March 1868

of the George William Washington Diary

1st, 18°, Sunday: Cold, damp air. Think we will have snow fall. The young folks all go to Springfield to hear the funeral ceremony of Mrs. Adams. A large turnout. Bro. Fitz gave us a good sermon. Bet stayed in Springfield so as to get an early start to the depot in the morning for the Carrs.

2nd, 28°, Monday: Snowed during the night. The ladies leave for the depot and Parkersburg. Gave Mrs. Washington and the girls $115. Paid Robert in full what I owed him, $1. {Jno. Louis} went away yesterday and has not yet returned, 1 o'clock. Commenced snowing about the middle of the day and is putting it down rapidly. I fear Cousins Ann & Jane will get wet. George returned in good time. Got them down in safety. They didn't get wet.

3rd, 2°, Tuesday: One of the coldest mornings of the winter. Dan hauling manure {Jno. not come yet}. George goes to the Creek to see if he can sell some of his machines. I am fearful I shall lose all my lambs, the ewes do not give milk enough for them.

4th, 16°, Wednesday: Clear and windy. Edward & family left for home. Set Dan & Sam to hauling hay {Jno. not returned. The day pleasant.

5th, 8°, Thursday: A lovely morning. Ettie rode to Romney, kept the boys hauling hay. Old Mr. Nelson came to see if I could let him have some corn. I promised to let him have some, but don't know when I can bale it for him. He gave me an acct. against {Jno. Louis} for fifty cents which I am to save for him if Jno. returns to work for me. Edward returning from New Creek, left his sister well. Jno. Inskeep came with him and stayed all night.

6th, 28°, Friday: Cloudy and threatening again. Jno. Inskeep left after breakfast. After Dan finished feeding, set him to fencing the haystack in the bottom. George talks of going to Baltimore this evening.

7th, 36°, Saturday: A lovely morning. Some few clouds. The birds singing as merrily as if it was a May day. If we can get over the river will go for old Hensen & Jenny--they are going to London but I will have to take them to the depot. Jno. Inskeep called and sat a few minutes. Miss Ellen went to see her sister, didn't get back.

8th, 50°, Sunday: Close & sultry, air damp, family all at home except Miss Ellen who didn't return last evening. Clouded up about 10, the wind raising,-growing cooler.

9th, 36°, Monday: Cloudy, Mrs. Washington starts to New Creek. Robert accompanied her. Sent Dan with Old Hens & Jenny to the depot. James Parsons came to see if he could get some corn. Promised him some. Jake Horn thrashed flax seed for me. Mr. Brown of sheep notoriety called to see me, let him have a horse to go to Romney. Dan didn't get home last night.

10th, 36°, Tuesday: Mostly clear. Dan got home this morning, having stayed at his cousin's last night. Set Dan & Sam to shucking corn. Robert returned from New Creek. They got over safe, found all well. The day oppressively warm, like a June day, thermometer climbing to 64°.

11th, 52° Wednesday: A lovely morning, calm and warm, the birds all singing as merrily as a spring morning. Dan & Sam hang the meat & then go to shucking corn. Messrs. Jno. Jacob, Rob't. Morehead, and Mr. Brown of Pennsylvania, dined with me. They come to look at my sheep. Brown is about to institute a pro cap against the Chaineys who got some of his sheep last fall and has lost the most of them and Brown understood he was about putting his property out of his hands to avoid paying for them. Robert took 9 cane bottom chairs to Romney to Miller to bottom for Mrs. W. He is to do it for 75 cents per chair.

12th, 46°, Thursday: Cloudy and damp and east wind. Think we will have falling weather, the boys shucking corn, Mrs. Watkins came to get some grain for work. Mrs. Washington being away from home I didn't know that she wanted to put out any work.

13th, 44°, Friday: A lovely morning, the boys still shucking corn, the after part of the day oppressively warm, nothing of interest.

14th, 44°, Saturday: Cloudy and damp. Haul in corn today. Brother Butt got home, brought me another boy* from the House of Refuge. George did not come with them, he having gone over into Loudon County. *(Believe that this refers to August Lefner)

15th, 54°, Sunday: Close & sultry, the most remarkable March weather I ever saw. Feeling uneasy about Beck. Have concluded to ride up to New Creek and see how she is. Got to Isaac's about 5 o'clock, found all as well as could be expected. On Friday Night the 13th, Beck gave birth to a fine daughter, both mother and child are doing well. Mrs. Washington complaining, though not seriously, more fatigue & anxiety then anything else I reason.

16th, 48°, Monday: Another lovely morning. A thunder cloud raised, and I feared it was going to be cold, but continues to be unusually warm. I left for home. My time being out at the upper gate, paid Mrs. Crawford $1 for six months more (this must be a toll gate). Called to see the doctor to let him know how Beck was. Arrived at home about 4, found all well. George got home yesterday, a few minutes after I left. The boys finished shucking & hauling corn from the bull lot.

