January 1, 1862 letter to Sarah Keith from Robert Crawford

January 1, 1862

To: Sarah Keith, Galesburg, MI

From: Robert Crawford, Omro, WI

Tells Sarah about the death of their stepfather, Platt Betts, from heart disease.

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Omro   Jan. 1” 1862

Dear Sister

It is with feelings of sincere regret that I announce to you, the Death of Our Venerable Step-Father Elder Betts[1]. He died last Sunday morning of the Heart Disease or Appoplexy[2]. The circumstance is as follows. He went to Bed the Night previous not feeling very well and remarked to Mother[3] that he had some Pain in his Stomach. Along in the night he got up and took some Camphor, went to Bed again and thought perhaps he would feel better. Mother did not feel very well herself that night and was up occasionally. Mother askt him if she had not better call Pros[4], and build up a fire. He said not that perhaps he would feel easier soon. By this time it was getting along towards morning. He complained of being cold and wanted Mother to lay up close to him to get him warm. Mother fell asleep as it were and when she awoke she heard him give two or three long breaths. She called to him him. He did not answer, sprung out of bed and called Pros. He lit a lamp and went to the bed. He gave one gasp and was no more.

Dear Sister you can imagine Mothers feelings. She almost went crazy no one there but her and Pros. I was up in the Pinery with my Family at the time. I came down and attended the Funeral. Father Betts left a Will bequeathing to Mother the use of the Property as long as she lived and then five hundred Dollars to his Grand Daughter[5]. I was out to Mothers to day she is quite well but very lonesome. Pros was going to school here but he has taken his books to Mothers and going to stay with her.

I shall write to Edwin[6] this evening and request him to inform Henry[7].

Myself and Louise[8] and the children[9] are all well. Give my respects to Brother Luke[10] and love to you all. Write to Mother and us soon.

From your affectionate Br

R Crawford

[1] Platt Betts

[2] Paralysis due to stroke

[3] Nancy (Comfort) Crawford Betts

[4] Brother, Lucius Prosper Crawford

[5] Maria Park. It also appears that Platt Betts had at least one other granddaughter (see 3-6-1862 letter)

[6] Brother, Edwin Crawford

[7] Brother, Henry Crawford

[8] Robert’s wife, Louise (McCann) Crawford

[9] William, Edna and Catherine Crawford

[10] Sarah’s husband, Charles Luke Keith Jr.

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