Saturday, 28th April, 1866

A very drying day. Washington is preparing the truck patches around the house. – – John Lewis took breakfast here this morning. I cooked today with Buck’s assistance, which is all I want. – – I don’t wish to infringe upon Patsy’s time. This is her day. We have the first calf this morning and it is certainly good news to me. We have gotten so little milk of late. Have not churned for a month or more. – – Johnny assisted the boys in putting up the paling around the garden, blown down last Saturday. – – Hardie rode to Acquinton this evening to meet with some of the Episcopalians, in order to assist in going through their forms, as Mr. Caraway will preach there tomorrow. (Episcopal) – – Transplanted about 600 sweet potato plants this evening by Patsy and Clarissa, could have set out 1500 plants I believe if we had commenced earlier. Zac returned this evening to supper, having spent last night with Johnny Willeroy at the store.1

  1. Willeroy is a very old King William County surname. Johnny Willeroy, now about 24, grew up near the Lewis Littlepages when they lived at Mount Hope. In the late 1850s John’s father, also named John, seems to have died. This may account for a John Wilroy, 17, listed as a Clerk and living with the Edward Acree family of King and Queen County in the 1860 US Census. Acree is listed as a Merchant, probably in Walkerton. Johnny is also likely the 18 year old John W. Willeroy who enlisted in the King and Queen Artillery the following year. After being wounded at the Battle of Seven Pines in 1862, Johnny returned to service, serving for a time as a clerk at General Wise’s headquarters. He then changed artillery companies and was later paroled in May, 1865. Johnny eventually moved to Kentucky and started a family. If any of our readers know more about Johnny Willeroy, please let us know.  (back)