Sunday, 30th September, 1866

Still raining. Bill was the first one to be up and out. Sent Jim on George to Ju’s to deliver messages to bring quinine for George, succeeded in missing his chill. – – Ju came to dinner. I was up and dressed for breakfast, but didn’t go down till dinner. Clarissa waited on the table. Addison still puny. Bell is entirely relieved this morning. I went the first thing to see how she and Mag were. Bake fixed up her jaw with some liniment last night. She has suffered a great deal with it since she came. They all left about 6 in a tumbrel. Ju remained longer. Bill rode up with him on Fannie when he left and brought about a doz. letters from the mail which Ju told us of. George received some. Bake received seven, two from Mrs. Arledge, her mother-in-law, one from Mary, one from Sallie Wright, one from Bettie Roper, and several others. Pigeo one from Sadie Hopson, and I one from Liv. Bill from some one, I don’t remember who. I commenced taking “Osgoods India Cholagogue” today. It’s shocking to take, but I am determined to try.

Saturday, 29th September, 1866

This has been a close rainy day. All pretty much confined themselves to my room and Stuart was the life of it all. He is an interesting child. – – George is much better today, taking quinine. – – I am feeling much better also, hope to be well enough to leave my bed tomorrow. I awoke sometime before day this morning and went down and attended to some little of Pigeo’s housekeeping operations. Took Addison with me, fearing she would not be up in time. – – Patsy had breakfast rather earlier than usual as Clarissa was out to milk. Has been sick for the last several days. – – Martha has been sick, or trying to be for a week. – – Sent Mr. Camm Garrett a quarter of lamb this morning by Washington on a mule. Lucie Roy sent Nannie some nice apples. – – Patsy cooked dinner and Clarissa waited on the table. We looked for Ju today, but the rain has prevented him I imagine. It has rained incessantly all day. – – Pigeo, Bell and Nan went upstairs after dinner and undressed and went to bed and pretended to be sick, but Bell was really sick and thought she was going to have the cholera. Nan came down for medicine for her twice or three times. Pigeo and Bell, Mag and Stuart slept in the room over the back chamber. Bake confines herself almost exclusively with George. He is not able to leave his room.

Friday, 28th September, 1866

Quite a pleasant day. George and Bake are down to breakfast. He is much better this morning, but grows worse after breakfast and had to take to his bed with a severe ague. Poor fellow! Suffers a good deal. Bake is a good and nice little nurse, never wearies with her duties. The younger children will learn something after a while I imagine from experience. I do not expect a great deal from them now, but after they grow older they will become wiser and learn to conform to the times as others do. – – Pigeo wrote a note to Ju. She met Mag and Bell Boykin with Stuart on their way down to spend the night.1 Pigeo returned at dusk with a prescription from Ju for George. I am improving right much. Was up two or three hours, but had to return to bed. Bake took upon herself to aid me in having some changing up done. Children are so thoughtless and inconsiderate. – – Bill killed one of the finest lambs I most ever saw this morning. I enjoyed some delightful soup for dinner. Kept Addison in chamber and gave him quinine to stop his chill. Washington waited on supper.

  1. Caroline has started a run of writing Belle Boykin’s first name as Bell.  (back)

Thursday, 27th September, 1866

A considerable change in the weather, cool enough for fire all day. I am feeling much better today. – – Patsy starched and ironed with Pigeo’s instructions in starching. She ironed some things in the back chamber while Patsy ironed in the kitchen. Mrs. Lewis and Livinia spent the morning. I was pleased to see them. Old neighbors are so much better than new ones. George rode to Ju’s and staid till after dinner. Came back about 5 o’clk. and I think had a chill. Bake fixed the litter in my room for him to lie down till after supper. He, she and I took supper in my room. – – It was wise in him not to go with the gentlemen to the W. Oak to a sora supper or fish fry. He brought an invitation to Bill, but he was wise enough not to go out too. He deserves credit for so much self denial. – – Jim carried nine bushels corn to Mill’s Mill, was late getting back. Sent Mr. Slaughter 53 lbs. bacon by him, making 106 lbs. In all he has had recently at 25 cts. pr. pound, payable in a few days.

