I have an old yellowed sheet of paper with this typed on it.I found it in my mother's pictures years ago when she died.The author Susan Westbrook was the half-sister of my ancestor Alexander Westbrook, who I believe but do not have ANY proof married Nancy Abbott, daughter or Rueben and Rachel (Shelbey) Abbott of Schuyler County Missouri. I am posting this here because of the mention of the name Abbott and Foglesong and the Kirksville, Missouri area.Read the letter and you will see if it can make a connection for you.I do not know who typed the letter because I was told maybe one of the great Aunts did, and was told later that she didn't. I don't believe she even typed. My mother would have been a child when the letter was written.I have no idea where she got it.
To whom it may concern:
My maiden name was Susan Westbrook.I was born near Litchfield, Illinois, July 3, 1850.I came with my father, Debarriman Westbrook and my mother Matilda (Cardwell) Westbrook to Missouri about the year 1856
I was married to George Harris about the year 1867, and to this union was born ten children, viz.:
1Hattie Harris, a daughter, who died when about 13 years old.
2John Harris, a son, who died about the year 1890, leaving surviving him a child, a son, Virgil Harris, now of Detroit, Mich.
3.Winnie (Harris) Abbott, a daughter, now deceased, who left surviving her two children, Stella (Abbott) Foglesong, a daughter, and Avery Abbott, a son both now of Kirksville, Mo.
4.Lillie (Harris) Kratzer, a daughter, now deceased, who left surviving her no children.
5.Linna Harris, a daughter, who died when about 16 years of age.
6.Minnie Harris, a daughter, who died when about 4 years of age.
7.Frank Harris, a son, now of Ottumwa, Iowa,He has living one son, Basil Harris,Now of ________ California, and one son, Clifford Harris, deceased.
8.Carl Harris, a son, who died when about 1 1/2 years of age.
9.James D. Harris, a son, Who is married and lives in St. Louis, Mo.He has no children.
10.Frances (Harris) Kratzer, a daughter, who died about the year 1917, leaving surviving her one child, a son, Oswald Kratzer, now of Downing, Mo.
After the death of my husband, George Harris, I was married to Joseph Tittsworth, with whom I now live as his wife, but to this union there were born no children.