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JOURNAL OF ACTIVITIES

H. G. SHROCK'S PLANTATION

WHARTON COUNTY, TEXAS

1860 - 1865

[Wharton County, Texas Friday] March th[e] 16th[,] 1860

verry smokey but clear--cold wind [l]ined the Bridge up in Brandons fiel[d in] the morning Charles Rod Presly Mart[h &] Mandy

Dr Bel[ls]

plowing & plant­ing corn ^ Caroline Viny & Puss planting cot[ton] at home Henry Splitting Rails th­[e re]mander of the hands cutting timber & repairing fense All [well]

[Saturday, March 17, 1860]

Clear & warm But the morning [wi]nd a little south part of the [hands a]t Dr Bells and the balance of [them] planting cotton Jinny Beck & Jude in the Bottom Dr Bell & myself wen[t hunting] this morning but never killed noth[ing] come home & went out after [w]ings killed two Deer Mr. Shrock Hartford & ____ Started to Matagorda this morning a___ Yorick & Henry went to Matagorda w[ith] a couple of cows & calvs.

Sunday, [March] 18[, 1860]

Warm but Cloudy & smokey rain once or twice all at home [worked on] 2 coulters & one plough Waldo Thomp[son] come here & stayed all knight al[l well]

[Monday, March] 19[, 1860]

Clear and cold wind ____ part of the hands plough[ing] some plant­ing and the re[mainder in the b]ottom Mr. Shrock & H[artford came from] Mata­gorda Mr Haden here come the road [and killed] a beef and I [shot a]t another all [well Pierce half bushel meal]

[Wh]arton County[, Texas Tuesday,] March 20th[,] 1860

[C]lear & pleasant wind south East fiv[e hand]s at Dr Bells Caroline George & Pu[ss planting] cotten at home scraped out the l[ong] cut of cotten planted on the h[ill] [Mr. Shrock] got back from Matagorda last n[ight] Sally & Mr Haden come up w[ith]_____ Henry & Yorick got back with ______ went to carry some cows to Matag[orda] all hands well.

[Wednesday, March 21, 1860]

The morning foggy wind East cl[eared] off after breakfast All hands out five plows plowing at Dr Bells Viny [s]owing cotten seeds planting corn [n]ext to Galbriths ditch finishe[d]_____ planting cotten hauling rails puttin[g up] fense & [unreadable] Billy / hunte[d] all Day killed nothing all well H. P. Cayce

[Thursday, March 22, 1860]

Clear & pleasant wind South five plows at Dr Bells Viny sowing cotton seed Henry hauling rails finished planting corn Puss blocking [off] cotten made some potato ridges [planted] Some in the garden Mrs Bell [Mr Ha]dn & Mr Brandon all here _____ Brandon paid me ten Doll[ars and ___]cents for Shrock & H[____ _____o]ne pr of Strechers got ______ Caney all well [o]ne suit for Yori[ck Ge]orge one suit ______one pr of pants _______

[W]harton Co[unty, Texas Friday,] March 23[,] 1860

Fridy

23 Clear & clowdy But no rain win[d] South Five plows at Dr Bells p[low]ing cotten Viny sowing seed He[nry] hauling rails Puss finished Blockin[g] off cotten got Some Bord timber some railing timbe[r]--cleared out th[e] road round the field & put up a fense turned out four mules

Saturday[, March] 24[,] 1860

Cloudy But norain wind north [all] hands out doing various things [cutting] Board timber crossing off some cotton with corn haul ing rails cutting ____ corners five plows at Dr Bells plant[ing] Viny sowing cotten seed Dr Bell ____ & Parson Smith all here to Day & Bitty cut a Bee tree

Mr. Adriance--M[eal]

Sunday[, March] 25th[, 1860]

Clear & pleasant wind in the ______ Mr Shrock Sally & Joe Haden w[ent] to Matagorda this morning Parson _____ preached Hear to day & there wa[s a] great many Negroes to hear him ____ White pearsons. Haly & Lady Miss H[aden] William Thomas John Jones ____ two Prewits were Hear Bill Wi[lliams] home all well

[Monday, March] 26th[, 1860]

Cloudy & cold wind in the ____ [commenced] Raining about Ten oclock & [into] the evening But verry slow [hands] at Dr Bells plowing george [splitting] rails ["Meal" written in margin here.] Henry riving Bords a[ll other hands] scraping cotton Mrs Pierce ____ bu[s]hel all well except [Presley]

Wharton County[,] Texas [Tuesday,] March 27th[,] 1860

27th Cold & Cloudy wind in the north all Hands at Hom[e] Charles Rod & George splitting rails all the women scraping cotton Presley sick Mr Shrock came Home this Evening & stoped the Women scraping cotton Henry Riving Bords

[Wednesday, March 28, 1860]

Clear & cold Some frost wind north planted cotten down on the woods patch hauled wood hauled rails put up fine fense got Board timber started to plowing my corn Dr Bell Brandon [B]illy Williams & Mary here to Day Hartford got here from matagorda this Eevening The hands all out But Presley he is sick Mr Carpenter stoped all night right cold to night

[Thursday, March 29, 1860]

Clear & cold hevy frost killed every thing wind north All hands out giting Board timber & hauling rails cut road to the timber--all well Dr Bell here to night

[Friday, March 30, 1860]

[Clo]wdy & warm wind South All hands [out] Henry & Rod riving bords Charl[e]s _____ Marth & Presley helping Brandon [plow] corn over & Lucinda _____ [remainde]r of the hands puting up [fence plowi]ng cotten & hoeing in the _____ [Sa]lly & Catherine went to go___ Bugy old man Carpenter [here] to night Billy Williams here [from] Richmond Stoped all night at _____very windy to ­night

H G Shrock

[Wharton County, Texas Saturday,] March 31st[,] 1860

Saturday 31 Clowdy & warm wind South Cleared off in the evening all hands out Henry & Rod riving Boards Charley hauling ____ George & Presley fixing up gate & working on a shelter for the Horses Roena & Viny makeing negro clot[hes] the remander of the hands hoeing [in] the newground All well

[Sunday,] April 1st[,] 1860

Sunday 1st Clear & pleasant wind north no[thing] doing went with Billy Williams to [look] at the Garrot land found a Bee [tree by] the road they went in the tree at [the] ground All well Billy Williams [and] Mary left here to day Brandon [here]

[Monday, April 2, 1860]

Monday 2 Clear & pleasant all hands out Presley not wind South Presley Henry Charles Geo[rge] Rod Jinny Pus[s] Lucinda & Jude at w[ork] on the Road E. D. Galbrith three h[ands] on the Road John Cardwell four h[ands] at work on the Road H C Slade & _____ hands on the road A W Brandons hands waggon & Team on th[e road] the remander of my hands here hoe[ing] in the newground But Roena [and Viny] ["Meal written in the margin.] makeing negro cloths B W[illiams] Bushell of meal Billy J_____ home to Day Billy J______

[Tuesday, April 3, 1860]

Tusday 3 Clowdy & warm wind South Sti[ll working on] Road E D Galbrith two hands John [Cardwell ______] hands on the road A W Brandon 3 h[ands ______] H C Slade & 2 hands on the road H[enry] George Jude Puss Jinny & Luse a____ [of the hands] hoeing cotten

[Wednesday, August 1, 1860]

Aug 1st Wednesday Cloudy warm wind from South Mr Smith went hunting with Mr Bran­don killed nothing Picking Right up by the gin House Eli & Levi Prewett here

[Thursday, August 2, 1860]

Thursday 2nd Warm went Hunting killed a veal Mr Brandon Came over Cane Brake afire down back of the field went Down to see about it Saw Bill Thomas & Eli Prewett Dave sick & Tom

[Friday, August 3, 1860]

Friday 3rd Cloudy Sprinkled Rain very warm Saw boyd & Mars sent Presley to the P Office went Hunting Levi Prewett, Henry Cayce Sent after Caroline [to] night Sent Tom in her place to day a man ____ name of Bowls Dave still sick Tom out

[Saturday, August 4, 1860]

4th Cloudy warm had a Shower sent Yarrick [to inquire a]bout Rod Tom went home to day

Wharton County[,] Texas [Saturday, August 4, 1860 Continued]

at Dinner Gin setter here Mr Shrock got home this Evening. brought news that Rod had Runaway Parson Smith Mr Brandon here - Mr Shrock

[Sunday, August 5, 1860]

Sunday 5th Cloudy warm showering all Round home here Parson Smith preached here good many to hear him besides those who Regularly attend dave Hill & lady & Sister in Law Miss Adams Fred Bertrand & Lady & several gentlemen good many Blacks here in the Evening Patrol

[Monday, August 6, 1860]

Monday 6th Warm cloudy borrowed 7 Bus[hels] Shelled Corn [from] Mr Brandon Mr Shrock Pierce Wood Burns & m[y] self went to the Election from here Billy Th[omas] & Dr Bell Came by and went with us Came Back to Dinner Jno Jones & Levi Prewett here [for] Dinner Mr. Haraldson Brought Old Rod home O[ld] Man Burns let his gun off accidently in the house Parson went home with Billy Thomas (Dr Bell got Bus meal.) [His mark for meal in the margin.]

[Tuesday, August 7, 1860]

Tuesday 7th Warm Commenced Raining about 3 O cl[ock] this morning Steady slow Rain Set out potatoe Slips Mr Brand Dined here picked some cotton in the Evening, Sent to Post Office Wood commenced ginning

[Wednesday, August 8, 1860]

Wednesday 8th Cloudy warm Rain last night went to Hoeing in the new ground got some Hogs out fixed up fodder Shocks Car[r] here with his Dogs Prewett & Jno Jones Came by to carry Dr Bells negro home Dr Bell here also Mr Calder & Sly here went to picking Cotton after Dinner made some wagon tongues--Ginnin[g]

[Thursday, August 9, 1860]

Thursday 9th Cloudy warm Packed 3 Bales cotton bef[ore]­­­­­­­­ _____ went around the field Saw two fine B[ucks shot] 3 times without effect Dr Bell Here Mr ______ worked on Road went Down there with _____

Wharton County[,] Texas [Thursday, August 9, 1860 Continued]

Mr Shrock Shot at a bear in the Evening missed him. Tom ginning

[Friday, August 10, 1860]

Friday 10th Cloudy went to the P Office got wet Parson Smith here packed two Bales this morning after Rain finished Packing and went to Hoeing in Old ground Prewett & Dr Moore & Ben Ceborn here Prewett & my self drove up the mules. Loaded wagon & fixed to Start to Matagorda took seven Bales gin stopt a[t] 2 A M

[Saturday, August 11, 1860]

Saturday 11th Cloudy wind from north Picking cotton started the waggon Mr Shrock went Hunting killed nothing. Mr Brandon Here L. Prewett & Bill Thomas came after Dark I went with them Patroling Rode all night caught one Negro--

[Sunday, August 12, 1860]

Sunday 12th Clear cool wind continues from the north Mr Shrock started to Matagorda Mr Pierce went with him I went out to the Prairie Billy & Eli & Ben C[eborn] came by with Did not get down

[Monday, August 13, 1860]

Monday 13th Clear wind from north Picking cotton drove up mules while thus En­gaged saw a wild beef come & got the gun & went back & shot it four times t­­­______d it twice So Dark could not follow it (ground this morning) Dr. Bell Bus meal [His mark for meal in margin.]

[Tuesday, August 14, 1860]

Tuesday 14th Clear cool wind from north went to look for the beef could not find [it] saw Dr Bell Ward & Mr Brandon Mr. [Shroc]k got home about Dark I sent to the P O ______ got letter for Mr Shrock & one ______ George sick

Wharton County[,] Texas Wednesday, August 15th [18]60

Wednesday 15th Clear & pleasant wind still continues from the north Old Dave got here before Day with the wagon Smashed one wheel on the way Down worked on the runing gear after Dinner & Started the gin finnished picking on this side the creek Manda had a baby

[Thursday, August 16, 1860]

Thursday 16th Cloudy wind from South East Mr Shrock went Hunting Killed one Deer worked on the Running gear & started the gin again picking over the Creek Eli Prewett here Mr Shrock went Hunting again this Evening Dr Bell Brought some letters here he carried to the Post office Old Rod put p[iece] of Iron in his basket of cotton Mr Bra[ndon] went Down to Jessie Gordons this Eve[ning]

[Friday, August 17, 1860]

Friday 17th Cloudy warm in the Morning wind in South East Sprinkled Rain at 12 O clock pleasant this Evening Mr Shrock & Pierce went Hunting this morning killed nothing Mr Pierce shot at a bull but Did not get him come home to Dinner & went again nothing weighed to day at twelve Crossed over in the gin House cut Mr Smith & my self set the tire on the Hind Wheel of Mr Shrocks wagon Dr Bell Here & Mr Brandon. Billy Thomas sent over after Mr Shrocks barouche Stranger here to Stay all night--gin Running

[Saturday, August 18, 1860]

Saturday 18th Cloudy shower of Rain loa[ded] & Started the wagon to town two of [the] mules got out last night Rain this Ev[ening} ground & Packed out Six bales got 7 of Corn Brandon he got two Bus 1/2 of meal ____ over here Mr Shrock & my self w[ent]

Wharton County[,] Texas [Saturday, August 18th 1860 Continued]

Hunting killed nothing--

[Sunday, August 19, 1860]

Sunday 19th Cloudy Rain Billy Thomas--Came and Brought the Barouche home Mr Gilcrease here I went out to the Prairie Wood went over to see if Eli Prewett had any Coal

[Monday, August 20, 1860]

Monday 20th Cloudy warm wind from South East Sprinkled Rain this morning Picking Cotton Working on the Running gear of the gin Old Man Sneed here with his Dogs to stay all night Viny Haden & Beck stole Puss cotton went to ginning after got the Running gear fixed Does well

[Tuesday, August 21, 1860]

Tuesday 21st Cloudy Rainy Picking Cotton Ginning Old Man Crawford & Eli Prewett came thro[ugh] the Field Billy Thomas Mare in the field I went down to Drive her out Yarrick went to the P Office got letter for Mr Shrock Mr Brandon over here Mr Shrock & my self went fire Hunting killed one Deer & two Coons

[Wednesday, August 22, 1860]

Wednesday 22nd Raining Steady Commenced before Day Rained until about Eleven O clock Gathered Corn this Evening Halled in Sixteen Loads Gined Until it Quit Raining--Old Rod got Back from Matagorda Little after Dark Brought Sack Salt B[arrel] pickle pork & Box for Galbraith.

[Thursday, August 23, 1860]

Thursday Cloudy wind from South East untill about Eleven O Clock When it com­menced & Rained [ve]ry hard. Mr Brandon & young Ward here. [Thurs]day 23 [Repeated himself here.] Cloudy Had a very heavy Rain about Eleven O [Clock} Gathering Corn Stoped one of the little wagons [in] time & Started The Big one Mr Brandon here Billy Thomas Late in the Evening

Wharton County[, Texas Friday,] August 24th 1860

Friday 24th Cloudy warm no Rain here But all around Showery halled Six Loads Corn worked out the Potatoe Patch & went to Picking Cotton Ross here Stoped Some Hogs out of the field & Halled & set some coal wood

[Saturday, August 25, 1860]

Saturday 25th Warm Rain Cloudy Rain Packed out 7 Bales Cotton Dr Bell & Mr Brandon here. Mr Shrock & Ross Both Started for Matagorda but did not go in Company Old Man Sneed here also Come All Evening killed fine wild hog & ha[ul]ed Load fodder for the Mules Billy Thom[as] here Late in the Evening ground meal to do until _____

[Sunday, August 26, 1860]

Sunday 26th Cloudy warm went Down to Billy T[homas'] ate Dinner went out to the Prairie Herded mules corn ground Dr Bell sent here and got s[ome] salt Bob Thompson & Shultz here to stay a[ll] night

[Monday, August 27, 1860]

Monday 27th Cloudy warm no Rain Picking Cotton Lucy Sick part of

here the Day Bob Thom[p]son Wood & Shultz went & Robed a bee tree ^ stay all night again ground this morning Old Presley plowed on the potatoe Patch this Evening

[Tuesday, August 28, 1860]

Tuesday 28th Warm Cloudy Wind from South East picking Cotton Presley in Potatoe Patch Yarrick went to the P Office got some papers & a letter for Mr Shrock. Letter for Ward Eli & Levi Prewett here borrowed gun to kill a beef Saunders & Mr Park ____ from Galveston also Old Man Haroldson l[oaded] wagon after night & fixed to Start to Mata[gorda] Lightning in north East

[Wednesday, August 29, 1860]

Wednesday 29th Warm Little cloudy Started the [wagon to] Matagorda with five Bales Cotton

Wharton County[, Texas Wednesday,] Aug 29th 1860 [Continued]

[started] the gin Dr Bell got bushel meal Mr Shrock got home about an hour by sun this Evening from Matagorda Bud & John with him Billy Thomas & Mr Gilcrease over here after Supper Jim Lanford came by her[e] Late in the night--Williams Here [His mark for meal in the margin.]

[Thursday, August 30, 1860]

Thursday 30th Cloudy very warm Showery all around--Mr Shrock set & fired the Coal Kiln Dr Bell Mr Dance & Mr Brandon here Started the gin at Eleven O clock Picking Cotton in the cut next to Galbreaths

[Friday, August 31, 1860]

Friday 31st Very warm cloudy Picking Cotton & ginning Walt Thompson & Mr Brandon here Sent to the Post Office got one paper for Mr Shrock Old Rod got Back with the wagon Stopped the gin Late in the Evening & Halled Load foder

Saturday, September 1st 1860

Cloudy warm though we had a very heavy Dew Last night wind from South West picking Cotton John. H. Jones Jr here Rod plowing up Turnip patch finnished ginning what Cotton we had in the Gin House Shelled Some Corn & Ground b[arrel] meal. Old Man Smith got Some Timber to make Some, Sneeds average about 130 pounds to the hand to Day we have out now about 49 Bags Cotton

[Sunday, Sept. 2, 1860]

Sunday 2nd Clear warm several came over to Church the Preacher Did not Come Mr Bradshaw here Brought the News that 0 P Brown was Dead staid Mars sick ^ Levi & Boyd here to Dinner Mr [Bur]ns here this Evening herded the mules out [Dr.] Bell sent here & got 1/2 Bus meal [Prew]ett & Boyd came over after Supper we [went] Patrolling

Wharton County[, Texas Monday,] Sept. 3[, 1860]

Monday Clear warm Strong wind from South West Commenced Hoeing in the Second Years Land Below the Corn on this Side the creek Dr Bell here Pady Burns Left this Evening Billy Thomas came over after Watermellons Fred Burtrand came by Mr Brandon got 3 Bus meal--Started George & Edmond to mowing this Morning in the gin House Cut [His mark for meal in margin.]

[Tuesday, Sept. 4, 1860]

Tuesday 4th Cloudy very warm had a Shower in the Evening Mr Wofford here sadled Mr Had[en's] paint Horse & Rode him took him home with him to Bring Back Sunday got About Sixty-five Rows of the corn in the Long Cut Billy Thomas Came over in [the] field Mr Haden Came up this Evening [unreadable]

[Wednesday, Sept. 5, 1860]

Wednesday 5th Cloudy warm Levi Prewett Rode By this morning Hoeing in the Long Cut g[ot] nearly up to the midle foder stack Mr Pier[ce's] two Boys mowing Commenced Herded the mules in the Corn Been Herding them all this week Mr Haden Robbed his bee Gums Old Man Smith got Stung Beautifully Old Dave got up from town Brought News that the River had all Overflowed

[Thursday, September 6, 1860]

Thursday 6th Warm cloudy fogy Hazey this morning Packed out two Bales Cotton this Morning Early Edmond Shod Mr Hadens Horse Mr Haden Started to town this morning took Dave with him Had Heavy Shower this Evening I went Over to Br[andons] picked Until the Rain when we went to [the house] Mr Shrock & my self went fire Hunting S[aw some] fine Bucks Could not get the gun [to fire] Presley got out to picking this morning

Wharton County[, Texas Friday,] Sept. 7[, 1860]

Friday 7th Cloudy Looks like Rain Hoeing & Mowing Started the gin gined all the dry cotton & the corn to grind Jno. Jones Here we Built the Bl[ac]k poneys foot for the foot coil Walt Thompson Here Brought Mr Pierce a Load of corn & got Some Cotton Seed Dr Bell Sent here this morning for Some Meal Did not have it [to] Spare let him have Enough to do to Day sent Yarick to the Post Office Shelled & Ground this Evening Dr Bell sent and got Bus meal Mr Brandon 3 Bus--Mr Brandon [and] Dr Bryan here also Fred Burtrand--Galbraith come Picked Cotton this Evening Edmond Sick Presley took [his] place mowing old Rod took Dose Medicine. Mr Shrock Billy Thomas & my self went fire Hunting shot one [de]er could not find Him [His mark for Meal in the margin.]

[Saturday, Sept. 8, 1860]

Saturday 8th Cloudy warm wind from North East packed out ten Bales Cotton this morning Started the hands to picking Started the gin about ten O clock Mr Shrock went to Hunt for the Deer we Shot Last night Mr. Galbra[ith] came by here & got a watermellon Loaded the wagon put on five Bales Cotton Six Bar­rels corn 2 Doz Bundles foder 2 1/2 Meal--Borrowed seven lbs Bacon from Billy Thomas I cant ____ [This last bit written in the margin sideways.]

[Sunday, Sept. 9, 1860]

Sunday 9th Clear Warm Mr Shrock Started to Matagor[da] Started the wagon I went out to the prairie Eli Prewett & Mr Ward here also John Jones & his wife come here got jug Cistern water & watermellon turned the mules out--

[Monday, Sept. 10, 1860]

Monday 10th Clear pleasant in the morning North wind packed out 2 Bales Cotton went to Hoeing & mowing Mr Wofford [ca]me about 11 O clock with his team Loaded the wagon [with] 18 Bales had to help Mr Smith set one of the tir[es harnes]sed Oxen found one yoke & young steer Billy ______ here to Dinner

[Tuesday, Sept. 11, 1860]

11th Clear pleasant very warm about twelve

[Wharton County, Texas Tuesday, September 11, 1860, Continued]

North wind Blowing found another steer Dr Bell here Wofford got off sent Yarrick to the Post Office Dr Bell Here twice in the morning & Evening John Jones & Prewett here also Jess quit mowing about Eleven O clock to go after the Docter Bill Williams here staid all night Mr Smith cut his knee

[Wednesday, Sept. 12, 1860]

Wednesday 12th Clear Pleasant wind from North Bill[y] Thomas Borrowed the Rifle to Shoot a beef Sent us a Piece Levi Prewett here Borr[owed] 3 Buckets meal from Mrs Pierce Killed two wild Hogs Mr Shrock got Back from [Mata]gorda Billy Jenkins with him the wa[gon] got Back also brought B[arrel] Pork & B[arrel salt] Dr Bell Here Mr Pierces Boy Edmund very Sick [His mark for Meal in margin marked through.]

[Thursday, Sept. 13, 1860]

Thursday 13th Clear Pleasant ground meal Enough to do this Week Picked Cotton on the Hill Side by Mr Pierces Parson Smith Mr Brandon Henry Caycee Dr Moore Billy Thomas & Walt Thompson her[e] Edmund Died about Eleven O clock I went Down & Eat Supper with Billy Walt Brought 3 beefs up one for Mr Shrock one for Mr Pierce & [one] for Mr Brandon Walt & Parson Smith Staid all night Let Hand[s] go to See Edmund Buried

[Friday, Sept. 14, 1860]

Friday 14th Cloudy Pleasant Picking Cotton next to Galbraths Butchered two Beeves two strangers Here Hunting Over Seers Berths Dr Bell Here Tom halled up the Cotton the wagon Run over Jud[e] Rained before we got the cotton up sent Yarrick to the Post Office go[t] Letter & papers for Mr Shrock & Dr Be[ll] ­­____ paper for My self

Wharton County[, Texas Saturday,] Sept. 15th 1860

Saturday 15th Picking cotton Rained this morning John Jones came up Billy Williams got Back from Matagorda about 11 O clock A M Levi Prewett Here in the Evening Staid till after Supper ground meal Enough to Do till Mon­day this Evening Mr Brandon got Bus--Rain from north.

[Sunday, Sept. 16, 1860]

Sunday 16th Cloudy Rain I went to the Prairie Old Man Smith quit here Levi Prewett Boyd & Eli here Billy Williams

[Monday, Sept. 17, 1860]

Monday 17th Clear Pleasant I quit tending to Business here Mr Brandon over Billy Williams & Mr Pierce went to Look at the cavey yard Drover Came by with mules ground Mr Brandon two Bus 1/2 Dr Bell got 1 Bus

[Tuesday, Sept. 18, 1860]

Thursday 18th Clear and pleasant Picking Cotton Billy Williams & James Massey Hear to day all well Rod George & Presley cutting weeds the balance pick­ing cotton

[Wednesday, Sept. 19, 1860]

19th Cool north wind Picking cotton & cutting weeds Eli Prewett and Barker hear

[Thursday, Sept. 20, 1860]

Thursday 20th Billy Burkhart from Matagorda Pierce and my self went to Columb[ia] and back to day all well

[Friday, Sept. 21, 1860]

Friday 21st Clear and cold wind in the north almost cold enough for Frost Pick­ing coton and cutting weeds Neal Holdand Waldo Thompson William Burkhart & Barker hear to day Walt and Neal Roped two beeves and we [ki]lled them all well

Wharton County[, Texas Saturday,] Sept. 22, 1860

Saturday 22nd Clear and pleasant wind in the north Picking Cotton and choping weeds Mr Shrock & William Burkhart started to Matagorda Brandon hawled Smiths wood home Waldo Thompson penned the cavy yard Shultz Brandon & Pierce hear all well

[Sunday, Sept. 23, 1860]

Sunday 23rd Clear and pleasant a litt[le] cool in the morning gathered corn to grind in the eavening. Mrs Pierce we[nt] to Capt Rugelys all well

[Monday, Sept. 24, 1860]

Monday 24th Clear and warm wind in the south rained some in the morni[ng] just before day Mr Baker here with a drove of Mules George Williams Barker Brandon & Pierce all hear Mr Shrock came from Matagorda all well Bran­don 3 Bushels of meal 1 bucket of meal ["Meal" written in the margin.]

[Tuesday, Sept. 25, 1860]

Tuesday 25th Clear and warm in the morning wind in the south and south East clouded up and rained about twelve rained off and on all the eavening Mr Brandon Pierce and Barker Hear Barker left in the eavening presley Ground in the eavening Picki[ng] cotton and choping weeds untill it rained all Hands choped weeds Woferd broug[ht] Mr Shrocks 8 oxen home and Hadens ____ went Round the field to see if there [was any] thing in but nothing in Dr [Bell three] bushels of meal all well ["Meal" written in margin.]

Wharton County[,] Texas [Wednesday,] September 26, 1860

Wednesday Sept 26th Clear and pleasant, wind in the south, all hands choping weeds over the creek in the new ground. Dr. Bell and Pierce hear. all well

[Thursday, Sept. 27, 1860]

Thursday Sept 27th Clear and warm untill Twelve rain commenced gathering corn in the morning but the rain stoped them choping weeds

[Friday, Sept. 28, 1860]

Friday [Sept]ember 28th Clear and warm wind in the south all hand[s] hawling corn over the creek Ross came here with some Mules Waldo Thompson Shultz Walker and another young man hear Myself and Tom Wood went hunting but didant kill any thing Yorick went to the P O all well

[Saturday, Sept. 29, 1860]

Saturday Sept 29th Clear and pleasant wind in the south all hands hawling corn over the creek Ross left here this morning I went hunting and didant kill any­ thing Pierce went to Rugelys and never returned Mrs Pierce sick all the balance well

[Sunday, Sept. 30, 1860]

Sunday Sept 30th Clear and pleasant wind in the south preaching hear Eli Pruit John Jones Levi Pruit Wiley Hall hear Brandon Clint Slade and their wives hear all hear at church Parson Smith Preached a verry fine surman Tom Wood and myself went to cut a Bee Tree and [c]ouldnt find it all well

Wharton County[,] Texas Monday, October 1st [1860]

Monday Oct 1st Clear and pleasant win[d] north East all hands hawling corn fin­ished just at knight I went hunting and killed a Pig Parson Smith left here this morning all well

[Tuesday, Oct. 2, 1860]

Tuesday Oct 2nd Wind in the north raining off and on all day Presley George & Rod choping weeds the bal[ance] of the hand[s] Picking cotton but the rain sto­ped them I killed two h[ogs] Mr Shrock & Pierce went to the P O Waldo Thompson & Bob here to day also Dr Bell Billey Thomas got one Bucket of salt all well ["Salt" written in margin.]

[Wednesday, Oct. 3, 1860]

Wednesday Oct. 3rd Clear and pleasant wind in the South Picking Cotton and choping weeds Waldo Thompson left here this morning Ross here to knight all well

[Thursday, Oct. 4, 1860]

Thursday Oct 4 Clear and pleasant wind in the south Picking cotton and choping weeds P R Pierce Started off to sell his horses Ross left here this morn­ing for Wharton Waldo Thompson and Robert Thompson Here to knight I and Bob went hunting But didant kill anything all w[ell]

[Friday, Oct. 5, 1860]

Friday Oct 5 Clea[red before] dinner wind in [the] South ____ after ____ Picking c[otton] _____ Thompson Brandon ____

[Note at top of next page, "Posted up to this date."]

Wharton County[,] Texas [Saturday,] October 6th 1860

Saturday Oct 6th Clear and pleasant wind in the south Picking Cotton and choping weeds Robert Thompson and Kimbro here I went to Pettys after my horse all well

[Sunday, Oct. 7, 1860]

Sunday Oct 7th Clear and pleasant but little s[h]owery wind in the south Parson Smith Preeched hear to day several persons here John M Cayce come in from out west all well Mr Jiles Ross and Pierce came in this evening

[Monday, Oct. 8, 1860]

Monday 8th Clear and pleasant win[d] in the South norther about nine o clock in the knight picking Cotton and choping weeds Mr Shrock and Aleck Burkhart came from Matagorda Tom Wood from Matagorda with the Mule Team I pened old Red. got after a Runaway Negro. Tom got Snake bit. Lusy sick. all the balance well

[Tuesday, Oct. 9, 1860]

Tuesday Oct 9th Clear and pleasant wind in the north Picking cotton and choping weeds. I went to Farmers for Ross To collect some money but did not get any Aleck Burkhart and Kimbro here. Lusy and Tom sick. all well.

[Wednesday, Oct. 10, 1860]

Wednesday Oct 10th Clear and pleasant wind in the north Picking cotton and choping weeds Finished choping weeds this evening and hawled 3 loads of wood I and Alec [Burkhar]t went to Stiths uper Plant[ation]____ Robert Thomp[son] ____ [c]ame here crippled fro[m] ____ [Dr] Bell 1 Bushel of Meal all we[ll] [His mark for meal in margin.]

Wharton County[,] Texas [Thursday,] Oct. 11th 1860

Thursday Oct 11th weather a little bad cold and wet wind a little north east Robt Thompson hear all well

[Friday, Oct. 12, 1860]

Friday Oct 12th Clear and pleasant wind in the north John Cayce and Lady here & two other men from out west with a drove of poneys Dr Moore Bush Bell Henry Cayce and an other man here the man that was with them was a land buyer. Rod and Marth with chills all the balance well

[Saturday, Oct. 13, 1860]

Saturday Oct 13 Clear and pleasant. wind in the nor[th] all hands picking cotton gin Run[ning] John Cayce left his morning for Sh[adrack] Cayces Levi Pruit here when he left Bob Thompson went with him Waldo Thompson here in the evening afte[r] dinner stoped the gin and ground some in the evening Barke[r] borrowed a frow Mr Shrock & Levi Pruit went to the store all well

[Sunday, Oct. 14, 1860]

Sunday Oct 14th Clear and cold some frost I went to cut a Bee tree and shot at a deer and didant kill it. Rod had a chill all the Rest well

[Monday, Oct. 15, 1860]

Monday Oct 15th Clear and cold some frost wind in the north Baled cotton this morning 10 Bales Picking cotton the balance of th[]e da[y] H P Cayce Halling in ____Mr. Shr[ock an]d my self measured th ____ the benard _____ knight & a coupl[e] ______ mules all well

Wharton County[,] Texas [Tuesday,] Oct. 16th 1860

Tuesday October 16th Clear and pleasant a little cool in the morning. all hands picking cotton Runing the gin H P Cayce halling in cotton Mr Shrock Started to Matagorda Mr. Cayce & Pruit with him Two Droves of mules here to day from west B. W. Bell one Bushel of meal all well except Rod he is a little sick. Yorick went to the P o but didant get any thing ["Meal" written in margin.]

