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
This letter was written by Alfred Newsom Dillard (1795-1867), a native of North Carolina. In 1850, he was enumerated in New Madrid, Missouri, where he was employed as a “trader” with his 25 year-old son, W. C. Dillard. In 1860, he was enumerated in Jefferson, Jackson county, Arkansas, where he was employed as a farmer.… Continue reading 1824: Alfred Newsom Dillard to Winstead Davie
This letter was written by Thomas J. Bowen. Thomas served in a regiment of Georgia Volunteers in 1836 under the command of Col. Burks, in a company commanded by Capt. Beard. For his service, he later received a land warrant (#55-292065). From the letter we learn that Thomas went to Texas early in 1837. He… Continue reading 1840: Thomas J. Bowen to John Wesley Slaten
This letter was written by Isaac Wilbour (1763-1837) of Little Compton, Rhode Island. Isaac held several political offices, including the sixth Governor of Rhode Island. Wilbour served in the state legislature in 1805 and 1806. From October 1805 to May 1806 he served as speaker. He was Lieutenant Governor from 1806 to 1807. There had been… Continue reading 1816: Isaac Wilbour to James Fenner
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
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
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.