October 12, 1870 letter to Sarah Keith from Pros Crawford

October 12, 1870

To: Sarah Keith, Galesburg, MI

From: Prosper Crawford, Omro, WI

Making arrangements to go in the pinery this winter. Expects to be on the Peshtigo River north of Green Bay. His job will be at the landing tending the scale and keeping records for thirty dollars per month. Robert expects to manage a concern for McArthur in Minnesota near Lake Superior where Eugene is working (and has been the past four months). Uncle Pat Hamilton died the 27th of August. No letters from Mary. Prosper heard from another source that Pat Hamilton willed all his property to Mary and her brother Emmett, “who in all probability will not live another year.”

 Omro   October 12th/70

Dear Sister,

I received your letter bearing Date Oct 2, and was happy to hear from you. Am glad to know you are not particular as to which owes the letter, but I think I wrote you last. And now I am going to be promt once in my life if I fail ever after and give you a short history of thing in general and myself in particular. Of course you wont expect me to write very legibly for it is so seldom I write that an attempt almost results in a failure. My health has been very good the past year. Still there has been times when I was obliged to lay by from my work a day or two but as a general thing have been blessed with health. Mother[1] has likewise enjoyed unusual good health for one that has passed through the hardships she has. I think she holds out remarkably[2]. What a comfort it is to those who after living a life long of trial and suffring are in the evening of their existence crowned with this priceless boon.

I am allready making arraignments to go in the pinery this winter. I expect to go in on the Peshtigo river north of Green Bay. This company expect to put in three million feet of Pine. My business will be at the landing takeing the Scale and keeping acct of the same for which I get thirty Dollars per month. It will be an easy job and I am quite anxious to secure it. I shall know in a few Days. Robert[3] expects to manag a concern for McArthur in Minnesota near Lake Superior where Eugene[4] is at work (and has been the past four months). Verily the past year has wrought a wondrous change in the physical ability of that man. No longer can he wade the cold watters of the pine laden wolf (river) in spring time or at any time expose his person to the inclement weather. That time has past. Nature has sumed up with him on this point. Should he be careless at aney time he is gently reminded by sharp pains in his joints or a contraction of his mussels in the hip which by the way naturaly makes him holler out O. Och. Nature is a strict accountant. She never makes a single mistake or misses a single thing and if we run in debt to her in the way of violating the laws of health we must pay the penelty which would be added loss to us always, were it not for the rich experience that it sometimes brings to us.

I am sorry to learn that your Family have been so sorely afflicted with disease. It must be a heavy burden for you to bear the care of the whole upon you. I suppose you would be sick to if you had time. Never mind, your turn will come, you will not be overlooked. The present diseased condition of your Family, the difficulty in rearing them to their present stand point, must have furnished you with abundant material for serious reflection as to the cause. Climate alone could not produce these results for other Families in your vicinity have grown up comparatively healthy and robust. It is a habit with some to charge God with their ailments and losses and say that if such is a special visitation of his Providence but away with such libelous utterances for they are false. However he has instituted laws that are fixed and unvarying, the obedience of which brings us health happiness. But so long as we remain in stolid ignorance of these laws what can we expect but that which we experience every day of our lives in some form namely pain, premature decay, discord, death. It is a statistical fact that one half of all the children born die before they reach the age of seven. This one half of the tenderest and fairest of humanities flowers are niped in the bud of their existence. Should this be? What think you? The inadaption or unfitness of parties in the married life and the consequent transmission of inharmonious qualities of mind and body to that of their children is said to be the prolific sourse of disease. Would that it were my mission to assist as a teacher in the matters of reform. It seems as though my happiness would be complete but I must rest satisfied in a humbler sphere of action and try and reform or correct the mistakes of my life, my view not only of the pleasure it brings here but its relation to a glorious future which crowns the efforts of all who live true to their best intentions of right. I sincerely hope that some agency may be pointed out to you that may be applied with beneficial effect as a health restoration. There is Nancy[5] who possesses much natural taste and refinement so as this is her nature who loves music and all those things that tend to elevate and develop character. And Hannah[6], may I never forget her fun loving rollicking nature who sees everything in a ridiculous sense. Verily we need all such characters to chase the shadows from this suffering, saddened world. And Ethen[7], who possesses inventive genus. His work should not be laborious. Farming is distastful to him. His mussels do not relish the harsh exercise. Give him the opportunity and his success is certain. Sarah, pleas to pardon the foregoing. I have written as I thought without aney particular arraingement as I do not write very often. Perhaps you can stand it but if you cant write me and I will try and do better next time. How is Luke[8]? Has he forgot me? How I would like to see you all again, but the thought of Mich makes me sick. My respects to Streeter[9], may he never want for a watch for every thief needs one.

