Friday, September 30th, 1853

Poor Mollie had another very severe attack last night about midnight, slept very well the remainder of the night. We all arose very early and took a long walk through the most beautiful grove of oaks I ever saw, and from there is a grape tree about a half mile off. We had a heap of fun getting the grapes. Sister had quite a bad fall down the bank, but sustained no serious injury. We spent quite a lonesome evening till about twelve o’clock (owing we all concluded to the absence of Cousin Tom) when Ma came after dinner. Cousin Tom and stayed till we left.[1] Mollie returned home with us. She and Sister slept over in the middle room, I up in the garret by myself. Mollie made Sister a present of a very nice pair of garters Cousin Robert purchased for her down in Norfolk, but they were too large.

  1. [1]There is indeed no word between and and stayed.

Thursday, September 29th, 1853

We all arose very early, in time to see the frost. Directly after breakfast we started to take a short ride and didn’t get back till twelve o’clock. We rode about fifteen or twenty miles. We found Cousin Tom at the Grove when we returned. He gave us all a terrible scold for not letting him know of our intention to ride. He only called twice while we were gone. Cousin William was our escort; Cousin Tom spent the day at the Grove, and Cousin Fendall also. They took us out to ride in their buggies this evening. We had a delightful time. Dr. Perkins called to see Mollie and found us all (ladies & gentlemen) sitting down in the middle of the floor playing back gammon chequers.[1] Cousin Tom came by with us and remained till twelve o’clock. He intended staying all night as Cousin William & Cousin Robert were not there, but they came just as we were about to retire. Cousin Tom & myself jumped over the broom tonight. I do know I never had as much fun in my life. I thought we would all have killed ourselves laughing.

  1. [1]Alexander Hambleton Perkins (1820-1892) attended the College of William and Mary with Cousins Fendall and William Gregory. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania Medical School just before Dr. Ju and Cousin Dr. Tom. After living in King and Queen County with the family of Thomas Haynes – the father of the Thomas Haynes of 25 September – he moved his small family to King William, residing near where today’s East Spring Forest Road and West Chinquapin Road intersect Highway 30 until after the war. – – Rose had originally written back gammon instead of chequers. She then marked through it with a light line.

Wednesday, September 28th, 1853

After another of those delicious nights, I arose quite early. Didn’t close my eyes once during the night, owing to sleeping in the room with Mollie. Cousin Betsy didn’t know that we were not in the habit of sleeping together, so she put us in the same room. Mollie & Sister slept tolerably well. Cousin Tom took them home in his rock-a-way about ten o’clk. Cousin Betsy would make me remain all day with her, I spent a very pleasant day. Cousin Tom walked to the Grove with me about sunset. When we got there we found Mollie & Sister equipped for a ride, so we continued our walk about a half hour longer. He remained at the Grove till eleven o’clock.

Tuesday, September 27th, 1853

I arose very early and very much refreshed. Spent a very pleasant, slept with Aunt Turner. Cousin William started down to Enfield long before day with Cousin Minnie’s children.[1] She went down yesterday evening, but they couldn’t go on account of the whooping cough. Cousin Tom, Sister, Mollie & I took our accustomed walk this evening. He spent the day at the G[2] Sister, Mollie and I spent the day down at Piping-tree, enjoyed ourselves very much. Cousin Tom & dear little Kate accompanied us in a most delightful ride over in Hanover. It is decidedly one of the most beautiful evenings I ever beheld, we crossed the river just at sunset. Cousin Betsy would make us stay all night. Cousin Tom sent to the Grove for the backgammon box. We amused ourselves playing till quite late. We took a most delightful promenade up and down that long porch for an hour or two. Sister and Mollie took a long nap on the lounge while we walked. Mollie became somewhat nervous before she retired and Cousin Tom make us both drink another tumbler of brandy. Cousin Fendall is getting to be quite an old man.[3]

  1. [1]As if the twisted roots and tangled branches of family trees are not enough, there are two Enfield’s in King William. One is located adjacent to Woodbury and is owned by the Cooke’s of Hanover County. In the past both seem to have been also spelled Endfield. The Enfield here is located in the northern Pamunkey portion of King William along a road that once connected the Dabney’s (Hanovertown) Ferry to points north, today’s highway 604. The traffic along this road one time supported Dabney’s Mill, other commercial endeavors, and an Enfield Post Office. – – It also supported many generations of Dabneys. By the mid-1860s several Turner families lived in the Enfield area as well, no doubt due to “marrying in.” As far as Cousin Minnie and her children, there are no Enfield Turners who appear on the 1850 US Census that seem relevant. That leaves Dabneys. Only two are suggested by the Census rolls. First is Benjamin F. Dabney, his wife Sally, and their six children ranging in 1853 from 15 to 4. They live at Endfield. Also possible is William W. Dabney, his wife Martha, and their five children ranging from 15 to 5. Both families live very close to each other. I suppose it comes down to which wife is Minnie. If there are any Dabney or Turner descendants who can add to, or correct, this footnote, please let us know.
  2. [2]The preceding was struck through lightly in the text.
  3. [3]Cousin Fendall is about 28. Perhaps it is all that legal training.