[Wednesday, Oct. 17, 1860]

Weds 17th Clear and warm wind in the south Picking cotton on th[e] long cut four hands picking Peas at Galbraiths George Presl[e]y and Rod splitting Rails Tom Wood gining Barker finished hawling cotton Roena sick baled 2 Bales cotton all the balance well

[Thursday, Oct. 18, 1860]

Thursday oct 18th Clear and pleasant; wind in the North Picking cotton and Splitting Rails. Tom Wood gining. Rod Thrashing Peas Roena washing. Eli Pruit borrowed 2 hammers Mrs Pierce 2 lbs nails; all well.---

[Friday, Oct. 19, 1860]

Friday Oct 19th Clear and cool. wind in the north Picking cotton and splitting rails. Tom Wood gining Mr. Shrock Bud & John from Matagorda Rod runaway. Waldo Thompson here Mr Shrock caryed Mars negro home all well

[Saturday, Oct. 20, 1860]

Saturday Oct 20th Clear and pleasant; wind in the north. Picking cotton. George & Presley choped some weeds and split some Rails I went out and killed a Beef and a Deer; Tom Wood gin[ning a]ll well

[Sunday, Oct. 21, 1860]

Clear [and pleasant] wind in the nor[th nothing doing all] day all well

Wharton County[, Texas] Monday, October 22, 1860

Monday Oct 22nd Clear and verry warm but a verry ____ morning. Picking Cotton in the new g[round] Mr. Shrock my self and George measured t[he] Road out to the Prairie John Bud & Joe w[ent] with us I killed a hog Tom gining Man[dy] handing him cotton. B. W. Bell 1 Bushel me[al] H. P. Cayce 5 bales of his cotton all well ["Meal" written in margin.] \halled off

[Tuesday, Oct. 23, 1860]

Tuesday Oct 23rd Clear and warm wind in south Pick[ing] Cotton and halling rails Tom gining Mr. Shrock Tom Wood Carr and my se[lf] went out to Haleys to hunt old Rod with the negro dogs and Haley cau[ght] him before we got there all well

[Wednesday, Oct. 24, 1860]

Wednesday Oct 24th Clear and warm wind in the south Picking cotton and halling seeds Tom ginning I and Jess killed 3 hogs all well except Mr Shrock he is a little complaining.

[Thursday, Oct. 25, 1860]

Thursday Oct 25th Clear and pleasant wind in the sout[h] verry warm we have a little appearance of rain Picking cotton and halling seeds I killed a shoat Brandon he[re] all well. Tom ginned til twelve o cloc[k]

[Friday, Oct. 26, 1860]

Friday Oct. 26th Clear and verry warm wind in [the] south some appearance of [rain picking] cotton all except Rod Presl[ey and George] they split [rails] ____ [Tom ginning] Mandy Handing [him cotton] ____ here all well

Wharton County[,] Texas [Saturday,] Oct. 27th 1860

Cloudy and verry warm all day untill just at knight the wind shifted from the south to the north and it was a little cold. Picking cotton Tom Gining Georde went to help Help H P Cayce rais[e] a House Presley raking off the Barley patch Rod helping Brandon hall cotton I and Jess went to look for Pierces horses found them and there was a colt missing come home and tryed to kill a Beef but failed Tom finished gining all of the cotton we had picked all well

[Sunday, Oct. 28, 1860]

[Sun]day 28th Clear and pleasant rained this morning before day north breeze Mr. Barker here to day wayed and packed H P Cayces cotton T. H. Wood Myself and the boys went to cut a bee tree but never cut it becos we couldant see the bees flying in and out all well

[Monday, Oct. 29, 1860]

Monday Oct 29 All hands out. Baled out 8 Bales of cotton Ground in the morn­ing commenced gining Brandons cotton Presley George & Rod Splitting Rails remainder picking Cotten The wind Shifting clear & warm Fowler here to Dinner Dr Bell & Lady & Gabe Davis all here to Day Eli Pruit borrowed 28 lbs of nails

[Tuesday, Oct. 30, 1860]

Cloudy some rain wind verry high [from] the south bailed out 2 bale[s] ____ cott[on] Rod George & [Presley splitting rails] balance of the h[ands picking cotton] Tom finished gining B ____ up the mules P M M [Shrock here]

Wharton County[,] Texas [Wednesday, Oct. 31, 1860]

Wednsday Oct 31st Cloudy and rained pretty m[uch] all day Fixed up a couple of Te[ams] to start to Matagorda Some of the han[ds] choping corn stalks George Rod and Presley halled some wood P. M. M. Shrock here. all well wind in the north--

[Thursday, Nov. 1, 1860]

Thursday Nov 1st Clear and pleasant wind in the north all hands picking cotton T[om] and George started to Matagorda with a couple of wagons loaded with cotton Mr. Shrock and P. M. M. Shrock also s[tarted] with Buggys to Bring all hands a[nd] the cook. I went hunting and kil[led] one Hog and a Deer Rod and Roen[a] sick

[Friday, Nov. 2, 1860]

Friday Nov 2nd Clear and pleasant north and west wind a h[e]avy frost all hands picking cotton I went hunting killed 2 hogs and 2 deer Rod and Ginney sick Caroline and Roena scowering up the things

[Saturday, Nov. 3, 1860]

Saturday Nov 3rd Clear and warm wind in the north all hands picking cotton except Roena and Caroline they are scower[ing] & cleaning up the things Rod verry s[ick] Dr Moor[e] to see him this evening E____ had a chill I and Jess killed [a beef] a piece all the Balance w[ell]

[Sunday, Nov. 4, 1860]

Sunday Nov. 4th Clear and warm _______ Mr Shrock _____ Matagorda ____ old Rod sic[k]

Wharton County[,] Texas [Monday,] Nov. 5th 1860

Clear and pleasant north eas[t] wind picking cotton some of th[e] hands fixing Round the house Rod sick Rained in the E[ast]

[Tuesday, Nov. 6, 1860]

Tuesday Nov 6th Clear in the morning rain in the evening wind south east went to the Election picking cotton in the morning cleaning corn ground in the even­ing B W Bell 1 bushe[l] meal Rod sick ["Meal" written in margin.]

[Wednesday, Nov. 7, 1860] [W]ednsday Nov 7th Rained all day wind north east tolerable cool. hands doing nothing Rod sick

[Thursday, Nov. 8, 1860]

[T]hursday Nov 8th Cleared off at knight wind in the north some frost working on the chimneys till dinner all went to picking cotton but four hands Tom Wood gined Rod sick

[Friday, Nov. 9, 1860]

Friday Nov 9th Clear and cool north wind picking cotton and working on the chim­neys I killed four deer Rod sick

[Saturday, Nov. 10, 1860]

Saturday Nov 10th Clear wind in the north Tolerable cool picking cotton and working on the chimneys Rod sick

[Sunday, Nov. 11, 1860]

[Sun]day Clear and pleasant wind in the sou[th] John Got his leg Broke Rod sick

[Monday, Nov. 12, 1860 ]

____ Some frost win[d] ____John sick [rest missing or unreadable]

Wharton County[, Texas Tuesday,] Nov. 13th 1860

Tuesday Nov 13th Clear and warm wind in the South picking cotton and work on chim­neys Rod sick Joh[n] leg Broke

[Wednesday, Nov. 14, 1860]

Wednsday Nov 14th Clear and warm wind in the south Picking cotton and working on chimne[ys] B. W. Bell here old Rod still sick Some Rain

[Thursday, Nov. 15, 1860]

Thursday Nov 15th Clear and cold wind in the north some rain Just before day Pick­ing cotton and hawling foder and splitting rails B W Bell 1 bushel meal John and old rod Sick ["Meal" written in margin.]

[Friday, Nov. 16, 1860]

Friday Nov 16th Clear and warm high wind in the north picking cotton

^ and halling fodder B W Bell and Prewet run a horse race all well except John and Rod

[Saturday, Nov. 17, 1860]

Saturday Nov. 17th Clear and pleasant wind in the north picking cotton Tom gining I went [to] a horse Race all well except John and Rod

[Sunday, Nov. 18, 1860]

Sunday Nov 18th Clear and pleasant A W Brandon here wind in the South Rod and John sick

[Monday, November 19, 1860]

[Mon]day 19th Clear and pleasant wind in the south some appearance [of] rain picking cotton Tom gin[ning] Tom Tarver & Josh Hooper [here] to knight Mr Shrock put ____ Henry Cayce _____ ["Cotton" written in margin.]

Wharton County[, Texas Tuesday,] Nov. 20th 1860

Tuesday Nov 20th Clear and warm wind in the south picking cotton. Tom Wood ground in the morning and gined in the evening all well except John and old Rod Dr Moore here Dr Bell went to Wharton

[Wednesday, Nov. 21, 1860]

Wednsday Nov 21st Clear and warm wind in the south Picking cotton Tom Wood hawling wood Tom Tarver and J F Hooper here all well except John and Rod I and Dock got up a cow

[Thursday, Nov. 22, 1860]

Thursday Nov 22nd Cloudy and cold wind in the north some rain Picked cotton some Tom Gined some P. M. M. Shrock left for home this Morning John and Rod still sick

[Friday, Nov. 23, 1860]

Friday Nov 23rd Clear and verry cold. wind verry high from the north picking cotton Tom and Puss halling Rails I went to Waldo Thompsons to Get him to Hall some cotton and come back by the P o and got some letters and papers Dr Moor[e] here B W Bell got 1 Bushel meal John and Rod still sick ["Meal" written in margin.]

[Saturday, Nov. 24, 1860]

Saturday Nov 24th Clear but verry cold a verry white frost plenty of ice wind in the north Picking cotton Tom Hallin[g] wood and rails shelled some co[rn] and ground in the evening I kil[led] a Beef John and Rod improving

[Sunday, Nov. 25, 1860]

[Sunda]y Cloudy ____ warm wind in the s[outh] ­­­____ all day Tom Mr. Shr[ock ] _______

Wharton County[,] Tex[as Monday,] Nov[. 26,] 1860

Monday Nov 26th Cloudy and warm win[d] high from the south some Rain picking cotton Tom Halling Rails John and Rod still improveing

[Tuesday, Nov. 27, 1860]

Tuesday Nov 27th Cold and Cloudy wind in th[e] north some Rain Jess De[e] and I went Hunting I killed a deer picking cotton Tom halling Rails Dr Moor[e] Here To see J[ohn] and old Rod They are still improveing Dr. Bell Returned from Whar[ton]

[Wednesday, Nov. 28, 1860]

Wednsday Nov 28 Cleared off about ten o clock win[d] in the north I went out and killed a couple of ducks Dr Bell Here Picking cotton Tom Halling rails John and Rod still improving

[Thursday, Nov. 29, 1860]

Thursday Nov 29th Clear and pleasant wind in the south Some frost Picking cotton Tom halling rails I killed a beef Tom Jess and myself went after it. Arm­strong brought Mr. Shrock a beef James Day and B. W. Bell both here John and Rod still sick

[Friday, Nov. 30, 1860]

Friday 30th Clear and pleasant wind in th[e] south picking cotton Tom and George started to Matagorda with a couple of Mule Teams with cotton corn and pota[toes] Mr. Shrock went down in [the] Buggy Dr Mo[ore] ­­­________

Wharton County[,] Texas [Saturday,] Dec. 1st 1860

Saturday Dec 1st Clear and warm wind in the South Picking cotton Presley halled some wood W H Burkhart here B W Bell and James Day here John and Rod still sick B W Bell 1 Bushel meal ["Meal" written in margin.]

[Sunday, Dec. 2, 1860]

Sunday Dec 2nd Warm and Cloudy wind in the south east Mr. Shrock and J. F. Haden from Matagorda Mrs. Bell and Mrs. Win[n] here all well

[Monday, Dec. 3, 1860]

Monday [D]ec 3rd Clear and cold wind north Tom and George from Matagorda with the wagons Dr Moore here had a fine lot of oysters all well John and Rod im­provi[n]g

[Tuesday, Dec. 4, 1860]

Tusday Dec 4th Clear and cold wind north Maj Haden Tom Wood and I went hog hunting Trash Gang picking cotton Wm Thomas and Dr Bell here

[Wednesday, Dec. 5, 1860]

Wed. Dec 5th Clear and cold wind north heavy frost this morning and yesterday morning still Killing hogs the Trash gang picking cotton

[Thursday, Dec. 6, 1860]

Thurs. Dec 6th Clear and pleasant wind variabl[e] some frost Killing hogs and m[aking] sausages all done by machine Dr Bell Wm Thomas H. P. Cayce and Eli Pruit here Finished killing [hogs]

[Friday, Dec. 7, 1860]

Clear [and pleasant] wind south George ____ Dr Moore and ____

Wharton County[,] Tex[as Friday,] Dec. [7,] 1860 [Continued]

Took dinner here part of the hands picking cotton the rest working with the meat

[Saturday, Dec. 8, 1860]

Saturday Dec 8th Warm and cloudy wind south all up by four o clock eat breakfast by 1/2 past five W. H. Burkhart and Maj. Haden left for Matagorda Presley went with the wagon to Town all hands picking cotton except George who built hens nests I went to Billey Thomas Dr Bell Pruit Ross and Ward were here Tom Gining

[Sunday, Dec. 9, 1860]

Sunday Dec 9th Cloudy and warm wind in the South some rain Mr Shrock Tom Wood and George went to Burtran[ds] after some cows of Mr Hadens. I came home this evening Eperson here for dinner Dr Skinner Eli Pruit and Wm. Thomas here in a fine buggy with match Mules this morning

[Monday, Dec. 10, 1860]

Monday Dec 10th Clear and warm wind in the south Tom hauling fodder Dr Bell & Mr Shrock triming the Buggy I worked on the windows and doors. Rob Thompson come from below Mrs. Bell here B. W. Bell 1 Bushel meal all well Dr Skinner stayed all knight ["Meal" written in margin.]

[Tuesday, Dec. 11, 1860]

[Tues]day 11th Clear and cool wind in the nort[h] some frost norther came up last k[night] Mr. Shrock went to hunt Presley fo[und] him out at the store Tom Wo[od] ____ after him I put ____ [unreadable] and ____ the windows ____ Rob Thoma[pson] ____

Wharton County[,] Tex[as Wednesday,] Dec[. 12,] 1860

Dec 12th Weds Clear and warm wind in the south Tom hauling fodder a part of the hands helping the balance picking cotton Brandon hauling cotton to the gin Jonas Adkins Duboys and Lady come here from La B W Bell and Lady here I shod Mr. Shrocks horses all well

[Thursday, Dec. 13, 1860]

Thursday 13th Cloudy and warm some Rain wind South Tom hauling fodder Some of the hands helping him the balance picking cotton young Duboys come with their negroes Tom went and helped them from Dr Bells all well Dr and Lady here Dr Moor[e] here

[Friday, Dec. 14, 1860]

[Fr]iday Dec 14 Clear and cold wind north some frost norther came up last knight. Tom gined Presley and George hauling wood the balance of the hands picking cotton Dr Bell and Ward here Delion here with a cavyard of Mules all well

[Saturday, Dec. 15, 1860]

Saturday Dec 15th Cl[e]ar and cold wind north west some frost the two Duboyses Mrs. Duboys and Mr Shrock started to Matagorda Tom and George hauling logs for Brandon three of Duboys hands splitting Rails the balance picking cotton Ward and Delion here Bob Thompson went to th[e] Prairie to get a wagon to haul some cotton I went to help Ward hunt his ____ found a hog some one had shot it i[n] the shoulder and I and Ward k[illed i]t Dr Be[ll left] here going [to] Wha[rton] ____ all well

Wharton County[,] Tex[as Sunday,] Dec[. 16,] 1860

Sunday Dec 16th Cloudy and cold wind south east and south B W Bell came from Wharton Mrs. Bell here Bell and another man here with a couple of teams we drawed the meat and examined it an[d] it was very near all spoilt Henry Cayces negroes pen[ne]d Haleys cavyard here Marth cut a pr of shoes all well

[Monday, Dec. 17, 1860]

Monday Dec 17. Cloudy and raining all day wind in the south east baled out 2 bales cotton and loaded a couple of wagons with cotton picked Some cotton the men split s[ome] rails John Lawson and another man here Tom gining B W Bell 1 bushel meal Beck sick ["Meal" written in margin.]

[Tuesday, Dec. 18, 1860]

Tuesday Dec 18th Cloudy and warm some rain wind from south east to south west picking cotton George Presley and three of Mr. Duboys hand[s] splitting rails Tom gined till dinner Dr Moore and Wm. Brandon here Mr. Shrock and the two Duboys returned from Matagorda Beck a little sick

[Wednesday, Dec. 19, 1860]

Wedns. D[ec.] 19 Clear and pleasant wind south west to north west Tom hauling l[ogs] for Brandon picking cotton Presl[ey] and three Duboys hands splitt[ing] rails the Duboys went to look f[or] them a place Bob went t[o] ____ for some I [an]d Bob bran[ded] Pierce['s] colts [unreadable]

Wharton County[,] Tex[as Thursday,] Dec[. 20,] 1860

Thursday Dec 20th Clear and warm wind south to south west Tom hauling logs for Brandon the hands doing the same they was yesterday Dr Bell and Lady here all day Pruit and Billy Thomas here this even[in]g I had the sick head ache Celia Ann very sick Command your mind from play Every [This is not finished and is written in a different hand.]

[Friday, Dec. 21, 1860]

Friday 21st Cloudy in the morning some rain cleared off about ten o clock wind changeable Tom gining part of the day hauled some wood Bob went after Dr. Moore for Celia Ann the women picking cotton the men splitting rails

[Saturday, Dec. 22, 1860]

Saturday Dec 22nd Clear and cold in the morning plenty of ice and frost turned warm about twelve o clock wind north to south west and north west Tom and George started to Matagorda with a couple of mule Teams Roena and Lewis went down with them Mr. Shrock started after dinner George started and Bob and Presley went to help them out to the Prairie Dr Moore Parson Foot Mars and Ross all here also Dr Bell and Ward Dr Bell and I run a horse race Celia Ann still sick I fixed a bead scaffel and seile[d] up Celia Ann's room

[Sunday, Dec. 23, 1860]

Sunday Dec 23rd Clear and tolerable cool wind n[orth] east Dr Moore here George and P[resley and] Du Bose returned this eavening fr[om an]other trip of land huntin[g C]elia Ann still sick Bob w____

Wharton County[,] Tex[as Monday,] Dec[. 24,] 1860

Monday Dec 24th Cloudy some rain north east wind all hand[s] picking cotton Tom came from Matagorda with the wagon Mr. Shrock came up and brought Isabel George and Newton DuBose went to see Henry Cayce about some land to rent or lease Celia Ann Sick Dr Moore here to d[ay] ____ here 1/2 bushel meal ["Meal" written in margin.]

[Tuesday, Dec. 25, 1860]

Tuesday Dec 25 Cloudy wet some rain w[ind] north east all hands Talking Christmas Dr Moore here to see Celia Ann Bob Thompson DuBos[e] Tom and Myself went out to the races Newton DuBose started to Matagorda we had a very nice egg nog

[Wednesday, Dec. 26, 1860]

Weds Dec 26 Cloudy and raining wind north east barbacued a hog for the negroes a dinner the ground very mudy Dr Moore and Wiley hall here

[Thursday, Dec. 27, 1860]

Thurs. Dec 27 Cloudy some rain wind east Dr Bell and Lady here Dr Moore and Wiley Hall here Bob went to Dr Bells to stay all knight Pierce came home Term and Kit came with him negroes still Talking Christmas

[Friday, Dec. 28, 1860]

28th Some what cloudy wind Le[vi] Pruit Billy Thomas & Barker [here]

[Saturday, Dec. 29, 1860]

[2]9th raining in the [m]orning wind n[orth]____ [c]ame from M[atagorda] ______

Wharton County[,] Tex[as Tuesday,] January 1st 1861

[Note: The page starts like this, but written around it in the margin are entries for the two preceding days.]

[Sunday, Dec. 30, 1860]

Sunday 30th Snow three inches Deep

[Monday, Dec. 31, 1860]

Mond[a]y 31st All hands went to work Still cold cleared of[f] wind north

[Tuesday, Jan. 1, 1861]

Tuesday Jan 1st Cold and cloudy wind north all hands choping cotton stal[ks] Celia Ann still sick Mr. DuBose commenced choping cane

[Wednesday, Jan. 2, 1861]

Weds. 2nd Cold and cloudy wind north all hand[s] choping stalk[s] George and presley helping Mr. DuBose build a chimney Dr Bell 1 bushel meal I had the sick head ache ["Meal" written in margin.]

[Thursday, Jan. 3, 1861]

[T]hursday 3 Cold and cloudy wind north all hands choping and pileing stalks George and presley still at work on the chimney Tom hauling fodder

[Friday, Jan. 4, 1861]

Friday Jan 4 Cloudy and cold wind in the north hands still choping and pileing stalks George and Nute DuBose went over to the Colirado to look at some land but did not like it Billey Thomas and Dr Moore here Celia Ann still sick

[Saturday, Jan. 5, 1861]

Saturday [J]an 5 Warm and part of the day clear wind south all hand[s] choping and pileing stalks Mr. Shrock and DuBose sta[rted] to Matagorda Tom started wi[th] the wagon Waldo Thompson started with [unreadable] Team ____

Wharton County[,] Tex[as Sunday,] Jan[. 6,] 1861

Sunday Jan 6th Warm and pleasant wind south cloudy part of the day some appear­ance of rain Celia still sick but improving a little I and George DuBose slept till until dinner Dr Moor[e] here

[Monday, Jan. 7, 1861]

Monday Jan 7. Clear and warm wind south all hand[s] choping and pileing stalks James Day and Caliway here Mr. Shrock returned from Matagorda Celia Ann some bet[ter]

[Tuesday, Jan. 8, 1861]

[Tu]esday Jan 8th Clear and warm wind south all hands choping and pileing stalks Mr. Shrock George Dubose Tom Wood and Myself went to bring the wagon out of the bog Celia still Improveing presley ground some meal and the mill Broke

[Wednesday, Jan. 9, 1861]

Weds. Jan 9. Clear and pleasant wind south some appearance of a norther all hands choping stalks and piling I and George went hunting but didant kill any thing Celia still improving

[Thursday, Jan. 10, 1861]

Thursday 10 Clear and pleasant wind north norther came up last knight all hands choping and pilein[g] stalks Tom ground some meal Celia still improveing I went to Columbia Bill Davis ____ up to his n[ew p]lace in ___peach _____

Wharton County[,] Tex[as Friday,] Jan[. 11,] 1861

Friday Jan 11 Cloudy and warm some rain wind changeable hands choping and pileing stalks Tom ground some meal. Bill Davis here for dinner all well Celia still improvin[g] I returned from Columbia Bob and Baxter came up from below and stayed here all knight

[Saturday, Jan. 12, 1861]

[Sa]turday 12. Cloudy and cool wind south east in the morning evening north east the hands pileing a[nd] cutting stalks Gilcreas[e] passed here with 12 negroes George and Luce hauled some wood Pierce started to Matagorda Cel[ia] still improving

[Sunday, Jan. 13, 1861]

Sunday Jan 13 Cloudy and warm some rain wind south Dr Moore here Presley went up to Bradshaws after som[e] things belonging to some negroes that Mr. Shrock hired Celia stil[l] improveing

[Monday, Jan. 14, 1861]

Monday Jan 14 Cloudy and some rain cleared off [about] ten o clock wind south the da[y] very pleasant started three plows [the] balance of the hands cutting and [piling] stalks Tom ground some Meal and Brandon here for supper

[Tuesday, Jan. 15, 1861]

[Tuesd]ay [1]5th North wind clear & cold ____ runing J____ & Ross ____ Burning _____ Stacks _____

Wharton County, [Texas Monday,] February 10th 1862

blew

10th Clear and cold, wind ^ north. Mr. Shrock gone to assist Messrs. Ber­trand and Brandon in dividing the Baker estate. Mr. Stringer, George, and the hoe-hands killed hogs. In the evening George, Jennie, Loucinda, Vine H., and Tone hauled wood; the other members of the hoe-gang cut and put away the meat and made sausage. Mr. Whittington sent his wagon for twenty bushels of salt, sent him nineteen bushels and twenty-two pounds or nine hundred and seventy two pound (972). The ploughs running in the long cut. Messrs. Brandon and Wesson here. All well.

[Tuesday, Feb. 11, 1862]

11th Clear and pleasant wind south Mr. Shrock working in the black-smith shop. Lucinda Jennie and Caroline H. working about the yard the other hoe hands digging the creek bank. ploughs running in the long cut Mr Brandon here to dinner All well.

[Wednesday, Feb. 12, 1862]

12th Clear and pleasant, wind south. Mr. Shrock went to Mr. Day's this morning, this evening worked in the shop, ploughs running on the creek in the old oats patch, the hoe-hands making potato ridges in the evening. In the morning killed wild hogs and caught some pigs. Mr. Sparks here to dinner. Mr. W. H. Burkhart here tonight. Loaded the wagons with cotton.

[Thursday, Feb. 13, 1862]

13th Clear and pleasant, wind south, Mr. Shrock worked in the shop, ploughs running in the gin-house cut. The hoe-hands making potato ridges. Messrs. Day and Brandon here to dinner. Mr. Bertrand here in the evening. The wagon started to Matagorda this eve. It is raining to night.

Wharton County, [Texas Friday,] February 14th 1862

Fri. 14th Cloudy and cold, wind north. Mr. Shrock still working in the shop; ploughs running in the oak-tree cut, the hoe-hands digging the creek bank, Lucy spinning. Mr. Galbraith here this e[ve]ning, also Mr. Burkhart here to night.

[Saturday, Feb. 15, 1862]

Satur. 15th Cloudy and cold; wind north. M[r.] Shrock started to town this mor[ning.] The negroes all in-doors to day do[ing] nothing. Twenty-six recruits from Gonzales passed here for the coast, to j[oin] Capt. Vesa's company, Mr. F. 0. Bertrand here. All well.

[Sunday, Feb. 16, 1862]

Sun. 16th Cloudy and cold. Wind still from the north. This being Sunday there is nothing doing, and consequently nothing to note down. Mr. F. 0. Bertrand got two bushels of seed potatos, and a pair of turkeys.

[Monday, Feb. 17, 1862]

Mon. 17th Cloudy in the morning, cleared off in the evening. Quite pleasant. The ploughs running in oak-tree cut part of the day, then in the middle cut op­posite the pond. Pressley and the hoe-hands building pens to catch wild hogs. Beck sick; sent for Dr. Moore, he will be here in the morning. Mr. Shrock did not get home to night. Mr. Burkhart left here for the coast. Mr. Brandon 10 lbs nails.

[Tuesday, Feb. 18, 1862]

Tues. 18th Cloudy, misting rain often through the day. Wind east. The ploughs running in the middle cut and also in the cut next to Mr. Galbraith's. Hoe-hand[s] making potato ridges. Dr. Moore here to see Beck; stayed till after dinner. Mr. Shrock got home to night, accompanied by Mr. Haden and Old Davy.

Wharton County, [Texas Wednesday,] February 19th 1862

Wed. 19th Cloudy and cold. Wind north Ploughs running in the cut next to Mr. Galbraith's fence. Mr. Shrock and the hoe hands went to cut a road out to the prairie. Mr. Haden, Old Dave and the boys went hunting and killed two hogs. Beck still sick. Mr. Du Bose here.

[Thursday, Feb. 20, 1862]

20th Cloudy and cold. Wind still blowing from the north. The ploughs run­ning in the long cut. Mr. Shrock finished cutting the road to-day. Mr. Haden went hunting and killed one hog. Messrs. Stribling and Thomas here. Mr. Thomas Tarver here to-night.

[Friday, Feb. 21, 1862]

Fri. 21st Cloudy but pleasant; wind south of east. Ploughs running in the long cut; the hoe hands making potato ridges. Mr. Shrock went to look for the wagons, but saw nothing of them. Presley caught five wild hogs but they belonged to Judge Stith. Mr. Haden had no luck hunting to-day. Mr. Brandon here. George came home to-night to let Mr. Shrock know that the wagons were out at the prairie. George was sick on the road.

[Saturday, Feb. 22, 1862]

Satur. 22nd Cloudy and rain in the morning, but cleared off in the evening. Ploughs running in the potato patch. The hoe-hands making ridges. Mr. Shrock went out to the meeting of Capt. W's company. Mr. Haden went hunting, but met with his usual luck no game. Presley went and met the wagon and assisted in bringing them in. Messrs. Haley, Turner, Billy Shrock, Hobbs, and Stringer here to din­ner. Mr. Haden, Billy Shrock, Hobbs, and Stringer here to-night, also Mr. Tulford's little boy for corn. Mr. Tulford got (25) twenty five bushels of corn.

Wharton County, [Texas Sunday,] February 23rd 1862

Sun. 23rd Clear and pleasant. Wind blowing from north in the morning, but changed to the south in the evening, Mr. Haden and old Dave left for Matagorda this morning. Messrs. Galbraith, T. Whitten, Drake, and a man, name not k[nown,] here for dinner. Messrs. A. Ross, B[illy] and De Shrock, Hobbs, and Stringe[r here] to-night. All well. Messrs. D. Bak[er and] M. Hutchins here to-day.

[Monday, Feb. 24, 1862]

Mon. 24th Clear and pleasant. Wind north. Ploughs running in the long cut; hoe-hands still making potato ridges. The wagons left for Columbia this morning; also, Messrs. Ross, De and Billy Shrock left here this morning. Messrs. Galbraith, Brandon, and Mrs. Du Bose here to-day. Mr. Shrock found a little calf nearly starved. No one here to-night for a wonder.

[Tuesday, Feb. 25, 1862]

Tues. 25th Old Davy got here to-night. Clear and pleasant. Wind south east. Ploughs running in the long cut. The hoe-hands finished the potato ridges to-day. Caroline H. and Lucinda getting out ox-bow timber; Jennie and Yoric cleaning out the Haden cistern. Mr. Shrock making ox bows in the evening; in the morning he went to the appraisement of W. B. Thomas' estate. Messrs. Duke and Litzfield here.

[Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1862]

Wed. 26th Clear and pleasant; Wind south. The ploughs running in the long cut. Hoe-hands chopping in the cornfield. Mr. Shrock and Mr. Brandon went out to Water Ville to settle their war tax. Mr. Brandon fired the cane brake. Sent the hoe-hands to assist Mr. Du Bose in moving his fence from the fire. Mr. Shrock sharpened some ploughs for Mr. Du Bose this evening. Also, the wagons got home this evening from Columbia. Misses Galbraith here to spend the day. Clean­ed out well.

Wharton County, [Texas Thursday,] February 27th 1862

Thurs. 27th Clear and pleasant. Wind south. Ploughs running in the new ground; hoe-hands cutting briars in the cornfield in the morning; in the evening Mr. Shrock, Stringer, and the trash-gang set fire to the cane brake. George and John went out to Armstrong's after an ox but were disappointed in getting him. Presley and Caroline H. hauled wood. Jinnie changed and hung up meat. Old Davy started to town this morning. Messrs. A. Ross and De Shrock here for dinner.

[Friday, Feb. 28, 1862]

28th Clear and warm. Wind blowing very hard from the south. Ploughs running in the new ground in the morning, in the evening commenced planting corn. The hoe-hands chopping in the cornfield. Mr. Shrock working in the shop.

[Saturday, March 1, 1862]

March, Satur 1st Clear and pleasant. Wind south. Still planting corn, trash-gang shelling corn. Killed two wild hogs. Mr. Shrock went out to military drill. Mr. Duke here to dinner. Wagon started to town loaded with corn.

[Sunday, March 2, 1862]

2nd Clear and cold. Wind north. Mr. Shrock started to Matagorda this morning. Mr. Prewett's boy, Abe, came up for Sallie. Fred Bertrand got 2 Bus Potatoes.

[Monday, March 3, 1862]

3rd Clear and cool. Wind still blowing from the north this morning, but changed to the west this evening. Planting corn. Ground corn in the morning with Marth's and Caroline's mules. The hoe-hands raking and burning briars in the cornfield. Sallie went down to Mr. Prewett's this morning. For a wonder no one here yesterday nor to day. All well. There was a heavy frost last night, which killed the beans and peas.

Wharton County, [Texas Tuesday,] March 4th 1862

4th Clear and pleasant. Wind south in the morning, north in the even­ing. Ploughs planting corn. The hoe-hands finished raking and burning and men[d]ed the fence. Mr. Shrock returned fr[om] Matagorda accompanied by Stringer. All well.

[Wednesday, March 5, 1862]

5th Clear and cool. Wind north. H[ands] still planting corn. The

sweet

hoe-hands planting ^ potatoes. Mr. Shrock worked in th[e] shop, also made a wagon tongue an[d] some ox-bow keys. The wagons got home from Matagorda this evening; loaded with salt. Hobbs and Stringer here to night.

[Thursday, March 6, 1862]

6th Clear and cold. Wind north. Finished planting corn in the

creek

cut on the other side of the ^ and moved the ploughs up to the Haden houses and be­gan to break up the middles. The hoe-hands planting sweet potatoes. Wagons started to Columbia this morning. Mr. Shrock went down to Mr. Prewett's this evening. De Shrock, two boys with some mules here to-night.

