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)