Volume 3: 1867-1869

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Just at the piging She was the only hog left by the Fedrel soldiers (A.J. Smith Command) She had been shot several times and was badly wounded but finely got well & has had 2 litters of pigs since she was shot. We kept her in the yard & fed her a long time. 1867 April Tu 23 The morning is quite Cool & Cloudy I got a letter from Martha Jane last night dated the 19th Inst the family [Left margin: letter from Martha Jane] health some chills have been amongst them but all are doing verry well at present [Left margin: Work] The boys are all at work this morning planting Corn & plowing &c It commenced raining after dinner slowly all day [Left margin: Rain] & until late not quitting until next morning everything in the garden is doing verry well turned cool Wm com home through the rain quite cold Wed 24 The Morning is quite cool the wind is from the North this morning. I fixed a Scraper upon the Harrow & scraped the ridge [Left margin: Potatoes] off the top of the Irish Potatoes they are coming up. We cut off some of the tops in Scraping Not many they are doing verry well [Left margin: Caleb] Caleb got a turn of corn today Charge on act. Th 25 The Morning is quite cold Wind from the N. It would have frosted last night if the Wind had not been so high every thing is growing verry well [Left margin: Self] I was not verry well all night it is the change in the Weather,

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head ake & pains less or more all over ) Sent to Mill 2½ [Left margin: Meal] bushels the last time was the 12th Apl, lasted 12 days. It seems that 2½ bushels last us 12 days. We have 9 to eat 1½ pints a day makes 20 gallons for 12 days, that is 1½ pint for each [Left margin: Caleb] one per day, in all 9 eaters. Caleb got 115 ears of Yellow Corn to plant Charged on Act. Fri 26 The morning is clear & beautiful little cool clam &c Some [Left margin: Frost) frost all hands are at work We found one of our hogs at Jaggers fastened up in his orchard he was marked had been [Left margin: Hog] gone 3 or 4 weeks got him home & altered him (Mag went to Town) [Left margin: Mag / Self] got some fish. I walked to the Saw Mill Went verry slow it fateaged me verry much 1867 April Sat 27 [Left margin: high wind] This morning is calm a little cloudy & about 2 oclock the Wind rose & ble verry hard from the North & turned quite cold Some sprinkling of rain with it. In the evening I sent the little 2 horse wage over to Mr. Dixon & braught home 4 grownd [Left margin: Sheep / See 2nd May] & one lamb sheep 3 black & 2 whites. The boys plowed on to evening We are making our garden looks tolerable well. I [Left margin: Self] had a verry sick spell about 2 oclock felt weake & feeble & had a verry severe spell of coughing laste me until near night Sun 28 This morning is quite cloudy Wind from N.E. & quite cold. [Left margin: Rain] It commenced raining at 7 oclock & it has rained all day (verry hard sometimes) it is quite cold. No news.

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------------------------------- Mon 29 The morning is a little cloudy & cool wind form the N. W. The boy George has been marking & altering our shotes for several days he has I think it is too wet to plow or plant this morning I have direct to have some wood halled up [Left margin: Self / Shaved &c ] I shaved & put on a clean shirt & socks & washed my feet. It [Left margin: Wood] has turned much warmer this evening halled some wood fro Press & me. The ground is verry wet, the boys went to plowing after dinner. ------------------------------- Tue 30th During the night there was a very considerable thunder storm [Left margin: Storm & Rain] & a heavy rain from the N. & W. This morning the Wind is from the E. This morning Margaret went on a visit to her Mothers [Left margin: Mag to Lawrence] Went in the Bugga & drove the rone Mare Jinna 7 A. M. [Left margin: Rain] Morning. (too wet to work in the Crop) It clouded up thundered & commenced rain at 10 oclock, at 12 it is still Raining, at 2 still Raining hard, dark & cloudy, at 3 heavy wind and rain N of West, 4½ still raining, (4 3/4 quit raining the wind N. E. & E. It has rained 6½ hours & part of the time verry hard today. ------------------------------- 1867 May 1st Wed. [Left margin: Rain / Mag] The morning is quite cool Wind from the N. & mostly clear. It commenced rain last night at sun-down & has rained nearly all night. It is too wet to work in the crops. Margaret left yesterday for Lawrence & was in the rain yesterday, I think all day.

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------------------------------- Th 2 The morning is clear some little frost on the fences done not much harm. All hands has went to work. I am tryend to [Left margin: Garden] make a little garden everything is frown verry beautifully. Got the boy John at work in the garden scraping & cleaning it [Left margin: Potatoes] out. My Irish potatoes are coming up they were planted the 8 & 9 Apl scraped of the ridge 24 [Left margin: Gun / Silver Mounted Rifle] My health this morning is better. I worked all day yesterday in Cleaning & Cutting out my Silver Mounted gun, fixing the Cities. It had lay so long without even been shot that it was not in the best fix. My saws some how did not work at first verry well but I got them after a while to do. I will give my gun a trial soon & see if she will do or in other words see if I can do, for I know the fun is right, she never was much wrong I have been shooting her during the year 1819 and ever since. It is useless to say I am devoted to her she has accompanied me through Many Seans & is yet verry beautiful. I kept her through the whole rebellion with some dificulty, I have but rearly kept her concealed. She has been looked at & examined by 10,000 of soldiers & but one man ever tryed to take her & he failed [Left margin: Sheep see 23 Apl] We sent to J W B Thomas this morning & got 2 Sheep one of them was in my mark the other in Mary anns (Ewes) this makes Seven Sheep See entry 27 Apl 3 blacks & 4 whites ones -------------------------------

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[Left: 1867 May Frid 3] The morning is clear calm & beautiful & spring like [Left: May] [Left Frid 3] All hands are at work this morning John has been working in the garden the cut worms are eating our vegitables before they are fit to use. We are shelling Corn to go to Mill, the last [Left: Meal] turn has lasted eight days only the other turns lasted 12 days (see about) there is foul play it only lasted 2/3 as long as the other turns and they were all the same 2 1/2 bushels (See Th 26th Apl) [Left: Black Mare] The black Mare had last night a filly Colt Chesnut sorrel A [Left: & Colt] verry good Colt. It has not sucked later in the evening [Left: Ball] The Ball horse one of his eyes looks verry weak. I have had [Left: Horse] his head greased with lard & Sulphur & fresh butter put in his ears this morning, he is still plowing, by George Hargroves. ---------------------------------------------- [Left: Sat 4] The morning is cloudy the wind is from the East looks like rain The little colt (Black Mares) is not dead yet I think [Left: Ball] it will dye it is dead. It cant suck The Ball horse is [Left: Horse] quite lame feet verry tender he cant travel I sent him to [Left: Leftwich] the Shop this morning to have him shod. I read Leftwich speach [Left: Speach] he is verry mild but verry determined in favour of the conserva[Left: Hands] tives & opposed to radicalism. All hands quit work today gone [Left: went] gone &c The wind blew verry hard all day from the E. & S. E. There has been no one here all day I have been quite unwell [Left: Mag] Mag went away last Tuesday Not got back William got home at night. -----------------------------------------------

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