1864 Letters

August 7, 1864 Letter to Nancy Keith from Ethan Keith

August 7, 1864

To: Nancy Keith

From: Ethan Keith, Galesburg, MI

Ethan writes to his sister, Nancy, who apparently has been staying with the Blodgets, with news of the family and neighbors. Their cousin Eugene will be going to Niles in a couple of weeks and Ethan will go with him. Pa is at Uncle Jims and says that there are bears up there but he hasn’t seen any yet.

Galesburg Aug 7th 1864

Nancy

I tink likely you dont like it much because I did not write to you before but I did not want to write to you while you were out to Mr Blodgets. Grandma[1] got home Friday. She sayes Eugene[2] is a going out to Niles[3] in a eople couple of weeks & I am going out there & go with him. Tell Jeff that Ma[4] & Loise[5] that their are looking very anxiously for a letter from him. Milham Mr Milham folks lost teir twins[6] last Tursday. Loise & Jim[7] has been sick for a couple of weeks. Tell Jeff that Flory dreamed of him all night & she woke up near morning & then she went to sleep again & dreamed about him again. Thre are lots of Children around here sick with the Disentary. Pa[8] is up to Uncle Jims[9] he says that there are lots of large bears up there but he says he has not seen any yet. Old miss Mrs Rawson[10] died last Monday. Wilie Swaddle[11] was buried last Sunday. I dont know as I can think of any more to write this time.

Ethen

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[1] Nancy (Comfort) Crawford Betts

[2] Their cousin, Eugene Crawford

[3] Their Uncle Henry Crawford lived in Niles, Michigan

[4] Sarah (Crawford) Keith

[5] Their half-sister, Lois (Keith) Clark

[6] A search of FindAGrave.com shows that the twin sons of Mathias & Azuba Milham, aged 1 year 8 months and 24 days, died August 3, 1864 and are buried in the Galesburg City Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan

[7] Their younger brother, James Clinton Keith

[8] Charles Luke Keith Jr.

[9] Their great uncle, James Hunt King, who lived in De Pere, Wisconsin

[10] A search of FindAGrave.com shows that Mary (Flynn) Rawson died in 1864 and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan

[11] A search of FindAGrave.com shows that William Swaddle died July 31, 1864 and is buried in the Galesburg City Cemetery, Galesburg, Michigan

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