Uncle Pat Hamilton[10] died the 27th August. We received a local from Dowagiac announcing the fact. No letters from Mary[11]. I heard from another source that he willed his property all to Mary and her brother Emmett[12], who in all probability will not live another year. Eugene[13] is working near Lake Superior in Minn. He is steady and all right. But enough this time. Write soon. Mother sends love.

Your affectionate Bro.

L.P. Crawford

PS Nancy dont break the box until I see you

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[1] Nancy (Comfort) Crawford Betts

[2] At the time of this letter Nancy was 68 years of age

[3] Robert Crawford, Pros’ older brother

[4] Eugene Crawford, Pros’ nephew (the son of his deceased brother Edwin Crawford and his first wife, Louisa Hall)

[5] Nancy Keith, Sarah’s daughter

[6] Hannah Keith, Sarah’s daughter

[7] Ethan Keith, Sarah’s son

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

[9] This is believed to have been Marius O. Streator, a neighbor of Luke and Sarah Keith

[10] Father-in-law of Pros’ late brother, Edwin Crawford

[11] Mary (Hamilton) Crawford, Edwin’s widow and Pros’ sister-in-law

[12] Emmett Hamilton. In spite of Pros’ prediction, Emmett lived another 12 years; he died on August 16, 1882

 

September 5, 1870 letter to Sarah Keith from Nancy Betts

September 5, 1870

To: Sarah Keith

From: Nancy Betts, Omro, WI

Nancy received a letter from David last week. He said he had not received a letter from any of his folks. He would like to hear from Sarah. She also received one from Hiram. Prosper came home a few weeks ago. He had a cold and was very sick, although he is better now. She also received a letter from Henry. The family has been sick, including himself and Jenny. He was very bad last spring and Jenny was sick all winter and all summer and is just now getting better. Nancy is thinking of visiting Hiram. Henry says he wanted to see them all very much. He would like her to come and stay with them awhile. She would like to go but doesn’t want to stay long. Wants to see Henry and all of his family as well as Sarah and her family and Hiram and his family. Received a letter from Alice Crawford, James’ daughter. She would like to hear from her aunts, uncles and cousins.

Omro  Sept 5 1870

Dear Sarah,

You kind and wellcom letter came to hand a few days ago. I was glad to hear from you all. I have ben looking for a letter from you this sam time. I am sorra to hear that all have ben so flicked with sickness. I hope you all will get your healths again. Where is Ethen[1] now? You did not say anything about him and Sis[2]. Tell Jimme[3] that granma would like to see him very much and all of you. I received a letter from David[4] last week. He was well. He said he had not received a letter from any of his folks but me. He would like to hear from you and yours. I received one from Hiram[5]. He said they whare all quite well. The old lady[6] hasent got home yet. I dont bleve she is a coming home. Prosper[7] came home a few weekes ago. He took a cold and was very unwell. He is better now so he can work. Robert[8] has got quite well. He can do all the work he can get to do. It is hard to get work to do. There is so meny that wants work and cant get it. His famly is well as usual. I received one from Henry[9] the other day. He sais they have ben sick, himself and Jenna[10]. He was very bad last spring. He thought he was a going in the quick consumption. He got relief at last. Jenna was sick all winter and all summer, gest agetting better so she thinks of makeing Hiram and wife[11] a visit. He said he wanted to see us all very much. He wish I could come and stay with them awile. I would like to go and stay and make a visit but I dont wanto stay a grate while. I do want to see him very much and all of his famly and all of you and Hiram and famly. O Sarah I wish I could step in and see you and famly. If I had the monny to go and com back I should do it. I pict up a littel adversing thrown in at the door. I pic it up and read it though[t] I would it put in the letter and send it to you. Perhaps you have the same there. If she that is Nancy[12] was I mean was withe me, I should get it for her. I wanto make the trial it mite help her. Your father[13] was a grate hand to try those paten medicines and he beleived there was more virture in those syrups then there was in th Dr medicines.