[Friday, March 7, 1862]

7th Clear in the morning, and quite cold with some ice, but cloudy in the evening. Wind north in the morning and east in the evening. Plough running ac­ross the creek. The hoe-hands finished planting potatoes. Sent for Mr. Brandon to see the paint horse, who departed this life this morning about 9 O clock. De left here this morning. Mr. Shrock has not returned.

[Saturday, March 8, 1862]

[Sa]turday 8th Cloudy & warm wind South plowing over the creek I got home at twelve oclock the waggons got home to night old Joe got killed to Day Stringer & Hobbs here to night

Wharton County[, Texas Sunday,] March 9th [1862]

Sunday 9th Clowdy & warm wind south very strong waggons started to Matagor­da Billy Williams and Fargason here to Day made Billy Shrock a y take rope got home with a young colt Duke & Galbrith here

[Monday, March 10, 1862]

[Mon]day 10th Clowdy wind north in the morning in the evining warm and pleasant. Ploughs still running over the creek. Mandy comenced blocking of[f] corn Mr Shrock started to Matagorda Mr Brandon Mr DuBose here to day. The trash gang cutting briars

[Tuesday, March 11, 1862]

Tues 11th Clear and cool wind north east in the morning in the evining cloudy. Ploughs finished breaking out middels on the other side of the creek commenced planting corn on this side of the creek trash-gang fixing the fence Jenny and Caroline washing the negroes cloths

[Wednesday, March 12, 1862]

Wed 12th Cloudy wind south. Ploughs still planting corn. The hoe hands fixing the fence. Mr Shrock and Stringer got back from Matagorda.

[Thursday, March 13, 1862]

Thurs 13th Cloudy winds south. Ploughs still planting corn. Mandy still blocking off corn the hoe hands repairing fence in the morning in the evening planted garden seeds by the pond. Stringer and Hobs here to night. The waggon got home from Matagorda. Mr Shrock worked in the shop this morning. Mayfild here to dinner.

[Friday, March 14, 1862]

Fri 14th Cloudy and cold wind north in the morning in the evening clear. Mr Shrock sharpened some ploughs for DuBose. Ploughs still planting corn. The waggon started to Columbia this morning. Mr. Shrock started this evening. Billy Williams here.

Wharton County[, Texas Saturday,] March 15th 1862

Sat 15th Clear and cold wind north. Ploughs finish[ed] planting corn on this side of the creek. Manda finished blocking off corn on the other side of the creek and commenced on this side. The hoe hands cleaning up round the pond. Mr DuBose and lady here to day. all we[ll] Mr. Galbraith got a load of cotton.

[Sunday, March 16, 1862]

Sunday 16th Clear and pleasant wind north Mister Dock got here to day. The waggon got home from Columbia. Spoor Hobb[s] and Stringer here to night.

[Monday, March 17, 1862]

Mon 17th Clear wind south. Ploughs comenced planting corn on the other side of the creek in the second years ground. Manda still blocking corn on this side of the creek. The hoe hands cutting briars. The waggon started to Matagorda this morning. Mr. Bertrand and lady Dr. Moore, George and Nuton DuBose, Dock, and Stringer, Galbraith here to day. Mrs. Coolgrove and a Daughter here this evening. Dock and Stringer here to night.

[Tuesday, March 18, 1862]

Tues 18th Clear, wind South in the morning in the evening cloudy. Ploughs still plant[ing] corn. Manda finished blocking off corn on this side of the creek and commenced on the other side. Presley and the trash gang cutting a road. Mr. Shrock and Dock started to Matagorda. Stringer got five barrels of corn.

[Wednesday, March 19, 1862]

Wed 19th Cloudy sprinkled rain wind north in the morning cleared off in the evening. Still planting corn. The trash gang not done cutting the road. Peter McMahon here to day.

[Thursday, March 20, 1862]

Thurs 20th Clear and pleasant wind north in the morning. There came a fresh norther about 10 oclock. Still planting corn. The hoe hands still working on the road. Mr. Shrock and Dock got home from town.

Wharton County[, Texas Friday,] March 21st 1862

21st Clear and cold, wind north very strong. Finished planting corn. The hoe hands still working on the road. Dock left here for home to day. Mr. Brandon and Mr. Shrock went to Mr. Bertrands. George DuBose and Henry here this evening. Sallie went to Galbriths and spent the evening. Stringer here to night.

[Saturday, March 22, 1862]

22nd Clear and cold, wind north. There was a light frost last night. The Ploughs breaking up corn midles on this side of the creek. The hoe hands worked on the road untill 2 oclock then came home and helpt Mr. Shrock put on waggon tires. Manda finished blocking off corn. Mr. Shrock went out to the drill. Mr. Brandon came home with him to dinner. Spoor here to dinner. Ann and Susan Brandon got here this evening.

[Sunday, March 23, 1862]

23rd Clear and cold, wind north. Walt. Thompson here this morning. Mr. Shrock went to the Prairie to see the waggons off. Billy Shrock here to day. There was a light frost.

[Monday, March 24, 1862]

Mon 24th Clear and cold wind north. Commenced planting cotton. Mr. Shrock started to Richmond this evening. Billy Shrock left here for Columbia. Peter McMahan got a load of corn. Some frost last night.

[Tuesday, March 25, 1862]

25th Clear, wind south very strong. All hands planting cotton. Mr. Daniels here to see if he could get some cotton seeds.

[Wednesday, March 26, 1862]

Wed. 26th Cloudy, wind south, very strong, cleared off about 10 oclock. Still planting cotton. Too swarms of bees came out, one went off. Mr. Shrock got back from Richmond. The waggon got home also. Tom's mule sick. Barton left here with 14 bales of cotton for Matagorda.

Wharton County[, Texas Thursday,] March 27th 1862

Thurs 27th Clear and pleasant wind south. The hands planting cotton. Messrs. Galbraith and DuBose here to day. Mr. Shrock worked in the shop and put on waggon tires, Spoor here to night. All well.

[Friday, March 28, 1862]

Fri 28th Clear wind south still planting co[tton.] John and Presley went to the Prairie [with] a yoke of oxen. The waggon started [to] Matagorda this morning. Misses Galbraith came by for Scrap to go with them to Mr. DuBoses.

[Saturday, March 29, 1862]

Sat. 29th Clear wind south very strong. Still planting cotton. Mr. Shrock started to Matagorda this morning. Isabel and Celia came up to day. All well.

[Sunday, March 30, 1862]

Sund 30th Cloudy wind south in the morning cleared off about 10 oclock, Sallie Scrap and Mary went to church. Mr. Shaw and lady came by with them. Mr. Brandon and lady called by in the evening. Stringer and Davis Baker here in the evening.

[Monday, March 31, 1862]

Mon 31st Cloudy in the morning cleared off about 10 oclock wind south. Still planting cotton. Dr. Moore and De Shrock here to day. Mr. Shrock got home from town this evening. Caroline Haden sick. Barton and De here to night.

[Tuesday, April 1, 1862]

1st Clear in the morning in the evening cloudy sprinkled rain wind south. Still planting cotton. Lee Higgins and Spoor here for dinner. The waggon got home from Matagorda loaded the wagon with cotton to night. Caroline H. sick yet. De left here for home this morning.

[Wednesday, April 2, 1862]

Wed 2nd Cloudy wind north east in the morning cleared off about 12 oclock. Finished planting cotton and commenced breaking cotton middels. Trash gang opening potatoes ridges. Misses Galbraith and Mrs. Daniels here this evening, also Mr. Galbraith. Caroline is sick. Mr. Brandon here this morning.

Wharton County[, Texas Thursday,] April 3rd 1862

3rd Foggy wind south. Plows are still breaking up cotton middels. The hoe hands commenced replanting corn. Presley made two bee gums. Mr. Brandons negroes worked in the shop. Mr. Shrock started to Matagorda this morning.

[Friday, April 4, 1862]

4th Cloudy in the morning in the evening clear wind South. Ploughs finish­ed breaking up cotton middels and commenced breaking corn middels on the other side of the creek. The hoe hands still replanting corn. Presley making a pair of bee [gums.] Isabel and Sallie spent the day at Mr. Galbraiths. Henry Bell came for the Buggy.

[Saturday, April 5, 1862]

5th Cloudy in the morning in the evening clear wind South west. Ploughs finished breaking up corn midels. The hoe hands still replanting corn. Mr. Shrock got back from Matagorda this evening. Caroline H sick a gain.

[Sunday, April 6, 1862]

6th Clear wind south. William Burkhart, Ely Prewett, Straus, Tinsbury, Drew Daniels and lady, Stringer, Turner, Billy Crafford, Mr. Brandon and lady, Misses Galbraith, all here to day. Barton and Spoor here to night. Straus Tinsbury Billy Burkhart are here also for the night. Isabel and Mr. Prewett went home this evening. All well.

[Monday, April 7, 1862]

7th Cloudy a good portion of the day, wind south very strong. Messrs. Burkhart, Brandon, Higgins, and Camp here to day. Camp and William Burkhart here to night. Mr. Shrock went to Mr. Bertrands to day. All hands hoeing in corn. All well. John and Yoric went to Dr. Bells. [Tuesday, April 8, 1862]

8th Clear wind north. The hands all hoeing and replanting corn but Presley and Ann, they commenced Ginning. Mr. Shrock went to DuBoses. John and Yoric got back from Richmond. Billy Jenkins and Bud came with them. William H. Burkhart here to night.

Wharton County[, Texas Wednesday,] April 9th 1862

Wed. 9th Clear and cool, wind north. The hands still hoeing corn. Presley and Puss ginning. Mr. Shrock, John and Yoric went to Mr. Armstrongs after an ox. Billy Burkhart, Billy Jenkins, Celia a., Scrap and my Self, Misses Galbraith, Mr. Slade and lady, Bud and Mary, all went to the Ber[nard] River. Fishing. Billy Shrock and Cam[p] and a man's name not nown here for dinner. Billy Jenkins, Billy Burkhart, Billy Shrock, and Camp here to night.

[Thursday, April 10, 1862]

Thurs 10th Cloudy and very disagreeable. Wind so[uth] east in the morning in the evening South. The hands all packing cotton. The waggon got home from Columbia to night. John Camp, Fred Jarvis, Spoor, Billy Burkhart all here to night. Mrs. Slade, John Jones and Wesson here to day. Mr. DuBose here also. All well.

[Friday, April 11, 1862]

Fri 11th Clear and cool wind north. We had a light rain last night. The hands all helpt load the waggon in the morning in the evening worked in the garden. The waggon started to Matagorda this evening. Mr. Shrock made a rope. Billy Burk­hart, John Camp, Fred Jarvis here to night. John Jones here also to day. All well.

[Saturday, April 12, 1862]

12th Clear and cold. Wind north. All hands hoeing and replanting corn. Mr. Shrock went to Mr. Brandons this morning came home and started to Matagorda this evening. W. H. Burkhart and Mr. DuBose went out to Military drill. W. H. Burkhart and Bob Thomson here to night. All well.

[Sunday, April 13, 1862]

Sun 13th Clear and pleasant. Wind south east. Mr. Shrock got home to day at dinner. Messrs. Straus Bedford Mason Barton Billy Shrock Billy Burkhart Bob Thomp­son Robbert Williams all here to day. Straus Bedford Billy Burkhart and Bob Thompson here to night. All well.

Wharton County[, Texas Monday,] April 14th 1862

Mon 14th Clear and pleasant. Wind south. The hands still hoeing corn. Messrs. Burkhart, Galbraith, Dr. Moore, Billy Prewett, George DuBose, Nuton DuBose here to day. Billy Prewett, Billy Burkhart and Shools here to night. Mr. Shrock, Straus, and Bedford went up the country to day. Mr. Strauses business was to buy cotton.

[Tuesday, April 15, 1862]

15th Clear and pleasant. Wind south. Commenced hoeing cotton. Mr. Shrock gone to Mr. Day's. Messrs. Albertson and W. Burkhart left for the coast this morning. Messrs. Drew Barton and Robt. Williams here to night.

[Wednesday, April 16, 1862]

Wed 16th Cloudy and warm; wind blowing very much from the south. Started four ploughs this morning to planting over the corn on the other side of the creek; the hoe hands stil[l] hoeing in the cotten in the middle cut. Mr. and Mrs. Shrock gone to Matagorda. Messrs. Prewett W. and R. Thompson Barton and J. Drew here to night. Also Mr. Tulford's little boy and wagon here. Mr. Tulford got (40) forty barrels of corn, Messrs. Bertrand and Stringer and young Copelan[d] pen[n]ed some cattle here killed a small beef and gave us a quarter. Mr. Copelan[d] baled cotton.

[Thursday, April 17, 1862]

Thurs 17th Cloudy and warm, but no rain. Ploughs replanting corn

and replanting

this morning. Hoe hands still hoeing ^ cotton. Mr. and Mrs. Shrock still from home. Messrs. Bertrand Stringer and two little boys here for dinner also Drew and Barton. Mr. L. P. Prewett and Bob Thompson here to night.

Wharton County[, Texas Friday,] April 18th [18]62

18th Cloudy and warm; wind south. Finished replanting corn this morning, still hoeing and replanting cotton. Messrs. L. Prewett Coopper Geo and N. DuBose Benton Billy Sh[rock] here to day. Mr. and Mrs. and Amanda Shrock came home this evening. Messrs. George DuBose Levi Prewett [Billy] Shrock Jesse Hobbs and Mr. Bill ____ [here] to night. It is raining to night.

[Saturday, April 19, 1862]

Satur 19th Cloudy and cold; wind north; ha[d a] fine season of rain last night rain[ed] nearly all night. The negroes setting out potato plants. Messrs. L. P. Prewett, W. Prewett, Jesse Hobbs, Billy Shrock, Gibbens, and Bob Thompson here to night. Hired Gus from Mrs. Burkhart.

[Sunday, April 20, 1862]

Sun 20th Clear and cold; wind north. Being Sunday there is nothing doing, consequently nothing to write in the journal. Messrs. L. P. Prewett, Billy Shrock, Hobbs, W. P. Henry, and Bob Thompson here.

[Monday, April 21, 1862]

Mon 21st Mr. W. Prewett commenced overseeing for Mr. Shrock this morning. Clear and pleasant, some frost this morning; wind South. The hands still hoeing cotton. Jude, Lucinda Jennie and Caroline H. worked in the garden in the evening. Messrs. Straus Stineberge Calaway Bob Thompson Hobbs here.

[Tuesday, April 22, 1862]

Tues 22nd Clear and pleasant; wind south. hands still hoeing cotton in the long cut. Mr. Shrock from home to day. Messrs. Straus and Stineberge left here this morning. Mr. L. P. Prewett and Isabel here. Mrs. Shrock and Celia went to Mr. DuBose's to spend the day. Messrs. Geo. and N. DuBose here in the evening. Messrs. Kemp and son, Jarvis, Drew, Henry and gracious knows who else for I don't. Mr. Whitting['s] boy here for salt. Let Mr. Whitting have (25 bushels) twenty five bushels of salt, also Mr. Calaway (25½) twenty five and a half bushels.

Wharton County[, Texas Wednesday,] April 23rd 1862

Wednes 23rd Clear and pleasant; wind still south, hands still hoeing cotton. Nothing new happened to day, all here as previously with the addition of Messrs. Strauss Stineberge and Barton. All well.

[Thursday, April 24, 1862]

24th Cloudy in the evening; wind north. the hands still hoeing cotton; planted beans and transplanted cabbage. (25) Twenty five men here for dinner. The Misses Galbraith here in the evening. Also, W. H. Burkhart came up from Matagorda. Dr. Moore here.

[Friday, April 25, 1862]

25th Cloudy, wind north, and rained all the morning, sent Mr. Steenbock to Columbia this morning, Mr. Strauss left here this evening. The negroes planting out potato plants.

[Saturday, April 26, 1862]

Satur. 26th Clear and cool; wind north. The hands still hoeing cotton; worked in the garden in the evening. Some of the workmen left for home this evening.

[Sunday, April 27, 1862]

Sun. 27th Clear and pleasant; wind northeast. Messrs. Coolgrove, G. Davis, Galbraith, Bertrand, and Brandon here to day. Mrs. Brandon, Virginia Cayce, and Maggie Coolgrove here in the evening; we had negro preaching here in the yard. Mrs. E. T. Prewett here to night.

[Monday, April 28, 1862]

28th Clear & pleasant, wind south. Mr. Gibbons & Mr. ____ Hear to night. Rain north wind. After noon clear & pleasant.

[Tuesday, April 29, 1862]

Tuesday 29 Rain & cool north wind Mr. Bertrand and Strener here for dinner Mr. Barton & drew Hear to night.

Wharton County[, Texas Wednesday,] April 30th 1862

[We]dnes 30th Clear and pleasant; Wind south. ploughs running in the corn on the other side of the creek; hoe han[ds] working in the corn on the o[ther] side of the creek in the mor[ning] on this side in the evening Messrs. Bertrand Copeland an[d] Stringer here for dinner, The workmen here to night. M[r.] Spoor sick. The rest, all well.

Thursday, May 1, 1862

[Th]urs May 1st 1862 Clear and pleasant; wind n[orth] in the morning, south in the ev[en]ing. Started the sweeps in the cotton ground in the oak tree cut. The hoe hands were hoeing down by the pond this morning, went over to the old potato patch this evening. Messrs. G. A. Bertram, Brandon Bertrand Stringer and C. Slade here to day. Messrs. Drew, Spoor, Hobbs, Gibbins, Jarvis, Scisors, A. Hemp here to night.

[Friday, May 2, 1862]

2nd Cloudy, sprinkled rain in the evening. Wind east of south this evening. Sweeps running in the gin house and oak tree cuts. The hoe hands fin­ished on the other side of the creek and came over to this side Messrs. Steen­bock DuBose here to day Steenbock Drew Spoor Jarvis Gibbons Trenchman and Peter Mc. here to night.

[Saturday, May 3, 1862]

Clear and warm through the day but cool in the evening; wind south, sweeps running in the middle and oak tree cuts hoe hands working in the corn on this side of the creek Messrs. Steenbock and Wm. H. Burkhart here to night Mr. Galbraith and Dr. Moore here this morning. All well.

[Wharton County, Texas Sunday, May 4, 1862]

Clear and warm until nine oclock P. M. when a norther blew up, bringing heavy clouds and some indication of rain, this being Sunday there is nothing doing consequently nothing to write in the journal except the names of the people present, Messrs. W. H. Burkhart, Steenbock, C. Slade, and several others here today, yes Mr. Ross here this evening, Mr. DuBose used the mill today.

[Monday, May 5, 1862]

Clear and pleasant, wind south, plows running in the middle cut, hoe hands scraping cotton in the pond cut, Messrs. W. H. Burkhart and Steenbock left here this morning, Mr. Shrock and Mr. DuBose had a settlement this morn­ing, also Messrs. Shrock and Brandon, Mr. Ross left here this morning, Messrs. Doc Shrock, three other men, Barton, Drew, Spoor, Hobbs, and Peter Mc. here tonight.

[Tuesday, May 6, 1862]

Clear and warm all day until late this evening when it clouded up, wind from various points, sweeps finished the middle and Galbraith fence cuts and went into long cut, the hoe hands scraping cotton in the pond cut, Celia, Amanda, Jude, Jennie, Lucinda, Viney, and Yoric worked in the garden down at the pond, the last wagon left here on their Mexico trip, we expect Mr. Shrock back tonight.

[Wednesday, May 7, 1862]

Cloudy and raining nearly all day and still raining tonight, wind east of north, plows running in the long cut what time they were employed, hoe hands working about the house this morning, shelled corn and

[Wharton County, Texas Wednesday, May 7, 1862 Continued]

set out potatoes this evening, Mr. Shrock and all hands left here this morning for Mexico, Mrs. Shrock Amanda Bud John and Mary went as far as Matagorda with Mr. Shrock. Mr. Brandon's boy worked in the shop, Mr. Galbraith's boy came up for potato[es] but didn't get any.

[Thursday, May 8, 1862]

Thurs 8th Cloudy, rained all night a[nd] still raining this morning co[ntin]ued until about five O clock this e[ven]ing set out potato plants shelled [and] ground corn. Wind north. Georg[e got] two sacks of potato plants from Ber[trand].

[Friday, May 9, 1862]

Fri. 9th Clear and warm; wind north. Too wet for ploughing, consequently all hands hoeing whereever they can find dry ground. Ground for Mr. Galbraith. Jude Puss Jennie and Viney worked in the garden this evening. Presley took Mr. Brandon's buggy home this evening. Mr. W. H. Burkhart here to night Mr. Brandon got plank from here for the church.

[Saturday, May 10, 1862]

Satur 10th Clear and pleasant; wind North still too wet for ploughing. The hands all hoeing cotton. Mr. Prewett gone out to the drill. Mrs. Shrock not home yet. Mr. Daniels here this evening.

[Sunday, May 11, 1862]

Sun 11th Cloudy and warm; wind North of East. All went to church to day, and one of the gentlemen remarked, that they heard a very good country sermon, but like the country girls it was not much. Mr. Shrock very unexpectedly re­turned home to night, not having been able to cross the Colorado at Eliot ferry; he spent an hour or two with us and then returned to his wagons, which he in­tends crossing the River near Wharton. Mrs. Shrock not home yet. Rained to day. Miss Rachel Galbraith and Mr. Daniels here this evening. Mr. D. got several [unreadable]

Wharton County[, Texas Monday,] May 12th 1862

Mond 12th Cloudy but no rain wind--south of West rather pleasant ploughs running in the long cut the hoe hands hoeing cotton in the Galbraith fence cut Mrs Shrock got home this evening worked in the garden at the house and also at the pond

[Tuesday, May 13, 1862]

13th Clear and pleasant; wind North of East. Sweeps running in the long cut; the other hands hoeing in the cross fence cut. Yorrick went to [meet] Mr. Shrock this morning.

[Wednesday, May 14, 1862]

[We]dnes 14th Clear and pleasant, Wind south. ploughs running in the long cut. Hoeing in the middle cut Lucy sick. Messrs. L. P. Prewett and Bob Thompson came here from the camp this morning. Messrs. W. H. and Alex. Burkhart L. P. Prewett and Bob Thompson here to night & Also De Shrock.

[Thursday, May 15, 1862]

Thurs. 15th Clear and pleasant; wind south not much prospect of rain. Plows running in the new ground still hoeing in the middle cut Messrs. Prewett and Bob left for the camps early this morning De left for home Messrs. Alex and William Burkhart left here to over take their respective companies this evening. Lucy not well yet Ann run away at twelve O clock.

[Friday, May 16, 1862]

Fri. 16th Clear in the morning but clouded up this evening, lightening in the north. Wind south. Ploughs running in the pond cut on the bank of the creek. Hoeing in the long cut. Dr. Moore here this morning, prescribed for Lucy. also Mr. DuBose here George caught Ann in the corn crib.

Wharton County[, Texas Saturday,] May 17th 1862

Satur 17th Clear and pleasant after dinner, cloudy in the morning, rained last night. Wind south. Plows running across the creek in the corn this evening. set out potatoes this mo[rn]ing. Hoe hands working on t[he] creek bank in the pea patch. Ann ran away this morning, Stringer and young Copelan[d brought] her home this evening Mrs. Sh[ock] went down to see Mrs. Dani[el] this evening.

[Sunday, May 18, 1862]

Sun. 18th Clear and warm wind south, Mr. Prewett went out to the prairie and killed a beef, he took George and Marth and the boys with him, got the beef from Mr. Bertrand, Mr. Prewett hired some of the negroes to work today, put up the gate. Mrs. Shrock and Miss Celia spent the evening at Mrs. DuBose's.

[Monday, May 19, 1862]

Mon 19th Clear and pleasant wind south of west. Ploughs running in the corn on the other side of the creek, hoe hands hoeing cotton in the cut opposite the pond. Presley took meal over to old Stern's family John went to the post-office. No news. Mrs. Shrock and her force worked in the garden at the pond, Presley grinding to night.

[Tuesday, May 20, 1862]

Tues 20th Clear and pleasant, wind south. The ploughs scattered, hoe hands running about cutting down the big weeds; George ran away this evening. Sallie worked in the garden at the pond. Prospect of rain this evening.

[Wednesday, May 21, 1862]

Wednes 21st Cloudy, but pleasant, wind south, some of the ploughs running in the cotton and some in the corn; hoe hands hoeing out the potato patch.

Wharton County[, Texas Monday,] January 5th 1863

Monday 5th Some clouds in the morning. Wind South in the morning, & ­____ in the evening it very strong. [Burni]ng stalks all day. Started three plows this morn­ing. Beck Manda and Marth the ploughers, all plowing mules. Mrs. Shrock & Celia at [Mr]s. ____s Bertrands to day. Scrap Mrs. George DuBose [he]re this evening. Mrs. Petty and Miss Mary Gal[braith he]re a while this evening. Billie Jenkins and Wil[li]am Burkhart's coats were sent here to be made. [Hea]rd nothing from George. Presley ground [fo]r us. Charlotte improving still. Maria at work today.

[Tuesday, January 6, 1863]

Tuesday 6th Clear & Norther last night. Started four more ploughs this morning, the hands are Jennie ? Caroline S & Caroline H. Burning cotton stalks all day. Mr. Shrock, Daniel Geo. DuBose and L. Booger went to hunt negroes this morning but the dogs did not strike any tracks. Mr. Petty here for supper. Char­lotte better. Mr. George DuBose left here for camps after he came back from hunting negroes, which was about Eleven o'clock this morning, Abe went with him.

[Wednesday, January 7, 1863]

Wednesday 7th Clear and pleasant. Wind North East in the morning & East in the evening. Seven ploughs still running, four driving mules & three oxen. All the other hands cutting & burning stalks. Maria still in the field. W. H. Burkhart returned from Matagorda to night. Mrs. Shrock & Celia & John went to the prairie & Mr. Galbraith's to spend the day. Celia staid there to go to Wharton tomorrow with the Galbraith girls. Loucinda went to work this morning. Old Betsey cooking for the negroes. Mrs. DuBose and Scrap came here this even­ing after Mrs. Shrock to go and see Lud, he is sick. Puss is quite sick to day. Mr. Shrock at Mr. Daniels this morning. Jude went down in the field this morn­ing & cut up logs so that the wood could be brought up in the wagon.

Wharton County[, Texas Thursday,] January 8th 1863

8th Cloudy. Several showers of rain to day. Wind South in the morning & West in the evening. Mr. H. G. Shrock commenced [attend]ing to Mr. DuBose busi­ness this morning, all of Mr. DuBose's negroes Chang Joe Manda Sue and Rose working in our field. Joe & Manda went to ploughing the[re,] three cutting with our hands. Nine ploug[hs] running. M. D. Shrock here to night. Mr. Brandon here this evening and for supper. W. Burkhart at Mr. Galbraith's to night, Scrap at M[rs.] DuBose's. John complaining a little. Pus[s] is bet[ter,] old Manda is sick, Loucinda ploughing in her place, four ploughers plowing oxen.

[Friday, January 9, 1863]

9th Cloudy & raining a great deal. Wind south. All of Mr. DuBoses hands at work here, Nine ploughs still running. All the other hands cutting corn stalks in Mr. DuBose's field. Three ploughers ploughing oxen. Caroline H. Jennie and Presley are the drivers. Celia sent for her pony. Scrap at Mrs. DuBoses. Manda still sick. Loucinda plowing in her place.

[Saturday, January 10, 1863]

10th 1863. Clear & cool, Wind North. Seven plows still running, three drivers driving oxen & four mules. Ground for us. Stopped two plows to day, wanted the four mules to grind with. Beck took Presley's oxen & plow & plowed with them in the morning, while Presley was grinding. Presley took his plow in the evening & Beck went to work with the other hands, Lucinda also. Scrap at Mrs. DuBoses to night. Bob[b]y Harper here to day, he came to get ­­­­____ all for Mr. Day but did not get them. Mr. Shrock got two mill saw files out of one of Mr. Burkhart's boxes, W. Burkhart here. Not got George.

[Sunday, Jan. 11, 1863]

Sunday 11th Clear & pleasant. Wind South all day. Mrs. Day and Mrs. Calaway spent the day here. Old Mr. Prewett came this morning. Mr. Day here this morning, he went to camps. W. Burkhart and Mr. Prewett here to night. ____she sick.

Wharton County[, Texas Monday,] Jan. 12th 1863

Monday 12th 1863 Clear & plea[sant.] Wind South in the morning & East in the [eve]n­ing. Mrs. Shrock went down to Mrs. Du[Bo]se's this morning & staid about an hour. [Sev]en of our plows & four of Mr. DuBose's are running in our field. Yorick drives and has been driving all the time, Caroline H.'s oxen, Gus driving and has been driving for Jennie, Manda went to work this morning, she took her plow, Loucinda burning stalks in Mr. DuBose's field in that cut out there by the gin. Mr. Boadner here to night. W. Burkhart & Mr. Prewett here.

[Tuesday, Jan. 13, 1863]

Tuesday 13th Clear [and] pleasant. Wind South in the morning & East in the evening. Eleven plows running in our field, four of Mr. DuBoses & seven of ours. The plowers are Manda, Caroline H. Caroline S. Jennie, Presley, Marth, & Beck, Manda, Joe, Sallie, Lud, and Rose of Mr. DuBose's negroes. All of the other hands burning stalks in Mr. DuBose's field. Not got George yet. Amanda at Mrs. DuBose's to night. Mrs. Shrock at Mrs. DuBoses awhile this morning. Mr. Caruthers here tonight. Mr. Hunt & Mr. Caruthers' son came after Mr. Caruthers to go to the draft. W. Burkhart here & Mr. Prewett also.

[Wednesday, Jan. 14, 1863]

Wednes. 14th Cloudy & raining. Wind South in the morning. A Norther this evening. Lud started to rake corn stalks but it was too wet. Jude, Lucinda, Manda DuBose cutting wood, & Lud hauling it. Ten ploughs running the plowers are Caroline S. Caroline H. Jennie, Presley, Beck, Marth, & Manda, Joe, Rose, & Sallie, Old Davy & all the other hands went around the field cleaned out all of the fense corners. Manda at Mrs. DuBose's to night. W. Burkhart & Mr. Prewett here. Mr. Caruthers, his son, & Mr. Hunt left this morning. Mr. Daniel & Mr. Brandon here this morning.

Wharton County[, Texas Thursday,] Jan. 15th 1863

Thursday 15th Clear and cold. Wind North. it has been very boisterous all day--too cold to plow. Lud hauling wood all day. The other hands cutting weed briars & cane in Mr. DuBose's field where the land was n[ot] cultivated last year. The negroes stopped cutt[ing] in the evening & killed five hogs for Mrs. D[uBose.] Amanda there all day & all night. Mr. Daniel h[ere] this evening. Mr. Prewett and W. Burkhart her[e] to night. Mr. Wilburn here to day.

[Friday, Jan. 16, 1863]

Friday 16th Clear & very cold, the ground frozen this morning. Eleven plows running in Mr. DuBose's field. Gus hunting the horses to day, he got up some of them. Mr. Shrock & Dani[el] went out to the draft this morning, neither were taken. All the other negroes raking & burning corn stalks in Mr. DuBose's field. John and Joe at Mrs. DuBose to night. Mr. Prewett & W. Burkhart here to night and to day. Mr. Daniel here to day. Mr. Caruthers here to night. Mr. Wilburn here to day. Lucy finished washing.

[Saturday, Jan. 17, 1863]

Sat 17th Clear & cold. Ground frozen again, a heavy frost this morning. Wind North. Eleven plows still running. The other negroes burning stalks in Mr. DuBose's field. Gus hunting horses. Mr. Daniel, Mr. Shrock, & Mr. Caruthers been hunting negroes, but did not strike a track. Mr. Prewett left this morning. Mr. Brandon, Daniel here to day, Mr. Caruthers and W. Burkhart here to night.

[Sunday, Jan. 18, 1863]

Sunday 18th Cloudy & raining all day, cool. Wind South. Two of Capt. Mathis's negro men brought George home this morning. Mr. Shrock paid them. Mr. Caruth­ers & W. Burkhart here all day & night.

[Monday, Jan. 19, 1863]

Monday 19th Clear & cold> A fresh Norther this morning. All of the negroes went round the field & staked & ridered the fense, then got up hogs, run one under the house, the negroes tried to get but [it] could not. Mr. Shrock had her killed. Killed one of Mr. Brandons also. Gus hunted the horses & found them. W. Burkhart here. Presley ground. Mr. Galbraith's Lucy and Nelson drove the mill.

Wharton County[, Texas Tuesday,] Jan. 20th 1863

20th Clear & cold, frost this morning, very calm all day. What wind there has been was from the North. Eleven plows running in the Galbraith cut, George plowing in Lud's place. Lud been hunting Mr. DuBose's pony all; but did not find him. Five ox plows and six mule plows running. Gus driving Caro­line S's oxen, Yoric Jennie's & Viney S. for Manda H. The other hands burning brush in the Galbraith cut. W. Burkhart here. Mr. Newt DuBose here this morning. Mr. Brandon sent for his two hogs, one that was killed yesterday and one that was in the pen.

[Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1863]

Wednesday 21st Mr. DuBose hired Susan for the year. She went there today. Clear & cold, some frost. Wind East. Eleven plows running in the Galbraith cut. Gus, Yoric, & Viney still driving. Lud hunting Mr. DuBose's pony. All the other negroes burning stalks in the morning & cutting in the evening. Mr. Shrock started to Matagorda this morning, had to take two of the plow mules to work down in the little wagon. Old Davy drove it down. Joe went also. he rode Mr. Haden's big sor[r]el horse. Two negroes went over the creek & fixed the cribs to keep the oxen from pulling out the corn. Isabel and Mrs. Shrock at Mrs. Daniel's.

[Thursday, Jan. 22, 1863]

Thursday 22nd 1863. Clear & cool, wind East. Ten plows running. Joe at Mr. DuBoses fixing cotton pens so that the cows cannot pull out the cotton. Lud hunting Mr. DuBose's pony. Viney, Gus, & Yoric driving some of the plowers oxen. All the other hands cutting ____ cutting stalks. Celia and Scrap at Mrs. DuBoses to spend the day. Wm. Burkhart went out to Mr. Galbraith's yesterday evening.

[Friday, Jan. 23, 1863]

Friday 23rd Cloudy & raining. Wind South in the morning & North in the even­ing. Eleven plows runing. Started to burn stalks this morning but it rained so that they had to quit. Lud at Mr. DuBoses staking and ridering the horse lot fense & fixing the corn cribs. No one here.

Wharton County[, Texas Saturday,] Jan. 24th 1863

Saturday 24th Cloudy & raining all last night & this morning, rained but very lit[tle] this evening. Wind East. Shelling corn to grind. Presley ground for us & Mr. DuBose. Some of the negroes went over the creek to fix the cribs. Marth, Caroline, George, & Jennie went down in the bottom to saw some horse blocks. Wm. Burkhart came back to day. Old Barny working in the garden. Sent down to Mr. Daniel's to get some shallots to set out. Sallie had old Harvy to straighten the honey suckle.

[Sunday, Jan. 25, 1863]

Sunday 25th Cloudy. Wind South. Being Sunday there's nothing doing. Messrs. W. Jenkins, W. Shrock, and Jesse came up from camps this evening & are here to night. W. Burkhart here also. Mr. Shrock and Joe Haden got back tonight. Old Davy got back with the wagon. Bob Thompson came tonight.

[Monday, Jan. 26, 1863]

Monday 26th 1863 Cloudy & raining. Wind South this morning & Norther this evening. Some of the hands went to cutting stalks this morning. Eleven plows running this morning but it was too wet to work in the field in evening. Mr. DuBose's negores all went home. Mr. Shrock's helping ceil the house inside, Mr. Haden & Billie Shrock helped also. W. H. Burkhart, W. Shrock, & Jesse Davis here tonight. Bob Thompson & Billie Jenkins down at Mr. DuBoses.

[Tuesday, Jan. 27, 1863]

Tuesday 27th Clear & cold. Wind North. Eleven plows running in the back part of our field, the other hands are cutting stalks back there. Mr. DuBose's Manda is cutting weeds in his field. Capt. Moseley, Mr. Holmes, Mr. L. Prewett here for dinner. Messrs. L. Prewett, C. Holmes, W. Jenkins, W. Shrock, J. Davis here to night. Mr. Geo. DuBose, & R. S. Thompson here for supper. Wm. Burk­hart went to Matagorda today. Mr. Shrock went with him into Matagorda. Security to sign a document. Loucinda cooking. Charlotte washing. Mr. Daniel borrowed a sack of salt weighing (150) one hundred fifty pounds.

Wharton County[, Texas Wednesday,] Jan. 28th 1863

Wednesday 28th 1863. Clear & cold. A heavy frost this morning. Wind N. this morning. N. W. this evening. Eleven plows running today, in the back part of our [fi]eld. All the other hands burning stalks in the [sa]me cut. Manda still working in Mr. DuBose's field. R. S. Thompson and Mr. Holmes left for camps this morning. Messrs. L. Prewett, Geo. DuBose, W. Jenkins, Jesse [Dav]is, W. Shrock left for Camps this evening. Manda [at] Mrs. DuBoses tonight. Mr. Daniel got another sack of [salt] weighing one hundred sixty pounds (160 lbs). Old Har[vey] working in the garden.

[Thursday, Jan. 29, 1863]

Thursday 29th Clear & cold, wind S. Ten plows running, the plowers are Caroline H., Jennie, George, Joe, Manda, Caroline S., Marth, Beck, Sallie, Rose, & Presley. Lud hunted his oxen in the morning & went to Capt. Mathises to get some plows. hunted the rest of his team after he came back to drive tomorrow. Mr. F. 0. Bertrand gave Mr. Shrock a hog that he had killed & left in the cane brake. Joe D. & George went after it at noon. Old Harvey skinned it & cut it up in the evening, he worked in the garden in the morning. The other hands raking up corn stalk[s] & burning them on this side of the creek. The plowers are plowing in the second years ground. Messrs F. 0. & Gus Bertrand, Mr. Day & Mr. Cooper here to day. Presley hauled wood yesterday. Dr. Moore here yesterday. Manda DuBose cutting cane in their field ever since Saturday. Mr. Gill, Billie Shrock heer tonight.

[Friday, Jan. 30, 1863]

Friday 30th Clear & cool. Wind S. & S. E. Eleven plows running in the second years ground. All the hoe hands went down to Mr. DuBoses to load the wagon with potatoes for Lud to carry to the battalion. The negroes then bedded Mr. DuBose's potatoes and came home and some [hands] burned stalks. All except Jude old Harvey Loucinda & Viney H., they working in the garden. W. Shrock gone to camps, Mr. Gill went to hunt his horse. Jennie's oxen gave out, she had to take another yoke, no one here to night.

Wharton County[, Texas Saturday,] Jan. 31st 1863

Saturday 31st 1863. Some what Cloudy, wind South. Eleven plows running, Jude, Old Har[vey,] Viney H. and Loucinda working in the garde[n] pla[nt]ing out shalots. Tone went to Mr. Galbrai[th's] to get some shalots yesterday. The other ha[nds] burning corn stalks by the pond. Wm. H. B[urk]hart returned from Matagorda. Billie Sh[rock] & W. P. Henry here today. Billie Jenkins [here] for supper, but back to camps. Lud raking [in] corn field on the other side of the creek.

[Sunday, February 1, 1863]

Sunday 1st February 1863. Clear cool wind N[orth] East. Being Sunday theres nothing doing. Mr. Lev[I] Prewett & W. Burkhart here for dinner, left for camps this evening. Col. Hawkins negro got a barrel of Mr. Burkhart's sugar today. Mr. and Mrs. Daniel here today.

[Monday, February 2, 1863]

Monday 2nd Clear & pleasant. Wind East. Mr. H. Shrock & wife went down to Mrs. DuBoses this evening. Eleven ploughs running. Lud raking. All the hands working in Mr DuBose garden. Rose plowing Lud's oxen ever since Saturday. Tone is driving for Rose, Gus for Caroline, and Yoric for Jennie. Mrs. Dock Shrock & children got here to day. Mr. Geo. Burkhart here to night. Scrap at Mrs. DuBoses last night. All well. Billie Jenkins & Billie Shrock here to day.

[Tuesday, February 3, 1863]

Tuesday 3rd 1863 Clear in the morning, some what cloudy the evening. Wind N. E. Mr. Geo. Burkhart & Mr. Henry Shrock went to Clark's sale got back to night. Mr. Dance & Mr. L. Prewett here to day & to night. Mr. Geo. Burkhart here to night also. Eleven plows ru[n]ning. Lud got a load of potatoes from Mr. Brandon & carried them out to the battalion. Puss plowing in the potato patch today & yesterday. The other hands burning corn stalks on the other side of the creek. Mr. Shrock & Burkhart back to night.

[Wednesday, February 4, 1863]

Wedne 4th Cloudy all day, raining all the morning, but not in the evening. Wind north the plows running in the evening. The other hands cutting poles in the evening to make a pen for a garden. Nothing doing in the morning. Mr. Dance and L. Prewett went to camps this evening. Mr. Burkhart here to night.

Wharton County[, Texas Wednesday,] February 4th 1863 [Continued]

Lud started out to the battalion with a load of corn but the wagon bogged down. Mr. Shrock sent George with a yoke of oxen to help him pull it out. George and Lud came back to night. They did not get the wagon out of the bog.

[Thursday, February 5, 1863]

Thursday 5th Clear & extremely cold. Wind North. Eleven [plo]ws running. All the other hands cutting poles for the garden fense down in the field. Lud & George another wagon & team, took the corn of[f] the wagon that was bogged. Lud & George got back to night with both wagons. Mr. Geo. Burkhart [h]ere to night. Puss is plowing with the others.

[Friday, February 6, 1863]

Friday 6th Wind South. Clear & cold. A very heavy frost this morning. It was too cold for the negroes to go to work until after breakfast. George & Lud went to the battalion with two loads of corn got back to night. Eleven plows running in the corn field over the creek yesterday & today. Loucinda cooked for Charlotte to wash. Celia sick.

[Saturday, February 7, 1863]

Saturday 7th 1863 Clear & cold, wind S. frost this morning. Eleven plows running, the other hands burning corn stalks on the other side of the creek. Mrs. Slade & Virginia Cayce here to day, W. Burkhart, Billie Jenkins, & W. Shrock & Mr. Geo. Burkhart here to day & to night. Manda DuBose is still working in Mr. DuBose's field. Dr. Moore here to see Celia.

[Sunday, February 8, 1863]

Sunday 8th Clear & cool. Wind still S. Wm. Burkhart Billie Jenkins Billie Shrock went to camps this evening. Mr. Burkhart here to night and today. No one else here. George & Lud carried two loads of corn & a piece to the battalion.

[Monday, February 9, 1863]

Monday 9th Dr. Moore here to see Celia. Clear & pleasant. Wind S. Eleven plows running in Mr. DuBoses field. All the other[s] loaded the two wagons with corn for Lud & George to carry out to the battalion. Fourty were here for dinner, they came to Mr. Hadens sale. Mr. Galbraith & Mr. G. Burkhart here for supper. Celia im­proving .

Wharton County[, Texas Tuesday,] February 10th 1863

Tuesday 10th Some what cloudy. Wind S. Eleven plows running. Three of the negro women went to Mr. Brandons to help load the two wagons for George & Lud to carry out to the battalion, one was loaded with potatoes & the other with corn. All the oth[er] hands cutting & burning weeds in M[r.] DuBoses field yesterday & to day. The plow[ers] are plowing in Mr. DuBoses field. George Burkhart left for Matagorda this morning. Mrs. DuBose spent the day with us. Amanda went home with her. Presley ground y[es]terday took four plow mules got done grinding by breakfast.

[Wednesday, Feb. 11, 1863]

Wednesday 11th Clear, wind South. Thirteen plows running in Mr. DuBoses field. All the other hands cutting & burning weed[s] in Mr. DuBoses field. Amanda came home this morning. Messrs. F. 0. Bertrand, W. Thompson, Stringer here this morning. Billie Jenkins here to day.

[Thursday, Feb. 12, 1863]

Thursday 12th Clear, wind South. Thirteen plows running. All the other hands burning weeds in Mr. DuBoses field. The plows are plowing in Mr. DuBoses field. G. Cook and J. Jolley here to night. Billie Shrock here to day, went hack to camps this evening.

[Friday, Feb. 13, 1863]

Friday 13th Cloudy, wind Still S. Thirteen plows running in Mr. DuBoses field. All the other hands cutting weeds & burning them in the same field. Mr. Jolley & G. Cook here this morning. Mr. J. Dance & Billie Shrock here for dinner. W. Burkhart here to night.

[Saturday, Feb. 14, 1863]

Saturday 14th 1863. Clear & pleasant. Wind S. Thirteen plows running in Mr. DuBoses field. Seven ox plows. Six mule plows. All the other hands burning corn stalks in same field. Amanda at Mrs. Cayce's to day. W. Burkhart Mr. Stanford & Billie Shrock here for dinner. All the trash gang shelled corn this evening. No one here to night.

Wharton County[, Texas Sunday,] Feb. 15th 1863

Sunday 15th Wind South. Cloudy, raining this morning & to night. Amanda & Isabel went to church this morning, staid at Mr. Cayce's for dinner & came home this evening. had grinding done at Mr. Galbraiths. No one here to day or to night.

[Monday, Feb. 16, 1863]

[Mo]nday 16th 1863 Cloudy, raining last night. [Wi]nd S. raining all the morning. The negroes not at work this morning. All hands cutting poles & making a garden down in the field by the old Drue house. No one here to day or to night.

[Tuesday, Feb. 17, 1863]

Tuesday 17th Clear & cool. Wind North. Thirteen plows running in the corn field over the creek. All the other hands cutting poles & making the garden. Gus, Yorick, & Tone still driving for Jennie Caroline H. and Puss. Dr. Stuart, Mr. Wm. Laws, and Mr. Galbraith here to day. Mr. Galbraith & Mr. Shrock had a settlement about some salt. No one here to night.

[Wednesday, Feb. 18, 1863]

Wednesday 18th Clear & cool. Wind South thirteen plows running over in the corn field. All the other hands working in the garden until nine or ten o'clock & then burnt corn stalks before the plowers. Dock Shrock got her[e] tonight. he has the mumps. Wm. Burkhart Dee Shrock & Billie Jenkins here to night. Sallie and Cynthia went down to Mrs. DuBoses this evening, Billie Jenkins went with them.

[Thursday, Feb. 19, 1863]

Thursday 19th Clear & cool. wind South. Thirteen plows running in the corn field. The other hands burning corn stalks before the plows. some are hauling corn from over the creek & putting it in the crib by the lot. W. Burkhart Billie Jenkins and Billie Shrock went back to the battalion this morning.

Wharton County[, Texas Thursday,] Feb. 19th 1863 [Continued]

W. Jenkins W. Shrock J. Jol[l]ey & L. Prewett & Dee Shrock here for dinner. J. Jolley went to Mr. Croms this evening. Messrs. L. Prewett W. Shrock [and] W. Jenkins here to night.

[Friday, Feb. 20, 1863]

Fri. 20th Cloudy, wind S. Twelve [plows] running yesterday & today in the corn field. Some of the hands are burning corn stalks and others haulin[g] corn & putting it in the crib by [the] lot. Messrs. L. Prewett, W. Jenkins, W. Shrock, & George DeBose left for camps this morning. Mr. Brandon here this morning. W. Burkhart & W. Prewett here for dinner. No one here to night. Loucinda sick. Dr. Moore here to see Dock.

[Saturday, Feb. 21, 1863]

Sat. 21st Clear & pleasant. Wind South. Twelve ploughs running. Lud & several of the other negroes hauling corn from over the creek. All the other hands burning corn stalks before the plows. Puss came in sick this evening, which makes only Eleven ploughers. No one here to day or to night.

[Sunday, Feb. 22, 1863]

Sunday 22nd 1863. Clear. Wind South. Being Sunday there's nothing doing. Scrap at Mr. DuBose's last night. Amander there tonight. Puss still complaining. Loucinda im­proving. No one here. Mrs. Bertrand sent in for some one to go and stay some with her. Celia went. Billie here to night. Galbraith W. Crawford here to day.

[Monday, Feb. 23, 1863]

Monday 23rd Some what cloudy, wind South. Eleven plows running in the corn field. Commenced planting corn on the other side of the creek. Caroline S. Marth & Manda DuBose plowing & planting. Loucinda dropping & Sue carrying corn on the other side of the creek this evening. All the plowers were plowing on the other hill side & a place that was too wet for them to plow when they went over. Mr. Shrock went to whip old davy

Wharton County[, Texas Monday] Feb. 23rd 1863 [Continued]

this morning & he run. Billie Shrock helped to whip him. Sent for Dr. Moore to come & see him. All the other hands shelling seed corn & hauling corn from over the creek, Lud driving the wagon, Jude, Viney S., Viney H., & Ann working in the [gar]den up in the field. Mr. Daniel, Dr. Moore here to day. Billie Shrock here [to] night. Old Davy killed frank['s] dog. Jude buried him this evening.

[Tuesday, Feb. 24, 1863]

[T]uesday 24th Cloudy but no rain. Wind South. Three plowers still planting corn. Loucinda droping Sue carrying corn on the other side of the creek. the other plowers plow­ing in the potato patch. All the other hands cutting poles in Mr. Brandon's field. Old Davy died this evening. Billie Shrock went to Columbia this evening. Mr. G. DuBose & wife spent the day here. Mr. and Mrs. Shrock at Mr. DuBose['s] for supper. Isabel there all night. Puss still sick. no one here to night. [Wednesday, Feb. 25, 1863] Wedne 25th Cloudy, but no rain. Wind South. Five hands still planting corn over the creek. George and old Presley dug old Dave's grave this morning. Lud went up to Mr. Galbraiths to get his coffin & then carried him to grave yard. George, Presley, & Lud buried him. All the other plowers plowing in different parts of the field. Joe, Rose, and Beck commenced planting potatoes out by the gen, the other hands cutting poles in Mr. Brandon's field this morning, cutting potatoes & droping them this evening, Lud & Presley & George plowing this evening. Lud hauling wood.

[Thursday, Feb. 26, 1863]

Thursday 26th Wind North this evening. South this morning. Cloudy & some rain this morning. Cloudy but no rain this evening. Three plowers planting potatoes & All the other plowers plow-

Wharton County[, Texas Thursday,] Feb. 26th 1863 [Continued]

ing middles in different parts of the fields. Marth Manda DuBose and Caroline S. planting corn over the creek. Loucinda droping and Sue carrying it to them. Caroline S quit plowing this morning and went to cutting potatoes with the trash gang. Caroline H took [her] place, the other plowers in dif­ferent parts of the field. Finished planting potatoes this evening. Celia came home from Mr. Burtrands this evening. Puss still sick. Yorick went to the post office, got no letters, went to Dr. Moores also to get some cough drops for Mr Shrock.

[Friday, Feb. 27, 1863]

Friday 27th 1863. Clear, a fresh Norther this morning. Six plows planting on this side of the creek, three planting on the other side. Two plows running in DuBose's field. Gardening on the creek.

[Saturday, Feb. 28, 1863]

Clear. North wind still blowing. Plows running as yesterday. Harvey, Caroline, Maria, Cansas working in the garden. Planted Irish Potatoes beans and other seeds.

[Sunday, March 1, 1863]

March 1st 1863 Clear and pleasant. Wind north. Messrs. Daniel, Mars, Dossey, Billy Shrock here also De Shrock here tonight.

[Monday, March 2, 1863]

Mon. March 1st 1863 [Writer got the day confused.] Clear. Wind east. Finished planting corn on this side of the creek also finished the west cut in DuBose's field. Six plows went from this to the other side of the creek at ten O clock this morning. Mr. Shrock went up to Mr J. Stevens to weigh some cotton. Billy Shrock and De here tonight.

[Tuesday, March 3, 1863]

2nd [Writer got the day confused.] Clear and pleasant. All the plows planting corn on the other side of the creek. Still working in the garden. Mr. Day sent yesterday and got seed potatoes, eight bushels.

Wharton County[, Texas Wednesday,] March 3d 1863 [Writer got the day confused. Should be the 4th.]

Wed. 4th Clear and pleasant. All finished planting corn this evening. Got the hogs out of the field and killed two. Messrs. Brandon and Daniel here to day. George and Lud blocking off corn on the other side of the creek.

[Thursday, March 5, 1863]

5th Clear in the morning but clouded up in the evening and sprinkled rain. Planting corn at DuBose's on the ground which he turned out last year. Planted Mrs DuBose's garden.

[Friday, March 6, 1863]

6th Cloudy. Wind East and South East. Plows still planting in DuBose's field. The other hands clearing off the ground, finished clearing off. Lud raking off the ground.

[Saturday, March 7, 1863]

Satur 7th Cleared off this morning. Finished planting DuBose's corn this morning. The plows finished breaking out middles about 2 O clock the other hands staked the fence. All the plows finished, then all had holliday.

[Sunday, March 8, 1863]

Sun 8th Clear. Wind North. Some frost this morning. Mrs. DuBose Mrs. Prewett and Miss Sarah spent the day with Mrs. Daniel.

[Monday, March 9, 1863]

Mon. 9th Mr. Prewett here. Cloudy and some rain. Wind south of east. Commenced planting cotton. Also baled cotton. Started the gin. Stake[d] the fence. Billy Jenkins and George DuBose came up from town.

[Tuesday, March 10, 1863]

Tues 10th Killed four hogs. Cleared off to day. Still planting cotton. The gin running. Still staking fences and splitting stakes. Billy and George left for Columbia.

[Wednesday, March 11, 1863]

Wednes 11th Killed six hogs of DuBose's. Clear and pleasant. Still planting cotton splitting stakes and staking fence. Mr Tulford here and helped me to mend the screw. Stayed all night. Mr. DuBose come up from the coast.

Wharton County[, Texas Thursday,] March 12th [1863]

Thurs 12th Clear and pleasant. Wind South East. Planting and baling cotton. Went to work on the fence after dinner. Mr DuBose left for camp. Messrs. Prewett Burkhart and Billy Shrock here.

[Friday, March 13, 1863]

Fri. 13th Clear and pleasant. Wind South. Still planting cotton and working [on] the fence. Messrs. L. P. Prewett W. H. Burkhart and Billy Shrock here.

[Saturday, March 14, 1863]

Satur 14th Clear in the morning but cloudy in the evening. Still planting cotton a[nd] working on the fence. Misses Virginia and Mary Cayce here to day, also Mr. L. Prewett Ira Prewett here, Billy S[hrock] left here for Columbia this evening.

[Sunday, March 15, 1863]

Sun 15th Clear and very windy blowing from the South. All went to church. Parson Shoffard preached in Mr. Brandon's old house. L. P. and Ira Prewett here. Also W. H. Burkhart here to night.

[Monday, March 16, 1863]

Mon 16th Cloudy and rain. Wind North West in the morning. Turned North. Still planting cotton and working on the fence. L. P. Prewett and W. H. Burkhart left here this morning for Columbia. Sent Yorrick to bring their horses back. Ginning. Presley sick.

[Tuesday, March 17, 1863]

Tues 17th Clear and pleasant. Wind South. Still planting cotton and working on the fence. Suse and Em scaring birds off the corn and have been doing so for a week. Ira Prewett and Dock Shrock left here. Ira for home and Dock for the army. Mr. Tulford, Dr. Moore, and Mr. Turner here to day. Presley sick.

[Wednesday, March 18, 1863]

Wed 18th Some few clouds floating. A very heavy dew this morning. Very warm. Wind S. Still planting cotton. Lud raking after the cotton planters. Working on the fense. Joe and Jennie working on the gait. George at Mr. Galbraiths help­ing raise the screw. Presley sick.

Wharton County[, Texas Thursday,] March 19th 1863

Thurs 19th Some what cloudy & warm, Wind South. Baled cotton this morning. Finish­ed planting cotton in Mr. DuBoses field just after dinner & then went to plant­ing in the long cut by the pond. Working on the potato ridges & hauling cotton seed to plant. George helped Mr. [Bu]rtrands negro out of the bog. Mr. Cayce's Hy[ra]m working on the wagon. Caroline worked in his [pla]ce. Old Harvey helped Hyram. Mr. Brandon and [M]r Galbraith here to day. Yorick went to the post office [th]is evening but did'nt get any thing. Cynthia sick. [H]ad a chill. Lucy and Caroline S. still ginning.

[Friday, March 20, 1863]

Friday 20th Very foggy this morning & some what Cloudy this morning. clear this evening. W[ind] South. Planting cotton as yesterday. The other hands, hauling cotton from Mr. DuBose's field to the gin, hauled one load yesterday. Carried one load seed to the field tonight. George ginning to day. Ann handing cotton. Yorick and Tone driving. Hyram & old Harvey finished the wagon this morning. Caroline H. ploughed in Hyram's place until dinner then came home. Mr. Galbraith here for dinner.

[Saturday, March 21, 1863]

Sat 21st Cloudy in the morning. Cleared off about noon. Wind south. Plows plant­ing cotton in the long cut. Split and hauled stakes and cleaned out fence corners. Misses Sarah and Amanda went out to the Misses Galbraith. Messrs. Brandon and Tulford here.

[Sunday, March 22, 1863]

Sun 22nd Clear and pleasant; wind south. Mr. Calaway spent the day here, also Miss Mary and Rachel Galbraith here. Mrs. DuBose here to spend the day.

Wharton County[, Texas Monday,] March 23rd 1863

Mon. 23rd Cloudy in the morning but cleared off about nine O clock. Wind South. Still planting cotton in the long cut. Planted peas sugar corn brow[n] corn and pop corn and hoed in the g[ar]den. The gin running. Got timber for cotton hoop[s.] Made hoe handles. Very warm. Mr. Cash brought the coffee home.

[Tuesday, March 24, 1863]

Tues 24th Clear and cool, a Norther having blown up last night. Finished p[lant]­ing the cotton in the long cut and mo[ved] the plows into the creek bank cut. The gin running. Lud and Joe making cotton hoops, the other hands replanting corn in DuBose's field. Caroline S and Lucy still spinning, Old Chany also spinning today. Mr. Clinton here to get a tooth drawn. Messrs. Chatmon and Whitely here tonight. Mr. Galbraith here this evening.

[Wednesday, March 25, 1863]

Wed. 25th Clear & cold. Wind N. this morning S. this evening. Frost killed the largest corn; didn't hurt the cotton. Planting cotton in the new ground. Lud and Joe Making cotton hoops. The other hands replanting corn over the creek. Caroline S. Lucy, & old Chany spinning. Messrs. Chatmon, Whitely, Slone, and Rhodes here to night. Mr. Galbraith here this morning. Mr. F. 0. Burtrand came for his bees to night, here for supper. Mr. Brandon here. The corn not injured much.

[Thursday, March 26, 1863]

Thursday 26th Cloudy some parts of the day. Wind South. Planting cotton in the new ground on this side of the creek. Lud, Tone, Gus, Yorick hunting oxen. The other hands replanting corn over the creek. Messrs. Rhodes, Chatmon, and Whitely here to day & to night also. Mr. Shrock went to Columbia. George gathering the ox bows and yokes. Lucy, Caroline, & Chany spinning.

Wharton County[, Texas Friday,] March 27th 1863

Friday 27th Cloudy. Wind S. still planting cotton and replanting corn. Lud, Gus, Yoric, George hunting oxen. Em and Tone watching the oxen to keep them off the corn. Still planting cotton on this side of the creek, replanting corn on the other side of the creek. Amanda at Mrs. DuBoses last night & has not come home. Messrs. Chatmon, Whitely, & Rhodes here. Mr. Shrock got back. Mrs Day here.

[Saturday, March 28, 1863]

[S]at 28th Cloudy and some rain. W[ind] S. this morning. A fresh Norther this even­ing. Some hail this evening. Finished planting cotton. Replanting corn. Lud, Gus, Yorick, and George getting up oxen. Messrs. Chatmon and Whitely left this evening. Isabel, Celia, & Mrs. DuBose at Mr. Brandons to day. Sent fo[r] them this evening. Em and Tone watch the oxen. Mr Rhodes here to night.

[Sunday, March 29, 1863]

Sunday 29th Clear & cold. North Wind. Mr. Rhodes selected his oxen this morning. Mrs. DuBose here this evening, Mr. Rhodes here to night. Scrap at Mrs. DuBoses. Covered the beans this evening.

[Monday, March 30, 1863]

Monday 30th Clear & cold. Wind North West. A very heavy frost. All of Mr. DuBose corn killed. One or two cuts of ours killed also. Baling cotton this morning. Re­planting corn on this side of the creek. Planting some cotton over in the gin house cut where the frost killed. Mr. Rhodes' teams left here this morning. he left also. George & Yoric hunting mules. Mr. A. and T. Oaks & three other men stopped here this even[ing] ate dinner & then left. Mr. J. W. Day here this even­ing. Lucy Caroline & Chany went to the field this morning. No one here to night. Jane went to work this morning.

[Tuesday, March 31, 1863]

Tuesday 31st Clear & cold, another heavy frost. W[ind] East this morning. N. this evening. Planting cotton, ground peas & watermellon seed in the potato patch by the pond this morning, plowing up frosted corn & planting more in Mr DuBose's field, Yoric went to Columbia for domestic.

Wharton County[, Texas Wednesday,] April 1st 1863

Wedne 1st Clear & cold. Another killing frost. All the beans are dead uncovered them yesterday evening. Plowing up the frosted corn & planting more in the place in Mr. DuBoses field. Planting ov[er] corn in our field. Mr. Brandon [here] for dinner. The corn planters came on our [place] this even[ing.]

[Thursday, April 2, 1863]

Thurs. 2nd Clear & cold. W[ind] East. Plowing [up] frosted corn by the pond & planti[ng] ____ Planting cross corn in our field. The hands that were planting cross c[orn] this evening loaded the wagons with corn out of Mr. Brandon's crib to carry to Matagorda. Lud, George, Yoric, & Gus started to Matagorda this evening. Mr. Brandon here for dinner. No one here to night.

[Friday, April 3, 1863]

Fri. 3rd Clear & pleasant. Wind East. Planting some cotton over in Mr. DuBose's field this evening, corn in ours this morning. Still planting cross corn in our field. Mr. Tulford here to night. Planted beans by the pond this morning.

[Saturday, April 4, 1863]

Saturday 4th Clear & pleasant. Wind S. Planting cotton in Mr. DuBose's field this morning, the plow hands trenched out the potato patch & worked in the gar­den. Presley & Tone started to Matagorda this evening. Mr. Tulford here to day. Caroline H. Ann & Manda DuBose fencing.

[Sunday, April 5, 1863]

Sunday 5th Clear cool mornings & evenings, but warm days. Wind South. Mrs. Shrock, Isabel & Cynthia at Mrs. Daniels to day. Mr. Shrock gone to Matagorda. Mr. J. Yale here for breakfast befo[re] with Mr. Shrock. Some of the negroes went to Cayce's this evening.

Wharton County[, Texas Monday,] April 6th 1863

Monday 6th Clear cool morning and evenings but warm days. Wind North East. Cynthia moved over the creek in the Haden old house this evening. Maria moved out of there into the other one yesterday. Marth blocking off corn in Mr. DuBoses field. The other hands scraping cotton. Joe brought the meal from Mr. Galbraiths to night.

[Tuesday, April 7. 1863]

[Tu]esday 7th Clear, cool mornings & evenings. Wind South. Marth finished blocking off the corn in Mr. DuBose's field this morning & came in ours. The negroes finished scraping cotton in Mr. DuBose's field this evening & then worked on the fense. Sallie got the mumps. Mr. Shrock got back from Matagorda to night. Mr. F. 0. Burtrand here for dinner. Mrs. Burtrand here this evening. Presley got back to night.

[Wednesday, April 8, 1863]

Wedne 8th Clear & pleasant. Wind South. Marth blocking off corn in our field. All the other hands baling cotton all day. Mr. Brandon here for dinner. Mr. Galbraith also. Mr. Daniel here this evening. Mr. Joe Yale here to night. Baling cotton that was brought from Mr. Halls.

[Thursday, April 9, 1863]

Thursday 9th Clear & pleasant. Wind South. Marth finished blocking off corn before breakfast this morning. Marth, beck, Rose, & Manda H. planting over some cotton in Mr. DuBose field with plows. All the hands replanting cotton with hoes, in the gin house cut, finished there tonight. The wagons got back this evening. Lud & George carried two wagons loaded with cotton back to the prairie. Yoric & Gus drove some oxen out there. Mr. J. Detrich here.

[Friday, April 10, 1863]

Friday 10th Some what Cloudy. Wind still South. Replanted cotton until breakfast & then went to scraping cotton in the Galbraith cut. Old Kansas

Wharton County[, Texas Friday,] April 10th 1863 [Continued]

sick, had fits last night. Mr. Brandon here. Two sweeps running in the long cut. Mr. Damon here.

[Saturday, April 11, 1863]

Saturday 11th Cloudy. Wind still South. All the negroes scraping & sweeping [cot]ton in the long cut. Four sweeps running. Lud, Geor[ge,] and Yoric started to Matagorda wit[h cot]ton, carried two wagons out to the pra[irie] this even[ing.] Mr. A. Brandon here to day. Tom sick, old Kansas still sick. No on[e] here tonight. Mr. Detrick left this m[orning.]

[Sunday, April 12, 1863]

Sun. 12th Clear. Strong South wind. Mr. P. Burns here all day. Jude & Caroline S. went to Mr. Day's to change some bed railings.

[Monday, April 13, 1863] Mon. 13th Cloudy. Sprinkled a little this morning. Strong South wind. Five sweeps running in the long cut. The other hands scraping cotton until ten or eleven o clock & then set out cabbage in our garden & Mr. DuBose's. Finished a little before su[n] down & went to scraping cotton in Mr. DuBose's field. Had to water the cabbage as they were set out.

[Tuesday, April 14, 1863]

Tues. 14th Clear. Wind North. Six sweeps running in the long cut. The other hands replanting corn in Mr. DuB[ose's] field. Mr. Daniel here to day. Old Kansas gone to work.

