Wednesday, 8 February, 1865

Quite a bright morning. Willie left about ten o’clk. We are at work on the pants. – – Bill sat in Bake’s room most of the day. – – Pigeo’s making preparation for school, i.e. in anticipation of being able to get in. Bartlett came with meal last night, brought no cotton. – – Pigeo sent some heads and blk. cotton by Willie for Alice to take to Richmond for Ella Hillyard to crochet for her.1

  1. A Miss Ella J. Hillyard appears in the 1876 Richmond City Directory, a school teacher. The Richmond Dispatch reported her death in 1880. But I have not been able to link her to any other likely Hillyards in King William County. Any Hillyard family historians out there are welcome to comment.  (back)