This is the second letter I have written to day. I am so nervis that I cant write ver well. I wish you and Luke[14] could com here and see us. We all would be glad to see you. It would do you both good to travel. It all ways done me heep of good. My health is quite good at present. Write soon as convent. I received a letter from Alice N Crawford[15] your brother James[16] daughter. She wants to hear from her Aunts and uncels and cousans. She inquired about Nancy. She said she hope she was well. She said if I would send Nancy adress she would write to to her so I will. When you write to me again remember Pros in your but dont let him know that I said anything. The boys dident say anything about him ether. He thought it was singler Glen Haven grant co. I hope these few lines will find you all. I received a letter from Eugene[17]. He was well. He said he got a letter from Eathen. My love to you all. Kiss Jimme and Sis for me.

From your mother

N B Betts

[to] S C Keith

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[1] Ethan Keith, Sarah’s son

[2] Louese Keith, Sarah’s daughter

[3] James Keith, Sarah’s son

[4] David (D.C.) Crawford, Nancy’s son

[5] Hiram Crawford, Jr., Nancy’s son

[6] Hiram’s wife Katherine’s grandmother, Elizabeth McGrath, who had been living with them

[7] Lucius Prosper Crawford, Nancy’s youngest son

[8] Robert Crawford, Nancy’s son

[9] Henry Crawford, Nancy’s son

[10] Virginia (Worley) Crawford, Henry’s wife

[11] Katherine (Atcheson) Crawford

[12] Nancy Keith, Sarah’s daughter

[13] Hiram Crawford Sr.

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

[15] Her granddaughter

[16] James Crawford died December 15, 1858, just seven weeks after his wife Ann died. At the time of their deaths, Alice was 5 and her brother, Rollin, was 3

[17] Eugene Crawford, Nancy’s grandson

February 14, 1870 letter to Nancy Keith from Nancy Betts

February 14, 1870

To: Nancy Keith

From: Nancy Betts, Omro, WI

Nancy has enjoyed very good health for several weeks but this morning she is not feeling well. Has only heard from Prosper once since he went to the woods and has not heard from Eugene since he went away. Louisa and children are well. Having very mild weather this morning. It looks very much like a spring morning. Received letters from D.C. and Hiram last week. D.C. sent $5.00 and Hiram sent $4.00. They are paying her rent at present. These are very discouraging times. It is hard work to get a hold of any money or get any work.

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Omro Feb 14th, 1870

Dear grandaughter[1]

I take my pen in hand to adress a few lines to you. I am sorra to hear that you are so un well. I hope you will get your health a gain. Jesus is the grate Physician of soul and boddy. He can heal us of evry disease. If we come to Jesus and ask with sinsear hearts he will hear and answer prayer and O Nancy will you promes me that you will pray to God and ask him to forgive you all of your sins for Jesus sake. Dont get tired of asking and seeking after Jesus for he will hear and answer prayer for he sais in his holy word, the Bible, he that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out and the Blessed Jesus said in a nother place in his Holy word he that beliethe on me shall be saved. He can save all that comes to him. Keep up good courage.

I have for a few weekes past injoyed very good health but this morning I am not fealing so well. I have not heard from Prosper[2] but wonce sence he went to the wood. I have not heard from Eugean[3] sence he whent away. Lousia[4] and children is well. We are having very mild wether this morning. It looks very much like a spring morning. It snowd knuff last night to make the sleighing quite good. I received a letter from David[5] last weeke. He was well. He sent me five dollors and like wise one from Hiram[6]. They whare all well but Kitt[7] and she was gitting better and Hite[8] sent me four dollors. They are paying my rent at present. It is very discouring times. It is hard work to get hold of any monny or get any work to do. That is the way the most of the men complains. My dear child I wish I could see you and all of your folks but that is imposabel becaus I have not the monny to travel. If I could go a journey it would improve my health very much. I hope when I hear from you a gain you will be better. I wish you was here to be under Dr Claps treatment. I thinke he could help you. He has help a woman that bloated dredful through her chest ands bowels. She wasent expected to live. He has help her so she is abel to see to her work. She sais she is a hunderd times better then she was. I mus close. My love to you dear Nancy and give my love to all of your folks. Tell your Mother to write to me soon as conveant.

