Wednesday, 18th April, 1866

Another disagreeable day, cold and rainy. Too much so for Zac to go to school. The Col. sent for bacon. Sent him a middling weighing 15 pounds. Hardie and Zac went out floating with the shad and herring seine, both caught 19 shad and some few herrings. – – John Banks drew his allowance last Saturday for this week, but he has had a bad week so far to work.1This is the first mentionĀ of John Banks by Caroline, surprising as he seems to have been working at Woodbury for a while. John appears on the KW Personal Property Tax Rolls from 1866 through at least 1910. The 1870 US Census for Acquinton township shows a 22 year-old John Banks as head of a household of four. With him are Harriett Banks, 38, Victoria Banks, 1, and James Carter, 12. Of these all are Black except Victoria; she is listed as a Mulatto. All, except little Victoria, are listed as Farm Laborers with no family relationships recorded. In 1876 John is listed on the tax rolls as purchasing 10 acres of land from A. (Agnes)Slaughter; it is assessed at $30. Four years later the Census shows John Banks, 32, is living with Liv Littlepage and his family, still a Farm Laborer but now listed as Mulatto. He appears on the Agricultural Census for that year owning a small farm with 5 acres under cultivation. The next year the Land Tax rolls indicate a new building on John’s land, probably a residence. Except for 1885 when they are listed as living in the Town of West Point, the John Banks family seems to remain on their 10 acre farm next to the Slaughters. The 1900 census finds John listed in Acquinton as a Black 50 year-old farmer. With him is Harriet, 60, his wife, and Arthur Carter, 14, his ward. They report they have been married 32 years and have had 2 children, one still living. John and Harriet appear for the last time in the 1910 census. He is 60 and she 65. It records they have been married 40 years, but now they list having no children. No further records of John or Harriet have been located. Was here two or three days last week. Hardie walked to see the wheat this evening. Nan has gone fishing. She and I have been so busy fixing things in the basement that we are really tired. We do but little sewing. Made a table cloth. Caught 366 shad in all.

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