Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Romance in 1864

This is a diary entry from my Great-great grandfather Barabus T. Billard on when he got married:

"Cold with snow on the ground. Towards night I went down neck* and took a wife unto myself during the evening."

* "Neck" meant down a road to his wife's family farm.

I can only imagine what the actual proposal sounded like. I find it interesting that he began with the weather and then didn't even mention his wife's name.

To be fair, I have read some of his letters from the battlefield to his wife Maria Jane, and he definitely showed a softer side in those writings.

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