Wednesday, 26th September, 1866

I felt more unwell this morning. Bake gave me a pill, the same Ju made for George. It had a powerful effect and made me very sick and prostrated me very much. Only took a little chicken water and rice. Bake went to the kitchen to show them how to make a new Savannah dish of rice. I don’t fancy it very much. – – Pigeo makes quite a good housewife for her short experience. Nan still in bed. – – I took quinine and missed my chill today. Bill’s in bed most of the day with sore throat. Jim left for the marsh and didn’t so much as put the cows in the pen, though Addison was sick. Of course, no milking done. Nan called Bill about dusk to go out, so he had to attend to feeding and no one to help him. – – Washington still sick. Bake fixed up Bill’s neck in flannel wet in camphor and No. six at bedtime, which relieved him a good deal. – – George comes in every day to sit a while.

Tuesday, 25th September, 1866

The weather is peasant, tho’ warm. I am in bed all day again today. Bake gave me two pills, blue moss mass , tonight. George is convalescing, still complains a little occasionally. Pigeo’s housekeeper, Nan is sick and in bed with me. We have very little waiting on. The few servants that are here are nearly all sick. Jim and Patsy are the only ones well. Nothing is going on in the way of farming. Bill has sore throat and confined to the house most of his time. Ju came down to shoot sora today. Came out of the marsh after we had dined, but went down and got some dinner. Gave me a doz. birds, gave him two to pick them. Patsy finished washing this evening. Swept out the culvert and brushed round the doors before getting supper. She has had to milk ever since Clarissa has been sick. She is ever faithful and true.

Monday, 24th September, 1866

This is Nannie’s birthday, 16 years old. Finds her in bed all day with me sick. Fendall and Alice Gregory came early to spend the day. Bill went with the former to the C. H. and returned to dinner. Pigeo kept house today. Alice says she is a nice housekeeper, patsy washed and cooked a very nice dinner. Mr. Cooke sent me a doz. sora this evening by a boy on a horse. The finest I’ve seen. – – Mrs. George Edwards sent a bag for some strawberry runners, sent her a basket full. – – Pigeo sent supper upstairs to George and Bake. Think she will make a good housekeeper after a little experience. Miss George sent Buck for some old linen to dress an ulcer. – – Alice and Fendall left for the river before sunset. Bill brought some letters this evening.

Sunday, 23rd September, 1866

Quite a pleasant morning, though cloudy. Bake and I went in the carriage to Church. Washington drove, made it late getting there. George and Fannie drove freely, the first time I’ve used the carriage since Zac oiled it. We returned to dinner. Pigeo kept house. Nan’s having chills. Old Mrs. Lipscomb came to bring me ½ doz. birds. Gave her some bacon, potatoes, flour, &c. Bake’s old acquaintances were glad to meet with her at Church. The servants have quite a big day today. Jim gives it in honor of Albert, who is making his first visit since the surrender of Richmond. I am right much indisposed. This evening lay down and remained in bed all the evening. Pigeo sent supper upstairs to George and Bake.

Saturday, 22nd September, 1866

Quite cool this morning after the rain last evening and night, so abundantly. Bill has the servants thinning turnips. Patsy assisted also. I walked there when it was time to go about dinner. Came by and locked the corn house door. Bill and Bake had gone across the river. He killed one sora with wheat. – – Gave Washington meat for a fortnight.

Friday, 21st September, 1866

A fine breeze all day, but excessively warm out of it. Had a nice little rain last night. I was up quite early this morning and cooked most of the breakfast on the stove. George came down to breakfast. Is quite feeble though. Pigeo got up this morning, but I scolded her for doing so. I know she is not well enough to be out of bed. Looks as fragile as a summer flower, and Nan is not much better. I am so thankful to the Lord that he gives me strength and health each day of my life so far to combat the ills of life. I rejoice in his mercy and thank him continually for his goodness and the many blessings he bestows upon us. I enjoy the present regardless of the future, for it is said sufficient for the day is the evil thereof, to take care of the present time is ours.1 – – I starched a few little articles for Nan and myself this morning before coming out of dining room. She ironed them before dinner. – – Pigeo assisted me in making some lemon pudding and apple pies, though she was very feeble. Baked them in the stove and they were very nice. Bill brought some fall radishes from the turnip patch and I was astonished to see them. They were as large as middle sized rutabaga. Patsy came out and cooked dinner today. – – Martha brought water up and I scalded Bill’s room, his former room I mean.

