My dear Cousin,
I will now strive to answer your letter which I received so long ago. you will see by the heading of this that I have changed my place of residence. I have also changed my name. I changed my name on the 8th of Jan and my house the next day. I was married at the parsonage and went home for dinner and started for my new home the next morning and have not been homesick yet. I like better here
I ever expected to any where but Lake Co. my husband is a farmer he has a farm of something over a hundred acres but I don’t know how much over for I don’t remember. he has bought some since we were married we live near a village called Poynette it is quite a place of course there is no use to tell you I think I have a good kind husband for it is not time yet for me to think any other way but he is a very steady good disposition fellow. he will be 25 years old next Nov he is not very much older than I nearly two years and a half is all.
Ella wrote to me this last week that she thought she would be up to see us the 23rd of this
month and when she comes she will bring me a new brother. I expect she intends living in
Will has got all his small grain in and winter wheat looks nice. his folks live about three miles from here on the prairie we live just in the edge of timber land. I don’t like the place his father lives as well as I do here
there it is mud if it rains a bit here it is more sandy and it don’t muddy around the doors in a great while.
Now Annie don’t think I don’t want to hear from you just because I am married for I do just the same as before and I will answer them and try to do better next time. just two weeks after we were married Will had the measles his sisters and brother had them when we got here and so we stayed with his folks until he got over them he was quite sick with them then we moved and I took cold while we were moving and was sick three or four weeks so you see I have quite a good excuse for not writing before. I will close by wishing you good night. Deette
Top of page one, written upside down:
Please direct to
Mrs Will R Bullen
give my love and best respects to all friends
Louise DeEtte Hall married William Kelsey Bullen. Per family records he was born November 5, 1855 in Washington Co, WI; son of Winslow and Selina (Gilmore) Bullen.
For more see:
Carlisle - Wisner Letters
Family of William Wisner
Descendants of Maryetta Wisner
Descendants of Sarah Ann Wisner
Bullen, DeEtte Hall (Poynette, Wisconsin) to “My dear Cousin” [Sarah Ann Camfield Carlisle]. Letter. 18 April 1880. Digital Images 1-4. Privately held by Apple, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Snowville, New York. 2008. [Carlisle Family, Box #1, Correspondence, 1880, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan]