Friday, 15 July, 1864

A delightfully pleasant day. Had a nice parcel of peas _?_ _?_ to carry Mrs. Lewis. – – Phil Lewis came out and brought over papers and letters.1 Bake and I received one apiece from Mary and she one from Cora Power and one from Mrs. Wynn.2 3 – – I had an early dinner in order to go up for Pigeo. The first session closes today. – – Nan and I went in the carriage for her. Met with several there, Hal and P_?_y Hill went up for Bell Boykin, Willies down.4 5 Paid Dr. Lewis $400 in old issue for five months, $6.66 due him now, could not change a $50 note. – – Miss Fletcher will resume her school again the first of September, if the Yankees are quit in the County.6 Zac went with Phil Lewis on his way down the County getting up conscripts. – – All hands are about sugar cane still.

  1. Philip (Phil) Winston Lewis, about 18, was the son of Dr. John Latane Lewis and older brother of Nannie Lewis.  (back)
  2. Frederick K. W. Power, M.D. of York County, Virginia married in 1843 Caroline D. Hanes, daughter of Garland Hanes, Sr. of Henrico County. Their first child was Cora, born 1844. Caroline Littlepage’s daughter Mary Elizabeth married Garland Hanes, Jr. ten years later. A decade later Dr. Power and his family were living at “Edgewood,” Hanes Sr’s home in Henrico, driven from their York County home during the Peninsula Campaign two years earlier. Garland, Jr., Mary, and their children were living nearby. Cora and Bake were almost the same age. We will see more of the Power family.  (back)
  3. The only nearby Wynn families in the 1860 and 1870 census are listed as mulatto or black. However Wynn is also an Indian name, common also in New Kent County. I suspect many of these Wynns are non-reservation, mixed race (Indian/White) Indians, perhaps including the Mrs. Wynn who wrote to Bake. Caroline will mention later that Bake received another letter from Mrs. Wynn and sent a reply. Of course Mrs. Wynn may have been a school mate of Bake. Without a first name or residence for Mrs. Wynn, we probably will never know.  (back)
  4. Hal was Harriet Brumley, later spelled by Caroline as Brumly. She was the daughter of Mary Burnet [Hill] Brumley and (probably the late) William Brumley, about which little is known. The 1850 U.S. Census shows Harriet, 6, living with her mother, 27,  in the household of her grandmother Harriet Hill. Harriet Hill is listed as 59 that year. Her husband Robert Hill had been dead six years. Ten years later the Census shows her still living in her grandmother’s household with her mother and two aunts. Hal was about 19 when Caroline first mentions her.  (back)
  5. The second wife of General Francis Marshall Boykin, II, of Isle of Wright County was Mildred James Hill of King William. She was the sister of Mary Burnet Hill in the previous footnote. By the time the Boykins appear in Caroline’s journal in 1864 both of their parents are dead. The 1860 U.S. Census lists four Boykin children of Mildred: William Hill, Robert H., Isabella, and Claiborne. As all are eventually mentioned by Caroline, they must have been staying with their grandmother Harriett Hill, as was Hal Brumley. William Hill, about 13 in 1864, must have been called Willie. We will learn in later entries that what the transcriber saw as Bill was meant as Bell or Belle, the nickname for Isabella, about 11. The younger boys, Robert H., 9, and Claiborne, 8, rounded out the family. In the journal the P_?_y looks like Pinky. If another female from the H. H. Hill household was riding with Hal Brumley it may have been Virginia Hill, about 30, a daughter of the widow Hill. Virginia’s nickname could have been Pinky. Suggestions welcome. That they “went up for Bell Boykin, Willies down,” would suggest the children went to different schools, Dr. Lewis’ and probably Rumford.  (back)
  6. Our Miss Fletcher remain unidentified.  (back)

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