Friday, November 18th, 1853

Pa arose and started all the carts a little after day. Mrs. Hill sent over an ox cart to assist him and so did Mr. Powell. Brother and Sister left for Richmond about nine, she had to send her trunk over by a Mr. Wilcher. Pa returned home to dinner, took down the chamber bedstead & wardrobe. Ma and all of us left dear old Mt. Hope about sunset. I took a long cry, for certainly some of the dearest moments of my life have been spent there. When we arrived at Woodbury, it was quite dark. Pa soon had the workmen’s bed moved out to the Office and set up the chamber bedstead, and one for me and the children. I can scarcely believe that I am now sitting down at Woodbury writing in my journal. It seems so strange, when day before yesterday we didn’t think we could possibly move for a week or two. I have been sitting up here by myself reading for the last hour or two. Every now and then I glance around the room to see if I don’t see our “Grandfather’s ghost.” I came near cutting one of my fingers off tonight at supper trying to cut a big {?}.

Thursday, November 17th, 1853

We all arose very early, quite an inclement morning. Pa said he was determined to commence moving anyhow, so he took down the piano the first thing, but it cleared off about nine o’clock and was a very pretty day. Pa remained at Woodbury to unpack the things as we sent them down. The carts all made three loads. Pa returned home to supper, he thinks we will certainly finish moving this week, but I don’t agree with him by a little. Brother came down to supper and spent the night. – – Sister finished her mousdelaine dress this morning. We think it very pretty. I can’t really believe that we have commenced moving down to Woodbury. – – Bake went to see Sallie this evening.[1] – – Mr. Wilcher still making shoes.

  1. [1]Who this Sallie is remains unknown.

Wednesday, November 16th, 1853

Ma & Pa left very early for Woodbury. I have been quite busy assisting Sister to finish her dress. We sent Brother up a very nice dinner today. Ma has been sending his dinner up to him regularly ever since he came back from Richmond. – – Mr. Wilcher is still here making shoes. – – Ma persuaded Pa this evening to begin moving down to Woodbury tomorrow, for fear of having bad roads, so he had all the carts brought up tonight and will certainly begin in the morning if it doesn’t rain. They didn’t return home ‘till very late. Ma had the beef tallow dried up down there and carried Hannah with her and had some more cleaning up done.

Tuesday, November 15th, 1853

Pa left for Woodbury about day. He expects to kill a beouf this morning he bought of Mrs. Cobb yesterday. Ma and myself took one of the most unexpected trips today I’ve taken lately. We started after breakfast and went down to Cohoke & returned before daylight was down. Spent a very pleasant day. – – I received two letters this evening. One from Tave and the other from a Cousin of mine far away. Sister is busy preparing to go over to Richmond with Brother next week. We all retired quite early. I slept very well after my long ride. – – I bought some nice tobacco for GrandPa at Lanesville on our way down.

Sunday, November 13th, 1853

The anniversary of dear sweet little Helen’s birth day. We all spent the day at home. Ma, myself and the children were ready to go down to Jerusalem, but the rain prevented us. We had quite a stormy day. Brother went down just in time to escape the rain, but got a full share coming back. He returned to dinner, or at least about that time. He and Ma observed the day as being one of fasting & prayer. He spent the night with us. – – Nannie is sweeter now than ever. I know I love her better than anything on earth – most – she is the pet of the whole family.

Saturday, November 12th, 1853

Pa took breakfast at Uncle Hardin’s, but his business at Woodbury would not permit him to join the huntsmen long. He came by and took supper with Mr. Pollard. returned home about ten o’clk. – – Mr. Wilcher came today to let us know he would be here to make shoes Monday.[1] He made a pair for Bake this morning. Mr. Meyer, the piano tuner, came this evening, but was taken with a chill and soon had to leave. He promised to be back on Monday or Tuesday. – – Sister and myself walked to Holly Fork. Oh! how we will miss that delightful walk when we get down to Woodbury. What dear, dear associations I have connected with it. I know I can’t help grieving a great deal when I leave dear “Old Mt. Hope.” I never expect to spend as many happy hours elsewhere scarcely. This is certainly one of the most beautiful nights I’ve ever seen. I can almost see to write without a candle (10 PM).

  1. [1]A Mr. Wilcher, likely Nathen Wiltshire, appeared on 22 February. Nat had a son listed in the 1850 US Census named George, then 17. Listed on that same census page is James A. Bond, 36, shoemaker. Skipping ahead to the 1870 census, a George H. Wilshire, 39, shoemaker, appears in the listing for West Point. It seems likely that young George Whilshire/Wilcher learned the shoemaking trade from neighbor Bond and was just beginning is career when he made shoes for his Littlepage neighbors at Mount Hope. If there are any Wilcher/Whiltshire/Wilshire family members who can add to, or correct this, please advise.

Wednesday, November 9th, 1853

I arose as usual, went down in the garden and read till breakfast. – – Brother carried Ma down to Woodbury in his buggy this morning. They intended spending the day, but it commenced raining and they returned to dinner. It cleared about sunset and a more beautiful evening I never beheld. Mollie, Sister and myself took a short walk to see and admire the beauties of nature. Aunt Rose sent Ma some very nice oysters and a dress for Sister to make for Mollie. They (Sister & Aunt Rose) made a bargain yesterday for one to make the dress and the other knit stockings for each other. – – Pa spent the day at Woodbury, returned to tea. Brother spent the night. – – We had a mighty nice molasses stew (2 hares)