Letter #1 from Sarah Stirman 1854 Henderson Co., TX

Letter #1 from Sarah "Sally" Willis Stirman 1854?

Here is a letter written by my 4thgreat-grandmother
Sarah "Sally" Willis Stirman from her home in Henderson County to her
daughter, Sarah George Stirman Skidmore in Lamar County.   The people
mentioned in the letter are Sally's children that lived in Henderson County.
I believe they all lived just outside Athens or in Athens.

March 26 1854?

Dear Sarah.  I have waited in anxious expectation of receiving an answer
from you to a letter I rote you in January I think. If you knew how anxious
I am to hear from you, you would certainly write. We hear of Sickness and
death still raging in your County but now particulars. We have had now
Sickness among us this winter except Ann had a spell of Newmonia but has
recovered. The Country in general is healthy as far as I know we have had a
cool dry winter waters low the last week rainy. Trinity is now up and
everything will be flowing in abundance soon. I wrote to you I expected to
be a housekeeper soon. I moved home the 7 of March I am cituated between
Mason and Winfield a half mile to each there is a small rich field attached
to my place planted in corn Just ready to come up I have also a rich spot
for a garden. (How) sweat is home I can now sit down at my own fireside with
Juliza and James with Content and think we are in now boddys way. Winfield
is getting on tolerable well towards getting in a crop. Joe has corn up. Win
has one of the finest children I ever saw she is walking round a Chair Mason
has another and calls it Mary Elizabeth give my best respects to Mr Skidmore
and the children. If I (hive) my bee I my come and see next year. Your
Mother till Death

Sarha Stirman

Transcribed as best as possible from a photocopy. Spelling and punctuation
have not been changed.

Angela Jewell

Old Letters Henderson Co. TX

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