Thursday, 31 August, 1865

Bake and I concluded to go up and spend the day with Mag and Ju. Took Tom behind the buggy. – – Ju came just as dinner was ready. – – Left Nan to keep house. George, the horse we drove, got out and we had to send Tom for Shakespeare, so we remained till after supper and had a nice moonlight ride home. – – We saw Mr. and Mrs. Anderson on their way to Hill’s this evening.

Wednesday, 30 August, 1865

Really warm today. Bill has been quite sick. Bake likewise is complaining. she and Nan took a walk though as far as Mrs. Lipscomb’s. Saw Miss Harris there, who they felt much sympathy for.1 They made it late getting back.

  1. On 10 February, 1865 Bake sent a letter to an unknown Miss Harris. A clue might be found in the footnote for 9 October, 1864 when we learned that Camm Garrett’s wife was the former Caroline Elizabeth Harris.  (back)

Tuesday, 29 August, 1865

The weather’s much warmer. Mrs. Anderson sent a message to Mrs. Garrett saying she would not dine there today. Remained home and will spend the night at Larkin’s. Will go to Mrs. Tebbs tomorrow. – – Bill delivered 41 bushels corn to Mr. Davis’ wagon. – – Nan and I are about two white cambric dresses for Mary. They are on a small scale. – – Vessels are beginning to ply the river again. Liv went to Colosse and will go from there to Will’s this evening to spend a day or two.1

  1. While there are too many possible Will’s in King William, there is circumstantial evidence later in the Journal that Caroline sometimes refers to her brother as Will.  (back)

Monday, 28 August, 1865

Cousin Lem and his wife left about ten o’clk. Bill and Zac went to court. Liv dined at Ju’s. The two former returned to supper. – – Liv came about 12 at night. Nan rode to Ju’s to see Ann and her Uncle Billy, but they left before she got there.1 Our good friends are very kind in instructing and answering questions on the scriptures. Take the greatest pains in doing so. Sent Ju a quarter of lamb this morning.

  1. Uncle Billy’s (William M. Ellett, Jr.) wife is listed in US Census records as Ann B. (1850), Julia (1860), and Julia A. (1870). She must have been known in the family as Ann. She was likely Julia Ann Johnson. a daughter of Ammon Johnson and his wife Ann Burnley Littlepage. Ann Burnley Littlepage was the sister of Lewis Littlepage, Caroline’s late husband.  (back)

Sunday, 27 August, 1865

Zac and myself attended Zion. Zac drove yesterday and today. Had company to dinner. Bake remained at home. Stopped at Ju’s. Sat a while for Mag. – – Mr. and Mrs. Anderson, Cousin Lem and wife, James Fendall (Edwards) and wife and sister, Emma Robins and Bill Todd, Hill and Rose came with us to dinner.1 Mr. and Mrs. Anderson, Cousin Lem and wife remained all night. – – I am so sorry I neglected to invite Hardin and Cornelia, Fes, William and Roger Gregory.2

  1. James Fendall (Jimmy) Edwards is the brother of Dr. Lemuel Edwards. His wife, Ann Elizabeth (Nannie) [Malone] Edwards is the daughter of James Malone in whose Richmond home Dr. John Thomas lived for a number of years. Bill Todd is William Todd Robins, son of John A. Robins. Emma [Edwards] Robins is Bill Todd’s mother.  (back)
  2. “Fes” is Robert Festus King, about 32, late 2nd Lieutenant of the Confederate Army and POW. He is the son of James (Hill) King. His mother is Rosina [Ellett] King, Caroline’s sister. Roger is “Judge” Roger Gregory of Elsing Green; William is his brother.  (back)

Saturday, 26 August, 1865

The weather has been quite cool ever since the hailstorm on Tuesday. – – Liv arrived to dinner in the buggy from Mary’s. Brought me some cheese and a paper of candies from Pigeo. Bake and Zac and I attended Zion today. – – Mr. Anderson preached an excellent sermon. – – We called by Ju’s and home to dinner. Bill and Liv took a walk to the cornfield and succeeded in catching a troublesome hog. Intended to have had a lamb killed, but was prevented on that account. – – Bake’s right much indisposed. I took supper alone.

Friday, 25 August, 1865

Bake managed beds in the different rooms today. Martha assisted about it. I made ginger cakes and Jumbles. Davis sent for corn. Delivered him 40 bushels. – – Zac rode to the Acquinton Church to purchase some _?_ but did not succeed.1 – – Bake finished off a gown today.

