WAR ERA LETTERS WRITTEN TO
EMEGENE STARR, PENFIELD, OHIO
|Purchased off e-Bay from a woman in Sheridan Oregon. There are 14 handwritten civil war era letters. All of them are written to Emargene, Emegene, or Gene Starr who lived in Penfield Lorain County, Ohio. Most are from her family and friends and the earliest is dated January 1861. The second letter starts off in 1865, with the latest one having of date of October 26th, 1867. There are only three of them that do not have dates but by reading them they seem to also be written during the times above. Seven letters have envelopes.|
Some of the places that the letters were written from are; Middlebrook, Harpersfield, Schenevus, and Fairmount. Several have some great comments of what life was like while the civil war was raging on around them and right after the war ended. One makes mention of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Letters have one to four pages of script. I have transcribed the letters as well as possible. Some were very diffficult to read. Note that I am quoting them as they read, poor spelling and all.
I received a letter from Pat Rodgers of Alden, NY, an ancestor of the Starr family. She advised that Emogene was the daughter of Gideon Lindsley Starr, son of Talcott & Mary Lindsley Starr. Mary was a daughter of Matthew Lindsley. Emogene`s mother was Polly Baird. The Julina Beardsley who wrote to Emogene from Harpersfield, NY was Julina Baird, probably a sister of Polly. Julina was married to John Beardsley, a grandson of Gideon Beardsley. In 1860, Emogene was 13 years old & Julina was about 48.
Each letter has been assigned a letter (A,B,C,) in order to consistently identify each one. You can view images of the letters and envelopes by clicking on the individual page links. If you have questions, or comments, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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|(B)||Pages 1 & 4||Pages 2 & 3|
I have been negligent in answering your letter. I will write
a few lines it is ten oclock.
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Sunday Nov. 9th
Dear Cousin Emegene,
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Envelope addressed to ".Miss. Gene. Starr. Penfield,
Lorain Co. Ohio
Sunday Evening Oct 26th "/64
Needs to be completed
|(E)||Page 1||Page 2||Page 3||Envelope|
|Envelope is postmarked Berea Ohio Jan 15 &
Mays Emergene,S,Starr Penfield Lorain Co Ohio
January the 13th, 1861
..... I take this opportunity to write to you and let you know that I have received your letter. I am well now and so is gloves. He wore a standing collar to church today and it was hard telling him from a profeser. I could not of told him from a profeser if it had no of ben that he struted so much worse than they could. He is writing a letter to Edwin Goudmin this evening. He had a letter from his Aunt Cornelia last week he said that she did not say anything about having any children yet. They was a little girl horses here today. She died with the croup day before yesterday.
..... Emergene you had better drop William Lae.tch for they is a boy here that ...... him. All away his name is Deacom. He l......s some like William. It is good staying here now. Last night was the coldest night that has ben sence we have been here. it froze the water in the room about a inch thick but it did not freeze our apples nor potatoes. they is meeting to the church to night. they are keeping the meeting ... yet and I guess that they will all winter. I have attended church twice today.
..... They are having big times here about war. The boys last week got up a paper and got it in the post office for a fellow that he had got to go to war and the next nite they swore him in and they said after they had got him swore in that they believed that he was a turn coat and then they went at him and striped him stark naked to see if he was a turn coat and then they let him go the next day. They forged a leter and put it in the post office and wrote that his father wanded him to come home and he had not got any money to go home with so he sold his books to go home. He lived in Belview. He went home and has not ben seen back here yet. His name was Chartmen. The facelty has got hold of it and they has about six or seven had to meet the facelty and I am afraid that they will hafto leeve the school. They is some body ........ meet the faculty about every day. I expect every day that I should hafto leave next but I have not had to yet. I have not had to reed Comfisions yet. Will has had to twice yesterday. I mixed up some pancakes for the first and they was write. i tell you will ate six for supper to night. I could not bake them as fast as he could eat.
..... I have not got but one more green shirt. if you think it best I will come home a week from next saturday and by that time we will be out of provisions and if not i should hafto get some things washed. Last saturday the school was half out.
.................................................................To you mind I come out a week from next saturday and fetch some things and then I could go back with you or I could leave home on the ... a week from Saturday and then Monday you could come and fetch me back and fetch some things. if I do that way I would know what we would want the best. Or if you don't think that is best write and ...... Write what we want. Write this week and then I will know what to do if I come home a week from saturday. We can wash my before Sunday so that they can get dry so that we can iron them sunday night and me leave....... wash Monday
................................................from L.Y. Starr to Emergene and Ma and pa."
...............................be shore and write this week so that we will have time to get things in shape.
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Written on paper stamped H.Q. Hawley & Co Planing & Sawing, Albany, N.Y.
July 24 - 65
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April 30th 1865
My Dear Gene
......I take this opportunity
to answer your welcome letter. It came to my hand this morning.
