he forgot and carried it home with him. He wrote a long letter by Tom, said I was mistaken about my knife. – – Also said a good deal about Beck. I returned an answer by Martha & sent Mag’s milk cooler. – – Bill & Hardie went ducking, but killed nothing. They have not been successful recently. – – I am getting the children ready for Dr. Lewis’ school. I do not believe there is any prospect of getting Pigeo in at Pop’s school.1 Hardie entertained us much with his anecdotes tonight. – – Wrote to Evelyn this morning by Oby, i.e. if he was over.2

  1. Piedmont Female Seminary was operated by James W. Goss, who we now know was called “Pop.” It was located three miles west of Gordonsville, Virginia. Goss’ family were accomplished Baptists, eventually followers of Alexander Campbell. Thus the school would have been well-known among members of Jerusalem and Zion churches. We will learn more about “Pop” Goss’ school.  (back)
  2. I believe Evelyn McLelland has been identified. Mary E.(Evelyn) Quarles, 19, appears in the 1850 US Census for King William. She is the daughter of George W. Quarles and his wife Martha. George is listed as a Manager (overseer) and they lived in central King William. Ten years later Mary E. McLelland appears in the KW Census. She is the wife of Benjamin W. (Whatcoat) McLelland. Among their children is a daughter Martha. Benjamin, 30, is listed as a farmer. He had appeared in the 1850 KW Census living on a farm with his brother Thomas. But he will soon be a soldier. Benjamin was one of the sons of Hezekiah McLelland of King and Queen County, known today primary for his devout Methodism. Hezekiah appears early and often in Bushman’s In Old Virginia with fellow devoted Methodist John Walker. The Walkers, as had the McLellands before them, gave their children good Methodist names. For the McLelland’s three sons this meant given names of Thomas Coke, Enoch George, and Benjamin Whatcoat. Walker named his first two boys Coke and Watson after Coke and Richard Watson, another Methodist theologian. Melville, his youngest child, may have been named in honor of Melville Cox, the Methodist missionary to Liberia who died in 1833. By 1864 Mary E. McLelland, evidently known as Evelyn, was living at Sandy Hill plantation, home of Col. Robert King. It was also the home of Uncle Oby’s wife. Uncle Oby appears in Caroline’s Journal three of the four times Evelyn is mentioned as carrying food or a message between them. Why Evelyn is living at Sandy Hill remains undiscovered. But as her soldier husband was a POW (as was Caroline’s son Liv and John Walker’s Melville), she and her family may have been becoming destitute. This might be a good time to mention that Woodbury was an ancestral Quarles home. Elizabeth Sutherland Quarles was Caroline’s late mother in-law. One of Elizabeth’s brothers was George Washington Quarles, our Evelyn’s father. Small world.  (back)