Friday, October 10, 2008

Ella McKiinon to Annie Carlisle - last letter


Well Anna I thot I was going to get ahead of you this year but I could not get up town the streets have been so full of snow a person with two good legs had a hard time to get around. so I will send you a card & a letter in the same envelope

I am getting along fine get around pretty good my knee is still somewhat stiff but seems to be improving all the time

Excuse this apology of a letter will write you a better one some of these days.

With love
From Cousin Ella

This is the last of the letters written by the descendants of Maryetta Wisner Hall. It was undated and so short as to give me no clue as to the year.

Annie Camfield Carlisle died in Buchanan, Berrien, MI on 24 August 1930. Ella out-lived all of her siblings and her Camfield cousins, passing away 30 November 1930 in Blue Earth County, MN. (I assume in Mapleton, where she had lived most of her life)

For more see:
Carlisle - Wisner Letters
Family of William Wisner
Descendants of Maryetta Wisner
Descendants of Sarah Ann Wisner
Margie's Ancestors - McKinnon Pictures

McKinnon, Ella Hall (Mapleton, Minnesota) to “Anna” [Sarah Ann Camfield Carlisle]. Letter. Undated. Digital Image. Privately held by Apple, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Snowville, New York. 2008. [Carlisle Family, Box #1, Correspondence, Undated c. 1900-1940, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan. 2008.]


Miriam Robbins said...

I assume there are many more letters, just not between these correspondents. Am I right? I've been enjoying this "series"!

Charley "Apple" Grabowski said...

Hi Miriam,
This was the last letter from Ella or any of the Hall branch of the family. I was a little sad to come to the end as the two families seemed to loose track of each other after Ella and Annie died.

There are hundreds of other letters. I'm not sure what group I'll work on next. I'm leaning towards the letters between Annie and her mother Sarah Ann, along with letters by other members of the Camfield family. Then again, the Carlisle Civil War letters are quite interesting too.

I'm glad you enjoyed this first group.


Janet Iles said...

Apple, thanks for sharing these letters with us.

The letters give an insight to their lives.

Today, I believe we have lost the art of handwritten letters. Do people keep their letters? Do people copies of their emails?

Charley "Apple" Grabowski said...


I'm glad you enjoyed them. You are right about handwritten letters being a lost art. I used to write very long letters when I was younger. Now I fire off very short emails.

I don't save the day to day emails that my sister and I share but I do save any that contain "big news." Who knows how long I'll continue to save them though.

Will our digital trail be any easier to follow than our ancestor's paper one? A very interesting question!