Another Letter from J.S. Williams to His Grandson

John Shoebridge Williams to his grandson, Willie Van Vleck Jr., who was 11 years old at the time:

Monday, Feb. 29th, 1864
Dear Son:
Enclosed please find a sketch of your Great Grandfather’s homestead with divers references to particular parts…

You, perhaps, do not know the difference between chinquepins and chestnuts. Chinquepins grow singly in a round burr. They are smaller, blacker, harder and sweeter than chestnuts….We would take a sheet, table cloth, wagon cover or something to spread on the ground under and around the tree, which we would thresh with a pole and bring the shiners down by wholesale.