Dear Cousin Ella
I seems quite like old times to be writing a letter to you. now if you are wondering who I am just guess. Mother sent me yesterday a letter she had received from
I have often thought of you and wondered how you were getting along but had lost your address and could not remember the name of the post ofice.
I do not know which of wrote last but I guess we were both busy and just neglected to write.
And so you have four boys and four girls, you are ahead of me as we only have two boys and one girl. Our oldest went to the late war, when they returned from
summer. Uncle Wirt wrote us, it is so sad so many of your family gone. I expect Mother here in a few days, she usually comes earlier but this spring she went back to her old home
and for a visit and has just got back to Joseph.
My husbands Mother makes her home with us and just now his sister and her son are visiting us so we have quite a family. Now Ella I would like to hear about yourself and husband and children and any of the family. do you live on a farm we live just in the edge of town. I must close now hoping to hear from you soon.
Mrs A Carlisle
If this was mailed to Ella I have no idea how it ended up in Annie's papers. Ella will respond so either this letter was sent or perhaps it was misplaced and Annie wrote another.
Elizabeth Belden was Ella’s older sister and and there will be letters from her later.
Even though I have been referring to my genealogy file often as I transcribe these letters the news of the deaths of DeEtte and Martha were a sad surprise for me. Previously I had no information about Martha's date of death. A quick check of the rootsweb mailing list archives for Lake County, Illinois gave me dates of 1853-1893 and burial in Hillside Cemetery. I have no idea why she died but besides her husband she left behind a very young son, Wirt Hall Fairman, Sr who was born 23 September 1891. I need to do some more research on Martha's line. I did have a death date for DeEtte, 3 June 1898. She had given birth to twins, Agnes and Angus Bullen on 20 May 1898 so she most likely died of complications after the birth. Photos of Deette's headstone and that of her husband, William Kelsey Bullen were found on the WI GenWeb page for Columbia County. My thanks to the volunteers, Larry & Linda Kopet, who put them there for me to find.
Annie's father, Michael (Mikel) Camfield died 18 February 1899 in Batavia, MI. Annie was there at the time of his death. It was after he died that Sarah Ann moved in with her son Joseph in South Bend, IN. Annie and Ashley Carlisle lived in the Carlisle home at 803 Main St, Buchanan, MI. Ashley's step-mother, Hannah L. Glover Carlisle lived with them (or they with her, depending on perspective) when she was not traveling, which she did extensively.
For more see:
Carlisle - Wisner Letters
Family of William Wisner
Descendants of Maryetta Wisner
Descendants of Sarah Ann Wisner