Thursday, September 24, 2015

Aunt Sarah and Uncle Wm. Mackney Leave Orange Co. NY for Troy, PA, Kimber Letter 5

3rd Great Grand Aunt Sarah (Kimber) and Uncle William Mackney arrived in Troy, Pennsylvania after traveling by train from Orange Co., NY. One autumn Tuesday evening Aunt Sarah wrote to her parents Keziah (Bennett) and Benjamin Kimber along with her sister Abigail to tell them how they were faring. A transcription of her letter follows my post.

They stayed at the Troy House until their belongings arrived from home. Aunt Sarah describes her new home as a pleasant place and thinks they’ll be happy after they get settled.

The Mackney’s brought Mary Holly, a 21-year-old domestic servant, to Troy with them. Mary was well known to the Kimber’s. In 1850 she was living in Jane Eliza (Kimber) and Moses Seely’s home at Wawayanda. (Jane Eliza and Sarah were sisters.)

Aunt Sarah closes her letter hoping her family will come for a visit.

I want to tell you a little about Mary Holly. Aunt Sarah spoke of her warmly in her letter. Mary remained Aunt Sarah’s domestic help in Troy. The 1860 federal census enumerator found Mary in Sarah and William Mackney’s home.
Image copied from 1860 federal census
Troy Borough, Bradford Co., PA
Enumerated 2nd day of June 1860
William Mackney household
Page 888, Lines 26-28,

I mentioned in an earlier post Aunt Sarah was dealing with health issues. Ten years after arriving in Troy, she died March 22, 1864 just 39 years of age. A deeper friendship developed between Mary and Uncle William and they married the following year on April 11, 1865.

Letter 5.

Troy, Pa., Tuedsay night Oct. 10, 1854.

Dear Parents and sister,
       I shall embrace this privilage
of writing you a few lines in order to let you
know how we are getting along in this land of
strangers   and you will excuse me if they but a
few at this time for I feel to tired to write
much   In the first place we are all as well as
usual and like the place very well so far   We
havent got settled yet    have to take it slow as
we are young beginners and but little strength
We arrived in Troy the same day we left
Middletown    when we got to Elmira the cars were
just leaving for Troy and so we thought we would
come on and see the worst of it but Mary and I
were so tired that we did not know what to do
with ourselves that night      We came right
through safely without any trouble    We got here
at half past five that evening but our things
did not get here until the next Thursday     they
were a week on the road    We staid at the Troy
House until our things came      I tell you we
fared sumptiously there    we had everything that
heart could wish and they were very kind to us
When we came away they gave us enough bread to
last us two days    Mary thought she would not
like to board there very long for they lived so
high that it made her sick    We have a very
pleasant place and I think we shalI be very
contented when we get settled and get acquainted
       The cars run right back of our house   and we
can see them very plain    We have four trains a
day    two each way    We have a new table, stove
and six chairs and a bed stead but we cant find
a feather in the place    We shall have to send
or go to Elmire I expect to get them    We got a
tub of butter and paid 20 cents for it   it is
very good   we paid at rate of 9 dollars a
barrel and very good flour     10 cents a dozen
for eggs and 4 cents a quart for milk    sugar
for 3/6 seven pounds potatoes are 50 cents a
bushel wheat is worth 13 shillings a bushel
We all went to church last Sunday morning and
Mary went again in the evening     heard a very
good sermon    only it was so long that it tired
us out    They dress very fine here    the silk
has to fly    Mary has got a new shawl and brock
and I dont think she could have bettered herself
in New York for the price     it is very large and
very pretty    she gave 9 dollars for it    has a
new bonnet    also paid $3.50 for it    I tell you
she looks up now when she gets dressed for
church    Mary says she is not ready to come back
yet     she hasent felt home sick at all    They
wanted to know at the Troy House if she was a
dress maker     they said there wasent one in the
place     I should think a dress maker would do
well here    William says to tell you that he has
got his old trick of lying on the carpet in the
evening snoozing    our things all came good
nothing at all broken     I have a bunch to say
but I am so tired a sleepy that you excuse
me until next time    for we feel anxious to hear
from you    Tell Caleb that he must come and see
us    If he comes out this fall when he gets to
Elmira take the Williamsport and Elmire Railroad
and it will bring him right to Troy    it is only
24 miles    I should be very happy to have you
all come and see us and I shall live in hopes
that you will yet    Mary will write some next
time     she said she hadent anything to write
about yet    No more at present but remain yours
in love now and for ever    write without fail.

from Sarah B. Mackney to her parents and sister

SOURCE: Edna Raymond, a past Town of Minisink historian, gave me typed transcripts of the letters exchanged between the Kimber sisters and their parents. This letter is 5 of 31.

It was many years ago when I visited Edna and learned of the letters. Edna has since passed away. I believe Edna told me a couple from Illinois visited the Minisink Town Hall and brought the original Kimber letters. The Kimber descendant allowed Edna to photocopy the letters in his/her presence. Edna worked quickly. In those days copy machines were slow and the quality left much to be desired. Edna spent many hours studying and transcribing the letters as the ‘old time’ handwriting was especially difficult to read.

To read earlier Kimber Letters click on the label 'Kimber Letters' at the bottom of this post.

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