February 1868

of the George William Washington Diary

1st, 12°, Saturday: Clear & calm, a cold keen air. After feeding put the boys to shelling corn, shelled & loaded up 70 bushels preparatory to hauling on Monday. Sent Robert to the mill. Edward & Bet got home, left all well at the Ponds. {Jno. 1 plug tobacco}, {Dan 3 bushels of corn}.

2nd, 8°, Sunday: Cloudy, the young folks go to Springfield to church, Mrs. W. and myself at home.

3rd, 8°, Monday: A stinging cold morning. Start to the depot with a load of corn; I accompanied Dan. Had 67 B., 17 BLS. Left the other hands shelling--George returned, engaged some 5 or 6 machines.

4th, 12°, Tuesday: Another cold morning, sent George with the wagon. I stayed and had another load shelled. Edward stayed and helped us. Had 68 B.

5th, 18°, Wednesday: Start the wagon again. Still shelling corn. George gone with Dan, Ed helping us. Had 67 bushels. The ladies from Hardy______Ann, Jane, and Rose came. Snowed all day.

6th, 22°, Thursday: More moderate. The wind rising. Start the wagon again. Ephraim Green came to get some hay. Let him have a stack. The wind got to the northwest, and blew up awful cold. Cherry got a big load of hay. I gave him one B. of corn, $1. The young folks from Mrs. Fox's spent the day with us.

7th, 12°, Friday: Another cold morning. Start the wagon with the last load of corn. George didn't return last night, stayed with Dan Parker. He brought me a letter from R.W. Parker & Dr. Moore. Had in all 338 bushels. He brought me $25 from Donnelson and $2 from Isaac Hady. Archibald Young came to get permission to deposit the goods in the house till Hanson could get out. James Poland came and spent the night with us.

8th, 11°, Saturday: Another stinging morning. Make the boys cover the ice. Wrote to Dr. Moore, R.D. Johnson, and L.F. Allen. Sent Dr. Moore $2. L.F. Allen $10. After finishing the ice, make the boys get some pine wood for kindling. The day giving a damp air.

9th, 28°, Sunday: Snowed some during the night. Raining now lightly. Edward & George start to the Ponds. The air very damp. The balance of the family at home, a day of rain. The boys will have a disagreeable time.

10th, 18°, Monday: Clear. The earth a glaze of ice. Set the boys to cutting and hauling the wood on the Pike. Chester came to get a horse. I had none for him. The ice broke up in the river. Hope it will not do any injury to my land. Henry White came for some fodder. Gave him a load. Clouding up, and has the appearance of snow. Separated my ewes and lambs. The day quite cold.

11th, 20°, Tuesday: Clear & windy. The boys hauling wood. George did not return last night. Bro. Butts came. The river still out of ride. Mr. Cookus came to see if he could get some hay for Sheets & Kuykendall & himself. I promised him some. George came to the hill opposite the house & hollered over to let us know he was safe. The river too high to ride.

12th, 10°, Wednesday: A keen morning. Keep after the boys hauling wood. Jno. Blue passed through the place. I congratulated him. He looks pleased with himself and everyone also. Received a note from Gilkinson & Tallie asking for some hay, also informing me Sheets & Cookus would like the stack of hay Cookus looked at yesterday at $40. I wrote to Gilkinson. They could have what hay they wanted, paid Sheets' wagoner for bringing us up some empty sacks from the depot 25 cents.

13th, 20°, Thursday: Inclose the hay in the meadow in back of the sheds. The teams came for hay again. Mr. Gilkinson sent a 3-horse team for hay, the day warm and pleasant. This is the day for the Darby fair. Paid {Jno. Louis $5}. Let he & Dan stop a while before night to go to Romney.

14th, 24°, Friday: Finish enclosing the stacks & fix a shed for the sheep. Ettie and Robert go to New Creek. Gave Robert $5.30. Jno. Inskeep called and sat a few minutes. George went for his machines to Green Spring. He paid Mr. Gushwin $200 I borrowed from him. $15 to Hamelshimer, the balance due him for work done for the children. Sent $10 to L.F. Allen for me, paid for his sewing machines $77, and paid me $38.05 due. He collected from R.D. Johnson $342. Paid for stamps $2.50

15th, 24°, Saturday: Cloudy and threatening snow. Finished the sheep shed. Mr. Cookus sent for a bag of hay for some other party. Requested me to judge the quantity; being a poor judge, I submitted it to his decision. I have a thought there was between 10 and 1800 lbs. not paid for.

