Monday, 29th April, 1867

Found the rain still falling. Mr. Cooke left before breakfast, put a basket in his buggy for him to send for tomato plants when he sends for his, as I have no one who knows the way to Spring Pleasant. – – Uncle David sent Ellen, his little daughter, in this morning for her victuals and clothes. She is quite a sprightly little girl and learns her book very well, can read a little. I will instruct her, all spare time.1 Mr. Cooke sent George over with about 2 doz. tomato plants from Rose, which I transplanted late this evening. – – Bill has been having corn shelled. Went over to Erin with the oxcart this evening to make a pen for the cows, I believe, or to instruct them where to make it.2

  1. From the previous footnote about the Nelsons, Caroline is likely referring to Mary E. Nelson who would have been about 8. In the US Census three years later she is recorded as “attend school” along with older siblings Charles and Judith.  (back)
  2. Erin first appears in CJ7 on 11 July, 1865 when, “Bill and Hardie went to Erin for apples.” However, no reference to Erin outside Caroline’s journals has been found. But on 26 December, 1856 Caroline writes in CJ1 that “The boys all walk across the river & return again for Baker before breakfast, return again & take breakfast then take a long walk down the river to a vessel anchored at Erin & go on board.” This tells us that Erin is on the Mattaponi downriver from Woodbury. This entry, and the references tomorrow, suggest the Littlepages own Erin, and that it is, “across the creek.” One might conclude then that Erin is the 37 acres adjacent to Woodbury purchased by Lewis Littlepage in September 1853 from Robert Pollard that included Pollard’s Mill. This sale is mentioned in Rose’s Journal on 10 September of that year. Today this is likely the property to the west of Horse Landing Road. The origin of the name Erin remains a mystery.  (back)