A fine, balmy morning and occasionally a shower. Patsy washed today. I washed a flannel coat for Hardie and cooked dinner again today. Had a nice peach roll for dinner. The children are all pleased when I cook because I always have other than ordinary, generally have three courses. – – Nan finished off Liv’s shirts today. She deserves credit. – – Received a note from Mr. Shackford requesting me to loan a Mr. Chilton some corn. I made up my mind to do so, as he is a poor man and can neither buy or borrow.1 – – We transplanted a sufficient number of plants to make up about 1800 or 2000 set out. Clarissa, John Banks, Patsy transplanted, Hardie assisted also. I drew the plants and Bill bedded the ground. Had a fine rain just as we finished with a great deal of thunder. – – My garden, but for moles, would be very fine. Peas are beginning to fill. We have lettuce and onions most every day.
- Mr. Shackford is certainly Methodist minister John William Shackford who lived at “Orange Grove,” just across the river from Woodbury in King and Queen County. Reverend Shackford’s wife is Martha Cole [McLelland] Shackford, a sister-in-law of Evelyn McLelland, who is identified in a footnote on 9 January, 1865. Their son Joseph Wesley Shackford will begin a diary in two years that will be published in 1991 as The Diary of Joseph Wesley Shackford: King and Queen County, Virginia, 1868-1893. As far as the unfortunate Mr. Chilton, the 1870 US Census for King and Queen County lists only one Chilton household, that of Cornelius Chilton. (back)