  1. Luke 12:34, KJV.  (back)

Thursday, 20th September, 1866

Just such a day as yesterday. Was a brisk breeze all day till evening, when we had a tremendous storm with vivid lightning, severe thunder and some rain. Bill rode to the C. H. just before the cloud, about 6 o’clk. to see Ju and send some letters by Horace to Richmond. He will go in the morning, with the intention of going to Mobile, Alabama. Bake sent Martha with a carboy to Ju’s for some cider. Ju and Mag had gone to Mrs. Hill’s. The whole family nearly sick there. He returned and left Mag to remain all night. Bill took supper with Ju. Martha came just before the rain. Left the carboy. We were prevented from having any supper gotten, and after the worst of the storm was over, Bake and Nan and myself went down and found a plenty of cold bread, bonny clabber molasses, cold lamb, &c, which we made our supper on. Carried up some for George in the passage. He has been rather better today than yesterday. Pigeo has been in bed sick all day, and Nan most of the day with fever and headache. Commenced giving Pigeo “Osgood’s India Cholagogue” yesterday. It’s said to be efficacious in all attacks of bilious fever and ague, &c. – – Patsy has been taking quinine all day, send it to the quarters to her by first one and then another. Phil churned today. I have churning done every day on account of having fresh buttermilk for George. Martha cooks since Patsy has been sick. She was taken last Sunday evening. Came out Monday morning, but had to return to her house. Mr. Slaughter came today to buy bacon in trade, but I refused to let him have it in that way. – – I sewed a little on my dress today. Can scarcely see what I do though in the way of work, am all the time on my feet. Bake stitched up my sleeves. George, when he is well enough, lies on a lounge in the passage in my Chamber, where we keep him company as much as possible, he gets lonely upstairs. Sold Clarissa a pound of soap and gave Martha two pounds.

Wednesday, 19th September, 1866

A pleasant breeze today, but very warm. The thermometer ranged from 80 to 90 in the passage. George is improving, but the Dr. came and after taking a pill, is quite sick, all the energy and low spirited withall. Ju came about 12, had a nice snack for him. Bake, Pigeo and Nan had just returned from a walk up to the quarters to see the servants. Spent several hours with them. Clarissa treated them to candy, apples, &c. Patsy’s taking quinine today. None would come to have any more dinner, but an early supper this evening. Did some little to my dress today. The children are complaining this evening. Think Bill and Pigeo must have had chills from their fevers. All retired early. Albert and Washington came from Richmond this evening. The first time the person has been home since the fall of Richmond, or rather since the spring of ’63.1 – – Nan cut off two chemise today for herself. Bake’s making a braided skirt. She is as happy and cheerful as a lark, except when George’s symptoms are unfavorable.

  1. We first met Albert on 1 November, 1864 when Caroline sent a jug of molasses to Albert, Tom, and Leah in care of her daughter Mary Hanes. Albert was hired out by Mary for year 1865 for 450$, much to Caroline’s chagrin. As it turned it, Albert would be free by April.  (back)

Tuesday, 18th September, 1866

The weather is excessively warm for the season. Patsy came out, but was taken in another chill. Martha cooked dinner. Roasted the last quarter of lamb. – – Cleaned spittoons and fendie.1 Bake, George and the children took a short walk. She thinks a little exercise would benefit him. Cut the body and sleeves of my dress out while they were gone. Jim and John Banks are pulling fodder, Harriet didn’t come. I intended for her to iron some things for Bake, but Pigeo did it as nicely as she could have done. I walked upstairs after dinner where they were all sitting and handed her a little reward by way of encouragement. I hope to hear from Zac by the next mail. He will have been gone a fortnight next Saturday. I am so anxious to hear from him.

  1. Another of Caroline’s unidentified text. Click on the word and see if you can make it out.  (back)

Monday, 17th September, 1866

Very warm for the season. George is much better this morning. Having some little business at Canton, Pigeo and I rode down in the buggy, took Phil behind. Called to Mr. P. Slaughter’s and took the four hams in the buggy for Mr. I. S. S.1 Mr. P. Slaughter requested me to let him have some more bacon, had 53 lbs. weighed for him after returning home, making 106 lbs. Called by Ju’s a short time. He gave me some paregoric and brandy for a severe pain. It soon relieved me. Found all in the dining room preparing a snack when I reached home, which we all enjoyed very much. Martha came to the kitchen and baked some bread. Patsy’s sick. We are doing very little in the way of farming. No fallowing or pulling fodder worth speaking of. John Banks and Harriet came, but Bill sent them back. Said he couldn’t afford to pay them for fallowing unless he could attend to it. They did so little last week. Bake seems to enjoy home and it’s scenes very much. Is more lively and wild than I ever saw her.