[Wednesday, April 15, 1863]

Wed. 15th Clear & pleasant. Wind South. Five sweeps running in the long cut. Four plowers planting corn. Viny S. dropping. Mr. Brandon here. Mr. Detrich here to night. Scrapping cotton in DuBose['s] field.

[Thursday, April 16, 1863]

Thurs. 16th Some few floating cloud[s.] Strong South Wind. Finished planting corn over in the creek & then went to plowing it in the same cut. Scraping cotton in Mr. DuBoses field. Mr. Detrich here to day and to night. Mr.

Wharton County[, Texas Thursday,] April 16th 1863 [Continued]

Cayce here for din­ner. Mr. Shrock went to Mr. Cayce's to pay him for some cotton. Dr. Moore here for dinner.

[Friday, April 17, 1863]

Friday 17th Some prospects of rain. Strong S. Wind. Plowing corn over the creek, sweeping cotton in the new ground, the other hands scraping corn in Mr. DuBoses field. Presley and Lud got back to night. Mr. Detrich left this morning for Matagorda. Yoric helping Charlotte wash up down the creek. Messrs. T. & A. Oaks, Jas. Darby, J. Clay, & May here for dinner & to night. Scrap at Cynthia's tonight.

[Saturday, April 18, 1863]

Sat. 18th Fine prospects for rain to night. S. Wind all day, but change[d] to the North to night. Four plows still plowing corn over the creek. Still sweeping cotton in the new ground & scraping corn in Mr. DuBose's field. Messrs. T. and A. Oaks, Jas. Darby, Clay, & May left this morning for camps. Mr. G. DuBose here the most of the day.

[Sunday, April 19, 1863]

Sun 19th Clear & pleasant. Wind North. Mr. & Mrs. Shrock, Celia, & Cynthia went to church this morning. Amanda & Scrap has the mump[s]. Mr. Mars & Gus Burtrand here for dinner. Mr. Tulford here also.

[Monday, April 20, 1863]

Mon 20th Clear & pleasant in the morning. cloudy this evening. Wind South. Sweeping corn in the pond cut & four plowers still plowing corn over the creek. The other hands Scraping cotton in the long cut. George & Lud took two wagons, went to Mr. Halls & got them loaded with cotton & then carried them out to the prairie. Presley drove Mrs. Shro[ck] & Celia to Richmond in Mrs. Day's buggy. Yoric hunting oxen

Wharton County[, Texas Tuesday,] April 21st 1863

Tues. 21st Some few floating clouds. Strong South wind. Sweeping & plowing corn over the creek, the other hands scraping cotton in the long cut. Mr. Hill here for dinner. Mr. Brandon here to day. Lud & George carried t[w]o loads of corn from Mr. DuBoses as far as the pr[ai]rie. Gus & Yoric went out, they will drive two of the wagons to Matagorda. Yoric & Gus got back this morning from hunting oxen.

[Wednesday, April 22, 1863]

Wed 22nd Clear this morning, cloudy some this evening. Wind West this morning. South in the evening. Sweeping & plowing corn as yesterday. The other hands scraping corn. Celia & Mrs. Shrock got back this evening. No one here to night.

[Thursday, April 23, 1863]

Thurs 23rd Still some what cloudy. Thundered & lightened a good deal last night. Wind South very strong. Plowing & scraping corn over the creek. Sweeping in Mr. DuBose's field to day. No one here to night.

[Friday, April 24, 1863]

Fri. 24th Some few floating clouds. Wind S. Plowing corn over the creek. Sweeping in Mr. DuBoses field until dinner, then went over the creek to sweep­ing corn. The other hands Scraping & thinning out corn as yesterday. Mr. Shrock has the mumps.

[Saturday, April 25, 1863]

Sat 25th Clear, extremely warm. Wind S. All hands working as yesterday evening until about an hour by sun; they had the remainder of the evening. John & Joe hunting for some oxen did'nt get them. Cynthia, Amanda, George, & Dave went and gathered some dew berries this morning. Mr. Shrock sick.

Wharton County[, Texas Sunday,] April 26th 1863

Sun. 26th Cloudy. A very heavy rain last night. A heavy rain & hail to day. Wind west. Some distant thunder to night. Being Sunday there's nothing doing. There has been no one here to day. Mr. Shrock sick.

[Monday, April 27, 1863]

[Mo]n. 27th 1863 Cloudy, Some rain last night & this morning. Wind West. Negroes started to set out potato slips this morning. the ground was too wet. All hands then went in Mr. DuBose's field & thinned out corn with their hands. finished the cut & then took their hoes & scraped & thinned & cut of[f] our corn finished it & went back in Mr. DuBose's field. Stopped late in the evening & set out potato slips. Mr. Slie sent here for cabbage plants. John & Joe H. went to Mr. Clintons for tomato plants. Mr. G. DuBose here for dinner. Lud came in from the prairie to night all the wagons out there. No one here to night.

[Tuesday, April 28, 1863]

Tues. 28th Clear best part of the day. Wind North West. Sweeps running in the gin house cut. Set out potato plants this morning & evening. The wagons got here to night, brought some cotton belonging to Mr. Burkhart to be baled over. Scraping cotton in Mr. DuBoses field. Mr. Armstrong & Mr. Scott gave Mr. Shrock a beef that they killed down in the bottom. the negroes went down skinned it brought it up & salted it away. Mr. Scott and Deymon here for supper. No one else here. Mr. Armstrong gave Mr. Shrock two quarters of veal this morning. Only two sweeps running this evening. Joe D got up the horses this morning. Several plows running in the potato patch.

Wharton County[, Texas Wednesday,] April 29th 1863

Wedne 29th 1863. Clear, Tolerably pleasant. Wind North East. Sweeping cotton, planting potatoes down at Mrs. DuBoses & cabbage in our old potato patch & at Mrs. DuBose's. Caroline S. plowing in the potato patch at Mrs. DuBose's. Several plows running in the p[ota]to patches this morning, planting som[e] cotton seed in the old potato patch thi[s] evening. Mr. Armstrong killed four beeves for Mr. Galbraith. Cynthia got a quarter of one. Old Harvey working in the garden.

[Thursday, April 30, 1863]

Thurs. 30th 1863. Clear, wind South. All the sweeps running in gin house cut. The plows running in Mr. DuBose's field plowing corn. The other hands scraping cotton in the long cut. Old Harvey working in the garden. The wagons started to Matagorda loaded with cotton. Baling cotton until after breadfast. Mr. Daniel here awhile this morning.

[Friday, May 1, 1863]

Friday May 1st 1863. Some what cloudy. Wind South. Hoeing cotton in the long cut, plows & sweeps running as yesterday. Mr. Daniel here, Mrs. Shrock went to Mrs. Daniel how to make soap. No one here to night. All well.

[Saturday, May 2, 1863]

Sat 2nd Some what cloudy. Strong South wind, very cloudy to night & some rain. Sweeps went into Mr. DuBose's field, plowing & hoeing as yesterday. Manda DuBose got hurt with the plow this evening. Caroline there to night. Isabel & Celia at Mr. Daniels.

[Sunday, May 3, 1863]

Some floating clouds. Wind South. Mr. & Mrs. Daniel here. Joe D. went for the Doctor to see Manda D. Dr. Moore here this evening a while.

Wharton County[, Texas Saturday,] May 23, 1863

[Worke]d in the pota[to pa]tch. Yoric [came in] from the prairie for mea[l, th]e wagons has been there every since [Wedn]esday, two of the wagons were turned [ove]r in the rail road-ditch. Isabel & Ce[lia] spent the day at Mrs. DuBoses. Celia [cam]e home to night. Viny S. sick.

[Sunday, May 24, 1863]

[24]th Clear, wind North. Being Sunday [th]ere's nothing doing. Mr. Levi Prew[e]tt is home from Columbia to day. Isabel came home this evening.

[Monday, May 25, 1863]

25th Clear, Wind North. Three plows running in Mr. DuBose's field. Hoe hands in the same cut of cotton. Messrs. DuBose, Daniel & Levi Prewett here this evening. Mrs. Daniel here this evening. Loucinda sick. Mr. Prewett here to night. George, Gus, Yoric & Lud hoeing Mr. DuBose['s] field. Mr. Shrock took Joe D. out to the prairie yesterday & got the cotton out of the water & carried it to the prairie. All come back last night.

[Tuesday, May 26, 1863]

26th Clear & warm, wind East. Five sweeps running in Mr. DuBoses field. The other hands in the same field. L. Prewett here to night. Sarah at Mrs. DuBoses to day and to night. Loucinda sick. No one here tonight but Mr. Prewett.

[Wednesday, May 27, 1863]

[W]edne 27th Clear & warm but few prospects of rain. Wind North. Hoe hands finished working in Mr. DuBoses field, went into the cut of cotton on this side [of] the pond. Sweeps in Mr. D[uBose']s field. Loucinda sick.

Wharton County[, Texas Thursday, May 28, 1863]

Clear & wa[rm,] wind N[orth.] Hoe hands fini[shed] the cut by th[e] pond & went in th[e long] cut. Sweeps in Mr. Du[Bose's] field. Dock got here [last] evening. Mattie Shroc[k is a] little sick. Loucinda [im]proving. Very dark clouds this e[vening.]

[Friday, May 29, 1863]

29th Clear this morning. Wind N. in the morning, S. in th[e even]ing, sweeps finished Mr. DuBose's field & come into our field in to the middle cu[t.] Hoe hands in the long cut & new ground. Dock went to Columbia this evening. Gus went with him to bring the horse back. Loucinda improving.

[Saturday, May 30, 1863]

Sat 30th 1863. Clear, extreemely warm. Wind South. Hoe hands in the new ground, sweeps sweeping as yesterday. Dock came back this morning. Mattie Shrock very sick, sent for Dr. Moore for Her but is now getting better. Dr. Moore here for dinner.

[Sunday, May 31, 1863]

Sun 31st Clear and very warm; wind South. Mr. Burns here for dinner. Dr. Moore here to see Mattie. Mrs. Daniel and Mr. Fox here. Mr. & Mrs. DuBose took supper here. Mr. Fox and William Burkhart here to night.

[Monday, June 1, 1863]

Mon. June 1st Clear & very warm. Wind South. Hoe hands hoing in the replanted corn over the creek & then in Mr. DuBose's field. Caroline S. & Beck [runn]ing sweeps in the long c[ut.] [Remainder unreadable or missing.]

Wharton Co[unty, Texas Tuesday, J]une 2nd 1863

2nd Cle[ar and] warm, Wind South. Plows in the new ground. Sweeps [in] the two years ground, fin[is]hed & went in the long cut on [th]e left side of the road. W. [B]urkhart gone out to Mr. Gal[br]aiths this evening. Yoric got [b]ack from Columbia. Bobby sick [y]esterday, better to day. Mattie improving. Hoe hands in Mr. DuBose's field.

[Wednesday, June 3, 1863]

3rd Clear & warm, wind South. Sweeps in the long cut next to the bottom. Hoe hands in Mr. DuBoses field. Amanda little sick. Dock got here this evening. No one here.

[Thursday, June 4, 1863]

4th Very cloudy once today, very warm, Wind South. Sweeps in the long cut. Hoe hands in Mr. DuBoses field. Celia at Mrs. Daniels to day. W. H. Burkhart got back to night. Amanda had a chill & has fever.

[Friday, June 5, 1863]

5th Some what cloudy & warm Wind South. Sweeps in the potato patch yes­terday evening a while & part of this morning, then went in the cotton up by the pond. W. H. Burkhart here to night. Amanda sick. Isabel sick this evening.

[Saturday, June 6, 1863]

6th Clear & warm, wind South. Mr. Daniel let Mr. Shrock have ____ seven sweeps to day, they were in the gin house cut. Mr. Shrock's ____ sweeps in by the pond & in [the po]tato [patch.] [Remainder missing or unreadable.]

Wharton County[, Texas Saturday, Ju]ne 6th 1863 [Continued]

the hoe hands over [the] creek in th[e] young corn. Mr. [and Mrs.] Daniel here awhile this evening, Isabel sick.

[Sunday, June 7, 1863]

7th Clear & warm Wind South. [Mrs.] Daniel Mr. & Mrs. F. 0. Bertrand [spent] the day here. Isabel improving. [Noth]ing done to day its being Sunday.

[Monday, June 8, 1863]

8th Clear & warm. Wind South. [All] hands in the corn over the cre[ek.] Manda DuBose went to work. Swe[eps] finished the gin house cut where the Galbraith sweeps left off. No one here to night.

[Tuesday, June 9, 1863]

9th Clear & warm wind South. Hoe hands worked in the corn in the morning & then went into the long cut of cotton. Mat got fever to night. Isabel & Manda improving.

[Wednesday, June 10, 1863]

[We]dne 10th Clear & warm. Wind South. Hoe hands working in the long cut until dinner, got there dinner & then went to Mr. DuBoses in the cotten hoing. Mat still sick, had a spasm to night. Isabel improving. No one here to night. Amanda still improving.

[Thursday, June 11, 1863]

[Thu]rs 11th Cloudy & very warm; a small shower of rain. Wind S. in the morning, North West in the evening. Hoe hands hoing Mr. DuBoses cotton. Dr. Moore here to see Mat to day, she had light spasms, could not keep them off, high fever.

[Friday, June 12, 1863]

12th Clear warm days, cool nigh[ts, wind] North West. Hoe hands in [Mr. DuBo]se['s] field. [The rest is unreadable or missing.]

Wharon County[, Texas Saturday,] June [13, 1863]

13th Clear & warm. Wind N. W. in the [morn]ing. S. in the evening. Hoe hands [in] Mr. DuBose['s] potato patch finish[ed] it & then hoed in the cotton until [d]inner. Mr. Shrock gave the negroes this evening. Mrs. Cayce, Mrs. Brandon & Mary Cayce here [to] day. Mr. Brandon here a while this morning. Dr. Moore he[re] to see Mat, she is no better. Lucy waiting on Mat.

[Sunday, June 14, 1863]

[Su]n 14th Clear & warm. Wind South East. Mr. & Mrs. DuBose & Miss Mary Galbraith spent the day here. Mrs. Brandon V. Cacey & Mrs. DuBose here to sit up with Mat. Mr. DuBose here for supper. Dr. Moore here to day to see Mat.

[Monday, June 15, 1863]

Mon. 15th Clear & warm. Wind N. W. in the morning, S. in the evening. Hoe hands in Mr. DuBose's field. Dr. Moore here to see Mat. Mrs. Brandon V. Cacey, and Mrs. DuBose went home this morning. Mr. Brandon here this morning.

[Tuesday, June 16, 1863]

Tues. 16th Clear & warm. Wind East & South East. Hoe hands in Mr. DuBose's field. Sweeps in the same. Dr. Moore here to see Mat. No one here to night. Lucy in the house to wait on Mat since Saturday. Wagons started to Matagorda.

[Wednesday, June 17, 1863]

Wedne 17th Cloudy a small shower of rain. Wind North. Ho[e ha]nds finished in Mr. DuBose's fie[ld yes]terday. [Dr.] Moore here to see Mat [Remainder unreadable or missing.]

[Wharton C]ounty[, Texas Thursday, June 18, 1863]

[Thu]rs. 18th 1863. Some what cl[oudy.] Wind N. E. & E. Hoe hands [working] by the pond & went into the lon[g cut.] Sweeps in corn by the pond. _____ed sweeping this evening. Mrs. [Bran]don here last night. Mrs. Ca[y]ce here to night. Mary with her. Dr. M[oore] here to see Mat, still no better. [Mr. Du]Bose took his negroes to themselves.

[Friday, June 19, 1863]

Fri. 19th Clear & warm. Wind East & ____. Hoe hands in the new ground. Hoing the young corn this evening. Dr. Moore, Mr. Tulford here to day. Dr. Moore, Mr. & Mrs. Slade, & Mrs. DuBose here to sit up with Mat, she is worse.

[Saturday, June 20, 1863]

Sat. 20th Clear & warm, wind South. Hoeing in the millet until breakfast, and then had the rest of the day. Dr. Moore here to see Mat, still no better. Mrs. Brandon here to sit up with Mat. Parson Shofferd, Mr. Tulford, & Wm. H. Burkhart here to night, Mat no better.

[Sunday, June 21, 1863]

Sun. 21st. Clear but very warm. Wind S. Mr. & Mrs. Shrock, Amanda & Celia went to church. Mrs. Brandon went from here to church. Mr. [and] Mrs. F. Bertrand spent the day here. Dr. Moore here to see Mat, Mrs. G. Burtrand, Mrs. Cayce, Mrs. Brandon & Mrs. Foot here this evening. W. H. Burkhart here to night.

[Monday, June 22, 1863]

Mon. 22nd Some what cloudy, Wind S. All hands went to the bottom to work, some picked up rails, oth[ers cu]t [and] hauled timber for making ­­­­____ a horse lot. [Remainder unreadable or missing.]

Wharton County[, Texas Tuesday,] June 23rd 1863

Tues 23rd Cloudy & some rain. Wind north. Some of the hands beating basket splits & making baskets. [Th]e other hands hoing in the gin [h]ouse or oak tree cut. Mrs. Slade [and] Mary Cacey here to night. Some [r]ain last night. Dr. Moore here to see Mat.

[Wednesday, June 24, 1863]

24th Cloudy & warm, but no rain, a little last night. All hands working as yesterday. Dr. Moore here to see Mat. W. H. Burkhart sick. No one here to night but W. B. Mr. Galbraith here today.

[Thursday, June 25, 1863]

[T]hurs. 25th Cloudy, but no rain. Wind S. Baling cotton until about ten o clock, then part of the hands went to beating timber & making baskets. the others to hauling corn from Mr. DuBoses. Dr. Moore here to see Mat. W. Burkhart a little sick. John & Joe came home from Mr. Galbraiths. Beck sick.

[Friday, June 26, 1863]

Fri. 26th Some clouds. Wind South. Hoe hands working by the gin. cut the broom corn today at dinner. the others working on the baskets. Dr. Moore here to see Mat. Mrs. Cayce & Mary here to night. W. Burkhart sick. Beck & Caroline sick.

[Saturday, June 27, 1863]

Sat. 27th Some few clouds. Wind South. Hoe hands working Mr. Shrocks corn in Mr. DuBoses field. Making Baskets. Caroline plowing in the old potato [pa]tch. Beck, Caroline H. [sick.] [Mr]s. Slade here to night. D[r. Moo]re he[re to see M]at. [Remainder missing.]

Wharton County[, Texas Sunday, June 28,] 1863

Sunday 28th Some few clouds. W[ind] Still south. Miss Mary Gal[braith] spent the day here. L. & R. G[albraith] here awhile this evening & morning. Mr. Daniel & Wesson [here] this evening.

[Monday, June 29, 1863]

Mon 29th 1863. Clear & warm wi[nd] South. Part of the hands mak[ing] baskets, the others hoing our c[orn] in our field. W. Burkhart go[ne] to Mr. Galbraiths. Dr. Moore here. Beck went to work this morning. Caroline sick.

[Tuesday, June 30, 1863]

Tues. 30 1863. Less prospects for rain. Wind South. very warm. Hoe hands finished in Mr. DuBose's field & went in the gin house cut. Mr. Shrock went to Matagorda last night. John & Joe with him. Finished making baskets this morning. The hoe hands in the long cut on the right of the rode. the baskets makers went there this evening. Marth & three others picking peas this evening. Dr. Moore here. W. Burkhart started to Matagorda this evening. No one here to night, Caroline H. sick.

[Wednesday, July 1, 1863]

Wed 1st Prospects of rain. Wind South. Hoe hands in the long cut. Mr. Shrock got back from Matagorda. went to the draft was not [accep]ted. Dr. Moore not he[re. Ca]roline H. sick.

Wharton County[, Texas Thursday,] July 2nd 1863

Thurs. 2nd Some clouds, very warm, wind South. Negroes cutting [b]room corn, pick­ing peas & beans. Hoeing in the long cut. M. D. Shrock & Mr. Pie here to night. Old Harvey & Caroline H. sick.

[Friday, July 3, 1863]

3rd 1863 Clear best of the day. Warm, wind South. Dee Shrock & Mr. Pie left for Columbus this morning. All of Mr. Shrock's hands working on the road. Mr. Galbraith sent some hands also. Old Harvey still sick. Caroline up but not at work. Mr. F. Bertrand & Copelan[d] here.

[Saturday, July 4, 1863]

Sat 4th Clear. Warm, wind South. Negroes had holiday, most of them went to Mr. Davis's this evening, got back about 12 o clock to night. Peter come last night. Old Harvey sick. Caroline up.

[Sunday, July 5, 1863]

Sun 5th Clear, warm, wind South. Being Sunday there's nothing doing. Dr. Moore here to see Mat. Old Harvey sick.

[Monday, July 6, 1863]

Mon. 6th Some clouds, warm. Wind South. All the negroes pulling fodder over the creek. Mrs. Brandon spent the day here. Old Harvey sick. Mr. Galbraith here [a]while this evening. Wm. [Bu]rkhart here to night. [Remainder is missing or unreadable.]

Wharton County[, Texas Tuesday,] July 7th [1863]

Tues. 7th Cloudy, warm, wind S[outh.] Pulling fodder over the creek. [Old] Harvey sick. Caroline went [to] work this morning. Celia w[ent] to Mr Galbraith's this even­[ing,] W. H. Burkhart went there too. M. D. Shrock left for hom[e.] Mat improving. Mr. Shrock a______

[Wednesday, July 8, 1863]

Wed. 8th Cloudy. Warm. Wind south. Pulling fodder. Old Harvey sick. Presley went to Mrs. Day's to borrow her carria[ge] for Mrs. Shrock, Scrap, & the boy[s] to go to W. H. Burkharts wedding. Mr. Shrock went also. Old Harvey sick. Mrs. Slade here to night. Wesson commenced overseeing here today, Dr. Moore here to see Mat.

[Thursday, July 9, 1863]

Thursday 9th Cloudy some. Warm wind South. Negroes pulling fodder. Mr. Davis here this morning, he killed a negro. Mr. Shrock went home with him. Mr. G. Davis, F. Bertrand, & Mr. Brandon here for supper. Old Harvey sick.

[Friday, July 10, 1863]

Fri. 10th Cloudy. Heavy rain. Wind South East. Hauling fodder. George sick. Old Harvey sick. Jane's baby got hurt this evening, sent for Dr. Anderson to night to see it. Mr. Shrock started to Matagorda with Mr. G. Davis.

[Saturday, July 11, 1863]

Sat 11th Some what cloudy. Wind south. Dr. Moore here to see George. Jane's baby ____ died. [Remainder missing or unreadable.]

Wharton County[, Texas Sunday,] July 12th 1863

[Su]n. 12th Cloudy, warm, wind S. Negroes tied up fodder this [ev]ening because it looked like [it] was going to rain. Mr. Shrock [has n]ot got back. No one here but [W]esson. Old Harvey sick.

[Monday, July 13, 1863]

13th Cloudy & smoky. Wind south. Mr. Shrock got back from Matagorda to day about 12 o clock or one. Mr. Day here. No one here to night. Old Harvey still sick. Negroes cutting house logs, some straightening out cross corn.

[Tuesday, July 14, 1863]

Tues 14th Cloudy & smoky. Warm wind South. Negroes cutting house logs & straightening cross corn. Marth making Hadens negro cloths, killed a beef to day before dinner. Marth & Yoric planted peas yesterday evening. Mr. Shrock where the negroes cutting Mr. Day's house logs. Mrs. Shrock at Mrs. Daniels this evening. Old Harvey no better. Killed a beef.

[Wednesday, July 15, 1863]

Wedne 15th Cloudy, Warm, Wind South. 8 negroes working at Mr. DuBose on Mr. Days house; the others straightening corn. Five sweeps running in the gin house cut. Mr. Shrock at Mr. DuBoses all day. Old Harvey still no better. Kansas working [for hi]m for tw[o or] three days.

Wharton County[, Texas Thursday,] July 16th [1863]

[T]hurs. 16th Cloudy, at least some prospects of rain. Warm, wind South. Sweeps running in our cotton [in] Mr. DuBose's field. 6 negroes [work]ing on Mr. Day's house. Mr. [Shrock] there all day. Mrs. Shrock [and Is]abel spent the day with Mr[s. Du]Bose. George took a wagon to ____ Mr. Day. Old Harvey died to da[y a]bout eight or nine o clock. Gal[braith's] George made the coffin. Presl[ey] buried him. W. H. Burkhart he[re] to day.

[Friday, July 17, 1863]

Fri 17th Cloudy, warm, Wind South. Sweeps running in Mr. DuBoses field. Mr. Shrock got six negroes still working on Mr. Day's house. The other negroes straightening cross corn. Celia & Isabel [at] Mrs. Brandons to day. Lucy not gone to the field yet.

[Saturday, July 18, 1863]

Cloudy, warm, wind South. Finished Mr. Days house. Sweeps running in Mr. DuBoses field. The other hands straightening cross corn. George & Presley started to Columbia this evening with two wagons. Yoric went to help them. Isabel at Mrs. Daniel's.

[Sunday, July 19, 1863]

Sun. 19th Cloudy, slight shower of rain. All the white family attended church except Scrap. Mr. & Mrs. G. Davis took dinner, also Parson Shopperd. Isabel at Mrs. Daniels awhile this evening. Mat improving very slowly. Wesson left this m[ornin]g.

Wharton County, Texas Sunday, [January] 29th 1865

Sunday 29th Clowdy, wind East. Still cold. nothing doing. De sent Sid & Adam up with Some molasses yesterday, they went back this morning. Sent Judge Talbot some nice corn for Seed by them. Daniel got home yesterday from Columbia. Brandon at home to day. H. G. Slade & wife here.

[Monday, January 30, 1865]

[M]onday 30th [C]lowdy, wind East, plowing got [start]ed in the morning, worked some [in] the garden, planted peas, set [ou]t Sage & Beets, sowed lettuce [and] mustard Seeds. Mr. Brandon here. [H.] G. Slade left for camp, took his family with him. sprinkled rain nearly all Day, raked for Brandon, finished.

[Tuesday, January 31, 1865]

Tusday 31st Clowdy, wind south East, misting rain, plowing, hauling rails, pileing cotton stalks in DuBose['s] field. Sent Amandas & Joes trunks to Richmond by Cash. Webb here. hauled some cotton from Galbraiths to repack for the government. wind north in evening but turned East before night.

[Wednesday, February 1, 1865]

Wednsday Feb 1st 1865 Clowdy & raining, wind East. rained too hard to plow in the morning, went to plowing about ten o clock, most too wet, hauled Some rails.

[Thursday, February 2, 1865]

Thursday 2nd Clowdy and showery. Wind E. to S. W. Plowing over the creek. Cutting & hauling wood. Sent Galbraith's mule home. Cash brought buggy wheels from Richmond. nothing done to them. Brandon & Wm. Burkhart here.

[Friday, February 3, 1865]

Friday 3rd Clowdy, wind South, plowing, cutting & hauling poles. Brandon & Daniel left for camp. Billy Burkhart left.

Wharton County, Texas [Saturday,] February 4th 1865

Saturday 4th Clowdy, wind South East, rained last night, plowing, hauling poles & rails, moving cotton Stalks. Webb & Boosier here.

[Sunday, February 5, 1865]

Sunday 5th Clowdy, wind north East, rained nearly all day, nothing doing.

[Monday, February 6, 1865]

Monday 6th Clowdy, wind north, raine[d] & sleeted, at work on Mrs. Day's meat house, raised the body, hauled one load of wood.

[Tuesday, February 7, 1865]

Tusday 7th Clear & cold, wind north, killed some hogs, fixed some of Brandon's fense. Manda, Caroline, Presley, & Charlotte Sick.

[Wednesday, February 8, 1865]

Wednsday 8th Clear & cold, wind north in the morning. Bailing cotton, fixing fence & Started the gin. Started the plows. DuBose got home to Day. Brought Joe with him.

[Thursday, February 9, 1865]

Thursday 9th Clear & cold, wind changable, mostly East, plowing & Burning trash, two Soldiers Staid here Last night, Lieut. Hooper from Shelby County, Texas & a Mr. Young.

[Friday, February 10, 1865]

Friday 10th Clear, wind changable, plowing & Burning cotton & corn Stalks, finished plowing in DuBose['s] field & went over the creek. Put cloth in the Loom.

Wharton County, Texas [Saturday,] February 11th 1865

Saturday 11th Clear & cold, wind changable, plowing over the creek, working on Mrs. Day's smoke hou[se,] Billy killed 3 hogs.

[Sunday, February 12, 1865]

Sunday 12th Clowdy, wind South East, nothing Doing because it is [S]unday. Mr. DuBose, Mrs. DuBose, Mrs. Day & all their children here to Day, also Mrs. Brandon.

[Monday, February 13, 1865]

Monday 13th Clowdy, wind East & South East, plowing, getting boards & covering cabin, the women folks went to help Mrs. Brandon quilt, rained a good deal.

[Tuesday, February 14, 1865]

Tusday 14th Clowdy, wind South west, plowed some in the morning, rained very hard & hailed, too wet to plow, worked on cabins.

[Wednesday, February 15, 1865]

Wednsday 15th Clear & pleasant, wind South west. Still at work on the cabins, the Boys went hog hunting with DuBose, did not kill any.

[Thursday, February 16, 1865]

Thursday 16th Clear & pleasant, wind South. Still at work on the cabins. Mr. Galbraith here to night, his wagons got home yesterday. Brought me some cards & a bottle of Brandy.

[Friday, February 17, 1865]

Friday 17th Clear & pleasant, wind north, started my plows to bursting out cotton middles. Mr. Galbraith, Webb, Billy B., and Fred Franks all here to Day. DuBose left for camp.

Wharton County, Texas [Saturday,] February 18th 1865

Saturday 18th Clear & pleasant, wind South East, plowing, working on Shed for Loom for Mrs. Womble & Cintha. the Boys went hog hunting for Galbraith, put cloth in the Loom.

[Sunday, February 19, 1865]

Sunday 19th Clowdy, wind north East. Celia Sick. Mr. Galbraith here. George Burkhart come here to Day. Cardwel[l] here to night.

[Monday, February 20, 1865]

Monday 20th Clowdy, wind South East. Plowing, working on Shelter, trimmed off potato Beds, gining & grinding. Mr. Brandon, Mr. Dance, Burkhart, and Billy B. all here to Day.

[Tuesday, February 21, 1865]

Tusday 21st Clowdy, rained some, wind South East. plowing out cotton middles & doing various kinds of work. Mr. Burkhart left for Matagorda this morning. McMillon here. Mr. Calaway & Mrs. Day also.

[Wednesday, February 22, 1865]

Wednsday 22nd Clowdy, wind north in the morning, turned East, fine rain nearly all Day, plowing & Bailing cotton.

[Thursday, February 23, 1865]

Thursday 23rd Clowdy, wind changable, rained verry hard last night, did nothing but gin & haul Some wood, also ditch[ed] the yard.

[Friday, February 24, 1865]

Friday 24th Clowdy, raining, wind north East. Cut Some rail timber. made & hung Mrs. Days smoke house Door, gining, split some rails. Sent to the Bernard. Par­son Smith here all Day.

Wharton County, Texas [Saturday,] Feb. 25th 1865

Saturday Clear this morning, wind nor[th], rain[e]d very hard last night, gined in the morning, hung meat. Parson Smith left. Mr. Brandon & Billy Burkhart here to Day.

[Sunday, February 26, 1865]

Sunday 26th Clear to Day, wind north. [S]allie and Celia both unwell. Mrs. Webb here to Day.

[Monday, February 27, 1865]

[M]onday 27th 1865 Clowdy, wind north & north east. Bailed cotton & planted corn to cut for the horses, put cotton under the Shed. Mr. Brandon here.

[Tuesday, February 28, 1865]

Tusday 28th Plowing on the old potatoe pa[t]ch, gathered the hogs & pen[n]ed them, put some cotton up in the gin House, clowdy, wind north East. Sprinkled rain some in the evening. Mr. Brandon commenced planting corn. Mr. Brandon here to Day.

[Wednesday, March 1, 1865]

Wednsday the 1st 1865 Clowdy, wind South East, fin[ished] plowing the garden. Commenced planting corn, two plows opening, six covering, gining, the Boys got up thirty-two hogs for DuBose.

[Thursday, March 2, 1865]

Thursday 2nd 1865. Clowdy, wind South East, planting corn, gathering ashes, commenced planting corn for DuBose, gining, Mrs. Womble & Cintha here to Day, rained.

Wharton County, Texas [Friday, March 3rd 1865]

Friday March 3rd 1865 Clowdy, wind south East, rained some. planting corn, Blocking off corn & gining, planting corn for Brandon & DuBose.

[Saturday, March 4, 1865]

Saturday 4th Clowdy, wind north East. Planting corn & Blocking it off, rained some, gin[ned] till Dinner. Billy & the Boys killed 3 hogs.

[Sunday, March 5, 1865]

Sunday 5th Clowdy. wind South East. nothing doing. Daniel got home to Day. Mapin here.

