My theme for the A to Z April Challenge is “In-Laws and Out-Laws – Friends of the Family.” I will be researching friends, colleagues, neighbors - those people who came and went touching my family’s lives in both small and large ways.
is for Yowell. Albert G. Yowell.
Mr. Yowell was one of the many customers at the Price-Hill Dry Goods Store in Stanardsville, Virginia in 1855, maybe even before then and probably even later. How do I know? Because I indexed the day book that was recently discovered in an attic and then donated to the Greene County Historical Society. I recently wrote about other customers – Richard Dawson and Rufus K. Fitzhugh.
Albert didn’t shop quite as often as some of the others. Usually his purchases were rather mundane, staples like tea, salt, coffee and sugar. His wife Lucy probably sent him for that red flannel, the candles, and a gross of buttons.
John Silvey, the local cooper (a maker of barrels), might have called out, “Hey Al, can you pick me up some tobacco?” Albert obliged.
|This is an ad that appeared in the Richmond Whig July 1860|
from Genealogybank.com accessed 24 Apr 2014
But two purchases stand out as a mirror of the times. On October 15, 1855, Albert purchased “2 Negro blankets.” Yes. “Negro cloth” was coarse and unbleached, typically brown. Such unrefined fabric was used for slave and prison clothing. So most likely he was purchasing inferior blankets for some slaves or the term was generic for any less-expensive or low-quality blanket.
The other purchase just makes me giggle (I can be immature). Because someone found the Price-Hill Day Book, everybody will know that on June 20, 1855 Albert G. Yowell purchased a chamber pot. I wonder if his was plain white stoneware or a fancier model.
|from Wikimedia Commons|
|from Flickr Commons|
Yippee! There will be no yawning over the yarns yielded by yuppies, youngsters, yokels, and yodelers over yonder at the A to Z April Challenge.