  1. Caroline has again given us a bit of a puzzle, “Who is Mr. I. S. S.?” As she has already twice mentioned merchant P. (H.) Slaughter, it is reasonable to assume she is referring to another member of the Slaughter family. But a look at the census and tax records for King William suggests no one obvious. Are we sure of the initials? Click on “Mr. I. S. S.” and tell me what you think.  (back)

Sunday, 16th September, 1866

Quite a pretty day. Nan and I attended Zion in the buggy, and Addison on a mule. Few persons there. Called by Ju’s a short while and returned home to dinner. Bake remained with George, who is about the same as he was yesterday. Bill and Pigeo remained in charge. It has been my custom for the last 12 months to leave out everything necessary and lock up the key basket. Children are so thoughtless, but Bake thought I could leave it with her as I used to do. She was always so particular. So I left it with her and Pigeo to keep house and give out dinner. I went down to see about dinner and the first thing that attracted my notice was the dining room lock setting open, safes and everything exposed. The next thing I wanted was the pantry key and that was in the door. Then went to the pantry closet where my sweet and Irish potatoes and various other things are and found that open, and after having a good laugh all round, I concluded what was best for me to do with the keys hereafter. – – Messrs. Cooke and Grubbs came late this evening. Knocked at the door and no one to receive them. Bake and I were in the garden, and Pigeo and Nan gone chinquapin hunting. I soon discovered them and went in, and the children came in a short time after. They left after dark. – – George is worse tonight, vomited a good deal. Only drank a cup of tea for supper.

Saturday, 15th September, 1866

A lovely day. George is apparently better. I was in his room before light. Bake came down for me to see him, she feared he was not so well. – – The Capt. Rowe with 200 bushels beautiful white wheat aboard left this morning, had it insured.1 – – Had some nice starch made and starched a good many things just before dinner, Martha having them all out. Dr. Ju came to dinner. Thinks George better. Pigeo and Nan ironed their little frills, &c this evening. Mr. C. Garrett came to warn Bill to work on the road next Monday. Washington has not returned yet. Have not seen him since last Sunday. Bake and Nan played a short time while I sat in the room with George. She is so constant in her attentions to him, will never leave him unless the children or I remain with him. She has nearly finished reading “Thaddeus of Warsaw” to him just to entertain him while he is sick.

  1. Caroline’s “The Capt. Rowe” suggests the name of the vessel taking their grain to market in Baltimore. But, after some searching, a ship by that name has not been located. However, on 5 June, 1860, the Richmond Enquirer ran a front page story about, “The New Steamer “West Point,” which was owned by the fledgling Richmond and York River Railroad. It was commanded by a Capt. Rowe, “the popular and efficient commander of the “Sea-Bird,” formally of the same route.” Subsequent investigation has identified him as Jasper C. Rowe, about 49, of Norfolk. A member of the Rowe family of Gloucester County, Virginia, well-established watermen, Jasper would name three of his sons Stephen Decatur Rowe, Americus Vespucius Rowe (Amerigo Vespucci), and Christopher Columbus Rowe. As Jasper’s brother Sterling was also a well-known Captain, “The Capt. Rowe” may have been a vessel named after, or commanded by, a member of these Gloucester Rowes. If you can shed more light on this vessel, or the Gloucester Rowes, please do.  (back)

Friday, 14th September, 1866

We have beautiful weather. Bake spent most of the day in the room with George reading to him. He is not as well today as yesterday. Bill’s busy putting wheat on the vessel. – – Martha and I cooked breakfast. Patsy’s complaining, but came out and got dinner. Gave Bill $15 this evening to pay the hirelings for pulling fodder, &c. He went to the fodder field and staid. Bake stays in the room with George frequently just to keep him company while he is eating. She is so devoted. I have very little time to sit with him. Patsy and Martha moved a bureau in Bill’s room and fixed some beds, &c. I ran the skirt of my dress that Hardie gave me today.

