To day the boys are splitting rails out in the woods. Hicks is still at work on the house fence. Sam* [Samuel Houston Sharp] went to the shop for a balance iron for the mill but did not succeed in obtaining one. In the evening he went down to Mothers [Mahala* Sharp Hall nee Roberts] with the loom & put it up in running order for her. I fixed the mill and ground 18 bushels of corn. At night my pet baby Fawn [Florence Mahala Hall] was taken very sick which kept me up nearly all night. weather cloudy and cold as the devil with a hard freeze and plenty of ice.
*This Sam is a 2nd great-grandpa to the Keeper of this family history blog. Mahala is his mother, and is the step-mother as well as the mother-in-law of JMH.