Brother & Mag left soon after breakfast. Nothing particular occurred during the day. Pa rode down to Woodbury in the morning, returned home to dinner. GrandPa came up this evening. He looks worse than I ever saw him.
We all arose quite early. – – Pa had one of the finest lambs killed this morning he says he ever saw, and a very nice pig. – – Cousin R. King, Cousin Fendall, Uncle Hardin, Col. Skyren, Messrs. Brown, Garrett, Uncle Washington, Dr. Lewis, Brother & Mag dined with us. Mag brought the boy with her. It is the first time he has been out. Cousin Fendall was decidedly more agreeable today than I ever saw him. Mag & brother spent the night.
- Most of these dinner guests should be familiar. But “Cousin R. King” is likely James (Hill) King’s brother Col. Robert. He will soon marry the widow Edulia [Gregory] Motley. Messrs. Brown and Garrett are likely Archie Brown and one of the Garrett brothers, Camm or Larkin.↩
Nothing particular occurs. The Misses Lewis spent the afternoon with us. “Mittie”, old Dr. Zachary Lewis’ daughter, was with them. I admire her very much. – – Pa spent the morning at Woodbury, took dinner with Uncle Hardin.
- Dr. John Zachary Lewis, b. 1787, of King and Queen County and his first wife Ann Catherine [Skyrin] Lewis are the parents of our Dr. John Skyrin Lewis. “Mittie” is is his much younger half-sister by his second wife, Maria Louisa Adelaide [Clopton] Lewis. “Mittie” may be Ann C., about 20, or Martha R., 16. We met the “Misses Lewis” on 5 March.↩
Ma and all the children save Ed, Zac & myself attended an all-day meeting down at Jerusalem. I sent the dinner down to them but having no time piece here, it got there most too late. I went down myself in the afternoon. Pa brought eight or ten gentlemen home to take something to drink after dinner. – – I heard today that Mollie Turner fainted last week.
I have been as busy as a “hen & one chicken” all day doing up my muslins, Bake assisted me. – – Pa finished fanning his wheat today. He made in all two thousand and twenty-six bushels. – – We had one of the most severe thunder storms this evening I think I ever witnessed. It frightened us all very much.
I spent a very lonely day. Ma, Sister, Pig & Nan spent the day at Uncle Hill’s. I mistake, Sister got out and stayed with Mag till Ma returned. The other children were at school. Pa and Bil busy at the machine house all day fanning wheat. Ma took supper at Aunt Rose’s, didn’t return till quite late. – – I received a long letter from Tave this evening.
We arose about eight o’clock. Ma had breakfast a second time for us. – – Pa ate and went down to Woodbury long before we awoke. Annie, Sister & myself in compliance with a promise we made Cousin M. last evening to meet her there, spent the day at Mrs. Hill’s, met with Mrs. Lewis and her family. Spent a very agreeable day. Ann Maria returned home with Cousin Maria. – – Pa returned home about 12 o’clock, finished fanning his wheat. It turned out much better than he expected. He made 869½ bushels down there and only seeded 61. – – Ma is drying some very nice peaches.
- Beside being “next door” neighbors of the Littlepages, the widow Mrs. Harriett Herbert [Claiborne] Hill of Forkland is an aunt of Mrs. Octavia Claiborne [Hill] Lewis, a.k.a Mrs. Dr. John S. Lewis of Mount Rose.↩
Another very agreeable day spent down at Elsin Green. Cousin Maria sent us up in her carriage in the evening. Ann Maria and June came with us. The latter returned with the carriage. Having no beaux to entertain us, we retired quite early.
- June may be the nickname of Junius Claiborne Gregory (1838-1920), Ann Maria’s brother-in-law.↩
Finds us down at “Elsin Green”. We enjoyed ourselves very much. Mrs. Motley & her family spent the day there. Mr. & Mrs. Brooks left in the evening. We all took a long walk, about a mile, down on the river shore. I was unfortunate enough to tear my dress.
- We met the widow Edulia [Gregory] Motley on 24 January.↩
Another beautiful Fall day. – – We all arose quite early. Pa left for Court directly after breakfast. Ma decided to have washing done in the dining room. Just as soon as Clary got well on the way, a servant came by to let us know that Cousin Maria Gregory’s family would dine with us. Cousin M., Cousin Evalina & Ann Maria arrived about ten. Cousin Roger, Cousin William, Mr. Brooks & Mr. Sale came down and spent the evening. Cousin Maria would make Sister and myself go home with her. Spent a very pleasant night, played cards, backgammon &c till twelve. – – Ann Maria is decidedly more in love with Cousin Roger than any one I ever saw.
Note: At the end of this entry, there is a line written in pencil in Rosa’s handwriting which reads, “Pa bought a piece of land joining Woodbury & paid 12 an acre.”
- We have arriving: the widow Maria G. [Ellett] Gregory (1788-1860), Evelina [Gregory] Brooks (1804-1885) and her daughter Mary Ann Maria [Brooks] Gregory (1838-1856).↩
- Joining them were Roger Gregory (1833-1920), his older brother William (1831-1900), and Evelina’s husband William Brookes (1808-1860). Mr. Wade Sale’s wife Susan sent Ma a rose back on 22 March.↩
- For the curious, Ann Maria and her husband are first cousins.↩