[Monday, March 6, 1865]

Monday 6th Clear to Day. planting corn & Blocking it off, grinding this morning, the girls went to Richmond. Amanda & Joe Started to School, the Bernard was up & they had to come back. Billy Burkhart here to Day. Clouded up in the evening.

[Tuesday, March 7, 1865]

Tusday 7th Clowdy, wind South, planting corn & Blocking it off. Mr. Brandon here to Day, rained in the evening. DuBose got home from camps.

[Wednesday, March 8, 1865]

Wednsday 8th Clowdy, wind South, planting corn, hauling wood & gining. Caruthers here to Day. Turned all the cattle & hogs out of the field.

[Thursday, March 9, 1865]

Thursday 9th Clowdy, wind north, very c[old,] planting corn. Sleeted some, hauled some wood, commenced planting corn on this side of the creek. Mr. Brandon & Dr. Moore here.

Wharton County, Texas [Friday,] March 10th 1865

Friday 10th Clear & cold, wind north in the morning, turned South, thermometer down to 24, ice plenty, hauled some wood, planting corn & gining. Dr. Moore here to Day.

[Saturday, March 11, 1865]

Saturday 11th Clear & cold, wind East, planting [c]orn, gining, & planting garden, planted some garden yesterday. Mr. Webb & Stringer here.

[Sunday, March 12, 1865]

Sunday 12th Clear & pleasant, wind South East. Mr. Galbraith & Brandon here. Clowded up in the evening.

[Monday, March 13, 1865]

Monday 13th Clowdy, wind South East, planting corn, grinding in the morning, gining in the evening. Capt. Duncan here. I went with him to Halls. Mr. Brandon here. Beck plowing up ground to plant shallotts, rained some.

[Tuesday, March 14, 1865]

Tusday 14th Clowdy, wind South west in the morning, finished planting corn. Setting out shallotts & plowing up garden for Mrs. D[ay.] Mrs. Womble & Cintha, W. Thompson & Stringer here to Day, also a soldier.

[Wednesday, March 15, 1865]

Wednsday 15th Clowdy in the morning. Sprinkled rain, norther 10 o clock, planted ground peas, beans, and some garden Seeds, planted Mrs. Days, Mrs. Wombles, & Cinthas gardens, Brandon here, cleared off.

[Thursday, March 16, 1865]

Thursday 16th Clear, wind north untill night. Turned South East. Some frost, Bailing cotton, plowing, put cotton in the gin house, & cutting ties. Mr. Brandon & Peters here.

[Friday, March 17, 1865]

Friday 17th Clear, wind South East. Plowing & gining, fixed Some fense, put cotton up in the gin. Cardwell here. J. N. Dance, DuBose, & William Lawson all here.

Wharton County, Texas [Saturday,] March 18th 1865

Saturday Clowdy, wind South East, plowing, hauling cotton Seed from Peters for to plant, fixed cross fense & cleaned out Cinthas & Mrs. Womble's well. Lawson here, took George to work for the government, gining. Daniel got back from camps Friday.

[Sunday, March 19, 1865]

Sunday 19th Clowdy, wind South. DuBose & Danie[l] started to Columbia. Their compa[ny] ordered to Houston. Mrs. Brandon sick. Sent for Sallie & Isabel. Mrs. Day got two letters from [Jim]my. rained very hard to[day.] Mr. Brandon here, had anoth[er] fine Boy Borned.

[Monday, March 20, 1865]

Monday 20th Clowdy, wind South, plowing & gining. Commenced planting cotton. Hauling cotton Seed to plant DuBose crop. Lud hunting mules. W. H. Burkhart & Whitmarsh here to Day. Mrs. DuBose & Mrs. Womble also. George came home after an ox.

[Tuesday, March 21, 1865]

Tusday 21st Clowdy or hazy, [wind] East, planting cotton & plowing out Middles. hauled cotton seed & ginning. Mrs. Day here. John Garnet & Parks here to night after corn for the government, got forty Bushels.

[Wednesday, March 22, 1865]

Wednsday 22nd Clear, wind South East. Planting cotton, loaded my wagon with corn, Started it to Matagorda for Brandon. Shelled corn for the government, gining, Garnet & Parks left. Mr. Galbraith here. Staid all night, Joe, John, Isabel, and Amanda went to Richmond yesterday, Manda & Joe Started to School.

[Thursday, March 23, 1865]

Thursday 23rd Singular kind of weather, wind South, planting cotton, hauling cotton to the gin, gining, Mr. Galbraith, Billy B., Smith, Garnett, & Parks all here to day. Isabel & John got home.

Wharton County, Texas [Friday,] March 24th 1865

Friday Clear, wind East. Planting cotton, gining, & hauling cotton to the gin. John & Yoric hunting DuBose['s] mules. Did not find them. Brandon, Mrs. Day here in the morning.

[Saturday, March 25, 1865]

Saturday 25th Cloudy, wind East, planting cotton, finished hauling cotton [to] the gin, gining, commenced [r]aining about twelve o clock, [r]ained all the evening, hauled wood in the Evening. Billy Burkhart, Dr. Moore, & Cardwell all here to Day. John found DuBose's mules. Settled with Dr. Moore to Day, raining to night.

[Sunday, March 26, 1865]

Sunday 26, 1865 Clowdy, wind South, rained Some, Sallie & I Spent the Day at Mr. Brandons. all well. Strong wind to night from the South East.

[Monday, March 27, 1865]

Monday 27th 1865 Clowdy in the morning. Cleared off at 8 oclock, wind north, cuting out a new road up the Cane Brake to ____ & Hall lane, gining, rained verry hard last night. Brandon left for his company this morning.

[Tuesday, March 28, 1865]

Tusday 28th Clowdy, wind East & South East, finished opening the road out to Halls, gining, the wagon got home to Day from Matagorda, Mr. Brandon [and] Billy killed a hog & a Deer.

[Wednesday, March 29, 1865]

Wednsday 29 Clowdy, rained some in the morning, norther, cleared off, planting cotton, harrowing cotton ground, fixing fense out by the lot, hauled cotton seed in the field. Cardwell & Daniel here.

Wharton County, Texas [Thursday,] March 30th 1865

Thursday 30th Clear & cold, wind north. planting cotton, harrowing, hauled Cotton Seed in the field, hauled wood. Brandon & Billy Burkhart here. finished planting cotton for DuBose, hauled Some rails.

[Friday, March 31, 1865]

Friday 31st Clear, wind South East. Pl[an]ting cotton, hauled Some ra[ils,] plowing out cotton middles, [ha]rrowing off cotton.

[Saturday, April 1, 1865]

Saturday April 1st Some what clowdy, wind South East, planting Cotton u[p] in DuBose field, finished harrowing off the cotton ground, Brandon & J. L. Dance here to Day. Planted Broom corn seed Tomatoes muskmellons & watermellon Seeds Comenced planting DuBose corn yesterday, John killed a deer today.

[Sunday, April 2, 1865]

Sunday 2nd Clowdy, wind South East. Sprinkled rain. Some high winds. Mr. Brandon left for Houston to meet his company. G. A. Bertrand and Lady called here to Day on their way to Wharton, Galbraith here.

[Monday, April 3, 1865]

Monday 3 Clowdy, wind South East, planting the hill Side, planted peas, plowing about the gin house, Sowed corn, planted cane Seed, nice corn seed, & cotton. comenced hoeing DuBose corn, comenced plowing Brandon's corn, grinding, finished planting cotton, Dr. Huchens called here, Mrs. DuBose here.

[Tuesday, April 4, 1865]

Tusday 4th Clowdy, wind South East, planted cushaw seed, plowing corn & hoeing corn, ridging up potato ground, commenced Brandon's corn to Day instead of yesterday.

Wharton County, Texas [Wednesday,] April 5th 1865

Clowdy, wind South East, Sprinkled rain, plowing & hoeing corn, ridging potato ground, Staking peas. Judge Bell here at Dinner. Isabel comenced teaching on Monday last.

[Thursday, April 6, 1865]

Thursday 6th Clowdy, wind north, cool, [p]lowing & hoeing corn, Sent some cotton out to Bertrands, one plow ridging potatoe ground. Webb & wife, Stringer, Tom Rucker, & John Snow all here to Day. W. H. Burkhart here to night.

[Friday, April 7, 1S65]

Friday 7th Clowdy, wind north East, plowing & hoeing corn, weighed some cotton to send off, rained & didnt start it. Billy Burkhart left. Mr. Galbraith here. Mrs. Dance also Dr. Pilant here to night on hunt of his buggy.

[Saturday, April 8, 1865]

Saturday 8th Clowdy, wind north East, plowed & hoed corn in the morning, rained & quit, moved some corn, set out some potato plants. Dr. Pilant still here.

[Sunday, April 9, 1865]

Sunday 9th Clowdy, but litle wind, it from the South East, nothing doing, Dr. Pilant left. Mrs George Williams & J. L. Dance here to Day.

[Monday, April 10, 1865]

Monday 10th Clowdy, wind South East, planted potatoe slips, plowing & hoeing corn. Galbraith bailing cotton here. Galbraith here.

Wharton County, Texas [Tuesday,] April 11th 1865

Tusday Clowdy, wind South East, plowing & hoeing corn. I and Sallie Started to Richmond, found the Bernard up and come back. Galbraith here. Webb here also.

[Wednesday, April 12, 1865]

["Wednesday 12th" written sideways in margin.] Clowdy, wind South East, plowing & hoeing corn. Damon here to Day. Nort[her.] Dr. Pilant here to night, rained some to [night.]

[Thursday, April 13, 1865]

Thursday 13th Some what clowdy, win[d] north, turned north lat[e] in the evening. plowing & hoeing corn. Dr. Pilant left this morning. Billy Burkhart & wife, Mrs. Day, Mrs. DuBose, Mrs. Daniel, Mrs. Womble, & Mrs. Dock Shrock all here to Day.

[Friday, April 14, 1865]

Friday 14th Clowdy, wind South East, rained some in the morning. The Sun shined out some through the Day. plowing & hoeing corn. no person here to Day. Galbraith got his cotton.

[Saturday, April 15, 1865]

Saturday 15th Clowdy, wind South East, finished plowing my corn and commenced plowing cotton, hoeing corn. Judge Talbot here to Day. wind north in the Evening.

[Sunday, April 16, 1865]

Clowdy, wind South East. nothing doing. Judge Talbot left. Galbraith here.

[Monday, April 17, 1865]

Monday 17th Clowdy, wind South East, plowing cotton. hoeing corn, & grinding.

Wharton County, Texas [Tuesday,] April 18th 1865

Tusday 18th Clowdy, wind South East, plowing cotton & hoeing corn, Sun Shined out Some, Billy Jenkins went up to Wharton.

[Wednesday, April 19, 1865]

Wednsday 19th Clowdy, wind So[u]th, plowing [co]tton, hoeing corn. Set out potatoes & cabage. Mrs. DuBose [here.] Storm last night, blew down the fense, fixed up Sam[e,] rained last night.

[Thursday, April 20, 1865]

Thursday 20th Clowdy. wind South, turned north in the Evening, plowing cotton, finish­ed hoeing corn & commenced hoeing cotton. Mrs. Webb here to Day. Sprinkled rain some this morning.

[Friday, April 21, 1865]

Friday 21st Clowdy, wind north, the Sun Shined out some. Some appearance of fro[st,] plowing & hoeing cotton. The wagons got home last night. Billy Burkhart here to Day. John & Joe went to Wharton. Mapin here on his way to Houston. ["Frost" written sideways in the margin.]

[Saturday, April 22, 1865]

Saturday 22nd Hazy, wind north, plowed out the garden, hoed the garden, planted peas & beans, plowed & hoed cotton, loaded the wagons to start to Matagorda. M. G. Johnston here tonight. ["Frost" written sideways in the margin.]

Wharton County, Texas [Sunday,] April 23rd 1865

April 23rd Clear, wind East. Started the wagons to Matagorda. Celia went to Matagorda. Mrs. Burkhart sent for her, took Julia & Ellen with her. Levi L. Coatt & Mrs. Day here to Day. Willia McCamely here also.

[Monday, April 24, 1865]

Monday 24th Clear, wind East cold, [plant]ing & hoeing cotton, went o[ut] to the prairie to put [some] cotton on the wagon, put a piece of cloth in the Loom. Mrs. Davis went out to the pl[an]tation, Called to See me, to git me to ride over with her.

[Tuesday, April 25, 1865]

Tusday 25th Clowdy, wind East, plowing & hoeing cotton.

[Wednesday, April 26, 1865]

Wednsday 26th Clowdy, wind East, plowing & hoeing cotton. Bailed cotton, rained nearly all Day. Mr. Galbraith here to Day.

[Thursday, April 27, 1865]

Thursday 27th Clowdy, wind South East, planting out potatoes & cabage. Loaded Galbraiths wagons with cotton. W. H. Burkhart, Mappin, & Capt. Wolford here, G. went to Houston.

[Friday, April 28, 1865]

Friday 28th Clowdy, wind South East, plowing & hoeing cotton, Set out Some cabage, Capt. Wolford left. the Sun Shined out Some to Day. John went to Matagorda, finished plowing the cotton, commenced thi[nning] corn.

Wharton County, Texas [Saturday,] April 29th 1865

Saturday 29th Clowdy, wind East, plowing in the corn. hoeing in the cotton. Cardwell here to Day. John got home from Matagorda. Beck sick.

[Sunday, April 30, 1865]

Sunday 30th Clowdy, the Sun Shined out some, wind South East. fixed the fense [w]here it was blown down over [th]e creek. Sent after Dr. Moore [fo]r to See Beck. Dr. Moor[e] come.

[Monday, May 1, 1865]

Monday May 1st Clear, wind north, plowing corn, hoeing cotton, grinding in the morning. John went to Wharton. Dr. Moor[e] here to see Beck.

[Tuesday, May 2, 1865]

Sunday 2nd Clear But a little fogy, wind South East, plowing & hoeing, wind turned South East. Dr. Moor[e], Mrs. Jay, Mrs. DuBose, Mrs. Davis, & Mrs. Webb all here to Day, also, Billy Clinton & Daniel. Daniel left for camps.

[Wednesday, May 3, 1865]

Wednsday 3rd Some what clowdy, wind South, plowing corn & hoeing cotton. Dr. Moore & a Mr. Smith here to Day. Mr. Pierce here also. little George DuBose got his thigh broke.

[Thursday, May 4, 1865]

Thursday 4th Clear, wind South, plowing & hoeing. Haden's Becky Died yesterday morning & was buried. all the negroes went to the burial. Webb here & Pierce also.

[Friday, May 5, 1865]

Friday 5h Some what clowdy, wind South, plowing corn & hoeing truck pa[t]ches. Pierce & Billy Jenkins went down to Smith's Store. Damon here to collect. Marth Bacon.

Wharton County, Texas [Saturday,] May 6th 1865

Saturday 6th Clowdy, wind South west, plowing & hoeing corn, rained very hard about 9 oclock. Damon left & didnot take the tythe Bacon. Set out potatoes & tobacco. Pierce & Billy Jenkins got h[ome.]

[Sunday, May 7, 1865]

Sunday 7th Clowdy in the morning, win[d] changable, rained a little, P[ierce] here. Dr. Moore here. I went [wi]th him to BuBoses to See lit[t]le George.

[Monday, May 8, 1865]

Monday 8th Clowdy, wind changable, plowing & hoeing corn, commenced plowing cotton. Pierce left. John Dawson here. Galbraith also and a Mr. Smith come after Government cotton. Billy killed 2 Deer.

[Tuesday, May 9, 1865]

Tusday 9th Fogy in the morning. Clear[e]d off, wind East, plowing cotton & hoeing corn. Mr. Smith Bailing cotton. Billy went hunting. Killed one Deer.

[Wednesday, May 10, 1865]

Wednsday 10th Clowdy, wind South East, plowing & hoeing. Billy went hunting, killed nothing. Smith left with his wagons. Billy B. here. Billy Jenkins went to Richmond after Dinner, norther come up about Dark.

[Thursday, May 11, 1865]

Thursday 11 Clowdy & cold, wind north, plowing cotton & hoeing corn, plowed the potato pa[t]ch & truck pa[t]ch, finished hoeing over the creek. Started my wagon to Matagorda with corn to Branard, commenced hoeing cotton at all three places. 2 Soldiers here,

Wharton County, Texas [Friday,] May 12th 1865

Friday 12th Clear & cold, almost cold enough to frost, wind north East, plowing & hoeing cotton. Mr. Webb here. Mrs. Day, Mrs. Daniel, & Mrs. Brandon here also. Dr. Moore here to See George DuBose.

[Saturday, May 13, 1865]

Saturday 13th Clear, wind East, plowing & hoeing cotton, cutting & hauling coal wood, put up coal killn. John, John Dow, & Pete carried Some cloth to Wharton for the lady folks. Dee come up to Day.

[Sunday, May 14, 1865]

Sunday 14th Clowdy, wind South East. nothing doing, Sunday. Mrs. Brandon & Mrs. Day here. W. L. Walker also. Billy Jenkins got home from Richmond. Mrs. Daniel here. Dee here.

[Monday, May 15, 1865]

Monday 15th Clowdy, wind South East. Plowing & hoeing cotton, grinding, working on coal killn. Dee left. Mrs. Day here, her & Isabel went to Mrs. Stuarts. Dr. Moore, Galbraith & Damon here. Dr. Moore to See Sallie.

[Tuesday, May 16, 1865]

Tusday 16th Clowdy, wind South East, pl[ow]ing & hoeing cotton. Sent Tithe Bacon to Armstrong. Da[m]on, Webb, Tom Oaks, & Duke here to Day. Sent for Dr. Moore. he Did not come.

[Wednesday, May 17, 1865]

Wednsday 17th Clear. Wind East, plowing & hoeing cotton. Started the plows to plow­ing in the corn. Oaks & Peters here. Sent for Moore for to See John Dow. he did not come. Billy [ki]lled a Deer. [Mrs.] Webb, [Mr]s. Davis c[alled] here [in the] even­ing [to see] Sally.

Wharton County, Texas [Thursday,] May 18th 1865

Thursday 18th Clowdy, wind South, plowing & hoeing cotton & plowing corn. Billy Prewett, Billy Shrock come home to Day. Billy Burkhart here.

[Friday, May 19, 1865]

Friday 19th Clear, wind South East, plowing & hoeing cotton & plowin[g] corn. Billy B. left. Billy P[re]wett & Billy Shrock here. Mrs. Webb here also.

[Saturday, May 20, 1865]

Saturday 20th Clear, wind changable, plo[w]ing & hoeing cotton, plowing corn. all hands quit work at Dinner. Billy Prewett, Billy Shrock, Tom Huchens, Mrs. Day, & Daniel all here.

[Sunday, May 21, 1865]

Sunday 21st Clear, wind mostly South, nothing doing. Billy Prewett & Billy Shrock left for camps. Amanda went Back to Richmond to School, the girls went to the Bernard with her.

[Monday, May 22, 1865]

Monday 22nd Clowdy in the morning, cleared off 10 oclock, wind South, plowing & hoeing cotton, plowing corn. Mrs. DuBose, Mrs. Day, Mrs. Daniel, Mr. Jimmy Gill, Gus Gill & a little Boy all here to Day.

[Tuesday, May 23, 1865]

Tusday 23rd Clear, wind changable, finished plowing & hoeing cotton, plowing corn & truck pa[t]ches. Daniel, Bob Thompson, Roberts, Billy Burkhart, Tob Jolley, Billy Shrock al[l here today.]

Wharton County, [Texas Wednesday,] May 24th 1865

Wednsday 24 Some what clow[dy in] the morning, wind changable, ____ corn finished hoein[g the truck] pa[t]ches & went to hoein[g] corn. Bob, Bily B., & Robb[erts] left this morning. Do[ck] here. DuBose, Brandon, Billy Hanson got home.

[Thursday, May 25, 1865]

Thursday 25 Clear, wind changable, [plo]wing & hoeing corn. Da____ John Bertrand & Dr. Cold______ got home to Day. Webb [and] wife here, Stringer & Cemp [here.] Mr. Day got home.

[Friday, May 26, 1865]

Friday 26th Clear, wind north, plow[ing] corn & hoeing cotton, DuB[ose,] Day, Billy Prewett, & Sev[er]al of the Boys here. Ted Bertrand got home to Day & here.

[Saturday, May 27, 1865]

Saturday 26 [Journal erred on the day.] Clear, wind north, [fin]ished plowing corn, [fixed] some fense, John Bertr[and], Ted Bertrand, Gus Bertrand, Billy Prewett, Tobe Jolley, Webb, Mrs. Webb, John Jol[ley,] Billy Shrock, Dock & family, Jimmy Day & family, all here to Day.

[Sunday, May 28, 1865]

Sunday 28th [Cle]ar, wind East, nothing [doing to] Day, Billy Prewett, Billy Shrock, Dock, Dan[iel, and] Jolley all here [today.]

[Wharton] County Texas, [Monday, May 29,] 1865

[Torn from Journal.]

[Tuesday, May 30, 1865]

30th Wind South East, [litt]le clowdy, the [hands] hoeing at Galbra[iths.] Webb here, the [b]oys all got home from Matagorda, the Cow Drivers here to night, [f]ixed up loom for Cin[thi]a & Mrs. Womble.

[Wednesday, May 31, 1865]

Wedns 31 [S]mokey, wind changa[b]le, hoeing cotton, hoed [s]ome for Galbraith. Billy B., Billy Prewett, John & Ted Bertran[d] all here to Day Celia, Amanda, & Joe all got home. Dock went after Amanda & Joe. Mary

[Thursday, June 1, 1865]

Thursday 1st Smokey, wind changable, hoeing cotton & doing little _____ round. Splitting rails [to m]ake horse lott, forty ____ Cow Drivers here & ______ an[d] Six of the Boys [he]re. George DuBose got home last night.

[Friday, June 2, 1865]

Friday 2nd Clear, wind South East. All hands went out to the Bernard on a fishing frolic. Started th[e] wagons to Matagorda.

[Saturday, June 3, 1865]

Saturday 3rd Clear, wind ch[angeable,] all hands out [on the Ber]nard fis[hing.]

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The following was transcribed by an unknown person, and then re-typed by Glynda Black. The original transcriber did not stay true to the historical document and wrote in words where they thought the original author may have said them. Do not use the following to document in your family records. Use the transcription at the top of this page.JBH

JOURNAL OF ACTIVITIES

H. G. SHROCK'S PLANTATION

WHARTON COUNTY, TEXAS

1860 - 1865

Note: When a new page starts the writer of the journal would write"Wharton County, Texas" so when reading you will know that a new page is starting.

Wharton County, Texas

Friday, March 16, 1860

Very smokey, but clear cold wind, fixed the bridge up in Brandon's field in the morning, Charles, Rod, Presly, Marth, and Mandy plowing and plant­ing Dr. Bell's corn, Caroline, Viny, and Puss planting cotton at home, Henry splitting rails, the remainder of the hands cutting timber and repairing fence, all well.

Saturday, March 17, 1860

Clear and warm but the morning wind a little south, part of the hands at Dr Bells and the balance planting cotton, Jinny, Beck, and Jude in the bottom, Dr. Bell and myself went hunting this morning but never killed nothing, came home, went out after wings, killed two deer, Mr. Shrock and Hartford started to Matagorda this morning, Yorick and Henry went to Matagorda with a couple of cows and calves.

Sunday, March 18, 1860

Warm but cloudy and smokey, rain once or twice, all at home, worked on 2 coulters and one plow, Waldo Thompson came here and stayed all night, all well.

Monday, March 19, 1860

Clear and cold, wind south, part of the hands plowing, some plant­ing, and the remainder in the bottom, Mr. Shrock and Hartford came from Mata­gorda, Mr. Haden here from Matagorda, came the road and killed a beef and shot at another, all well, Pierce half bushel meal.

Tuesday, March 20, 1860

Clear and pleasant, wind southeast, five hands at Dr. Bells, Caroline, George, and Puss planting cotton at home, scrapped out the long cut of cotton, planted on the long cut, Mr. Shrock got back from Matagorda last night, Sally and Mr. Haden came up with him, Henry and Yorick got back with wagon, went to Caney, some cows to Matagorda, all hands well.

Wednesday, March 21, 1860

The morning foggy, wind east, cleared off after breakfast; all hands out, five plows plowing at Dr. Bells, Viny sowing cotton seeds, planting corn next to Galbrith's ditch, finished planting cotton, hauling rails, putting up fence, H. P. Cayce and Billy hunted all day, killed nothing, all well.

Thursday, March 22, 1860

Clear and pleasant, wind south, five plows at Dr. Bells, Viny sowing cotton seed, Henry hauling rails, finished planting corn, Puss blocking out cotton, made some potato ridges, planted some in the garden, Mrs. Bell, Mr. Haden, and Mr Brandon all here, Brandon paid me ten dollars and ___cents for Shrock & Haden ...... one suit for Yorick, one suit for George, one suit Roena, one coat ....., and one pair of pants one coat for _____.

Wharton County, Texas

Friday, March 23, 1860

Cloudy but no rain, wind south, five plows at Dr. Bells plowing cotton, Viny sowing seed, Henry hauling rails, Puss finished blocking off cotton, got some board timber, some railing timber, cleared out the road round the field and put up fence, turned out four mules.

Saturday, March 24, 1860

Cloudy but no rain, wind north, all hands out doing various things, cutting board and timber, crossing off some cotton with corn, hauling rails, cutting corners, five plows at Dr. Bells planting, Viny sowing cotton seed, Dr. Bell and Parson Smith all here today and Bitty cut a Bee tree.

Sunday, March 25, 1860

Clear and pleasant, Mr. Shrock, Sally, and Joe Haden to Matagorda this morning, Parson preached here today and there was a great many negroes to hear him, ____ white persons, Haley and lady, Miss Haden, William Thomas, John Jones, two Prewits were here, all well.

Monday, March 26, 1860

Cloudy and cold, commenced raining about ten o'clock and into the evening but very slow, Hands at Dr. Bells plowing, George splitting rails, Henry riving boards, all other hands scrapping cotton, all well.

Tuesday March 27, 1860

Cold and cloudy, wind in the north, all hands at home, Charles, Rod, George splitting rails, all the women scrapping cotton, Presley sick, Mr. Shrock came home this evening and stopped the women scrapping cotton, Henry riving boards.

Wednesday, March 28, 1860

Clear and cold, some frost, wind north, planted cotton down on the woods patch, hauled wood, hauled rails, put up some fence, got board timber, started plowing my corn, Dr. Bell, Brandon, Billy Williams and Mary here today, Hartford got here from Matagorda this evening, the hands all out but Presley, he is sick, Mr. Carpenter stopped all night, right cold tonight.

Thursday, March 29, 1860

Clear and cold, heavy frost killed everything, wind north, all hands out getting board timber and hauling rails, cut road to the timber, all well, Dr. Bell here tonight

Friday, March 30, 1860

Cloudy and warm, wind south, all hands out, Henry and Rod riving boards, Charles, Marth, and Presley helping Brandon, plowing corn over, some of the hands putting up fence, plowing cotton and hoeing in the corn, old man Carpenter here tonight, Billy Williams here from Richmond, very windy to­night, H. G. Shrock.

Wharton County, Texas

Saturday, March 31, 1860

Cloudy and warm, wind south, cleared off in the evening, all hands out, Henry and Rod riving boards, Charley hauling, George and Presley fixing up gate and working on a shelter for the horses, Roena and Viny making negro cloths, the remainder of the hands hoeing in the new ground, all well.

Sunday, April 1, 1860

Clear and pleasant, wind north, nothing doing, went with Billy Williams to look at the Garrot land, found a bee tree by the road, they went in the tree at ground, all well, Billy Williams and Mary left here today, Brandon here.

Monday, April 2, 1860

Clear and pleasant, all hands out, Presley not, wind south, Presley, Henry, Charles, George, Rod, Jinny, Puss, Lucinda, and Jude at work on the road, E. D Galbrith three hands on the road, John Cardwell four hands at work on the road, H. C. Slade and hands on the road, A. W. Brandon's hands, wagon, and team on the road, the remainder of my hands here working in the new ground, but Roena and Viny making negro cloths.

Tuesday, April 3, 1860

Cloudy and warm, wind south, working on road, E. D. Galbrith two hands, John Cardwell hands on the road, A. W. Brandon three hands, H. C. Slade and two hands on the road, Henry, George, Jude, Puss, Jinny and Luse at work on the road, remainder of the hands hoeing cotton.

Wednesday, April 4, 1860

Cloudy and warm, wind north east, still at work on the road, E. D. Galbrith two hands, Cardwell four, Brandon three hands, and H. C. Slade nine hands, Charles, Henry, George, Rod, Presley, Jude, Puss, Jinny, and Luse on the road, the remainder of the hands hoeing cotton, all well.

Thursday, April 5, 1860

Cloudy and warm, wind south turned from the north, 11 o'clock clear­ed off, still warm, finished work on the road, Galbreth two hands, Cardwell four hands, and Slade eight hands at work on the road, Henry, Charles, and George on the road, Rod and Presley hauling boards and poles, the remainder of the hands hoeing cotton, Brandon got his fence burnt, Hartford started to Louisiana today, all well.

Friday, April 6, 1860

Clear and warm, wind north, all hands out, Henry, Rod, Presley, George, and Charles at work on the horse shelter, the remainder of the hands scrapping cotton, finished plowing the new ground, Dr. Moore and Healy here at dinner, Hartford got back today, he is going to clerk for Blum at Richmond, Haley paid me $3 40 he is due me, all well.

Wharton County, Texas

Saturday, April 7, 1860

Warm wind in the south, hands scrapping cotton except the trash gang, they finished the horse shelter, Dock started to Matagorda and Henry started with the wagon to Matagorda, all well except myself.

Sunday, April 8, 1860

Warm but little cloudy all day, wind from the south, very strong, seven or eight of the women went to church, Hartford and Charles started to Richmond this morning, Bill Davis and Ben Kendrick stopped here this evening and said they met them at Big Creek at eleven o'clock, all well except myself.

Monday, April 9, 1860

Warm and pleasant, a little cloudy in the fore part of the day, wind in the south, all hands scrapping, Charles finished grinding, Mrs. Pierce one bushel of meal, all well.

Tuesday, April 10, 1860

Clear and warm but little cloudy, wind in the south till later in the evening and it changed to north, all hands scrapping cotton, Mr. Shrock and Henry returned from Matagorda in the evening and brought Lusy Hays from Matagorda, all well except myself.

Wednesday, April 11, 1860

Clear and pleasant, wind north, hands scrapping cotton till dinner, hoeing corn and working ______, Hays went to work on house, Dr. Bell got one bushel of meal, Dr. Moore here, seven plows in the cut.

Thursday, April 12, 1860

Clear and pleasant, all hands hoeing corn, George and Puss helping with cistern.

Friday, April 13, 1860

Smoky and warm, wind north east, all hands out still in the corn, got some timber for to cover the cistern, Hays at work on the house, H. P. Cayce here and Billy Thomas here today.

Saturday, April 14, 1860

Foggy and warm, wind south east, all hands out working in the corn, finished plowing the corn, finished hoeing over the creek, all hands stopped two hours by sun, Henry Cayce and Mosley here tonight, finished cementing the cistern.

Sunday, April 15, 1860

All doing nothing, the negroes fishing, H. P. Cayce here, all well.

Wharton County, Texas

Monday, April 16, 1860

Cloudy, wind south east, all hands out hoeing corn, Henry and George covering the cistern, all well, thundering some tonight, want rain very much, all well, H. G Shrock. Dr. Bell got one bushel of meal.

Tuesday, April 17, 1860

Cloudy and warm, wind south east, nine o'clock rained heavy from the south east. Set out potatoes, hoed corn, scrapped cotton, all well.

Wednesday, April 18, 1860

Warm, sprinkled rain, wind south, hands scrapping cotton on the long cut, Mrs. Pierce got half bushel of meal, all well, Hartford got home from Richmond this evening.

Thursday, April 19, 1860

Clear in the morning, wind south, cleared up in the evening, all hands scrapping cotton on the long cut, all well, Brandon here at supper.

Friday, April 20, 1860

Cloudy and warm, wind south, cleared off in the day, cloudy tonight, all hands scrapping cotton, finished the long cut by dinner, worked up next the creek, Preston here today from Galveston, all well, Hartford got back from Richmond, H. G. Shrock.

Saturday, April 21, 1860

Cloudy and warm, wind east of south, all hands scrapping cotton, hoeing corn, replanted cotton, got done their task by dinner, all quit work for the day, all well, myself and Hartford went hunting, Hartford killed, Billy killed a deer, Brandon, Dr. Moore, and Dr. Bell all here to dinner, cleared off in the morning, clouded up in the evening, some appearance of rain.

Sunday, April 22, 1860

Rained last night, raining all the morning, wind east, stopped rain­ing about five o'clock in the evening, Mr. Haden, Billy Burkhart, and Hillard got here from Matagorda, Brandon here, nothing doing.

