Edmund L. (Ed / Eddy)

Caroline’s next child was Edmund L., born sometime in 1845.1 By appearing in the 1850 U.S. Census as 5 we can assume he was born sometime in 1845 before the enumeration day of 7 August, 1850. It seems likely he was named after his uncle Edmund Littlepage who lived nearby at Cool Spring. Rose would render his name in her diary both Ed and Eddy. Caroline will not mention him at all.

Only eight when Rose kept her diary, he appears infrequently. As Rose had become “housekeeper” while her mother was bed-ridden it is not surprising when she writes 7 February,

“Live & Hardin commenced school this morning. Ma speaks of sending Ed & Zac after the weather becomes more settled. I did rejoice when I saw them start. I am so tired of the children, I scarcely know what to do. They worry me almost to death.”

She mentions again on the 15th the possibility of Zac and Eddy going to school, “after the weather becomes more settled, if he (Pa) thinks they can hold out to walk that distance.2

The following month Rose offered to teach Ed and Zac at home for 12 dollars cash. Her father, “acceded to the proposition very willingly.” The next day she, “couldn’t possible believe that they could have forgotten so much since last November.” On 9 May she recorded, “Eddy went with the children to school this morning, recited his lessons very well, so they said.” But by the 26th she complains, “I have been able to teach Zac and Ed scarcely at all today.” Rose again mentions Eddy attending school on 18 July, and later in the week he is well-stung in the honeybee incident that disrupted the household.3

By noting on 8 August that, “Pa, Bil, Ed and Zac went down to Woodbury directly after breakfast and spent the day,” Rose provides us with evidence that both the little boys were beginning to leave home and the watchful eyes of their mother and older sisters. They were growing up.

When it turned cold Rose again began teaching the boys at home. And Sunday, 6 November both Ed and Zac participated in another rite of passage; they attended Jerusalem Church for the first time. A few weeks later the family made its move to Woodbury from Mt. Hope. Rose wrote on 19 November that the younger children, Ed, Zac, Pig, and Nan, were “highly delighted” seeing the vessels on the Mattiponi pass by.

Unfortunately, with the close of Rose’s diary we lose sight of young Edmund Littlepage. A year later in December his death is recorded at the courthouse. Dropsy. It is likely he was buried in the family cemetery at Aspen Grove. But no stone there marks his grave.

  1. L. for Lewis?  (back)
  2. It would have been about 2 ½ miles to Uncle Edmund’s school at Cool Spring.  (back)
  3. That incident is also mentioned in Bake’s bio.  (back)