Monday, July 11, 1864

Pleasant, but very dry. Bill, with his Uncle Billy and Zac went to Ayletts to a meeting of the board.1 They will go by Hill’s. Sent Rose a basket of peas and some loaf bread.2 Gave them a shock while Bake was copying a little piece of writing for her Uncle Bill, and I settled up our affairs from Richmond. Couldn’t collect his interest on bonds or coupons. – – Found he couldn’t get 6 pr. ct. bonds for the money in Mr. Turner’s hands.3 Some 10 or 11,000$, also 1,000$ or more in the hands of Mr. Wilson. While Bake and I were at dinner, Mrs. Moser and her little son came to buy corn.4 Had an order from Mr. Hillyard for 2 ½ bushels to be deducted from the 25 bushels I still have on hand for the poor.5 – – A small shower of rain this evening. Mrs. Rogers came for corn, but Bill had the keys. 6

  1. Founded by a prominent local family, Ayletts was in 1864 the largest commercial center in King William County. The target of several Union army raids, by then it was heavily damaged. What the term, “meeting of the board” means is unknown. At first I suspected Caroline of having a dry sense of humor, referring to a social gathering of men with a more dignified description. But then I ran across a reference in Green Mount* to Tom Dudley traveling in 1861 to Dr. Fleet’s residence, among others, to get proxy signatures of shareholders of the Richmond and York River Railroad. (Tom was the son of Alexander Dudley, the prime mover behind the railroad.) As that enterprise, and its sister the West Point Land Company, were the first examples of modern corporations in the area, and they relied at least in part on local investors, it is possible that by 1864 some type of “meeting of the board” in Aylett might be held. More research is needed to see if this was the case, there was some other board meeting, or Caroline did indeed have a sense of humor. *Green Mount – A Virginia Plantation Family During the Civil War, 50th Anniversary Edition. Ed. Betsy Fleet & John D. P. Fuller, 2012  (back)
  2. If she is sending Rose a basket as they are to “go by Hill’s” it is another indication that the “Hill” often referred to is her brother-in-law “Hill” King.  (back)
  3. This would be Mr. Turner of Moore and Turner, commission merchants. Today we generally use the term “broker.” We will learn more of them on 4 September.  (back)
  4. No Mosers appear in the KW 1860 U.S. Census. But Daniel Moser and family do appear in the Acquinton Township 1870 Census. He is then 66, a cabinet-maker born in Germany. His wife Fredericka, 50, is also listed as German born, as is son Charles, 32, a painter. But son Edwin, 15 is listed as being born in Maryland. If this is the Moser family, then it is probably Fredericka and Edwin, 9 in 1864, visiting Caroline. That they have come for corn by order of Mr Hillyard would indicate the Mosers are struggling financially. Both Daniel and Charles do appear on the 1863 KW Personal Property tax rolls, as Mozart. They have 100$ of household and kitchen equipment between them and owe little tax, $2.00 each. On 15 October Caroline will make an interesting comment about the family.  (back)
  5. R. A. Hillyard, a Justice of the Peace, lived several miles away. He may have been serving as the local Steward of the Poor.  (back)
  6. Charles Rogers & son appear on the Personal Property Books, but not the land books.  (back)

2 comments on “Monday, July 11, 1864

  1. Glad to see that Green Mount, the book, was helpful in some small way…working on the reprint of Green Mount After the War…another treasure.

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