Thursday, 13th September, 1866

Lovely morning, cool and pleasant. Bill arose quite early. Took a glass of bitters and went over to the field and had a lamb killed by Jim. Then went up to Walkerton to get a vessel to take our wheat to Baltimore. Settled Mr. Acree’s account and engaged a vessel to be down this evening. Put the hands about fanning wheat after dinner. – – Patsy washed some things for Bake today. Martha came back time enough to churn before dinner. She has been attending the operation ever since Monday. They are the only free and happy people it seems. – – Ju came down quite early to call on George. Thinks his condition quite a serious one. I sent one of his patients a loaf of bread by him (old Mr. Bart Lipscomb), and gave him some potatoes. – – Bill took down some hams today. Weighed five for Mr. Patrick Slaughter, they weighed fifty-three pounds. – – Cut off the skirt of the dress Hardie gave me today and commenced turning it up. – – Pigeo and I went down and made some cakes and baked them in the stove, and while it was hot, had some coffee and flannel cakes for supper.1 Patsy baked the corn bread in the kitchen. Bill went up and sat with George some after supper. I have very little time to go in his room. He came down and laid on the lounge a little while, but soon had to return to his bed. He is more feeble today than he has been. The Dr. has confined his diet principally to buttermilk, which I try to have always fresh for him. Had a sora fried for his snack, but he couldn’t touch it, everything seems to disagree with him today. – – Pigeo and Nan are fond of waiting on him. Bake reads to him. – – A boy came from the vessel to buy butter. Sold him two pounds and gave him some milk for a sick man.

  1. Flannel cakes seem to be more associated with the middle states (colonies) than with Virginia or the South. Google at will.  (back)

Wednesday, 12th September, 1866

A delightful morning. General White and Co. left for Colosse after breakfast. I enjoyed the old gentleman’s company very much. We talked over old times together. – – I’ve been so much taken up with Bake and George, sickness &c, other company, that I’ve not had much time to think about my little schoolboy. – – But, if life and thought and being last, he will reserve and occupy a place in my memory. I miss his cheerful air and pleasant song. He and Liv sat in the back porch a night or two before they left and sang over all the old songs they used to sing in the days of yore. – – George remained in bed most of the day. Came down and laid on a lounge in my chamber some time. Bill and the children begin to stir out a little. We have some five or six hours there about the fodder.

Tuesday, 11th September, 1866

Rather a cloudy, gloomy looking morning. I have dark forebodings and am often sad on account of it, yet I know the Lord is able to bring us out of all our distresses. May I never cease to trust in his name. – – George’s quite feeble and we do all we can to cheer him up. I know he has the dearest and most affectionate little wife in the world. Ju came down to see us today, left some time after dinner. Prescribed for George. He had no idea of seeing him look so badly. – – Baptist Association begins at Colosse today. Ju informed me that Gen. White, who married my sister, would be down and spend the night with me.1 He and a Mr. Nash arrived about 5 o’clk. He is right much changed since I saw him last, but looks quite well. We all sat up quite late, and Bake, Pigeo and Nan gave him some excellent music. The two latter well. Bill had been in bed all day taking quinine, all missed their chills and left their rooms. I went to the smoke house and had four nice hams gotten down and weighed for Mr. Slaughter and sent it to the C. H. by Addison on a mule, 44 lbs. – – Patsy’s chopping a little in the garden today. Bake and I went down and had a snack of lobsters and sora. George enjoyed the sora very much, the first he ever saw. I insisted on Ju’s eating some at dinner, but he doesn’t like to try new things in the way of eating. The General promised to return tonight if he concludes to stay another day in the County.

