Letters to LUCINDA HOPKINS PORTER-SUMMERS and her sister REBECCA BARLOW PORTER-WILSON Lucinda received letters and mails them on to her sisters to keep the family close with the many miles between them. It appears that the last to get the letter is Rebecca and there they lay in her letter box all those years waiting for me Linda Gayle WILSON-TATE-HEUCKENDORF to unfold the family lineage. email@example.com
In 1972 my little aunt Allie Mae WILSON-DUKE-STURGIS, of 86 years gave me a little black letter trunk that had belonged to my great grandmother REBECCA BARLOW PORTER-WILSON, in the trunk was about 20 some letters connecting Rebecca’s family. Rebecca left her family bible and other family information to her youngest daughter Lucinda Janetta (“Nettie”) Jane Wilson-PARROTT and then Nettie wrote the family history and passed it down to the WILSON family.
I have transcribed some of those letters that I feel are pertinent and give depth and realism to my family history. Documents, letters and pictures give my ancestors new life.
State of Tenn. Oct 1872
Mrs. LUCINDA SUMMERS
I received a letter from you bearing intelligence of the news of your brother LEVY being yet alive and doing well which I was glad to hear fearing he would not be heard from any more was glad to hear from you and family and hope if this comes to hand may find you all well.
LUCINDA I have often thought of you and the times we have had together I am now getting old and affected in body and mind have had much sickness and trouble and sorrow since I saw you how much more god only knows am living all alone.
Come to the conclusion it would be bad to break up cant live this way first again 2 years had kind colored people in my yard. This year you have no one. My own and take the third have plenty of old corn yet am old. Sold near $20 worth of bacon have 25head of hogs intend to rent out for next year. And try some body else. house however disagreeable it may be. I have a small home can rent it out for 40 or 50 dollars only quite limited 60 acres exception of 12 or 15 acres and balance in timber no profit to me. My life is lonely one. Your Aunt SERINA and NANCY lives together and NANCY B. children to wit GEORGE 15 yrs old IDA 13 yrs old CHARLES WESLY eleven all belong to the church they live in Hickman Co. Tenn. address little Lat or Lick creek a day travel from here I was there this summer but down with chills while there They have a large farm and fine buildings and doing well but a sick family while I was there Nancy has worn out lungs
Serina not good health we like the balance will soon be gone. Your Aunt Polly and family all gone but one son and 3 grandchildren. AMANDA BARTLETT gone and you Uncle J.S. BARTLETT married again lives in Kentucky. WARREN ERAYTUS and BEN lives in 20 miles of him. GEORGE lives in Missouri at Poplar Bluff. JOHN at the FLEMMING place near brother THOMAS Ark. Just received a letter from brother THOMAS. They were all well but John he had risenings all over him the Doctor said it was a bad case.
TOMA lives with a 4th wife and a little daughter 5 years old. TOMA married a grass widow twice and ALVAN AMANDA’S son has married a your grass widow. You see I might close you might write again.
Lucinda farewell remember me
R. B. GREER
Give my love to LOUSIA and MARY
All them to write to me.
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