16th, 30°, Sunday: A lovely morning. The young folks go to Springfield to church. Bro. Butt preached his last sermon.

17th, 20°, Monday: Cloudy and threatening snow. It did snow a little through the night. Sent Fisher 11 1/2 bushels of corn, shelled. Bro. Fitzpatrick 10 barrels in the year, paid Mr. House $.50 for a bolt. Mr. Frank Allen brought Mrs. Mary Foot to see the Lady. Miss Suda Parsons, Mr. James Gibson also spent the evening and night with us. {Jno Louis 1 Plug Tobacco}.

18th, 22°, Tuesday: Clear & windy. Snowed during the night, the ground covered. Sent Jno. and Dan to help old Hansen fix a house to move in. The young folks except Miss Suda Parsons left. Mr. Dan Parsons came. He and Miss Suda leave after dinner. Frank Carter's man Bill, brought a letter from London. All well. He came for Henson and Jimmy.

19th, 30°, Wednesday: Clear & windy. Set the boys to hauling out timothy hay on the Little Meadow in front of the house. Mrs. Anna Snyder came to spend a few days with the young folks. The sun shines as warm almost as May.

20th, 22°, Thursday: An unusually heavy frost. Continued to haul out manure & hay. Mr. E. Green came with two teams to haul his hay I let him have. He says he will pay me soon. Mr. Nelson came to get some hay, promised to haul him this evening. Ettie rode to Springfield. The day almost like summer. Thought I heard wild geese, if so it is unusually early for them to be moving. A letter from H.R. Hoffman inviting me to attend conference.

21st, 32°, Friday: Clear & calm, a real spring morning. Set the boys to shucking corn. I rode to the Ridge. George returned. Sold out his sewing machines. Bro. Butt got home, had an interesting meeting in Frankford, 6 accessions to the church. After dinner the young folks ride to Mrs. Inskeep's to return Miss Lizzy's cow. A letter from R.D. Johnson with an acct. of $7.75 for freight in sacks and corn from Green Spring. From George's statement he is evidently under a mistake. Instead of my owing him, he owes me $11.90.

22nd, 28°, Saturday: Froze slightly. The boys shucking corn. Robert went to Mr. David Holt's for a woman for his sister Beck. George & Bro. Butt rode to Springfield. George paid me back the $77.75 he borrowed. Robert returned without the woman, she having declined going to Beck's. A letter from Beck, as well as usual. Jno. Inskeep spent the night with George.

23rd, 20°, Sunday: Quite a raw cold morning, family all at home. Let Jno. have a horse to go to McGrookling's. The day cold, little or no thawing throughout the day. Jno. didn't get back.

24th, 18°, Monday: Morning cold, raw, damp air. About 9 it commenced hailing, raining & snowing, and kept it up pretty much all day. Sent Dan to Springfield for the wagon {Jno came home about the middle of the day}. After dinner shelled some corn preparatory to going to the mill. {Dan got three bushels}. Bro. Butt got home.

25th, 24°, Tuesday: Still cloudy and damp, sleeting pretty much all day. George went to the mill.

26th, 26°, Wednesday: Set the boys to hauling wood. Robert to Springfield. Miss Ellen sick, consequently no school. Still cloudy & damp. What little mist falls, freezes as fast as it falls. A letter from R.W. Parker.

27th, 28°. Thursday: Still cloudy and damp, the boys hauling wood. Bro. Fitzpatrick spent the day with us. Miss Sue Allen and brother called on Miss Rose. I wrote to Mr. Lincoln of Baltimore, H.R. Hoffman and R.W. Carter. See from the Baltimore Gazette they are having an exciting time in Washington.

28th, 24°, Friday: Quite cold & blustering snow flying. The boys hauling manure. Bro. Butt and George rode to Romney. {Jno. got a plug tobacco}. No news of interest.

29th, Leap Year, 18°, Saturday: High NW winds and snow squalls flying, a real March morning. George goes to Green Spring for his sewing machines and to take the large baggage preparatory to their going to Baltimore and Parkersburg on Monday. The boys hauling manure. Robert and Sam cutting corn stalks. (This is the first mention of Sam by name). Jno. Inskeep and Branson Wood spent the evening with the young folks. Paid Jno. Louis $10.

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