  1. “Tin?” Acquinton was the location of the Houchings machine shop. Reader suggestions welcome. View here.  (back)

Wednesday, 23 August, 1865

Hardie and Pigeo started after an early breakfast to Richmond. Bake and I fixed damsons today, and preserved a little of very nice ones. Horace came to let me know Nannie Gregory wished to get Nannie as a scholar. She intends teaching at the C. H.1

  1. Nannie Sidney Gregory, 19, is the daughter of the late William Nathaniel Gregory and Wealthean Pemberton Thornton. She and her mother are living with her uncle, Sterling Thornton. The second Nannie in that sentence is Caroline’s youngest, Ann E. Littlepage, a.k.a. Nan/Nannie.  (back)

Tuesday, 22 August, 1865

Willie Turner left this morning, and Hardie in the buggy as far as the Acquinton Church to have pin put in the buggy somewhere to connect the wheels. – – Returned to dinner. Called at Mr. Pemberton’s and got some damsons.1 Tremendous bad storm this evening. Bake fixed up some butter for Hardie to take to Richmond tomorrow. Pigeo packed up her trunk this evening to accompany him to Mary’s. Peeled some peaches today.

  1. Richard C. Pemberton, about 30 and son of Wilson Coleman Pemberton, and his wife Sarah [Watson] lived at Cool Spring on the old Littlepage property adjacent to Aspen Grove. It would have been very convenient to stop back by there on a return trip from Acquinton.  (back)

Sunday, 20 August, 1865

Another pretty day. All attended church except Hardie, who remained as housekeeper. Another fine sermon by Mr. Anderson, large audience. Bake and Pigeo got out at the tavern and went in to see Miss Hillyard. The former remained till after dinner and rode to Mrs. Hill’s in the afternoon. Hardie went up to accompany her down. Willie Turner returned with them to supper.

Saturday, 19 August, 1865

Quite a pretty day. We attended church, Bake, Zac and myself. The rest remained at home. – – Mr. Anderson was there and preached an excellent sermon.1 Called at Ju’s and took dinner. Bake called to see Miss Hillyard, who is sick at the tavern.2

  1. This is certainly Albert Anderson (1803-1884), one of the first “Campbellites” to defect to the side of Dr. John Thomas, thus becoming one of the first who will be called Christadelphians. Although he resided in Lunenburg County, Virginia, Rev. Anderson was a frequent visitor and speaker in King William.  (back)
  2. Best evidence suggests this is Ellen Hillyard, about 11, daughter of R.A. Hillyard. Although R.A. Hillyard is always listed as a farmer in the US Census, the level of commerce he seems to generate with Woodbury suggests he is operating a store, perhaps at the C.H.  (back)

Thursday, 17 August, 1865

An inclement morning. Horace came to bring a ticket for the family to attend Miss Hattie Hill’s marriage.1 All declined going except Hardie and Zac, from indisposition. Zac went to the Piping Tree this morning to see Fendall on business. Bake completed a tucked skirt and cut out a Swiss body for Nan this evening.

  1. Miss Harriet (Hattie) Claiborne Hill, about 27, is the daughter of Robert Augustine Hill and older sister to Gus Hill who frequently visits Woodbury. She married James Ambrose (Jake) White, 26 of Green Level. We have met his family as well.  (back)

Wednesday, 16 August, 1865

Quite a pretty day. I missed my chill. – – Bill went to Mill’s Mill to see Jimmie about fixing our mill. – – Commenced pulling fodder today. – – Roland Lewis dined here.1

  1. John Roland Lewis, about 25, is the son of the late Dr. John Skyrin Lewis of Mount Rose. We met his sisters Joe and Livinia on 20 December last year.  (back)

Tuesday, 15 August, 1865

Had some rain today. Dr. Braxton came for 30 bushels corn at $6.50 pr. barrel.1 All are indisposed except Nan, who was housekeeper and had dinner. – – Hardie rode to Mrs. Hill’s this evening and back to supper. I had second attack of chills today.

  1. We will learn later the corn was sold to Dr. Tomlin (Jack) Braxton of Chericoke. There is also a Dr. William P. Braxton, about 50, who lives near Chericoke at Oak Spring.  (back)

Monday, August 14, 1865

Bake still sick. Zac went up to Walkerton Mill and carried corn. – – Horace came with a note to Bake saying she ought to visit Miss Jennie Hill and Ida Minor if her health would permit it.1

  1. We met Virginia (Jennie) Hill on 21 February last. Her companion is less easily identified. There were Minor families in King William and surrounding counties. But so far no female Minor (Ida or Ada) about Bake’s or Jennie’s age in 1865 has been found. Any Minor family historians out there?  (back)

Sunday, 13 August, 1865

Quite a pretty day. Hardie and Zac went to Zion. I sent the basket and emblems by them with a request that some other member would take charge of them, as we have had so much sickness recently with Black and White that I found some difficulty in getting them to church. – – Bake is sick in bed all day, missed her chill tho.