Monday, April 23, 1860

Cloudy in the morning, cleared off 10 o'clock, Rod grinding remainder of corn, planting out cabbage, beets, peas in the morning, Hillard left for Wharton.

Tuesday, April 24, 1860

Cloudy and warm, some appearance of rain, wind east till evening, turned north, a little cold, all hands scrapping cotton down below the gin house, Dr. Bell here in the morning, brought Wiley Pruett, penned

Wharton County, Texas

Tuesday, April 24, 1860 Continued

mules here, caught two, W A. Tharp arrived here with his family three o'clock in the evening, H. P. Cayce came, Pierce half bushel of meal, Dr. Bell one bushel, all well.

Wednesday, April 25, 1860

Cloudy and cold, wind north, some rain, all hands scrapping cotton on the left of the road but Caroline and Roena, them in the house, Caroline washing for Mrs. Tharp, Tom Wood got some tobacco, Joe and Bill went fishing, caught some minnows.

Thursday, April 26, 1860

Cloudy pretty much all day, wind in the south, all hands chopping cotton on the long cut, William Tharp and family started to Matagorda, Mr. Shrock, Hartford, and Mrs. Pierce to Matagorda, Parson Smith here tonight, all well.

Friday, April 27, 1860

Warm wind in south in the morning, in the evening north and from north west, started raining, rained all the evening, _____ came after his buggy but did not get it, William Burkhart and Mr. Smith here tonight, Dr. Moore pulled out Puss' tooth, all hands chopping cotton on the long cut, all well.

Saturday, April 28, 1860

Clear and pleasant, wind in the north this morning and in the even­ing in the south, a little cloudy this evening, all hands chopping cotton by the cut by the pond, came in today and found Wiley with a large piece of honey comb, asked him where he got it and he said Mammy Sharlott gave it to him and she said he lied and gave him shame for lying on her, Parson Smith left here this morning, W. H. Burkhart here tonight, all well except Beck, she came un­der this evening.

Sunday, April 29, 1860

Clear and pleasant, wind in the south, W. H. Burkhart left this evening to go to Matagorda, Thomases and Dr. Bell retimed this evening, John L. Stevens sent note of $40.00 for cash on H. G. Shrock and John M. Jolly and I sent the note back as I did not know what to do with it and also wrote to him that Mr. Shrock would attend to it when he came home, all well except Beck she sick yet.

Monday, April 30, 1860

Clear and pleasant, rain from the north this evening, Mr. Shrock came home with Mrs. Pierce from Matagorda, W. H. Burkhart and William Thomas here, all hands scrapping cotton crop, carried Wiley home, all well.

Wharton County, Texas

Tuesday, May 1, 1860

Clear and pleasant, wind east, scrapping cotton over the creek, Dr. Bell, Dr. Moore, Waldo Thompson, Billy Williams and Mary, Mr. Williams and his wife all here today, Dr. Bell got one bushel of meal, all well.

Wednesday, May 2, 1860

Clear and pleasant, wind south east, the clouds from the north west tonight, still scrapping cotton over the creek, Dr. Bell, Mrs. Bell, Brandon, Mrs. Brandon, and Tom Wood here today, Old Charley came up tonight sick, all hands well.

Thursday, May 3, 1860

Clear and pleasant, wind south, all hands scrapping cotton, finish­ed over the creek at 11 o'clock, commenced on this side, Mr. Brandon here, helped me to doctor Old Charley, Dr. Bell here, old Charley still sick, all well.

Friday, May 4, 1860

Clear and pleasant, wind south west, finished scrapping cotton, com­menced working the corn down in the corner next to Galbreths, W. A. Tharp and his family arrived here tonight from Matagorda for home, all well, Pierce got half bushel of meal.

Saturday, May 5, 1860

Clear and pleasant, wind south, finished working the corn, hoed some cotton, Hayes mended William's _____, Henry went to Davises to get some meat he owed me, Old Charley died this morning, hauled him off to grave yard, sent after Bill William's things at Dr. Bells, all well.

Sunday, May 6, 1860

Fine pleas nt weather, wind south east, Parson Smith preached here today, twenty five white persons to hear him, Henry Haley, Wiley Hall, and Varnel Mars took dinner with me, all left this evening, all well.

Monday, May 7, 1860

Clear and pleasant, wind south, commenced plowing corn, seven plows, remainder of the hands hoeing cotton, let Billy Thomas have two molasses barrels, sharpened one sweep, hoeing cotton on the hill side, J. H. Smith commenced work on Haden's wagon, all well, Dr. Bell got one bushel of meal.

Tuesday, May 8, 1860

Cloudy and warm, very heavy south wind until 2 o'clock then turn­ed north, sprinkled rain some, still cloudy, finished plowing corn over the creek, commenced on this side half after three o'clock, finished hoeing the hill side, hoed potatoes and the cotton by the garden, thinned corn over the creek, Jim Hill, Dr. Bell, Mr. Sneed, and Parson Smith here today, all well.

Wharton County, Texas

Wednesday, May 9, 1860

Cool and clear, wind north, turned south in the evening, hoeing corn and ridging potato ground, Dr. Bell and Parson Smith all here to dinner, Dr. Bell penned his mules here today.

Thursday, May 10, 1860

Clear and pleasant, wind south east, finished working corn, laid it by, commenced plowing and hoeing cotton, finished ridging potato ground, Dr. Bell, Ward, and Brandon here today, all well, Pierce half bushel meal.

Friday, May 11, 1860

Foggy and cold, wind south, all hands plowing and hoeing down be­low the gin house down to the pond, Brandon and Dr. Bell here today, Hays sick, the ground hard to plow, sharpened one plow and one sweep, negroes all well.

Saturday, May 12, 1860

Clear this morning, wind south east, cloudy tonight, all hands out plowing and hoeing down next the woods on the two lower cuts, Dr. Bell, Bran­don, and Billy Thomas here today, sharpened three plows, fixed boards on three sweeps, swapped work with Dr. Bell.

Sunday, May 13, 1860

Foggy and warm, wind south, all well, Rod broke open one of my Bee gums and I caught him last night, Brandon, H. P. Cayce, Eperson all here to dine with me, Waldo Thompson here tonight, stayed all night, somewhat cloudy, all well.

Monday, May 14, 1860

Warm, wind south, some rain, still cloudy, all hands plowing and hoe­ing on the long cut, ground this morning, sharpened one sweep, Dr. Bell, Ward, and Mr. Brandon here today, I helped Parson Smith set the spokes in one wheel, the cotton looks fine and the corn also.

Tuesday, May 15, 1860

Foggy and warm, wind south east, some appearance of rain tonight, all hands out plowing and hoeing on the long cut, sharpened sweep, Dr. Bell got one bushel meal last night, Pierce half bushel, Hill P. Rutledge here to­day, all well.

Wednesday, May 16, 1860

Foggy and very warm, no wind till 9 o'clock, then south west, showers of rain about noon here, all hands out working, plowing and hoeing in the long cut, all well no body here today, the clouds north, no wind tonight, helped Smith drive spokes in one wheel today.

Wharton County, Texas

Thursday, May 17, 1860

Foggy and very warm, wind from every quarter of the globe, all out plowing and hoeing on the long cut, Dr. Bell, Ward Wright, and Brandon here today, sharpened plow and coulter for Mr. Brandon, all well.

Friday, May 18, 1860

Clear and warm, wind south, all hands out, the hoes on the long cut, finished plowing this side of the creek crossed other side at four o'clock, Billy Burkhart got here from Matagorda last night, Joe went hunting today, killed nothing, Brandon here today, all well.

Saturday, May 19, 1860

Very foggy, wind south west all day, all hands out, finished the long cut, finished plowing over the creek, plowed the hill side by Joe's houses, Pierce got half bushel of meal, Joe went hunting killed three beeves, Billy Burkhart and Hayes with him, Brandon, Billy Thomas, and the two Pruets here today, worked some in the shop, made two staples, fixed one plow, made two rods yesterday, started my double sweep, all hands out and well, cotton blossoming.

Sunday, May 20, 1860

Clear and pleasant, wind south east, all well, W. H. Burkhart left this morning for Matagorda, Joe killed five frogs.

Monday, May 21, 1860

Clear and very high wind from the south east, all hands out plowing and hoeing, started three double plows and one sweep breaking out cotton mid­dles, three plows running around the new ground cotton, finished hoeing on this side of the creek at two o'clock, went over on other side and hoed down to corn, J. H. Dance, some men by the name of Steel, other men, and Brandon here, killed a bull today, all well, Dr. Bell bushel of meal.

Tuesday, May 22, 1860

Warm, wind south, all hands out hoeing down below the corn, three plows running around the new ground cotton, one sweep running in the cotton by the potato patch, finished hoeing over the creek all but the new ground, all well but Presley.

Wednesday, May 23, 1860

Cloudy and warm, wind south east, all hands out on the long cut, three plows running around the new ground cotton on this side of the creek, one sweep sweeping in the potato patch, cut the hoe hands hoeing on the hill side, Joe killed a beef, all well but Presley.

Thursday, May 24, 1860

Cloudy in the morning, wind south east, plowing and hoeing in the cotton, finished running around the new ground cotton, Dr. Bell, and Billy Thomas here today, started another sweep after dinner, all well but Presley. Wharton County, Texas

Friday, May 25, 1860

Clear and pleasant, wind south, wanting rain very much, all hands out but Presley, he is sick, all the plows plowing in the cotton, Henry and Rod sweeping in the cotton below the gin house, the hoes hoeing in the cotton over by the pond in the new ground, H. P. Cayce and A. W. Brandon here today, Hays left, J. H. Smith board commenced this morning at twelve dollars.

Saturday, May 26, 1860

Clear and south wind, all well but Presley, him sick, plows at Dr. Bells, six plows at _____, Haden and I went to Matagorda, the trash gang hoeing.

Sunday, May 27, 1860

Clear and south wind, all well but Presley, Dr. Moore came to see him, Ward and Brandon here.

Monday, May 28, 1860

Clear and south wind, Charles and Henry ran away last night, old Mandy started a chicken ground this morning, five plows running, the other hands hoeing in the new ground, Presley sick, Yorick went to Matagorda, Ward, Dr. Bell, Brandon, and another man here today, I got home from Matagorda, Sally came with me and little Mary.

Tuesday, May 29, 1860

Clear and south wind, five plows running, the other hands hoeing cotton in the new cut over the creek in the afternoon and commenced this side, Mr. Shrock started west, Dr. Moore, Dr. Bell, Mr Brandon here, Mr. Haden came up today, all well except Presley, he is still sick, Haden killed a deer on his way up from Tom Galbriths, George came over and sharpened two plows, kill­ed a coon, a fine fat fellow, he was out in the field.

Wednesday, May 30, 1860

Cloudy and showery all day, five plows going, all out but Presley, Dr Bell and Thomas Davis from Wharton and W. Brandon here today, Mrs. Pierce and Mrs. Shrock went to Dr. Bells this morning and got a little wetting, Dr. Moore here today, I wrote to W. A. Tharp to keep a lookout for Henry and Charles as they may try and go to ____ and get him to buy them.

Thursday, May 31, 1860

Cloudy all day, wind in the south, finished the new ground at 5 o'clock today, commenced hoeing in the cut by the potato patch, five plows going, all out but Presley, Dr. Bell here today, the negro leader here today with negroes, Marth, Caroline, Puss commenced plowing the cut by the gin house, Rod and George commenced running around the cotton with sweeps, now in the long cut, I make them plow some of the rows as they go.

Wharton County, Texas

Friday, June 1, 1860

Cloudy but no rain, south wind, five plows going, all out but Pres­ley, hoeing on the potato patch cut, Puss, Marth, Caroline on the gin house cut, killed a buck in the field today, A. W. Brandon, Dr. Bell, Snead, Ben­jamin Seaborn, two Pruitts, Varnal Mars, Boyd, Mrs. Brandon, Mrs. H. P. Case, Billy Thomas all here today, Mrs. Case, Mrs. Brandon cook dinner here today, Billy Thomas and Boyd run their horses here, Billy's horse beat three feet.

Saturday, June 2, 1860

Cloudy, no rain, wind south east, all out to work today, Dr. Moore, Parson Smith, Snead here today, all the hoes at work on the gin house cut, five plows going, awful bad to work, I killed a large fine hog today, all well but Presley and Lucy though both out at work, paid Snead 25¢ a part of which he said we owed him for last year, we owe him 25¢ yet he says, Dr. Bell got one half bushel of salt.

Sunday, June 3, 1860

Cloudy, no rain, wind south, Parson Smith preached today, Haley and wife and niece, Mrs. Pierce, Mrs. Shrock, Miss Shrock, and the preacher here today.

Monday, June 4, 1860

Clear and wind south west, Sallie left for Matagorda, all hands out but Presley.

Tuesday, June 5, 1860

Wind west part of the day, then changed back to the south, no rain, five plows going, all hands out but Presley, old Dave and Charlotte came up from Matagorda today, Dr. Bob Moore here today, Dr. Bell here also.

Wednesday, June 6, 1860

Five plows running, all hands out but Presley, wind south today, hoeing this evening down in the corners on the long cut, Dr. Bell, Ward, and Williams from Galveston here today, sharpened two plows for Brandon, Brandon here, old Dave cutting oats.

Thursday, June 7, 1860

Wind south west, some appearance of rain, wanting rain very much, all hands out, five plowing, the hoes hoeing in the long cut, old Dave hauling oats, wind turned east in the evening, Wharton, Dr. Bell, Ward here, Presley still sick and Dr. Moore here today, sharpened two sweeps, bradded one buggy hub, hammered eight hoes and filed them.

Friday, June 8, 1860

Foggy and wind south east, all hands out but Presley, five plowing on the long cut, old Dave hauling wood this morning then finished hauling oats, some appearance of rain in the morning, warm, B. M. Oliver, R. C. Bay, Sam ___, ____ Yates of Bastrop County here today, Dr. Bell and Ward here in the even­ing, Joe killed a fine buck today.

Wharton County, Texas

Saturday, June 9, 1860

Plowing on the long cut and over the pond, hoeing on the long cut, all out but Presley.

Monday, June 25, 1860

Clear in the morning, wind north east, all hands out but Presley and Roena, finished digging the well in the evening, hoeing down below the gin house, Dr. Bell, Ward, and Billy Thomas here today, Bell got one bushel of meal, Pierce half bushel, the soap man here, rain on the Bernard in the even­ing.

Tuesday, June 26, 1860

Clear in the morning, wind north east, some rain around in the evening, all hands out but Presley and Roena, both sick, commenced curbing the well, finished hoeing the two cuts by the oat patch at dinner, commenced down in the corner, Brandon, Parson Smith, Bell, Ward, and Snead here today, Billy sold Ward his horse for $130.00 dollars, at work on the road, Thomas eight hands.

Wednesday, June 27, 1860

A light sprinkle of rain this morning, settled the dust lightly, wind east, very warm, at work on the well got done by dinner, Presley and Roena sick, the other hands hoeing on the long cut and the one above, at work on the road, Ward, Dr. Bell, Brandon, Moore, and Billy Thomas also Parson Smith here today.

Thursday, June 28, 1860

Clear, wind south, still at work on the road today, Cardwells, Galbriths, and Slades hands, all hands out but Presley, George, and Rod, hauled some rails, hoeing on the long cut, Billy killed five deer.

Friday, June 29, 1860

Clear, wind south, still at work on the road with the same hands and H. P. Cayces, all hands out but Presley at work hoeing in the long cut, Parson Smith and Brandon here.

Saturday, June 30, 1860

All well but Presley, Mr. Shrock, Mr. Jenkins, and Mr. Pierce started to Matagorda this morning, the weather warm, wind from the south, hazy, cloudy in the evening, wind very high, Graves was here this morning, also Bill Thomas and the two Prewetts, did not quite finish the long cut, knocked the hands off about half after two o'clock P. M., finished cutting out road by dinner time.

Sunday, July 1, 1860

Warm, cloudy, sprinkled rain in the afternoon, Parson Smith preached here.

Wharton County, Texas

Monday, July 2, 1860

Cloudy, warm wind from the south, rained this morning before day, Parson Smith here to dinner, finished this side the creek hoeing, Mr. Shrock came home from Matagorda, Mrs. Shrock came up with him, Dr. Bell came over.

Tuesday, July 3, 1860

Cloudy wind strong from the south, Mr. and Mrs. Shrock and Mr. Jenkins started up the country this morning, hands cutting corn, Graves and Bill Thomas came by here going to Bernard, Parson Smith went with them, Mr. Smith went to the woods to work, cattle in the field, had them got out and fence fixed, where they got in, Mr. Pierce got home from Matagorda.

Wednesday, July 4, 1860

Clear very warm wind from South, Yarrick sick, gave him some pills, Billy Shrock here, all went to the barbeque, cut some rails, commenced hauling cotton in the evening.

Thursday, July 5, 1860

Very warm hazy, finished cutting corn about dinner time, went to hoe­ing, sent for Dr. Moore, Yarrick some better, Mr. Brandon came over, Caroline tending to Yarrick.

Friday, July 6, 1860

Warm wind from north west, shocked some corn in field, hauled more poles, Yarick clear of fever, Martha sick gave her a dose of blue moss, my­self sick (George) took dose of medicene, Mr. Thomas Hill and Prewett took dinner here, Walt Thomson and Shields here, Mr. Boyd came by in the evening Dr. Moore and Levi Prewett came, found boll cotton opened.

Saturday, July 7, 1860

Warm wind from south west, Marth and Yarick great deal better, Billy Thomas sent over and borrowed some coffee, Caroline went out this morning, finished two cuts and the creek, gave hands half the day.

Sunday, July 8, 1860

Wind from south west, clear very warm, giving Caroline and Marth quinine, went out to the prairie, Mr. and Mrs. Shrock got back home a little after dark.

Monday, July 9, 1860

Clear wind from south west, very warm, commenced pulling fodder and cutting tops, Mr. Brandon and Dr. Bell here, had a great many fine watermelons.

Tuesday, July 10, 1860

Warm, clear, wind south west shot a hawk, Billy Jenkins killed a beef yearling, Presley hog hunting, Parson Smith here this evening.

Wharton County, Texas

Wednesday, July 11, 1860

Cloudy, misty, warm wind from north west, Mrs. Shrock and Billy Jenkins went to town today, Mr. Brandon and Ward here also a gentleman from Rich­mond by the name of Ekleson and Dr. Bell, Parson Smith left his morning for home, Mr. Vincent started this evening, Dr. Bell got bushel meal, crossed over on this cut.

Thursday, July 12, 1860

Cloudy, misty, very warm, very light breeze from the south, com­menced stacking fodder this morning, made three stacks today, Ward here at work on his buggy, Ross took dinner here, Joe Hill came by this evening, Dr. Bell and his lady here, carriage got back from Matagorda, Mr. Pierce got back, I shot a crane.

Friday, July 13, 1860

Cloudy warm wind from north east, shower, stacking fodder, all hands got wet, Yorrick went to the post office, got a couple of papers for Mr. Shrock, Ward here also Wiley Hall and Hooker.

Saturday, July 14, 1860

Cloudy warm wind from west, gave the hands a holiday, killed a shoat for them to barbeque, Mr. Brandon, Henry Cayce over this morning, set the tires on Mr. Shrock's wagon, had a fine rain, great deal of wind with it from the east, Prewett, Ben Seaborn, and Mars also Eli Prewett here to supper, the negroes all danced, had quite a lively time, broke up about seven o'clock P. M., still looks cloudy and dark, looks much like rain, did not have rain enough to do much good.

Sunday, July 15, 1860

Cloudy smoky in the morning, wind from south west, not much stirring, rain in the middle of the day, clear, I went out to the prairie with Boyd, came back shortly after dinner, found Wiley Hall here, Dave found some watermelons, Bill Thomas came over, Boyd came by, Mr. Rice came over told that the fence was down, Rod and George ran away on the strength of it, I went down after Sneed, gone all night, Mr. Shrock caught Rod while I was gone.

Monday, July 16, 1860

Cloudy little warm very little breeze stirring, commenced cutting and shocking fodder, made one stack, old Dave caught George, Dr. Bell and lady here, Mr. Brandon settled with George and put him to work, Dr. Bell got meal.

Tuesday, July 17, 1860

Cloudy, very warm wind from south east, Mr. Carr came this morning about day with his dogs, went on up to Dr. Bells, finished cutting fodder and stacking, had a fine shower about dinner time, Yorrick went to the post office, got nothing for Mr. Shrock, went to hoeing in the new ground, rain quit, came and hoed the potato patch, Billy Thomas here this morning.

Wharton County, Texas

Wednesday, July 18, 1860

Cloudy, very warm wind from south, planted the irish potato patch in corn, went to cutting down new ground corn, Dr. Bell and Mr. Brandon over here, finished corn, came back loaded the wagon to start to Matagorda in the morning.

Thursday, July 19, 1860

Cloudy, warm wind from south, Mr. Shrock started to Matagorda this morning, took Dave, Marth, Caroline, Roena, went hunting this morning to try and kill something, saw nothing, Presley fixed gate, Mr. Brandon and myself went down Caney to a camping place (supposed to be a run away) that Presley directed us to, didn't find any one, very pleasant breeze from south east.

Friday, July 20, 1860

Cloudy, warm wind from south, sent Yorrick to the post office, got a Christian Advocate for Mr. Shrock and good many letters and papers for others, Ben Kendrick and Mars came over, finished hoeing new ground, Parson Smith and Mr. Skates came by here on their way to Caney and stayed all night.

Saturday, July 21, 1860

Cloudy looks like rain, very little breeze stirring this morning, very warm, hoeing up here by the house in the cross corn cut, Dr. Bell and his lady here, I went out to the store, Prewett, Billy Thomas, and Ross came by here going out to the prairie, Willey Hall came down brought the news that Mr. Shrock's negroes had been killed, I went to Isam Thompsons to get the paper, all a hoax got up for the benefit of the negroes, had a light shower of rain.

Sunday, July 22, 1860

Cloudy, warm wind from the south, all well, I went down to Prewitts, Mr. Shrock got home this evening.

Monday, July 23, 1860

Cloudy very warm, wind from south, commenced picking cotton today, made an average of one hundred and eight pounds to the hand, Dr. Bell and Prewitt here today, also Mr. Brandon, Dr. Bell got one bushel meal, had a very light shower.

Tuesday, July 24, 1860

Cloudy very warm, wind from the south, I went around the field this morning took the rifle, three head of cattle in the field, couldn't drive them out, shot one in the hind leg, broke it, ate breakfast with Billy Thomas, he came over with me, Mr. Armstrong here, Mr. Shrock and myself walked down in the cane brake and set fire to it, made an average of a hundred and thirty eight pounds today.

Wharton County, Texas

Wednesday, July 25, 1860

Cloudy warm, Dee Shrock came up brought news of some negroes camped below, I rode up after Carr, got back about half after nine, went down to Mars to see old man Snead, Dr. Bell over here this morning.

Thursday, July 26, 1860

Cloudy very warm, Mars and old man Snead came over about ten o'clock A. M., Mars went home before dinner, we got dinner and all started down below with the dogs, looked very much like rain, thundering and lightning in the north, I killed a deer at Dicken's Point 150 yards running with Mr. Shrock's shot gun, old man Snead stopped at house, he and myself went down as far as Gibsons, Caroline sick.

Friday, July 27, 1860

Cloudy wind from the south, commenced ginning, stranger here, gin saw setter, George and Rod splitting rails, Presley and Louis and Yarick ginning, Caroline sick, Mr. Shrock went hunting.

Saturday, July 28, 1860

Caroline picking cotton, cloudy very warm, Mr. Shrock hunting morning and evening, Dr. Bell shot at a bear down back of the ____.

Sunday, July 29, 1860

Cloudy, warm wind from the south, Billy Thomas and Mars here, Mars and Dr. Bell passed by going to Mr. Pierces, I got home just at dark, saw nothing of any runaways, no sign at all.

Monday, July 30, 1860

Picked cotton and ginned until dinner, very warm and cloudy, wind south, Mr. Shrock and myself went hunting, Mr. Shrock shot twice at a beef and once at a fine buck, killed niether, ground and packed after dinner, packed out seven bags, Dr. Bell, Mr. Brandon, Pady Burns, Walt and Bob Thompson, and another man here, Mr. Smith caught a coon, loaded the wagon and fixed to start to Matagorda this evening, Dr. Bell got bushel meal.

Tuesday, July 31, 1860

Warm, cloudy, wind from south, the wagon started to town early this morning, Presley went to post office, Mr. Shrock started to Matagorda this evening, took Charlotte with him.

Wednesday, August 1, 1860

Cloudy, warm, wind from south, Mr. Smith went hunting with Mr. Bran­don, killed nothing, picking right up by the gin house, Eli and Levi Prewett here

Wharton County, Texas

Thursday, August 2, 1860

Warm, went hunting, killed a veal, Mr. Brandon came over, cane brake afire down back of the field, went down to see about it, saw Bill Thomas and Eli Prewett, Dave sick and Tom.

Friday, August 3, 1860

Cloudy, sprinkled rain, very warm, saw Boyd and Mars, sent Presley to the post office, went hunting with Levi Prewett, Henry Cayce sent after Caroline tonight, sent Tom in her place, today a man here by the name of Bowls, Dave still sick and Tom out.

Saturday, August 4, 1860

Cloudy, warm, had a shower, sent Yarrick to inquire about Rod, Tom went home today at dinner, gin setter here, Mr. Shrock got home this evening, brought news that Rod had run away, Parson Smith, Mr. Brandon here. - Mr. Shrock.

Sunday, August 5, 1860

Cloudy, warm, showering, all around home, Parson Smith preached here, good many to hear him besides those who regularly attend, Dave Hill and lady and sister-in-law, Miss Adams, Fred Bertrand and lady, and several gentlemen, good many blacks here in the evening, Patrol.

Monday, August 6, 1860

Warm, cloudy, borrowed seven bushels shelled corn from Mr. Brandon, Mr. Shrock, Pierce, Wood, Burns, and myself went to the election from here, Billy Thomas and Dr. Bell came by and went with us, came back to dinner, John Jones and Levi Prewett here for dinner, Mr. Haraldson brought old Rod home, old man Burns let his gun off accidently in the house, Parson went home with Billy Thomas, Dr. Bell got bushel meal.

Tuesday, August 7, 1860

Warm, commenced raining about 3 o'clock this morning, steady slow rain, set out potato slips, Mr. Brand dined here, picked some cotton in the evening, sent to post office, Wood commenced ginning.

Wednesday, August 8, 1860

Cloudy, warm, rain last night, went to hoeing in the new ground, got some hogs out, fixed up fodder stacks, Carr here with his dogs, Prewett and John Jones came by to carry Dr. Bell's negro home, Dr. Bell here, also Mr. Calder and Sly here, went to picking cotton after dinner, made some wagon tongues, ginning

Thursday, August 9, 1860

Cloudy, warm, packed three bales cotton, went around the field, saw two fine bucks, shot three times without effect, Dr. Bell here, worked on road, went down there, Mr. Shrock shot at a bear in the evening missed him, Tom ginning.

Wharton County, Texas

Friday, August 10, 1860

Cloudy, went to post office, got wet, Parson Smith here, packed two bales this morning, after rain finished packing and went to hoeing in old ground, Prewett, Dr. Moore, and Ben Seaborn here, Prewett and myself drove up the mules, loaded wagon and fixed to start to Matagorda, took seven bales, gin stopped at two A. M.

Saturday, August 11, 1860

Cloudy, wind from north, picking cotton, started the wagon, Mr. Shrock went hunting, killed nothing, Mr. Brandon here, L. Prewett and Bill Thomas came after dark, I went with them patrolling, rode all night, caught one negro.

Sunday, August 12, 1860

Clear, cool, wind continues from the north, Mr. Shrock started to Matagorda, Mr. Pierce went with him, I went out to the prairie, Billy, Eli, and Ben Seaborn came by, did not get down.

Monday, August 13, 1860

Clear, wind from north, picking cotton, drove up mules, while thus en­gaged saw a wild beef, came and got the gun and went back, shot it four times, so dark could not follow it, ground this morning, Dr. Bell bushel meal.

Tuesday, August 14, 1860

Clear, cool, wind from north, went to look for the beef, could not find it, saw Dr. Bell, Ward, and Mr. Brandon, Mr. Shrock got home about dark, I sent to the post office, got letter for Mr. Shrock, George sick.

Wednesday, August 15, 1860

Windy and pleasant, wind still continues from the north, old Dave got here before day with the wagon, smashed one wheel on the way down, working on the running gear after dinner and started the gin, finished picking on this side the creek, Manda had a baby.

Thursday, August 16, 1860

Cloudy, wind from south east, Mr. Shrock went hunting, killed one deer, worked on the running gear and started the gin again, picking over the creek, Eli Prewett here, Mr. Shrock went hunting again this evening, Dr. Bell brought some letters here, he carried to the post office, old Rod put piece of iron in his basket of cotton, Mr. Brandon went down to Jessie Gordans this evening.

Friday, August 17, 1860

Cloudy, warm in the morning, wind in south east, sprinkled rain at 12 o'clock, pleasant this evening, Mr. Shrock and Pierce went hunting this morning, killed nothing, Mr. Pierce shot at a bull but did not get him, came home to dinner and went again, nothing weighed today at twelve crosses over in the gin house cut, Mr. Smith and myself set

Wharton County, Texas

Friday, August 17, 1860 Continued

the tire on the hind wheel of Mr. Shrock's wagon, Dr. Bell here and Mr. Brandon, Billy Thomas sent over after Mr. Shrock's barouche. Stranger here to stay all night, gin running.

Saturday, August 18, 1860

Cloudy, shower of rain, loaded and started the wagon to town, two of the mules got out last night, rain this evening, ground and packed out six bales, Brandon got two bushels and one half of meal, Mr. Shrock and myself went hunting, killed nothing.

Sunday, August 19, 1860

Cloudy, rain, Billy Thomas came and brought the barouche home, Mr. Gilcrease here, I went out to the prairie, Wood went over to see if Eli Prewett had any coal.

Monday, August 20, 1860

Cloudy, warm wind from south east, sprinkled rain in the morning, picking cotton, working on the running ear of the gin, old man Sneed here with his dogs to stay all night, Viny, Haden, and Beck stole Puss' cotton, went to ginning after getting the running gear fixed, does well.

Tuesday, August 21, 1860

Cloudy, raining, picking cotton, ginning, old man Crawford and Eli Prewett came through the field, Billy Thomas' mare in the field, I went down to drive her out, Yarrick went to the post office, got letter for Mr. Shrock, Mr. Brandon over here, Mr. Shrock and myself went fire hunting, killed one deer and two coons.

Wednesday, August 22, 1860

Raining steady, commenced before day, rained until about eleven o'clock, gathered corn this evening, hauled in sixteen loads, ginned until it quit raining, old Rod got back from Matagorda little after dark, brought sack salt, barrel pickle pork, and box for Galbraith.

Thursday, August 23, 1860

Cloudy, wind from south east until about eleven o'clock when it com­menced and rained very hard, Mr. Brandon and young Ward here, gathering corn, stopped one of the little wagons in time and started in big one, Billy Thomas here late in the evening.

Friday, August 24, 1860

Cloudy, warm no rain here but all around, hauled six loads corn, worked out the potato patch and went to picking cotton, Ross here, stopped some hogs out of the field, and hauled and set some cold wood.

Wharton County, Texas

Saturday, August 25, 1860

Cloudy, warm rain, packed out seven bales cotton, Dr. Bell and Mr. Brandon here, Mr. Shrock and Ross both started for Matagorda but did not go in company, old man Sneed here also, hunted all evening, killed fine wild hog and hauled load fodder for the mules, Billy Thomas here late in the evening, ground meal.

Sunday, August 26, 1860

Cloudy, warm, went down to Billy Thomases, ate dinner, went out to the prairie, herded mules, corn ground, Dr. Bell sent here and got some salt, Bob Thompson and Shultz here to stay all night.

Monday, August 27, 1860

Cloudy, warm, no rain, picking cotton, Lucy sick part of the day, Bob Thompson, Wood, Shultz went and robbed a bee tree, here to stay all night again, ground this morning, old Presley plowed out the potato patch this evening.

Tuesday, August 28, 1860

Warm, cloudy, wind from south east, picking cotton, Presley in potato patch, Yarrick went to the post office, got some papers and a letter for Mr. Shrock, letter from Ward, Eli and Levi Prewett here, borrowed gun to kill a beef, Saunders and Mr. Park from Galveston, also old man Haroldson, loaded wagon after night and fixed to start to Matagorda, lightening in north east.

Wednesday, August 29, 1860

Warm, little cloudy, started the wagon to Matagorda with five bales cotton, started the gin, Dr. Bell got bushel meal, Mr. Shrock got home about an hour by sun this evening from Matagorda, Bud and John with him, Billy Thomas and Mr. Gilcrease over here after supper, Jim Lanford came by here late in the night, Williams here.

Thursday, August 30, 1860

Cloudy, very warm, showering all around, Mr. Shrock set and fired the coal kiln, Dr. Bell, Mr. Daniel, and Mr. Brandon here, started the gin after eleven o'clock, picking cotton in the cut next to Galbreaths.

