Thursday, November 20, 2008

Rose Graham Camfield, 1 Sept 1877

Sep 1st
South Bend

Dear Sister we are all well and doing well Joseph has got a steady job the year round at the Studebakers Wagon factory do you send Mcknights one of Freddys pictures We are so proud of ours and much obliged to you for your trouble how did you find all of the folks in Buchanan I suppose you and Ashley miss Freddy some Annabell is getting real Smart begins to climb up by the chairs and creeps all over she has only got one tooth What is Ashley doing now and is Binns in Business yet is Mr Matthews making cider this fall is Craig married yet o there are so many men here who cannot get A days work Mr ingersol got Josephs his job for him


he goes to work at 6 in the morning and quits at 5 in the Evening have you heard from Goodriches yit how does Myra enjoy married life I don’t know much to write yesterday there was an organ grinder here and monkey but that is nothing new they are around most Every week I did want to ask you and Ashley to go home by the way of South Bend and stay here all night but Joseph was sick so long and we did not know what was to be come of us but he is well now and we will hope for better times now Anna I want you to answer this rite off and tell us all the news love to all
p s please send us the record

There was no year on this letter however Joseph & Rose's daughter, Mabel (who is sometimes called Annabell or just Bell), was born 15 August 1876, Allegan Co, MI, so this must have been written in 1877.

Another reference to McKnight's. In a later letter Sarah mentions Margaret McKnight. The death index for St. Joseph Co, MI lists Margaret and Christ McKnight. The 1860 census lists them in Stugis, St Joseph, MI as CC and Margaret, both age 38. I'd love to know what their relationship to the family was.

[Edit 3 May 2011. Christopher McKnight died 14 Jan 1873 per Michigan Deaths and Burials, 1800-1995 at In 1850 Christopher and Margaret were living in Niagara County, NY with children Eliza and George. By 1860 they had a 3rd child Jenny. I still have no idea what the connection to the family is.]

Craig and Mr. Matthews remain mysteries for now.

A little more on the Binns family here.

For more see:
Camfield Family Letters
Descendants of Sarah Ann Wisner
Michael Camfield

Camfield, Rose Graham. (South Bend, Indiana) to “Dear Sister” [Sarah Ann Camfield Carlisle]. Letter. 1 September c. 1877 Digital Images 1-2. Privately held by Apple, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Snowville, New York. 2008. [Carlisle Family, Box #1, Correspondence, Undated c. 1850-1899, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan. 2008.]


Anonymous said...

I enjoyed this peek into the past!

Charley "Apple" Grabowski said...

Tipper, Thanks for stopping by!