Friday, October 21, 2016

Cousin Lucretia writes Sarah in Troy June 1, 1856, from Unionville, NY, Letter 18



Cousin Lucretia Bennett joins the Kimber Ladies Writing Circle June 1, 1856, when she writes to Sarah (Kimber) Mackney in Troy, Pennsylvania. She pens an interesting letter filled with daily news and family doings. You can read the letter for yourself or listen to my narration by clicking below on the YouTube video.


Lucretia’s father, David Bennett, and Sarah’s mother, Keziah (Bennett) Kimber, were brother and sister. Let me acquaint you with other family members you’ll hear about in Lucretia’s letter. She writes of a visit to Willing Bennett in Chemung Co., NY. Willing must be family, but I don’t know how he’s related. Uncle Josiah was Great Grandmother Keziah and Uncle David Bennett’s brother. Bennett and Millicent Kimber are from Aunt Sally’s branch in Susquehanna, PA. Aunt Sally was a sister of Keziah, David, and Josiah.

‘Will’ is Sarah’s husband, William Mackney. Erastus Elston’s remarriage must have been a surprise for the family. It’s remarked on several times among the Kimber ladies.

Lucretia sends love to Cousin Jane Eliza Seely and tells the news of her sister Pamela.

 



Transcripts provided by the late Edna Raymond, Town of Minisink Historian.



4 comments:

  1. I was struck by how fortunate we have it today to be able to connect with family and friends miles away thanks to technology. Lucretia writing about how her cousin nearly seemed to come to life based on the words on the page was moving. I am also a big fan of you including audio of the letter. Great touch that really brought it to life!

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    1. Thank you, I appreciate your thoughtful words. I feel as though I know the Kimber ladies by the letters they left behind.

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  2. I loved listening to you read the letter. ~ Cathy

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    1. Thanks Cathy. These letters have been such fun for me.

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