Friday, August 31, 1860

Very warm, cloudy, picking cotton and ginning, Walt Thompson and Mr. Brandon here, sent to the post office, got one paper for Mr. Shrock, old Rod got back with the wagon, stopped the gin late in the evening, and hauled load fodder.

Saturday, September 1, 1860

Cloudy, warm, though we had a very heavy dew last night, wind from the south west, picking cotton, John H. Jones, Jr. here, Rod plowing by turnip patch, finished ginning what cotton we had in the gin house, shelled some corn and ground barrel meal, old man Smith got some timber, Sneed's average about 130 pounds to the hand today, we have out now about 49 bags cotton.

Wharton County, Texas

Sunday, Sept. 2, 1860

Clear, warm, several came over to church, the preacher did not come, Mr. Bradshaw here, brought the news that 0. P. Brown was dead, Mars sick, Levi and Boyd here to dinner, Mr. Burns here this evening, herded the mules out, Dr. Bell sent over and got half bushel meal, Boyd came over after supper, we went patrolling.

Monday, Sept. 3, 1860

Clear, warm, strong wind from south west, commenced hoeing in the second year land below the corn on this side the creek, Dr. Bell here, Pady Burns left this evening, Billy Thomas came over after watermelons, Fred Burtrand came by, Mr. Brandon got three bushels meal, started George and Edmond to mowing this morning in the gin house cut.

Tuesday, Sept. 4, 1860

Very warm, had a shower in the evening, Mr. Wofford here, saddled Mr. Haden's paint horse and rode him, took him home with him to bring back Sunday, got about sixty five rows of the corn in the lower cut, Billy Thomas came over in the field, Mr. Haden came up this evening.

Wednesday, Sept. 5, 1860

Cloudy, warm, Levi Prewett rode by this morning, hoeing in the long cut, got nearly up to the middle fodder stack, Mr. Pierce's two boys commenced mowing, herded the mules in the corn, been herding them all this week, Mr. Haden robbed his bee gums, old man Smith got stung beautifully, old Dave got up from town, brought news that the river had all overflowed.

Thursday, September 6, 1860

Warm, cloudy, foggy, hazy this morning, packed out two bales cotton this morning early, Edmond shod Mr. Haden's horse, Mr. Haden started to town this morning, took Dave with him, had a heavy shower in the evening, I went over to Brandons, picked until the rain, when we went to the house, Mr. Shrock and myself went fire hunting, saw some fine bucks, could not get the gun to fire; Presley got out to picking this morning.

Friday, Sept. 7, 1860

Cloudy, looks like rain, hoeing and mowing, started the gin, ginned all the dry cotton and the corn to grind, John Jones here, we built the black pony's foot for the foot coil, Walt Thompson here, brought Mr. Pierce a load of corn and got some cotton seed, Dr. Bell sent here this morning for some meal, did not have it to spare, let him have enough to do today, sent Yorick to the post office, shelled and ground this evening, Dr. Bell sent and got bushel meal, Mr. Brandon three bushels, Mr. Brandon and Dr. Bryan here also Fred Burtrand, Galbraith came, picked cotton this evening, Edmond sick, Presley took his place mowing, old Rod took dose medicene, Mr. Shrock, Billy Thomas, and myself went fire hunting, shot one deer could not find him.

Wharton County, Texas

Saturday, Sept. 8, 1860

Cloudy, warm wind from north east, packed out ten bales cotton this morning, started the hands to picking, started the gin about ten o'clock, Mr. Shrock went to hunt for the deer we shot last night, Mr. Galbraith came by here and got a watermelon, loaded the wagon put on five bales cotton, six bar­rels corn, two dozen bundles fodder, two and one half meal, borrowed seven pounds bacon from Billy Thomas.

Sunday, Sept. 9, 1860

Clear, warm, Mr. Shrock started to Matagorda, started the wagon, I went to the prairie, Eli Prewett and Mr. Ward here also, John Jones and his wife came here, got jug cistern water and watermelon, turned the mules out.

Monday, Sept. 10, 1860

Clear, pleasant in the morning, north wind, packed out two bales cotton, went to hoeing and mowing, Mr. Wofford came about eleven o'clock with his team, loaded the wagon with eighteen bales, had to help Mr. Smith set one of the tires, harnessed oxen, found yoke and young steer, Billy Williams here to dinner.

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 1860

Clear, pleasant, very warm, about twelve north wind blowing, found another steer, Dr. Bell here, Wofford got off, sent Yarrick to post office, Dr. Bell twice here in the morning and evening, John Jones and Prewett here also Jess, quit mowing about eleven o'clock to go after the doctor, Bill Williams here, staid all night, Mr. Smith cut his knee.

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 1860

Clear, pleasant, wind from north, Billy Thomas borrowed the rifle to shoot a beef, sent us a piece, Levi Prewett here, borrowed three bushels meal from Mrs. Pierce, killed two wild hogs, Mr. Shrock got back from Matagorda, Billy Jenkins with him, the wagon got back also, brought barrel pork and barrel salt, Dr. Bell here, Mr. Pierce's boy Edmund very sick.

Thursday, Sept. 13, 1860

Clear, pleasant, ground enough meal to do this week, picked cotton on the hill side by Mr. Pierce, Parson Smith, Mr. Brandon, Henry Cayce, Dr. Moore, Billy Thomas, Walt Thompson here, Edmund died about eleven o'clock, I went down and ate supper with Billy, Walt brought three beefs up, one for Mr. Shrock, one for Mr. Pierce, and one for Mr. Brandon, Walt and Parson Smith stayed all night, let the hands go to see Edmund buried.

Friday, Sept. 14, 1860

Cloudy, pleasant, picking cotton next to Galbraths, butchered two beefs, two strangers here hunting overseers, Dr. Bell here, Tom hauled up the cotton, the wagon ran over Jude, rained before we got the cotton up, sent Yarrick to the post office, got letters and papers for Mr. Shrock and Dr. Bell, paper for myself.

Wharton County, Texas

Saturday, Sept. 15, 1860

Picking cotton, rained this morning, John Jones came up, Billy Williams got back from Matagorda about eleven o'cloc, Mr. Levi Prewett here in the evening, stayed till after supper, ground meal enough to do until Mon­day this evening, Mr. Brandon got a bushel, rain from north.

Sunday, Sept. 16, 1860

Cloudy, rain, I went to the prairie, old man Smith quit here, Levi Prewett, Boyd, Eli, and Billy Williams here.

Monday, Sept. 17, 1860

Clear, pleasant, I quit tending to business here, Mr. Brandon over, Billy Williams and Mr. Pierce went to look at the cavy yard, Drover came by with mules, ground Mr. Brandon two bushels and one half, Dr. Bell got one bushel.

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 1860

Clear and pleasant, picking cotton, Billy Williams and James Massey here today, all well, Rod, George, and Presley cutting weeds, the balance pick­ing cotton.

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 1860

Cool, north wind, picking cotton and cutting weeds, Eli Prewett and Barker here.

Thursday, Sept. 20, 1860

Billy Burkhart from Matagorda, Pierce came by himself, went to Columbia and back today, all well.

Friday, Sept. 21, 1860

Clear and cold, wind in the north, almost cold enough for frost, pick­ing cotton and cutting weeds, Meal Holand, Waldo Thompson, William Burkhart, and Barker here today, Walt and Meal roped two beefs and we killed them, all well.

Saturday, Sept. 22, 1860

Clear and pleasant, wind in the north, picking cotton and chopping weeds, Mr. Shrock and William Burkhart started to Matagorda, Brandon hauled Smith's wood home, Waldo Thompson penned the cavy yard, Shultz, Brandon, and Pierce here, all well.

Sunday, Sept. 23, 1860

Clear and pleasant, a little cool in the morning, gathered corn to grind in the evening, Mrs. Pierce went to Capt. Rugelys, all well.

Wharton County, Texas

Monday, Sept. 24, 1860

Clear and warm, wind in the south, rained some in the morning just before day, Mr. Baker here with a drove of mules, George Williams, Barker, Brandon, and Pierce all here, Mr. Shrock came from Matagorda, all well, Bran­don three bushels of meal and one bucket of meal.

Tuesday, Sept. 25, 1860

Clear and warm in the morning, wind in the south and south east, clouded up and rained about twelve, rained off and on all the evening, Mr. Brandon, Pierce, and Barker here, Barker left in the evening, Presley ground in the evening, picking cotton and chopping weeds until it rained, all hands chopped weeds, Wofford brought Mr. Shrock's eight oxen home and Hadens, went round the field to see if there was anything in but nothing in, Dr. Bell three bushels of meal, all well.

Wednesday, Sept. 26, 1860

Clear and pleasant, wind in the south, all hands chopping weeds over the creek in the new ground, Dr. Bell and Pierce here, all well.

Thursday, Sept. 27, 1860

Clear and warm until twelve, rain, commenced gathering corn in the morning but the rain stopped them, chopping weeds.

Friday, Sept. 28, 1860

Clear and warm in the south, all hands hauling corn over the creek, Ross came here with some mules, Waldo Thompson, Shultz, Walker and another young man here, myself and Tom Wood went hunting but did not kill anything, Yorick went to the post office, all well.

Saturday, Sept. 29, 1860

Clear and pleasant, wind in the south, all hands hauling corn over the creek, Ross left here this morning, I went hunting and didn't kill any­thing, Pierce went to Rugelys and never returned, Mrs. Pierce sick, the balance well.

Sunday, Sept. 30, 1860

Clear and pleasant, wind in the south, preaching here, Eli Prewett, John Jones, Levi Prewett, Willy Hall, Brandon, Clint Slade and their wives all here at church, Parson Smith preached a very fine sermon, Tom Wood and myself

Monday, Oct. 1, 1860

Clear and pleasant, wind north east, all hands hauling corn, fin­ished just at night, I went hunting and killed a pig, Parson Smith left here this morning, all well.

Wharton County, Texas

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 1860

Wind in the north, raining off and on all day, Presley, George, and Rod chopping weeds, the balance of the hands picking cotton but the rain stop­ped them, I killed two hogs, Mr. Shrock and Pierce went to the post office, Waldo Thompson and Bob here today, also Dr. Bell, Billy Thomas got one bucket of salt, all well.

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 1860

Clear and pleasant, wind in the south, picking cotton and chopping weeds, Waldo Thompson left here this morning, Ross here tonight, all well.

Thursday, Oct. 4, 1860

Clear and pleasant, wind in the south, picking cotton and chopping weeds, P. R. Pierce started off to sell his horses, Ross left here this morn­ing for Wharton, Waldo Thompson and Robert Thompson here tonight, I and Bob went hunting but didn't kill anything, all well.

Friday, Oct. 5, 1860

Cleared before dinner, wind in the south, picking cotton, Brandon here.

Saturday, Oct. 6, 1860

Clear and pleasant, wind in the south, picking cotton and chopping weeds, Robert Thompson and Kimbro here, I went to Petty's after my horse, all well.

Sunday, Oct. 7, 1860

Clear and pleasant, but little southerly in the south, Parson Smith preached here today, several persons here, John M. Cayce came in from out west, all well, Mr. Giles Ross and Pierce came in this evening.

Monday, Oct. 8, 1860

Clear and pleasant, wind in the south, norther about nine o'clock in the night, picking cotton and chopping weeds, Mr. Shrock and Aleck Burkhart came from Matagorda with mule team, I penned, old Rod got after a runaway negro, Tom got snake bit, Lucy sick, all the balance well.

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 1860

Clear and pleasant, wind in the north, picking cotton and chopping weeds, I went to farmers for Ross to collect some money but did not get any, Aleck Burkhart and Kimbro here, Lucy and Tom sick, all well.

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 1860

Clear and pleasant, wind in the north, picking cotton and chopping weeds, finished chopping weeds this evening and hauled three

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loads of wood, I and Alec Burkhart went to Stiths upper plantation, Robert Thompson here, Dr. Bell one bushel of meal, all well.

Thursday, Oct. 11, 1860

Weather a little bad, cold and wet wind, a little north east, Robert Thompson here, all well.

Friday, Oct. 12, 1860

Clear and pleasant, wind in the north, John Cayce and lady here and two other men from out west with a drove of ponies, Dr. Moore, Buck Bell, Henry Cayce and another man here, the man that was with them was a land buyer, Rod and Marth with chills, all the balance well.

Saturday, Oct. 13, 1860

Clear and pleasant, wind in the north, all hands picking cotton, gin running, John Cayce left his morning for Shadrack Cayces, Levi Prewitt here, when he left Bob Thompson went with him, Waldo Thompson here in the evening after dinner, stopped the gin and ground some in the evening, Barker borrowed a frow, Mr. Shrock and Levi Prewett went to the store, all well.

Sunday, Oct. 14, 1860

Clear and cold, some frost, I went to cut a bee tree and shot at a deer and did not kill it, Rod had a chill, all the rest well.

Monday, Oct. 15, 1860

Clear and cold, some frost, wind in the north, baled cotton this morning, ten bales, picking cotton the balance of the day, H. P. Cayce hauling in cotton

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 1860

Clear and pleasant, a little cool in the morning, all hands picking cotton, running the gin, H. P. Cayce hauling in cotton, Mr. Shrock started to Matagorda, Mr. Cayce and Prewett with him, two droves of mules here today from west, B. W. Bell one bushel of meal, all well except Rod, he is a little sick, Yorick went to post office but didn't get anything.

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 1860

Clear and warm wind in the south, picking cotton on the long cut, four hands picking, Puss at Galbraiths, George, Presley, and Rod splitting rails, Tom Wood ginning, Barker finished hauling cotton, Roena sick, baled two bales cotton, all the balance well.

Thursday, Oct. 18, 1860

Clear and pleasant, wind in the north, picking cotton and splitting rails, Tom Wood ginning, Rod thrashing peas, Roena washing, Eli Prewett borrowed _____Pierce two pounds nails, all well.

Wharton County, Texas

Friday, Oct. 19, 1860

Clear and cold, wind in the north, picking cotton and splitting rails, Tom Wood ginning, Mr. Shrock, Bud and John from Matagorda, Rod runaway, Waldo Thompson here, Mr. Shrock carried Mars' negro home, all well.

Saturday, Oct. 20, 1860

Clear and pleasant, wind in the north, picking cotton, George and Presley chopped some weeds and split some rails, I went out and killed a beef and a deer, Tom Wood ginning, all well.

Sunday, Oct. 21, 1860

Clear and pleasant, wind in the north, nothing doing all day, all well.

Monday, Oct. 22, 1860

Clear and very warm, picking cotton in the new ground, Mr. Shrock, myself, and George measured the road out to the prairie, John, Bud, and Joe went with us, I killed a hog, Tom ginning, Mandy handing him cotton, B. W. Bell one bushel meal, H. P. Cayce hauled off five bales of his cotton, all well.

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 1860

Clear and warm, wind in the south, picking cotton and hauling rails, Tom ginning, Mr. Shrock, Tom Wood, Carr, and myself went out to Haleys to hunt old Rod with the negro dogs and Haley caught him before we got there, all well.

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 1860

Clear and warm, wind in the south, picking cotton and hauling seeds, Tom ginning, I and Jess killed three hogs, all well, except Mr. Shrock, he is a little complaining.

Thursday, Oct. 25, 1860

Clear and pleasant, wind in the south, very warm, we have a little appearance of rain, picking cotton and hauling seeds, I killed a shoat, Brandon here, all well, ginned til twelve o'clock.

Friday, Oct. 26, 1860

Clear and very warm, wind in the south, some appearance of rain, picking cotton, all except Rod, Presley, and George, they split rails, Tom ginning, Mandy handing him cotton, all well.

Saturday, Oct. 27, 1860

Cloudy and very warm all day until just at night, the wind shifted from the south to the north and it was a little cold, picking cotton, Tom gin­ning, George went to help H. P. Cayce raise a house, Presley raking off the barley patch, Rod helping Brandon haul cotton, I

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and Jess went to look for Pierce's horses, found them and there was a colt missing, came home and tried to kill a beef but failed, Tom finished ginning all of the cotton we had picked, all well.

Sunday, Oct. 28, 1860

Clear and pleasant, rained this morning before day, north breeze, Mr. Barker here today, weighed and packed H. P. Cayce's cotton, T. H. Wood, myself, and the boys went to cut a bee tree but never cut it because we couldn't see the bees flying in and out, all well.

Monday, Oct. 29, 1860

All hands out, baled out eight bales of cotton, ground in the morn­ing, commenced ginning Brandon's cotton, Presley, George, and Rod splitting rails, remainder picking cotton, the wind shifting, clear and warm, Fowler here to dinner, Dr. Bell and lady and Gabe Davis all here today, Eli Prewett borrowed twenty pounds of nails.

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 1860

Cloudy, some rain, wind very high from the south, baled out two bales cotton, Rod, George, and Presley splitting rails, balance of the hands picking cotton, Tom finished ginning, P. M. M. Shrock here.

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 1860

Cloudy and rained pretty much all day, fixed up a couple of teams to start to Matagorda, some of the hands chopping corn stalks, George, Rod, and Presley hauled some wood, P. M. M. Shrock here, all well, wind in the north.

Thursday, Nov. 1, 1860

Clear and pleasant, wind in the north, all hands picking cotton, Tom and George started to Matagorda with a couple of wagons loaded with cotton, Mr. Shrock and P. M. M. Shrock also started in buggies to bring all hands and the cook, I went hunting and killed one hog and a deer, Rod and Roena sick.

Friday, Nov. 2, 1860

Clear and pleasant, north and west wind, a heavy frost, all hands picking cotton, I went hunting killed two hogs and two deer, Rod and Ginney sick, Caroline and Roena scouring up the things.

Saturday, Nov. 3, 1860

Clear and warm wind in the north, all hands picking cotton except Roena and Caroline, they are scouring and cleaning up things, Rod very sick, Dr. Moore to see him this evening, I and Jess killed a beef, all the balance well.

Sunday, Nov. 4, 1860

Clear and warm, old Rod sick.

Wharton County, Texas

Monday, Nov. 5, 1860

Clear and pleasant, north east wind, picking cotton, some of the hands fixing round the house, Rod sick, rained in the east.

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 1860

Clear in the morning, rain in the evening, wind south east, went to the election, picking cotton in the morning, cleaning corn, ground in the even­ing, B. W. Bell one bushel meal, Rod sick.

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 1860

Rained all day, wind north east, tolerable cool, hands doing nothing, Rod sick.

Thursday, Nov. 8, 1860

Cleared off at night, wind in the north, some frost, working on the chimneys till dinner, all went to picking cotton but four hands, Tom Wood ginned, Rod sick.

Friday, Nov. 9, 1860

Clear and cool, north wind, picking cotton, and working on the chim­neys, I killed four deer, Rod sick.

Saturday, Nov. 10, 1860

Clear wind in the north, tolerable cool, picking cotton and working on the chimneys, Rod sick.

Sunday, Nov. 11, 1860

Clear and pleasant, wind in the south, John got his leg broke, Rod sick.

Monday, Nov. 12, 1860

Some frost.

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 1860

Clear and warm, wind in the south, picking cotton and worked on chim­neys, Rod sick, John's leg broken.

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 1860

Clear and warm, wind in the south, picking cotton and working on chimneys, B. W. Bell here, old Rod sick, some rain.

Thursday, Nov. 15, 1860

Clear and cold wind in the north, some rain just before day, pick­ing cotton and hauling fodder and splitting rails, B. W. Bell one bushel meal, John and old Rod sick.

Wharton County, Texas

Friday, Nov. 16, 1860

Clear and warm, high winds in the north, picking cotton and hauling fodder, B. W. Bell and Prewett ran a horse race, all well except John and Rod.

Saturday, Nov. 17, 1860

Clear and pleasant, wind in the north, picking cotton, Tom ginning, I went to a horse race, all well except John and Rod.

Sunday, Nov. 18, 1860

Clear and pleasant, A. W. Brandon here, wind in the south, Rod and John sick.

Monday, November 19, 1860

Clear and pleasant, wind in the south, some appearance of rain, picking cotton, Tom ginning, Tom Tarver and Josh Hooper here tonight.

Tuesday, Nov. 20, 1860

Clear and warm, wind in the south, picking cotton, Tom Wood ground in the morning and ginned in the evening, all well except John and old Rod, Dr. Moore here, Dr. Bell went to Wharton.

Wednesday, Nov. 21, 1860

Clear and warm, wind in the south, picking cotton, Tom Wood hauling wood, Tom Tarver and J. F. Hooper here, all well except John and Rod, I and Dock got up a cow.

Thursday, Nov. 22, 1860

Cloudy and cold, wind in the north, some rain, picked some cotton, Tom ginned some, P. M. M. Shrock left for home this morning, John and Rod still sick.

Friday, Nov. 23, 1860

Clear and very cold, wind very high from the north, picking cotton, Tom and Puss hauling rails, I went to Waldo Thompsons to get him to haul some cotton and came back by the post office and got some letters and papers, Dr. Moore here, B. W. Bell one bushel meal, John and Rod still sick.

Saturday, Nov. 24, 1860

Clear but very cold, a very white frost, plenty of ice, wind in the north, picking cotton, Tom hauling wood and rails, shelled some corn and ground in the evening, I killed a beef, John and Rod improving.

Sunday, Nov. 25, 1860

Cloudy, warm wind in the south, nothing doing all day.

Wharton County, Texas

Monday, Nov. 26, 1860

Cloudy and warm, wind from the south, some rain, picking cotton, Tom hauling rails, John and Rod still improving.

Tuesday, Nov. 27, 1860

Cold and cloudy, wind in the north, some rain, Jess, Dee, and I went hunting, I killed a deer, picking cotton, Tom hauled rails, Dr. Moore here to see John and old Rod, they are still improving, Dr. Bell returned from Wharton.

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 1860

Cleared off about ten o'clock, wind in the north, I went out and killed a couple of ducks, Dr. Bell here, picking cotton, Tom hauling rails, John and Rod still improving.

Thursday, Nov. 29, 1860

Clear and pleasant, wind in the south, some frost, picking cotton, Tom hauling rails, I killed a beef, Tom, Jess, and myself went after A. Arm­strong, brought Mr. Shrock a beef, James Day and B. W. Bell both here, John and Rod still sick.

Friday, Nov. 30, 1860

Clear and pleasant, wind in the south, picking cotton, Tom and George started to Matagorda with a couple of mule teams with cotton, corn and potatoes, Mr. Shrock went down in the buggy, Dr. Moore here.

Saturday, Dec. 1, 1860

Clear and warm, wind in the south, picking cotton, Presley hauled some wood, W. H. Burkhart here, B. W. Bell and James Day here, John and Rod still sick, B. W. Bell one bushel meal.

Sunday, Dec. 2, 1860

Warm and cloudy, wind in the south east, Mr. Shrock and J. F. Haden from Matagorda, Mrs. Bell and Mrs. Winn here, all well.

Monday, Dec. 3, 1860

Clear and cold, wind north, Tom and George from Matagorda with the wagons, Dr. Moore here, had a fine lot of oysters, all well, John and Rod im­proving

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 1860

Clear and cold, wind north, Maj. Haden, Tom Wood, and I went hog hunting, trash gang picking cotton, Wm. Thomas and Dr. Bell here.

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 1860

Clear and cold, wind north, heavy frost this morning and yesterday morning, still killing hogs, the trash gang picking cotton.

Wharton County, Texas

Thursday, Dec. 6, 1860

Clear and pleasant, wind variable, some frost, killing hogs and making sausage, all done by machines, Dr. Bell, Wm. Thomas, H. P. Cayce, and Eli Prewett here, finished killing hogs.

Friday, Dec. 7, 1860

Clear and pleasant, wind south, Dr. Moore took dinner here, part of the hands picking cotton, the rest working with the meat.

Saturday, Dec. 8, 1860

Warm and cloudy, wind south, all up by four o'clock, ate breakfast by half past five, W. H. Burkhart and Maj. Haden left for Matagorda, Presley went with the wagon to town, all hands picking cotton except George, who built hen nests, I went to Billy Thomases, Dr. Bell, Prewett, Ross, and Ward here, Tom ginning.

Sunday, Dec. 9, 1860

Cloudy and warm, wind in the south, some rain, Mr. Shrock, Tom Wood, and George went to Bertrands after some cows of Mr. Hadens, I came home this evening, Eperson here for dinner, Dr. Skinner, Eli Prewett, and Wm. Thomas here in a fine buggy with match mules this morning.

Monday, Dec. 10, 1860

Clear and warm, wind in the south, Tom hauling fodder, Dr. Bell and Mr. Shrock trimming the buggy, I worked on the windows and doors, Rob Thompson came from below, Mrs. Bell here, B. W. Bell one bushel meal, all well, Dr. Skinner stayed all night.

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 1860

Clear and cool, wind in the north, some frost, norther came up last night, Mr. Shrock went to hunt Presley, found him out at the store.

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 1860

Clear and warm, wind in the south, Tom hauling fodder, a part of the hands helping, the balance picking cotton, Brandon hauling cotton to the gin, Julius (?) Adkins, DuBose and lady came here from Louisiana, B. W. Bell and lady here, I shod Mr. Shrock's horses, all well.

Thursday, Dec. 13, 1860

Cloudy and warm, some rain, wind south, Tom hauling fodder, some of the hands helping him, the balance picking cotton, young DuBose came with their negroes, Tom went and helped them from Dr. Bells, all well, Dr. and lady here, Dr. Moore here.

Wharton County, Texas

Friday, Dec. 14, 1860

Clear and cold, wind north, some frost, norther came up last night, Tom ginned, Presley and George hauling wood, the balance of the hands picking cotton Dr. Bell and Ward here, Delion here with a cavyard of mules, all well.

Saturday, Dec. 15, 1860

Clear and cold, wind north west, some frost, the two DuBoses, Mrs. DuBose, and Mr. Shrock started to Matagorda, Tom and George hauling logs for Brandon, three of DuBose hands splitting rails, the balance picking cotton, Ward, and Delion here, Bob Thompson went to the prairie to get a wagon to haul some cotton, I went to help Ward hunt his ____, found a hog, someone had shot it in the shoulder, I and Ward killed it, Dr. Bell here, going to Wharton, all well.

Sunday, Dec. 16, 1860

Cloudy and cold, wind south east and south, B. W. Bell came from Wharton, Mr. Bell here, Bell and another man here with a couple of teams, we cleaned the meat and examined it, it was very near all spoiled, Henry Cayce's eight negroes penned Haleys cavyard here, Marth cut a pair of shoes, all well.

Monday, Dec. 17, 1860

Cloudy and raining all day, wind in the south east, baled out two bales cotton and loaded a couple of wagons with cotton, picked some cotton, the men split some rails, John Lawson and another man here, Tom ginning, B. W. Bell one bushel meal, Beck sick.

Tuesday, Dec. 18, 1860

Cloudy and warm, some rain, wind from south east to south west, picking cotton, George, Presley, and three of Mr. DuBose's hands splitting rails, Tom ginning till dinner, Dr. Moore and Wm. Brandon here, Mr. Shrock and the two BuBoses returned from Matagorda, Beck a little sick.

Wednesday, Dec. 19, 1860

Clear and pleasant, wind south west to north west, Tom hauling logs for Brandon, picking cotton, Presley and three DuBose hands splitting rails, the DuBoses went to look for them a place.

Thursday, Dec. 20, 1860

Clear and warm, wind south to south west, Tom hauling logs for Brandon, the hands doing the same they were yesterday, Dr. Bell and lady here all day, Prewett and Billy Thomas here this evening, I had the sick headache, Celia Ann very sick.

Friday, Dec. 21, 1860

Cloudy in the morning, some rain, cleared off about ten o'clock, wind changeable, Tom ginning part of the day, hauled some wood, Bob went after Dr. Moore for Celia Ann, the women picking cotton, the men splitting rails.

Wharton County, Texas

Saturday, Dec. 22, 1860

Clear and cold in the morning, plenty of ice and frost, turned warm about twelve o'clock, wind north to south west and north west, Tom and George started to Matagorda with a couple of mule teams, Roena and Lewis went down with them, Mr. Shrock started after dinner, George started and Bob and Presley went to help them out to the prairie, Dr. Moore, Parson, Foot, Mars, and Ross all here, also, Dr. Bell and Ward, Dr. Bell and I ran a horse race, Celia Ann still sick, I fixed a bead scaffold and ceiled up Celia Ann's room.

Sunday, Dec. 23, 1860

Clear and tolerable cool, wind north east, Dr. Moore here, George and Presley and DuBose returned this evening from another trip of land hunting, Celia Ann still sick.

Monday, Dec. 24, 1860

Cloudy, some rain north east wind, all hands picking cotton, Tom came from Matagorda with the wagon, Mr. Shrock came up and brought Isabel, George and Newton DuBose went to see Henry Cayce about some land to rent or lease, Celia Ann sick, Dr. Moore here, one half bushel meal.

Tuesday, Dec. 25, 1860

Cloudy, wet, some rain, wind north east, all hands talking Christmas, Dr. Moore here to see Celia Ann, Bob Thompson, DuBose, Tom and myself went out to the races, Newton DuBose started to Matagorda, we had a very nice egg nog.

Wednesday, Dec. 26, 1860

Cloudy and raining, wind north east, barbequed a hog for the negroes a dinner, the ground very muddy, Dr. Moore and Wiley Hall here.

Thursday, Dec. 27, 1860

Cloudy, some rain, wind east, Dr. Bell and lady here, Dr. Moore and Wiley Hall here, Bob went to Dr. Bells to stay all night, Pierce came home, Term and Kent came with him, negroes still talking Christmas.

Friday, Dec. 28, 1860

Some what cloudy, wind south, Prewett, Billy Thomas, and Barker here.

Saturday, Dec. 29, 1860

Raining in the morning, wind north.

Sunday, Dec._30, 1860

Snow, three inches deep.

Wharton County, Texas

Monday, Dec. 31, 1860

All hands went to work, still cold, cleared, wind north.

Tuesday, Jan. 1, 1861

Cold and cloudy, wind north, all hands chopping cotton stalks, Celia Ann still sick, Mr. DuBose commenced chopping cane.

Wednesday, Jan. 2, 1861

Cold and cloudy, wind north, all hands chopping stalks, George and Presley helping Mr. DuBose build a chimney, Dr. Bell one bushel meal, I had the sick headache.

Thursday, Jan. 3, 1861

Cold and cloudy, wind north, all hands chopping and piling stalks, George and Presley still at work on the chimney, Tom hauling fodder.

Friday, Jan. 4, 1861

Cloudy and cold, wind in the north, hands still chopping and piling stalks, George and Mr. DuBose went over to the Colorado to look at some land but did not like it, Billy Thomas and Dr. Moore here, Celia Ann still sick.

Saturday, Jan. 5, 1861

Warm and part of the day clear, wind south, all hands chopping and piling stalks, Mr. Shrock and DuBose started to Matagorda, Tom started with the wagon, Waldo Thompson started with team.

Sunday, Jan. 6, 1861

Warm and pleasant, wind south, cloudy part of the day, some appear­ance of rain, Celia still sick but improving a little, I and George DuBose slept until dinner, Dr. Moore here.

Monday, Jan. 7, 1861

Clear and warm, wind south, all hands chopping and piling stalks, James Day and Calloway here, Mr. Shrock returned from Matagorda, Celia Ann some better.

Tuesday, Jan. 8, 1861

Clear and warm, wind south, all hands chopping and piling stalks, Mr. Shrock, George DuBose, Torn Wood, and myself went to bring the wagon out of the bog, Celia still improving, Presley ground some meal and the mill broken.

Wednesday, Jan. 9, 1861

Clear and pleasant, wind south, some appearance of a norther, all hands chopping stalks and piling, I and George went hunting but didn't kill anything, Celia still improving.

Wharton County, Texas

Thursday, Jan. 10, 1861

Clear and pleasant, wind north, norther cane up last night, all hands chopping and piling stalks, Tom ground some meal, Celia still improving.

Friday, Jan. 11, 1861

Cloudy and warm, some rain, wind changeable, hands chopping and piling stalks, Tom ground some meal, Bill Davis here for dinner, all well, Celia still improving, I returned from Columbia, Bob and Baxter came up from below and stayed here all night.

Saturday, Jan. 12, 1861

Cloudy and cool, wind south east in the morning, evening north east, the hands piling and cutting stalks, Gilcrease passed here with twelve negroes, George and Luce hauled some wood, Pierce started to Matagorda, Celia still improving.

Sunday, Jan. 13, 1861

Cloudy and warm, some rain, wind south. Dr. Moore here, Presley went up to Bradshaws after some things belonging to some negroes that Mr. Shrock hired, Celia still improving.

Monday, Jan. 14, 1861

Cloudy and some rain, cleared off about 10 o'clock, wind south, the day very pleasant, started the plows, balance of the hands cutting and piling stalks, Tom ground some meal, Brandon here for supper.

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 1861

North wind, clear and cold.




This journal was transcribed through our transcription program by Glynda Black. Glynda is a descendant of G.S. Shrocks brother, Phillip Marmaduke Shrock.


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