Monday, September 26th, 1853

I arose very early after one of the most wretched nights I ever spent, didn’t close my eyes the whole night. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if I were to be just as bad as Mollie after awhile. – – Edulia & Cousin Ammon took lodgings in the middle room. I think they are without doubt the handsomest couple of my acquaintance. Pa and Cousin Ammon left for the Ct. House soon after breakfast. Edulia & I amused ourselves playing backgammon the greater part of the day. Cousin William came down for me this evening, but Ma was right much opposed to my returning. Cousin William Turner says they wouldn’t believe Cousin Robert yesterday when he told them I had gone home, but Mollie, Cousin Tom and Sister walked about a mile to look for me.[1] We arrived at the Grove about sunset, found Cousin Tom there.[2]He remained till ten o’clock. He says I must never sleep in the room with Mollie any more. I became so nervous in the parlor that he made me drink a large tumbler of brandy and then retire immediately. I felt so very nervous I was certain I was going to have the “caniptions‘, but he says it is owing to loss of sleep.[3]

  1. [1]Cousin William Turner is William J. (Willie) Turner, b. 1841, the family’s eldest son. His last name is written in pencil above William.
  2. [2]Here the word there is written above a series of words that have been obscured.
  3. [3]The next sentence has been well obscured by a series of loops.

Sunday, September 25th, 1853

Mollie is quite sick this morning. – – Cousin Robert and myself started down to Jerusalem very early. Met Ma & Pa and all the children going up to the Acquinton, so we turned back with them. Cousin Maria nor none of the family would consent for me to go to church till I promised positively to return in the evening, but Cousin Ammon and Edulia went to Mt. Hope and Ma insisted I should go home, promising that I might return with him tomorrow from Court. Dr. Thomas preached at the Acquinton. As usual it was an all-day meeting. – – I heard today that Mollie Hause and Tom Hanes were married last Tuesday morning.[1] They have started on a bridal tour to the “Worlds Fair” in N.Y.

  1. [1]Molly Hawes is the daughter of the late Aylett Hawes (1803-1845) and wife Mary of King William. Tom Hanes is Thomas Whitt Haynes of King and Queen County (1827-1877).

Saturday, September 24th, 1853

The anniversary of my birth day. – – Poor Mollie had another of those attacks this morning, I was sleeping in the bed with her. I pray that I may never experience the same feelings again. It frightened me so that I was unable to move for several minutes. I know something serious will happen to me if I ever see her in that situation again. The idea of sleeping in the same room with her almost deranges me. – – Cousin Tom and Capt. Braxton spent the evening with us, remained till eleven o’clock. Cousin Fendall came down after ten. Cousin Betsy spent the morning with us, she got back from Hanover last night, left Cousin Sarah Ann much better, her life was despaired of for several days. Old Mr. Winston, her father-in-law, died a few days since.[1]

  1. [1]Cousin Sarah Ann [Gregory] Winston’s father-in-law was Hanover’s Phillip Bickerton Winston, b. 1786. He died 18 September. Both he and his son William Overton Winston were clerks of court in Hanover.

Friday, September 23rd, 1853

Dr. White left very early for Norfolk. – – Mollie was well enough to walk with us this evening. Cousin Tom came down directly after dinner and stayed till ten o’clock. I think he must be smitten with Mollie in reality, he certainly visits her often enough. I received two nice long letters from Tave and Lilie this evening. Had more fun than a little quizzing Cousin Tom. Cousin William went down home today to beg Ma & Pa not to send for us for a week longer. He didn’t see Pa, but Ma consented we might stay. – – I am certain I haven’t slept two hours since I’ve been up here. It almost deranges me to see poor dear Mollie so afflicted. She doesn’t seem to mind it much herself. It is because she has no idea of her situation.

Thursday, September 22nd, 1853

Nothing particular took place. Cousin Tom spent the day at the Grove. Dr. White will leave for Norfolk tomorrow. Cousin Henrietta expected to have gone also, but she was taken with a chill this evening and in consequence will not be able. Cousin Tom and myself took a short walk this evening. Mollie, of course, was not able to accompany us, so Sister didn’t walk but remained with her.

Wednesday, September 21st, 1853

We all arose quite early and took a nice long ride on horseback. Dr. White was our escort. I know I never laughed as much in my life. – – Mollie had another slight attack this morning about day, but nothing in the world to compare with the other. – – We made some very nice ice cream. Cousin Tom came down directly after dinner and stayed till eleven o’clock. Dr. White had one of the greatest falls this evening I ever saw. Cousin Robert invited us over to his office where we spent a very delightful half hour.[1] Cousin Tom, Mollie, Sister and I took a long walk. The more I see of Cousin Tom the better I like him. Cousin Henrietta is getting much better. Mollie had one of the larger pim-ons on her tonight I ever saw.[2]

  1. [1]The 1850 US Census shows a non-family member living at the Grove with the Turners. He is Robert King, brother of Hill King, Caroline’s brother-in-law. As his occupation is Manager, it is likely he had an office on the premises. And by King William standards he would certainly be a Cousin.
  2. [2]Does Rose mean a Mollie had a pimple?