  1. Virginia Militia General Thomas Mercer White (1802 – 1894) is representing Bethlehem Baptist Church (later Winns Baptist) of Hanover County. A member of the well-known and politically prominent White family of Spring Grove, the General will be elected to the Virginia House of Delegates a decade after this visit to Woodbury. His first wife, Caroline’s sister, seems to have died in the late 1840s leaving perhaps as many as seven children. The General then remarried and started a second family. Despite this legacy, very little about Caroline’s sister, including her name, has been discovered. The search will continue. Thanks to Darlene Slater Herod of the Virginia Baptist Historical Society for the information that eventually identified “Gen. White.”  (back)

Monday, 10th September, 1866

A very pleasant morning. Cool enough last night for a little fire in the chamber. All sat in there till bedtime. Bill, Pigeo and Nan are having chills, all say. I hardly know what to do, they have them at irregular hours, all the time having them. Fixed up a quantity of quinine for them today. Bill and George rode to the C. H. in the buggy and returned to dinner. Meredith’s Case postponed again for some cause or other, and I am sorry for it for I want to know what to do. Bake helped me to look over some papers respecting it. – – Washington left for Richmond last night. Paid Patsy $5 this morning. She ironed today. – – We hired six hands to pull fodder today, including Clarissa. – – The hack in which Bake and George came returned early this morning. They have been at a great deal of expense since they left Savannah. It was very unfortunate that he should have been taken sick on their way. Simply boarding in New York cost them $50.00 pr. week. Bill had a severe chill this evening. Moved him in the little room today. George is taking medicine regularly, is very much indisposed. Had a cot fixed in my chamber for him to lie on during the day.

Sunday, 9th September, 1866

I feel so thankful that we were able to go to Church today in the old buggy. Pigeo and I went, and Addison rode a mule. We returned home to dinner. I had given Patsy permission to go away and was in the dining room after preparing dinner and had just finished when Bill called to me and said a carriage with grey horses was coming. I concluded directly it was Bake and was not mistaken. We were overjoyed to see them. George is looking badly, has suffered much from sickness, but I am in hopes to see him improve rapidly for I mean to be very careful with him. He is so good and makes Bake so perfectly happy. I love him as dearly as one of my own children almost. I soon had something for them to eat, and gave the two servants dinner. Washington left today for Richmond on a visit, took his rations with him.

Saturday, 8th September, 1866

A very pleasant morning. Well, I did not close my eyes last night thinking of the separation about to take place between my dear child and myself this morning. – – All were up in good time, and he was ready to start at eight o’clk. in the buggy for the stage. Washington drove George. I try to bear it as well as possible, but I grieve immoderately. He was an affectionate, tender-hearted child. – – Liv walked down from Ju’s and dined, and was glad to see him for I felt so sad. I was looking over some papers in the desk for a refunding bond given in the Case of Meredith’s, but I could not find it. Monday is the day for all parties concerned to meet. Bill walked up with Liv to Ju’s after dinner. Gave him $5 to pay Mr. Slaughter’s bill, not thinking we owed half that amount. – – He returned to supper. – – Paid Washington $10. I retired early. Didn’t go to supper was so sleepy, not having closed my eyes the night before. – – Pigeo and I washed the carriage windows, and Jim and Washington put it in the house. Liv and Zac pulled it out two or three days ago. – – I feel very sad parting with Liv this evening. – – It seems to me now that every little thing saddens me more than ever, am more easily cast down.

Friday, 7th September, 1866

Showery all day. – – Patsy washed. – – Liv rode George to the C. H. and returned to breakfast after we had finished. Got ammunition for shooting sora. Bill and Zac went in the marsh and killed a doz. or so. They were caught in a hard shower of rain and came in as wet as drowned rats. Had a sora pie for dinner. Martha cooked. – – Addison’s getting about a little, doing some housework today. – – Jim came out this morning and brought a load of wood. The quinine had a good effect last night, about 25 gn. Bill carried him at bedtime. Had a chill about midnight last night. Settled with Theresa Harris for Tom and Tyler machining wheat here, 8 lbs. bacon @ 25, making $2.1 – – Liv’s packing up and getting ready to leave for Richmond this evening. Started about 5 o’clk. on George to go as far as Ju’s tonight. Washington went to bring the horse back. He doesn’t know exactly how he will go over. Poor child! I felt very sad at parting with him and Zac is going tomorrow. Gave Pigeo _?_ $2.75 cts. to return and ten cts. for Nan. – – They made and baked some ginger cakes this evening for the boys, but Liv started before they were done. The shoemaker came this evening. Gave Zac $1.75 cts. for him, which he owed him for mending shoes. – – We sat up quite late. Fixed up his money for Lexington ($250) two hundred and fifty dollars. – – Gave him some little things this evening, such as pens, paper, soap for shaving and washing, pen holder, &c. Packed his trunk late this evening. I wanted to have packed it for him, but he so much occupies my every moment in one way or other that I can appoint no specified time for any one thing. – – How much I shall grieve to part with my dear child tomorrow. We shall all miss him so much, though he is thoughtless and sometimes careless and indifferent about some things. – – I shall miss him most on Sundays at Zion, where he scarcely ever failed to be on that day.

