Saturday, 23 July, 1864

Quite a pretty day. – – Parky did up some things for Bake and Pigeo. Sally Hill came for a barrel of corn this morning. Larkin promises to see it returned out of the new crop.1 – – Finished machining wheat before dinner. – – And commenced fanning.2 – – I finished a handsome suit of Va. cloth for Bill today, worth $500. He is much pleased with the fitting and looks well in them. He values them more highly on account of the roundabout being mixed with Leo’s hair.3 – – Bake finished that everlasting piece of cloth (to?)day and she really rejoices, and her head aches too bad for her to make as big a fuss about it as she would otherwise do. – – I have furnished Bill with four pairs pants, and a roundabout, and Zac the same, besides various other articles of wearing apparel, such as shirts, drawers, socks, &c, &c, all home manufacture and most beautiful hat made by Bake.

  1. Who is this Sally Hill? That in the next sentence Larkin Garrett, “promises to see it returned out of the new crop” indicates he is guaranteeing repayment. A family listed as black in the same 1860 KW U.S. Census enumeration district as the Littlepages and Garretts is headed by Fanny Hill, 60. Listed next is a daughter, Sally, 26. She is the only Sally Hill to be found. Is the corn for him or the Hills? Do the Hills work for the Garretts? As we read through this journal we will find Larkin mentioned frequently as both a neighbor and business associate.  (back)
  2. Separating the wheat from the chaff. The kernels of wheat are thrown into the air. The light chaff to blows away and the wheat kernel falls back to the ground where they are collected.  (back)
  3. Leo is a family dog.  (back)

2 comments on “Saturday, 23 July, 1864

  1. Tom Brown says:

    I was looking for a Gilmer Map that would show more of King William County, but when I clicked on the VHS site and 1865 Gilmer Map/Gilmer Maps I could see where I could buy a map. However, all I could find was Eastern Virginia 1,2, and 6. Which is the correct one for King William County?
    Thanks, Tom

  2. Bibb says:

    Tom, You want the VHS map Call No. F232 K5 1865:1.

    The VHS at one time had for sale printed paper copies of this map in black & white. I don’t know if they are still available. If you are interested in a digital copy some versions are available via download through the Library of Congress link found on their Full Record display. But, alas, the full color version that I downloaded and use almost daily is now “not available” for some reason. Other monochrome versions are available for download. I just did so. But you must poke around a bit to find them.

    Finally, a private vendor has been selling via eBay color full-size paper versions of this map at a very reasonable price, “Buy it Now” 9.95$ plus shipping. He prints “on-demand.” I have purchased several. Go to eBay and do a search for “Map of King William County VA c1865” That search just worked for me. I would recommend this if you want a hard copy. And I believe it is less expensive than the VHS b&w version.

    Let me know if you want the color digital map I use. We can work out some method of file transfer. It is too large to usually send via email (165.7 MB).

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