Sunday, March 11, 2012

Carlisle Family Letters

It's been almost four years since I traveled to Michigan and photographed most of the collection of family letters at the Bentley Historical Library. The prospect of transcribing nearly 3,000 images was overwhelming so I broke the collection down by family groups and started with the smallest group, the Hall letters and then moved on to the ones pertaining to the Camfield family. Since there is so much overlap between the Carlisle letters and the Camfield letters I am going back to the beginning and will start posting the Civil War Era letters tomorrow. I had hoped to obtain the letters of Ashley Carlisle before I began this project and that hasn't happened. When I do gave them I will post them as a group and then back date them so that they appear in their proper place. And to keep things in order several letters that I have previously posted will be repeated.

Rather than write a long history of the family I am giving very brief biographies of the people that will appear in the early letters. Other relationships will unfold as the letters progress. I will also be updating my online tree as I go. You can access it here. (If you don't have a paid membership to and desire access, please contact me by email.)

Daniel Carlisle III. Son of Daniel Carlisle and Zipporah Wheeler. He was born in 1797 in Westmoreland, NH. By 1830 he was living in Bristol, NY where according to family papers he ran an inn. It was about then that he married Louisa Lambert Glover, the daughter of David Glover and Tamesin Hall. Daniel and Louisa had six children. In 1839 he and his family joined extended family, including his brother-in-law Orville Glover, and moved to Cass County, Michigan, where Louisa died in 1851. In 1852 Daniel married Hannah Lewis Glover, the youngest sister of his first wife. At the start of the Civil War Daniel was 63.

Hannah L Carlisle. Hannah Lewis Glover was born 1823 in Phelps, NY and was the youngest child of David Glover and Tamesin Hall. After her sister Louisa died she married her brother-in-law Daniel Carlisle who was almost 25 years older than she. After her two step-sons enlisted she became a nurse and worked at the Post Hospital, Columbus, KY. More about her can be found here.

Orville Daniel Carlisle. Second son of Daniel and Louisa, he was born 1832 Bristol, NY. Enlisted in 1861 and was discharged for disability in 1862. He married Lydia Bartlett in 1865.

Tamerson Zipporah Carlisle. Eldest daughter of Daniel and Louisa, she was born 1837 in Gaines, NY. She married James Evans in 1866.

Mary Elizabeth Carlisle. Daughter of Daniel and Louisa, she was born 1840 in Edwardsburg, MI. She married Werter Davis Rynearson in 1868.

Isaac Ashley Carlisle. Almost always called Ashley, he was the youngest son of Daniel and Louisa, born 1842 in Edwardsburg, MI. (He was named for his father's brother-in-law, Isaac Ashley) He joined the army at the age of 19. Some accounts say he joined against his parents wishes and others say he had their full support.

Fannie Louise Carlisle. Youngest child of Daniel and Louisa, she was born 1845 in LaGrange, MI. I am still working on her story and will let in unfold through the letters.

Arabella Carlisle. Belle was the only child of Daniel Carlisle and Hannah L Glover. She was born 1857 in Buchanan, MI. At the age of 4 she went with her mother and lived at the Post Hospital in Columbus, KY.

Issac Ashley was born in 1796 and married Charlotte Carlisle, sister of Daniel, in 1823. Isaac was a wealthy businessman and hotel keeper. Roscoe Boyd Ashley and Zipporah Ashley Wilcox were their children.

Julia Ann Carr. Referred to as Aunt Julia in the letters, she was born 1818 in Albion, NY and was the daughter of Joseph Carr. (A John Carr is mentioned in the letters and I have not yet worked on determining his relationship). She married first, Orville B Glover who was the brother of Louisa and Hannah. After Orville died in 1852 she married John Earl and he died in 1858. Her third husband was Henry J Hall and they lived in Buchanan, MI.

Many other people are named in the letters. If I have more information on them I will note that as the letters appear and hopefully add them to a tree I have created, Unrelated Individuals referenced in family letters.


Joan said...

Wow! This is quite and undertaking. Kudos to you for your efforts. Letters are such a wonderful way to find our historical, cultural, spiritual and emotional history. Good transcribing to you.

PalmsRV said...

What an interesting project!

GrannyPam said...

A big project, I am looking forward to reading more of the letters, which are especially interesting to be because of the Michigan connection.