Monday, 1 August, 1864

Quite pleasant today. Phil Lewis came to bring a notice to Bill from his enrolling officer, suspecting some investigation to be made in Clerk’s office. – – Ju spent the evening. Told me he had sent one and a half bushels meal to the Misses Slaughter as a donation from him and myself. Bill had the wheat refanned and carried upstairs this morning, and commenced hauling oats this evening to thresh. – – We all enjoy the cool watermelons very much, have an abundance, but do not sell any. – – Zac had a chill. Gave him Calomel and Jalap tonight.1Two small mysteries today. Bill’s enrolling officer, Lieut. Haw was introduced 18 July. Wonder what investigation is to be made? Who or what is being investigated? Is Haw being investigated? Bill? Phil? And was Ju referring to P. H. Slaughter’s daughters? He had five. And for what cause were they accepting donations of meal? Suggestions appreciated.

2 thoughts on “Monday, 1 August, 1864”

  1. Could the “Misses Slaughters” be the three daughters of Lebus Burke & Lucy Satterwhite Slaughter? They had three daughters, Mary (Mollie) born 1853, Kate born 1854, and Emma born 1858. The Slaughter family was enumerated in the 1860 Census near Aylett. Lebbus Slaughter is listed in the U.S. Civil War Soldiers Records and Profiles. Mary (Mollie) Slaughter married Benjamin Franklin Robins in 1873 but died 2 years later in 1875. Benjamin Franklin Robins later married Mary’s younger sister, Emma.

  2. While Leb & Lucy Slaughter certainly had three daughters, all seem a bit young in 1864 (11, 10, & 6) to be accepting donations of meal. On the other hand P.H.’s two eldest daughters, Mary and Maria, were young women and probably quite capable of accepting donations, for whatever the cause. I need to recheck my sources, but I believe their father had been collecting food for the Confederate Army around this time. His store at the Courthouse would have been a natural depot in that role. Would you know if Lebus and P.H. were related?

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