To day the boys are at work in the new ground. Hicks ground 27½ bushels of corn. I am at work in the garden sticking the english peas. Mother [Mahala* Sharp Hall nee Roberts] & Roberta [Berta Downes Halyard nee Hall] came up and remained all night. Weather changeable & warm. At night there was a considerable storm attended with thunder and lightning. It also hailed and rained.
*This Mahala is a 3rd great-grandma to the Keeper of this family history blog. She is also the step-mother as well as the mother-in-law of JMH.