From your gran Mother

Nancy B Betts

[to] Nancy C Keith

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[1] Nancy Catherine Keith, the oldest daughter of Sarah and Charles Luke Keith Jr., was 17 when this letter was written

[2] Lucius Prosper Crawford, Nancy’s youngest son

[3] Eugene Crawford, Nancy’s grandson (approximately 18 years old)

[4] Louisa (McCann) Crawford, Nancy’s daughter-in-law

[5] David (D.C.) Crawford, Nancy’s son

[6] Hiram Crawford Jr., Nancy’s son

[7] Katherine (Atcheson) Crawford, Hiram’s wife

[8] Hiram’s nickname

February 3, 1870 letter to Sarah Keith from Nancy Betts

February 3, 1870

To:  Sarah Keith

From: Nancy Betts, Omro, WI

Eugene went to the Pinery last week. She has not heard from him or Prosper since he went away. The last letter received from the boys indicated they were all well. She doesn’t get any letters from Henry. She hadn’t received but one since he was visiting Sarah. Robert is in the Woods. His wife had a letter from him the other day. Eugene heard from Pros before he went away.  They are in the same camp about sixty miles from here and they have to work for low wages.

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Omro Febuary the 3 1870

Dear Daughter Sarah,

I take my pen in hand to adress a few lines to you all though I have nothing if inportence to write to. Only that my health is quite good for me at present. I feal that God is good to me. He has spaired my life and has giving me good health when menny of age has ben cut down and _____ to the towne wheare as I am yet spaird. The Lord is mersafull to us all allthough we don’t appreciate his goodness to us as we ought to. Eugean[1] whent to the Pinery last weeke. I have not heard from him nor Prosper [2] sence he whent away. The last letter I had from the boys they whare all well. I dont get any letters from Henry[3]. I havent received but one sence he was out to your place. Robert[4] is in the Woods. His wife[5] had letter from him the other day. He was well. Eugene heard from Pros before he whent a way. He was well. They are in the same camp about sixty miles from here. They have to work for low wages and have thear board in. We are having a nice winter. Good slighing and plesent wether. We have som sickness and deaths but no prevailing decease. Tell Luke[6] that Mr John E Hunger of Omro, formly superintendent of schools died at his residence January the 23. He had formly lived neare the junction on the road to Oshkosh neare the Odd Fellows Hall of wich he was a member of that Boddy. He if you relect lived in a brown hous on the left hand side a going from Omro to Oshkosh. The Methodest and Baptist have commence a protracted Meeting. I have ben very ansous about Nancy[7]. I hope she is better. I hope thease few lines will you all in good health. I received a letter from Sister Jane[8] a short time ago. She injoys good health. Answer this soon when when you received it. My love to you all. I have ben looking for a letter this some time from you. I wanto heare from Nancy. I hope she is bette. This is from your Mother.

N B Betts

[1] Eugene Crawford, Nancy’s grandson

[2] Lucius Prosper Crawford, Nancy’s youngest son

[3] Henry Clay Crawford, Nancy’s son

[4] Robert Crawford, Nancy’s son

[5] Louisa (McCann) Crawford

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

[7] Nancy Keith, Sarah’s daughter

[8] Nancy’s sister, Jane (Comfort) Nelles Sunderlin

January 17, 1870 letter to Sarah Keith from D.C. Crawford

January 17, 1870

To:  Sarah Keith, Galesburg, MI

From: David (D.C.) Crawford, Golden City, CO

Sends $10 and says not to pay it back. Is very happy with his life but wishes he were rich so he could help others, especially his mother.

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Golden City, Jan/70[1]

Dear Sister

Your letter reached me in proper time and I beg pardon for not answering before but my Bank of deposit having run out I had to wait until it was replenished again before I could accommodate you. I enclose you ten (10) dollars. I am sorry that I could not spare you more but I have been disappointed in getting some money in that was owing to me and New Years I had sent Mother[2] ten dollars and other demands found me short when your letter reached me. I am very glad you procured the money and I sincerely hope you will realize all your fondst hopes ‘anticipate or conceive’. You need not think of sending this back, you are welcome to it. Only I wish I was rich so I could send you (500) of them. I have always managed to get a living and a good one and I presume enjoyed life as well as most of People but still I have always desired to be rich or well off so I could assist others and especially my own folks and more particular Mother. I have always thought if I could only get enough ahead to make her comfortable and happy in her old age I would be happy and so I would. I am as a general thing happy and contented. I never give myself much trouble. I am always doing something or at least trying and then if I do not succeed, I do not cry but sing and try it over again so to speak. I take “Love Easy” always have had somebodys girl to Love. And I am very fond of the female sex generally. If you think I am a crusty old Bachelor, you are mistaken. I hold my own very well and go along as though I had never seen any trouble but still I have experienced a great deal but never let it pull me me down. I would like to pay you a visit so much but when? Echo answer when! I have just rec’d letters from Hiram[3] and Mother. Both well and theirs (?) Love to all. Write soon.