Saturday, 12 August, 1865

A pretty morning. After breakfast, Rose and I walked in the garden. A deep gloom seems to have taken possession of my mind, so settled and permanently fixed that I cannot extricate myself from it. I feel and know that it is wrong, still I am powerless and can only hope in God’s mercy. I acknowledge the depth of all my sin. I know wherein I have erred and laid the foundation for all my trouble. – – The children came from Richmond about ten o’clk. Hardie and Bake both had chills.1 They brought Nan home and Bake went straight to bed. Made the purchases she expected to do in Richmond. Hardie bought a gallon whiskey and purchased 30 lbs. sugar. Mary sent me a bucket of rice. – – Disposed of the butter at $.40 pr. pound. – – Rose left in the wagon when Zac took it home. Duroc was quite sick after getting from Richmond. He got over it though and Zac drove him and Shakespeare to the wagon.

  1. In a rare case of inattention or distraction, Caroline actually writes in the Journal, “Hardie and Bake had both had chills.” I have omitted the first had.  (back)

Friday, 11 August, 1865

A beautiful morning. Walked upstairs to see Bill at four o’clk. and though I thought him much better, he requested me to send for Ju. I did so, but received a note by Tom saying he would be unable to come before eleven o’clk., so I thought it best to commence quinine about eight and gave him a spoonful of salts a few minutes after. – – A vessel came up the river and anchored before the house and played a good many tunes. Rose and Mary came about that time. Mary spent the day. Rose remained all night. – – Ju arrived before dinner to see Bill, did not think much the matter with him. Prescribed a blue mass pill. Remained till after dinner.

Thursday, 10 August, 1865

The weather has been quite seasonable recently. – – Bill took a few pills of quinine this morning, but had a rise of fever and I repeated the calomel and Jalap at 2 o’clk. His fever kept up high till near night. Gave him a cup of hot water tea after using ice, which was very beneficial to him. Ju sent Horace down for four pounds butter. – – The ditchers got eight pounds flour. – – Pigeo’s improving. Made herself a pair of sheep-skin gloves today. Patsy’s at work in the garden. Dellah and Bettie are weeding walks and cutting down weeds in the yards. – – I rested tolerably well tonight.

Wednesday, 9 August, 1865

After all necessary preparations, all retired to take a few hours sleep in order to make as early a start as possible after 1 o’clk. to Richmond. They started a little after 2. Had a beautiful night for their travel. – – Gave Bill quinine today, but he had a rise of fever notwithstanding. Gave him calomel and Jalap. Should have given it last night.

Tuesday, 8 August, 1865

I rested right well last night. Bake slept upstairs with Mag. – – Hill came down this morning to spend the day. Hardie sent a note by Tom to ascertain about getting the wagon to go to Richmond tomorrow morning. I went with her down to fix up some butter and other thing to carry over, a tin bucket, a stone jar and pitcher filled. She then had a bushel of flour measured for her. Counted out about 50 herrings and ½ doz. shad and a doz. pieces roe and some other little things. – – Hardie had Duroc and Shakespeare harnessed, and his Uncle Hill and himself rode one a piece in order to bring the wagon down. He brought some ice for Pigeo and a message from his Aunt Rose about coming down in a day or two. – – Bill had a chill about 12.

Monday, 7 August, 1865

Ju came professionally this morning to see Pigeo. Sent a message to him yesterday evening by Addison. He sent some directions by him and declined coming till this morning. Gave Pigeo quinine through the day. She is much better than she was yesterday. – – He left before dinner and promised to bring Mag down this evening to stay two or three days, while Bake and Hardie are in Richmond. – – Bill had something of a chill after returning the bags of corn to the barn out of the rain.

Sunday, 6 August, 1865

Pigeo’s not so well this morning. Sent for Ju to see her, by Addison, and sent him from there to Hardin’s for ice for her.1 – – After prescribing for her, he left about ten o’clk. Took the basket with the emblems along in his sulky. Hardin and Zac went together in the buggy to Zion. Dined at Mrs. Hill’s and brought the basket back with them on their return.

  1. One might note that this is August; ice might not be in great supply.  (back)

Friday, 4 August, 1865

The weather is excessively warm. Pigeo and I were very sick in the night from effects of Calomel. William Gregory came this evening for his buggy, staid all night. – – I took a very large dose of quinine at ten o’clk. and suffered much from effects of it. Gave it to Pigeo in broken doses. We both missed our chills. – – Zac carried six bushels wheat to Mill.