Tuesday, 12th June, 1866

Quite a pretty morning. Martha Ann and Sutherland came early in a new buggy presented her by himself. She has such good affectionate children. We spent a very pleasant day. Patsy worked in the garden in order to get dinner without having to send to the field for her. Had an early supper, I cooked it on the stove. – – Frederick came for Buck, but I would not give him up. I reasoned a little rationally to him and he was willing for him to remain. Bill took a snack and went to Walkerton Mill, returned to supper. – – Zac returned from school before they started home. Had received an invitation to a party at James Roane’s, rode Fannie.1 – – I walked to the out gate to look at Bill’s hogs. He has a pretty parcel, and prides himself right much on them.

  1. This is likely James Madison Roane, 55, of Uppowac, upriver from Woodbury on the Mattiponi about 5 miles. James’ wife Mary Catherine [Waring] Roane had died five years earlier leaving, according to the 1860 US Census, four boys and two girls, ages 11 to 2. James seems to have remarried two months earlier to Maria Linsey Dobyns, 26. Perhaps this is a party in her honor.  (back)