Your Brother

DCC

[1] The return address on the envelope shows D.C. Crawford, Notary Public and Conveyancer, Golden City, Col, Clerk of Jefferson County, Colorado, and the postmark is dated January 17, 1870

[2] Nancy (Comfort) Crawford Betts

[3] Hiram Crawford Jr., D.C.’s brother

September 10, 1869 letter to Sarah Keith from Nancy Betts

September 10, 1869  

To: Sarah Keith

From: Nancy Betts, Omro, WI

Nancy has moved again. She rents three rooms from Mrs. Henderson and pays ten shillings per week. Prosper left for Michigan last Wednesday hoping to make boxes for peaches with William Willcox and family. She doesn’t know whether he will get to Sarah’s place or not. Robert and family are well with the exception of the baby who has a hard cold. Eugene left six weeks ago for Brandon and has not been heard from since. Nancy feels quite uneasy about him. She told him to write when he found work but he has not. Nancy has not received a letter from Henry in a long while and doesn’t know why. Prosper received a letter from David the other day. He was well. The last letter Nancy had from Kitt had a likeness of the baby. He is very fleshy and quite good looking. Nancy took two letters out of the post office for Eugene and thinks one of them was from Ethan.

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Omro September 10th 1869

Dear Sarah,

I thought I would write you a few lines this after noon to let you know that we have ben moveing a gain. It will be two weekes to morrow sence we move on water Street. We rented three room of Mrs Henderson. We pay ten shillings per week. She is a nice old lady and I think I have a good place. Prosper[1] left here for Michigan last wendsday to St Joes County where William Willcox and fafly (family?) is to get in the peach bissness a makeing boxes if he can. I dont know wether he will get to your place or not. I told him I wish he would go if he could. He thought it would cost to much. My health is good as useal. It is quite sickly here with fevers and bowel complaint. Robert[2] and famly is quite well with the exception of the baby. It has a hard cold. Eugean[3] left here six weekes a go and for Brandon and we have not heard from him sence. I do feal quite unesa about him. He whent away with his working clothes on. I told him to write to me when he got in to work but he has not. He is a singular Josy(?). He is so peculiar in som things. I think it is in his bringing up. I have not received a letter from Henry[4] in a long while. I dont know what is the caus of it. Prosper received one from David[5] the other day. He was well. The last letter I had from Kitt[6], she sent me the babys[7] likeness. He is very fleshy and quite good looking. I hope the girls[8] has got there healths a gain and you are all well. I took two letters out of the post office for Eugean. I think one of them is from Eathen[9]. When you receive theas few lines write soon. Dont wait so long before you write a gain. I would like to see you all a gain but I dont know when that will be. I wish you and Luke[10] could com or would com and make us a viset. We would be glad to see you. I have nothing more to write that is very interresting so I must bring my letter to a close. My love to you all. Your mother

N B Betts

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[1] Lucius Prosper Crawford, Nancy’s youngest son

[2] Robert Crawford, Nancy’s son

[3] Nancy’s grandson, Eugene Crawford, Edwin and Louisa (Hall) Crawford (Edwin’s first wife)

[4] Henry Clay Crawford, Nancy’s son

[5] David Caleb (D.C.) Crawford, Nancy’s son

[6] Katherine (Atcheson) Crawford, Nancy’s son Hiram’s wife

[7] Harry A. Crawford, Hiram and Katherine’s first child

[8] Sarah’s daughters, Nancy and Hannah Keith

[9] Ethan Keith, Sarah’s eldest son

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

September 1869 letter to Sarah Keith from Kate Crawford

September 1869

To: Sarah Keith

From: Kate Crawford, Chicago, IL

Enjoyed her visit with Sarah very much, also with Mary and at Henry’s. Since she got home she has been canning peaches and making catsup. Would like to know if Sarah can send them a crock of butter for winter. It is so hard to get good butter. They will pay market price and the expense of shipping it. Would also like her to ship her shawl and to look for an earring she lost.