  1. Caroline seems to be settling up with a mother for the work done by two sons. But the identity of Theresa remains a mystery. The Eliza Harris household from the 1860 census contains a Thomas who would be about the right age. But that family does not have a Tyler, nor a Theresa. Or could Theresa be Thyrsa Harris, now about 26, who is listed in the 1850 census as probably a daughter of the late Sterling Harris and wife Ann?  (back)

Thursday, 6th September, 1866

Fine growing weather. Zac started after breakfast to Robin’s Mill in the wagon with two mules for the flour and carried 6 bushels in and had ground. Returned after dark, was detained at the hill on account of having in too much load. Sent Harris to the house for help.1 Bill sent the oxcart down by Washington to assist in bringing the load up. Bill and Liv went out and attended to putting it in the smoke house. Zac came in to supper after attending to the ham and gave us an account of his trip, quite amusing.

  1. Without a first name we will not know which member of the Harris family the is. See the Harris footnote for 11 December, 1865, or wait for the footnote tomorrow for more speculation.  (back)

Wednesday, 5th September, 1866

Fine day. Zac’s making a finish of some little fixing in his trunk inside. Starched and ironed his shirts, &c today. Nan finished off the one she was making. Begins to have a right good idea of it. Mrs. Lipscomb came today for ½ bushel corn and a pound of bacon, and took dinner here. Says she wants to break up housekeeping another year and come and live with me. – – Zac killed three sora today. – – Pigeo’s in bed taking quinine, succeeded in missing her chill. Liv’s in his room taking his. – – Jim at the quarters and Addison in the house, all succeeded in missing chills, except Jim.

Tuesday, 4th September, 1866

A quantity of rain fell last night. Too wet to fallow, I believe. Washington did something to the cowpen. – – Bill has been little indisposed today, from eating imprudently I think. Sent Washington out to look for labor. Pigeo had another chill today. Liv had one yesterday, 2nd one. – – Nan is sewing on Zac’s shirt, has nearly finished it. Gave Addison quinine today. He is much better. – – Jimmie Spiller spent the evening with Zac. They both rode out about 5 o’clk. to make a call. Pigeo made a cravat for Liv and a pin cushion for a friend of hers before her chill came on. – – Mr. Cooke took supper here this evening, he and Zac in the front parlor. We had eaten supper before they came. – – Paid Mr. Cooke $30 for oats purchased of his father in 1860. I am of the opinion though that they have been paid for. He promises to refund the money if they have. Gave Jim Calomel and Jalap tonight. – – Patsy broke some blk. wool before dinner. – – Transplanted turnips after dinner. I cut out a chemise for her for Martha to make. Find but little time myself for steady work.

Monday Morning 3rd September, 1866

A quantity of rain last night, with repeated thunderclouds during the night. The children slept very little on account of the severe thunder and vivid lightning. – – Pigeo had a chill before dinner. – – Addison is quite sick, but there was no necessity for a physician, but Patsy became alarmed and sent Martha for Ju. Had prescribed for him and given medicine from Saturday till this evening, Calomel, Jalap, tartar emetic and quinine, for which I charge one dollar. Ju came about 5 and gave him a powder, and left at 6. – – Bill’s fattening rapidly, but I don’t believe he appreciated the course of medicine I took him through, but gives Ju all the credit because he became alarmed and sent for him when I told him that a physician was not needed. – – He commenced drinking lager beer Sunday evening after returning from Richmond. He drew the money on Mr. Poe’s check and brought home $398.75 after paying a bill of $10 for Col. McLaughlin and some incidental expenses. I was up at the quarter this morning before sunrise to try and get Jim to go to Mr. Robin’s Mill for the flour. Told Liv yesterday that it was all ready, but he made up his mind that he did not intend to go. Said he had a chill yesterday. Dandridge paid me money he got for the bushel potatoes in Richmond, $2.45 cts.