Barry's Relatively Speaking: S2,000 Nest

Posted on Jul 04, 2012

Barry's Relatively Speaking shares the personal experiences and stories of genealogists found in the Everton Genealogical Helper Magazine collection on E. Wilton shares the following experience.

A story told by my grandmother, Henrietta (Terrill) Cripe about her father, Robert Josephus Terrill, during the bushwacker days after the Civil War.

"Father had about $5,000 on hand in silver and bank notes, about $3,000 in silver and $2,000 in bank notes, I think. In those times there were no banks as now. As it was unsafe to keep anything concealed in the house since the bushwackers were everywhere, father procured a parchment bag for the bank notes and buried them with the silver under our living-room floor. When he decided to move, he took up the floor and do you know, they spent two days in search of that money. All of the silver they found, but the paper money was no where to be seen. At last, far back in the corner, under the old shed kitchen, they discovered a mouse nest and four pink little baby mice. They were curled up in a luxurious mound of green bank notes. Those bank notes were chewed to a pulp. There was not even a piece large enough to send to the mint for redemption. Father had thought the parchment bag was impenetrable, but afterward I often heard him tell about those innocent little pink mice in their $2,000 nest!"

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