1863 Novb 4th Since 24th Oct I have been from home a great deal they have been sewing wheat etc. got up lot corn & this week John Clark has been here pulling down & putting up little room chimney that he put up more than a year ago. That fell from the House & would not do. Finishing sowing wheat here to day. Sewed about 20 Bus. here & 31 Bus at The Plantation making 50 Set Mr Moorfield to sewing again & mill 5 Bus more. in all. We have here 10 or 11 stacks fodder here & 3 stacks Oats & 14 at Plantation & 9 stacks Oats in all.
6th got home last night. John has been putting up chimbleys this week to little room & New House, little rooms smokes got to make it higher to day. Stealing corn out of our fields on creek & next to [R..ns] Halling up now off creek. Sent Smith to mill.
11th Getting up Corn etc etc
20th Carried 1 more [illegible]Carried 4 Logs to Keens Saw Mill this day for floors of negro house began sugar corn & rain put us out Sent Smith to Post office sent 3 letters 1 to Allan 1 to Jerry 1 to Sallie
28th Began to shoe make last Monday Novr 1863 23nd Novr. Roland cutting out all
day3 oclock Sandy Shoemaking, Roland was not here Tuesday here 5¾ of his days this week made me a pr my wife a pr [Perdes] & [Dorons] & [Degum] Matters. I found thread & Roland to make them.
Green & Wyatt has been at Government Stables ever since 4th Novr 1863 pr Bond Henry went Decr 5th 1863 pr Bond Abraham started 7th Decr 1863 as pr 1864 nd [The text 1864 is written in pencil between "pr." and "nd", apparently later.]
March 22nd Since Christmas many things has transpired & I have bin from home nearly all the time as assesser, but I shall resign my commission as assesser shortly. On this day [???] left home for Pittsy Court & on 22nd very cold & Williams Callichr was with me. going to Mrs Womacks to settle up & make her [Re?] for my acct of assessment
& forward it to T C Green of Richmond have started my acct with him & have got to see Wm H Waller yet. All of which must be arranged this week & sent to Richmond. My son Jerry has been at home for about a month & started to the army on Tuesday last & that day the snow fell about 10 or 15 inches deep. I was at the C H all wednesday.. I got home friday & Jerry started again this morning 26th March Come back last Wednesday. On acct of the weather. To day the weather is 26th Sunday very pretty & snow nearly gone & moderate
Pride & Dorian started to school to Mr. Boyd the 7th March 1864 The 1st week they only went about 2 or 3 days the next they went nearly all the week & the last week before the 29th they only went Monday & Tuesday & it snowed Tuesday this day week & 29th. Raining & we are stripping tobacco here. Sold Henry a pig for $15. April 1 Pride & Dorian went to school 2 days this week the weather very wet & bad
1864 April 2nd - It rained very hard nearly every day this week. Stripped Tobacco two days at Plantation. sent Henry there sent our Bull to Aspen Grove yesterday I have been at home complaining & writing for Government all this week Sent me 1 1/2 bus. wheat to mill Sent at Lovelace 2 bus. wheat for 2 1/2 at Harvest. stripping Tobacco here. Jordan & Lowry here today---
9th At March Court Such a Snow We had nearly 2 feet Deep & every week it has rained very hard ever Since last week it rained very hard thundered & Lightened hard & Severe & this day tremendous rain, thunder & Lightning & now in the night & raining yet. So much wet I have not seen since 1834 - I think dreadfull times in our Country yesterday was fast day the 8th April
12 Finished Sewing Oats in orchard here & Peach orchard at Aspen Grove Listing for corn, Mr Mallery Riddle & Tax on Heads to RichdStill Cloudy sent on[e? lost in margin]
13 Sewed flax - planted pepper [unclear] to day - sewed Mon. cabbage & tobacco on our plant Bed
1864 April 16. The wettest time we have had for many years - snowed March Court & ever since it has been wet & Sun has shined or shone very little Rains once or twice every week & no sun shine bearly at all. sent to Mill & later shop to day, halling out manure on sweet & Irish potatoe patch - ground wet this morning from rain last night
26. Let Henry have 32 lb bacon for Henry himself Jerry Smith & Claiborne Wife is expected home 4 or 5 May next week. Pretty weather now. Planted Irish potatoe, sweet potatoes etc. Plowing up cotton patch —
1864 April 30th. Sent to Aspen Grove 40 lb bacon for them there over a month Finished planting over old land to here & at plantation except flat land & Sat, planted pepper seed, pumpkin & simbling & snaps Tues Ben chop corn 2 days, to day - warm - halling out. Warmer sowing oats round aviary house & beding land for Irish potatoes hauled some wood etc.