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Sept – 1869

Sarah

Dear Sister,

It has been my intention to drop you a line and let you know how we were ever since my arrival home, but I have found so much to occupy my mind and time I have post poned until to day. Sarah I enjoyed my visit with you very much. My only regret was the brevity of my stay. I had a pleasant time at Mary’s[1] and enjoyed myself well at Henry’s[2], but Harry[3] began worrying and I felt as if Saturday night must find me in Chicago and so it did. Prosper[4] had been here while I was away. If he is with you when this reaches you give him my love and tell him to bring back that picture he stole.

I have been busy since I got home doing up peaches and makeing catsup. Sarah we did not either of us ask you how many cows you milked but High[5] wants me to ask you if you could not put us up a nice crock of Butter for winter use. We will defray all expense and pay you good market price. It is so hard to get good butter. It would be a great treat. Will you tell me the expense of expressing my shawl. I will remit it to you immediately. I lost a gold earring somewhere. Have you seen anything of it? Sarah, please excuse the looks of this. I have my most convenient writing desk (a book on my lap) and Harry is standing up in front of me trying to pull it away. Tell Luke[6] – Oh! for one apple. Give my best love to all the family and I remain with much affection.

Your Sister

Kate

[1] Mary (Hamilton) Crawford, Edwin’s widow

[2] Henry Clay Crawford, Kate’s brother-in-law

[3] Harry Crawford, Hiram and Kate’s eldest child (age 9 or 10 months)

[4] Lucius Prosper Crawford, Kate’s brother-in-law

[5] Hiram Crawford Jr., Kate’s husband

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

July 12, 1869 letter to Sarah Keith from Henry Crawford

July 12, 1869

To: Sarah Keith

From: Henry Crawford, Niles, MI

Henry’s business took him to Chicago last week and he called on Hiram. Hiram’s wife is coming to visit about the first of September and then they are all going to visit Sarah and her family. Times are hard, money scarce & there is plenty of rain. Virginia’s health is very poor.

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Niles, July 12th, 1869

Sister Sarah,

I suppose it will suprise you to get a letter from me but I cant help it if it does. I must write once in a while. Well to commense, I dont intend to write a verry long one for I can talk bette then I can write. My business took me to Chicago last week & I called on Hiram[1]. Found them all well. Hiram Wife[2] is coming to mak us a visit about the first of September. Then we are all going to se your selfe & faimily. Times is hard, mony scarse & we have a plenty of rain.

Virginia[3] health is verry poore. She was confined to her bed all last weeke. She is better today. The children is all well. I am away from Home the most of the time except Sundays. Good By for this time. Our Love to all the Children.

Your Brother

HC Crawford

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[1] Hiram Crawford Jr., Henry’s brother

[2] Katherine (Atcheson) Crawford

[3] Virginia (Worley) Crawford, Henry’s wife

March 7, 1869 letter to Sarah Keith from Kate Crawford

March 7, 1869

To: Sarah Keith

From: Kate Crawford, Chicago, IL

Found her letter in Hiram’s pocket so wanted to answer it. She has a baby boy four months old.

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Chicago, Ill

Mch 7” 1869

Sunday Evening

My Dear Sister,

Looking in Hirams[1] pocket one day I found a letter from you marked unanswered and I told him I would do the honors. I have often thought I would open a correspondence with you for I have heard Hiram speak of you so much, I do not feel strange at all. But procrastination is one of my great evils. And consequently I neglect a great many things I ought not to. Since I have had a baby[2] to take up my time and attention it is nothing strange for me to go until the middle of the afternoon without washing my face or combing my hair.

My grandmothers health is very poor. High[3] is well and the Baby is growing finely. He will be four months old Wednesday.

I have not heard from Mother[4] in some time. I was very sorry I could not have made her visit pleasanter, but she happened here at an unfortunate time.

I will not write much this time, Sarah. My eyes are not very strong to write in the Evening, but I will break the ice and I hope to hear from you soon and often.

Remember me in much kindness to your Husband and give my love to the children, all. And accept much for yourself and allow me to subscribe myself until we meet.