17th, 50°, Tuesday: Cloudy & damp, trimmed the pigs. Sent George to Springfield to get some harness fixed. Start Dan to plowing in the sod. Old {Dr. Wash} came to hire, I employed him for 1 month at $6 per month. If I find he is worth anything will continue him as he says he wants to work. Set him & the two little boys to taking the brush and wood out of the way of the plow, next the river. Mr. Brown stayed all night with me.

18th, 52°, Wednesday: Another lovely morning, Dan plowing after feeding. Set Sam & the Dr. to scattering manure in the little meadow. Mr. Brown left to see Mr. Chainey and try and make some compromise of their difficulty, Chainey having conveyed his property as Brown thinks fraudulently.

19th, 32°, Thursday: Quite a frost, the first for several weeks-- Same routine of business as yesterday. Mr. Brown returned. Let him have a horse to go to Romney. He returned after dark, brought his sheep from Morehead's. I am to keep them till he can make some disposition of them. Strong south wind. Think we will have falling weather. A letter from Bet is rec'd. {Sultana 3 a heifer calf}.

20th, 40°, Friday: Sprinkling rain, turning to snow. George commenced plowing & harrowing his ground. The boys finished scattering manure, then put them to threshing off the seed from the flax. Mr. Brown left. He requested to try to get a place for the sheep he left here, authorized to take my pick of one for the one that died last fall, it being injured when I got the sheep. There are 49 head. He authorized me to throw in two which will leave 46 for the person who takes them to account for. A day of snow and storm.

21st, 36°, Saturday: High northwest wind, getting quite cool. Start two plows, Robert rides to New Creek to see how they all are. After feeding make Wash & the little boys clean up the flax seed. The day cold & disagreeable.

22nd, 26°, Sunday: A bright morning, wind still quite high and blustering. Think after the morning passes it will be more pleasant. Robert returned from New Creek, left all well as could be expected. Jno. Inskeep called and sat a few minutes.

23rd, 30°, Monday: Frost, calm and fine. Wrote to Balto. Two plows running, two others cutting corn stalks, & {James Parsons} got 10 barrels of corn at $1.75 per barrel to be charged to Miss Bettie Corbett $17.50. Ray come for Polly. l gave them a side of bacon, also a hog grist of corn and some half dozen fowls. Had the sad intelligence of the death of Joseph Parker's wife, she died very suddenly.

24th, 46°, Tuesday: Cloudy and damp, sultry. Brother Butt & I go to the funeral of Mrs. Parker, dined with Jno. Daily. The funeral was not late; 5 in the evening, quite a large turnout. Set the doctor and the little boys to setting flax. During the night there was a severe thunder storm.

25th, 40°, Wednesday: Raining. Send Dan to Springfield for plow irons. The Doctor works the day. A day of incessant rain. High water no doubt will follow, still raining. George rode to Romney, didn't return.

26th, 38°, Thursday: Snowing quite hard, the river over the island and rising. George returned, Jno. Inskeep and James Loab accompanying him. A letter from Mr. E. S. Lacy of Martinsburg, asking if I had any full-blooded Durham cows for sale. Too bad for the boys to be out. Set them to shucking corn. A day of incessant snow. It melts however nearly as fast as it falls on the bottom, the mountains are quite white. In the evening the river, greatly to my relief, commenced falling.

27th, 36°, Friday: Still snowing. The river has fallen considerably. I fear however it will soon be up again. Set the boys to spreading flax between showers. I have never seen the ground fuller of water. The whole face of the earth in a sluice. I wrote to Mr. E. S. Lacy of Martinsburg.

28th, 38°, Saturday: Still cloudy & damp--make the boys finish spreading the flax. George heard Charley Harmisson had been cleared. Jno. helped spread flax. Let them have the balance of the day after finishing the flax.

29th, 40°, Sunday: Heavy fog, cleared off about 10 o'clock. Robert & August walked to Springfield to church & to get the mail. Received a letter from Mr. Wright.

30th, 20°, Monday: Heavy frost, George takes some corn to the mill. I ride to Romney. Dan gave me $5 and requested me to get him $2 worth of flour which I did. Returned him $3. Mr. French returned to dinner with me. George, on his return, brought me $27 from Mr. Cookus for hay.

31st, 30°, Tuesday: Another heavy frost. Start the plows again after feeding. Send Dan a load of fodder. Set the Doctor to shucking white corn, Sam to hauling the poles from the bottom where the haystack stood. I was agreeably surprised on receiving a visit from an old friend from Fauquier Co., Mr. R. W. Carter.

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