1854: Claiborne Grief Barksdale to Samuel Hannah

This letter was written to Claiborne Grief Barksdale (1820-1883), the son of Grief Barksdale (1774-1850) and Mary Anne (Elliott) Barksdale of Charlotte County, Virginia. Grief Barksdale was a merchant, member of the county court, and sheriff of Charlotte County, Virginia. Grief and Mary Barksdale had at least eight other children besides William and Claiborne. They… Continue reading 1854: Claiborne Grief Barksdale to Samuel Hannah

1814: Dr. John Cotton Mather Brockway to Dr. David Willard

This letter was written by Dr. John Cotton Mather Brockway (1784-1846) of Lyme, Connecticut. He was the first child of Capt. Zebulon Brockway (1760-1837) and Abigail Banning (1764-1838). According to Pension application files, Dr. Brockway served in the War of 1812 as a surgeon’s mate in the Connecticut Militia in the summer of 1813 and again… Continue reading 1814: Dr. John Cotton Mather Brockway to Dr. David Willard

1844: Ephraim Holmes to Dr. Ephraim Holmes

This letter was written by Ephraim Holmes (1780-1848) and his wife Harriet Potter Bowen (1790-1868) of Bridgeton, New Jersey, to their son, Dr. Ephraim Holmes (1817-1895) of Philadelphia. Dr. Holmes graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1844 and practiced medicine for most of his life in Greenwich, Cumberland county, New Jersey. Mentioned in the… Continue reading 1844: Ephraim Holmes to Dr. Ephraim Holmes

1836: Randal McLaughlin to John Klingensmith, Jr.

This letter was written by Randal McLaughlin (1789-1872) who partnered with M. P. Cassilly and Henry Welty, Jr. as operators of the leading mercantile in Greensburg, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania. Between 1850 and 1860, Randal had relocated with his family to Davenport, Scott county, Iowa. John Klingensmith, Jr. (1786-1854) was born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. He was… Continue reading 1836: Randal McLaughlin to John Klingensmith, Jr.