Thursday, 12 January, 1865

Another beautiful day, but quite cold. The boys went ducking again today. Killed nothing. – – James King came to see Bill. Left document from Lieut. Haw. – – He left for Canton before supper.1 – – Lieut. Bradley Catlett came to spend the night. – – Cut out the body of Nan’s linsy dress and did several other jobs. – – Cut off two skirts for women’s dresses last night. – – Parky’s washing some things for the children and Hardie, who expects to leave, if his arm will permit, in a few days. The children will leave for school, nothing preventing, next week. – – I am very busy preparing things. I don’t know whether I will be able to bear the separation from Nan. I shall miss her so much. The children have all had a gleesome time since Hardie got home and are so noisy sometimes. They make me say a good many things I do not exactly mean.

  1. Nineteenth century Canton was a small community along King William County’s main thoroughfare. Near Colosse Baptist Church it was conveniently located with easy access north-west towards the Courthouse, south towards Lanesville and the Pamunkey, north towards the Mattiponi Reservation and Fraser’s Ferry, and south-east on either of the two roads that bypassed the lowlands that drained into Custis Mill Pond towards West Point. Caroline will write often about purchases made there, referencing P. H. Slaughter enough to suggest he was involved with a store there. Maria Gregory, Caroline’s Aunt, recorded in her role as executrix of her late husband Roger’s estate the collection of rent for a “shop” from Dr. DuVal and a small piece of land from F. King (1851). DuVal, of King & Queen County, was also a well-respected Baptist / Campbellite minister. Canton does not appear of the Gilmer Map but it does appear on the 1976 Garber/Wendenburg Map as a site. I can find no record of Canton being a plantation name. Later Canton School would be established nearby, but tellingly, no Post Office. Today Canton is forgotten.  (back)