I was feeling somewhat lonesome. I thought that John would come
home last knight & he did not. I was somewhat disappointed
and I was disappointed when your letter come to me. Aunt Harriet
had been to Middlebrook inquiring if I had any letters from you.
She said she had two and had your likenys. She come down all
the way by foot on Sunday.
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Harpersfield May 9th, 65
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Schenevus, July 18th, 1865
......................... I remain
ever your true friend
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|Fairmount Jan 7th, 1866
.....I intended to have written you before this but I have not felt like doing much of any thing. I arrived here the Saturday before New Years after beating about for two or three days and nights in a stage and pretty near freezing to death. When I got here I was pretty well tired out. I rested over Sunday and Monday. Went to work to help my Uncle get ready for New Years. They had a ball here and as my uncle keeps all the Hotel that is kept here he had to get up the supper. I attended the ball in the evening and enjoyed myself very well. I will give a description of it. The ball room was the county court house and is used for a church, court room and dancing hall &c. The building is most as large as the school house in your district.
.....I think I rather beat you spending the holidays. I spent Thanksgiving in Penfield, Christmas in Wisconsin and New Years in this state.
.....I had a nice little sleigh ride of 160 miles and got here in time for a bull New Years. Don't you think that I done well. I like the country here pretty well I think that it must be very beautiful here in summer. There is a chain of little lakes that goes right through here that adds a great deal to the beauty of the country. I think some of taking a trip across the plains to California in the spring if they start an expedition and they talk of it now.
......Please write soon.
......... From your friend
............William R. Leonard."
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No. Harpersfield August 19 /66
.................................................................................................... Dear Larrs
Dear Friend Gene,
..... I know you will laugh when you get this but John was in and just raised the perfect _____ all the time. he had to begin it: and then direct it: then told me. I ..... bend it.
..... I received your ever welcome letter a week ago which found us well and enjoying ourselves hugely. I was somewhat surprised to hear that John E was living with you as I supposed him to be with his brother Isaac. Where is Maria Duey. I think you did not write anything of them. I presume you would like to hear all the news from this way ( as you are very little acquainted in Harpersfield) so I will endeavor to tell you as near as I can. There is nothing much more than commons going on in our usually quiet little village: You must know what that is. Such as gossiping, slandering your neighbors.
..... Your Aunt Julina is well but is just growing old. You can see age ( and you know she is a person fitted to have a great deal of trouble) wears upon her very fast. John boards at home with her. he is still in the store but he says the 1st of December closes his business in Middlebrook.
..... Jo Johnsons folks live back on the hill out of sight and hearing of everybody. John has been to see them once and staid about an hour and they have lived there nearly a year.
..... There was quite an accident happened over to the head of the river last Thursday. Your cousin Asenith Brockway, John Birdsills wife and Maggie Simes a lady from Davenport started for Sternifora with a little boy a driving they had with John Birdsills runaway team. The horses got frightened some way and run away with them throwing the boy out and when they first started and nearly killing Maggie and Mrs. Birdsill jumped out, Asenith, she hung on the back board until they stoped the horses and was not hurt a particle. Miss Sines the last we heard could not possibly live as they thought her skull was broken. Mrs. Birdsill they have hopes of her recovery as she was not hurt quite so bad:
..... I attended a Masonic Installation at Davenport last week and had a splendid time. the masons were represented from most parts of the country.
..... Sam Osborn is here today. He is going to Davenport tomorrow as a clerk in Goodriches store (Joy go with him). You wished I should take ... you if .. was going. To marry ... ... not is a mistake. You asked how George Minor was. he is well, or was the last time I saw him. I haven't spoken with him since last spring. Then Bay he is going to marry a girl in ............ I don't know her but her most intimate friendship in Jefferson is Spib Rarick. Cuttis's hired a girl if you don't know her ..... will.
..... has sold out their tavern stand. they are a going to move back down to Minerva. I saw a letter from Jim Campbell last night. He is in Denver City working at the carpenters trade. Gets $6 per day.
..... I presume you will get Johns letter before you get this ( as he said he had written one). When you answer it ask him about his Irish School Marm. dont you tell that I said anything.
..... As I am nearly out of paper I must bring this thing to a close for I know you must get this. my love to all of your folks Johny and keep a good share for yourself.
............................................................................................. From your friend Mate."
Elyria Jan 17, 1867
..... According to agreement I enclose you a ..... Photo hoping I may have an opportunity to ..... you with a better one at some Junctions time. Well! how does this Jims sled ...... I hope you are enjoying it. I went to Amherst Monday eve, Tomorrow night a .... is going to Brownhelm
There is nothing of great mention going on except sleigh riding and dancing.
Hoping things will be noticed soon. I will close by sending my love. Good wishes to
From your friend W.W. Obitts
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Envelope Postmarked Jefferson Jun 4 67
Jefferson June 2nd /67
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June 29th /67
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