Your Sister

Kate

P.S. High sends love to all

[1] Hiram Crawford Jr., Katherine’s husband and Sarah’s brother

[2] Harry A. Crawford, born November 10, 1868

[3] A nickname for Hiram

[4] Nancy (Comfort) Crawford Betts

January 30, 1869 letter to Sarah Keith from Nancy Betts

January 30, 1869

To: Sarah Keith

From: Nancy Betts, Omro, WI

Was afraid to open Sarah’s letter because of the bird on the envelope. She thought someone had died. Louisa received a letter from Robert and also from David, Hiram and Kitt. Their little boy is growing. Would like Sarah to send the letter she got from Alfred Comfort. Also she can’t find her picture of Emory Crawford. Robert and Prosper had gone into partnership on a house and lot, but it fell through. Prosper was without work a good part of the winter.

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Omro   Jan the 30 1869

Dear daughter Sarah,

I received you kind and welcom letter to day wich was dated the twenty fourth and I hast to answer it. I have ben thinking of you a grate eal for a month past. You or your family hasent scarcely ben out of my mind. When I received your letter I trimbel to open it seeing the bird on the envelop[1]. I was afrade some of you whare ded. In reading your letter I was thank full to hear that your where all so well as you are. I hope you all will continue a gitting better till you all are well. We have had a very pleasent winter. It looks the most of the time like spring wether but littel snow so the sleighs keep runing most of the time till thursday night it took to snowing and blowing and it stormd dredfull all the day yeasterday, and this morning is a beautofull as a spring morning and the snow is a foot deep on a level. It has drifted in large snow banks all a ronds us. Theare has not been as much snow in the wood this winter as useal. Some of the men in the camps had to leave the woods. Theare was not snow knoghf to draw the logs. We did not know but what our men folks would have to leave thear Camp to but now we are satistfide that they have snow knuff at present. They are a bout seventy miles from heare. Lousie[2] received a letter from Robert[3] yesterday. They whare all well and in good spirets. My health is quite good at present. Lousia and children is injoying present the same blessing. I have received a letter from David[4] and one from Hiram[5] and likewise one from Kitt[6]. They whare all well. Theare littel boy[7] grows finely but I have not heard from Henry[8] and famly sence I left thear in the fall. You said in your letter the one before the last that you had received a letter from Alford Comfort. If you have found it I wish you would send it to me. I cant write to him. I dont know what his post office adress is. I have lost Emry Crawfords likeness. If I have left it to your hous I wish you would send it to me. You remember I told you that Robert and Prosper[9] had whent in parding ship[10] conserning hous and lot. Well it is all fell through. Robert talk to me about and I told him I was willing to give it up. Prosper was without work a good share of the winter. It is tow weeks last thursday sence he first whent to the woods. L think her part is to small for her famly and I think so to Lousia is July we will have to find a nother hous in the spring. I often wish I could stept in and see you all. I am glad to hear that Lucy has got along so well and like wise Lousa Blake. I am glad they have don so well for old Mr Fuller for he is a good man. Remember me to Mr and Mrs burdic for the whare very kind to me and all inquiring friends. I expected to hear that Eathen[11] would be sick but I think if he sas not been sick he is perty tuff. Tell Sis and Jimme[12] that granma would like to see them very much. They are a holdding protracten meeting in all the Churses but I have not been but very littel. It is so far I could not go very often. They say theare is a good deal of intrest in the Churses thear is such good attindents. Write soon. O may the blesing of God atend you all and restore you all to perfect health. Your mother. My love to you all.

N B Betts

[to] S C Keith

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[1] A bird, or a border, on an envelope usually meant there had been a death in the family.

[2] Louisa (McCann) Crawford, Nancy’s daughter-in-law

[3] Robert Crawford, Nancy’s son

[4] David Caleb (D.C.) Crawford, Nancy’s son

[5] Hiram Crawford Jr., Nancy’s son

[6] Katherine (Atcheson) Crawford, Hiram’s wife

[7] Harry Crawford, who was less than a year old

[8] Henry Clay Crawford, Nancy’s son

[9] Lucius Prosper Crawford, Nancy’s youngest son

[10] Partnership

[11] Ethan Keith, Sarah’s son

[12] Luke and Sarah’s two youngest children, Louese J. Keith and James C. Keith

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