My dear Cousin,
I am almost ashamed to write after waiting so long but will try to do my best we are well and hope you are enjoying good health. isent it strange every one think they have got the very best husband Ella and you both thinks you have the best and I would not trade with either of you.
Libbie has lost her little and only child little Hermia I shall
miss her so much when I go down there she was my pet and she thought no one quite equal to her Auntie De as she called me she died of scarlet fever she would have been four years old tomorrow if she had lived. Emmitt has another girl they have named it Lulu Belle
We went to the state fair this fall at
Will is writing to Jen he has not written to any of them only Myrtle
and they think he might write once in awhile so he has finely got it started but he is a rather poor hand to write he will get out of it if he can.
I have a new dress to make and you don’t know how I dread it I havent got a machine and I have always been used to having one to use and it seems like an endless job to make one by hand
We have been talking all summer of going to the place they call pine hollow it is a wild rocky place and I never saw many such places the girls (Wills sisters) was going with us if we
went but it is getting to late to go now so if you will come here next summer we will take you with us. You wasent as lucky as I was getting over the Rheumatism for I have never felt it since. you ought to see Eune Wisner she is just as fat as fat can be she weighed 147 pounds before I came from home. I only weigh 129 now. I have been well all summer but I guess I have worked hard and worked the fat off well. as my sheet is full and my head empty I will close by saying good night. I remain your Cousin Deette
Hermia D. Belden, daughter of Ephraim and Elizabeth (Hall) Belden, died 27 July 1880 per the records of another researcher. In Ella's letter written on August 19th she made no mention of her death. Had Ella not received word of her niece's death or did she simply not think to mention it? It is very sad that Hermia died of a disease that is now treated with simple antibiotics.
Emmitt and Eva (Bangs) Hall's second daughter, Lulu Belle Hall was born 20 January 1880. I know very little about Emmitt's descendants.
I believe that Jen was Will Bullen's sister. I'm not certain who Myrtle was.
As a seamstress I feel DeEtte's pain at having to do all of her sewing by hand! Per my records DeEtte was eight months pregnant when she wrote this letter. Why was there no mention of the pregnancy? Is she making the dress to wear after the baby is born? Or are my unverified records incorrect?
For more see:
Carlisle - Wisner Letters
Family of William Wisner
Descendants of Maryetta Wisner
Descendants of Sarah Ann Wisner
Bullen, DeEtte Hall (