HUFFMAN 1827 Letter submitted by Mara Harris firstname.lastname@example.org
I have the original letter in my possession it is dated Oct 22, 1872.It is getting old and difficult to read but most of it is ledgible with only a few words so faded they are unreadable.I have tried to copy it as faithfully as possible.I did add some punctuation so is easier to read(mispellings and all).I can't prove who wrote it but I think it is from Emealier 'Millie' Greeson, wife of William Moser Shepherd. The letter originates from Cumberland Co. IL.
Let me know if it looks interesting.This letter came into my possession through my great Aunt Pearl Huffman b. 1896 in Johnson County IL, daughter of George Harpine Welker Huffman (who came from Guilford Co NC to Johnson County IL) and Mary Ann Jones. This letter relates to the Albright's in the following way: William Moser Shepherd was the son of: Catharine 'Katie' (Albright)and John Shepherd both of Guilford Co North Carolina. It reads as follows....
Oct the 22th 1872 State of Illinois Cumberland Co. Dear Sister I take the presant oportunity to drop you a few lines to let you know that we are all tolably well. We have been all sick with the chills and fever but William and I hope these few lines will find you all well. I can tell you there has been a great deal of sickness around this fall and there is yet. It is chills and conjestive fever and a good many deaths and Sally Shepherd is dead but they were not living to gether they were divorced and Denn Nieses wife is dead and old Alfred _____. Corn crops are good and evry thing is plenty wheat crops are good. New corn is worth twenty cents per bushel, wheat is worth one dollar and ten cents per bushel, oats are worth 15 to 18 cents per bushel, pork is worth 4 cents meat a pound ____ frim 19 1/2 to 16 per yard Calico from 10 to 19 1/2 per yard coffee 30 cts per pound shugar 15 cts per pound Molasses 40 cts a gallon. A few lines from Peggy Shepherd Madasons folds are not very well they have the chills and fever. William ALBRIGHT you wanted to know if you could live better in Illinois than in Carolina you can live better here by days work than by farming you would better all sell off your old hills and come to Illinois where you can live and have a plenty to eat as soon as this comes to hand I want you to write me and son, nothing more at presant. Catherine I can tell you we have all had a hard time this fall. I have not been able to do mutch of any thing for three months until now. We have commensed weaving our winter clothing our workwill be knitting and weaving for a good whle we have got 50 yard of linsy on the loomand I am a gone to weave 50 yards of Janes. I can tell you that we had a great many aples and peaches this year. We dried a good many we put away about 40 bushels of winter aples. We sold 55 or 40 bushels of winter aples and ther is right smart about on the trees yet. We raised about 50 bushels of irish potatoes off of about 1/4 of an acre of ground. I set out about 500 potatoes slips and got 7 bushel and evry thing is plenty. I would like to see you all verymuch. I could tell you more in one hour then I could write in a day. If you cold I would say all come to htis country for you could live so mutch better here it is true we have to work where ever you go but you would not have to work so mutch here. William Shepherd was down to see us not long a ago and they were all well he said that he had sold his farm for thirythree hundred and twenty dollars he said that Sarah was maried she maried a brother to David's wife. We wold like to know how Iphany is a getting along and if Alfred and Lenard came back to Carolina or not. William Robinson was to see us a few day ago and stayed all night with us _____ Brown was out this summer I can tell you tht we have a very dry fall and the road are very good and you had better start some saturday evening and come out here and we will talk about old times. Polly Ann Stafford has got a new sewing machine it cost them $13.00 we have machinery of all kinds in this country corn planter it crosses it off and drops it and covers it all at the same time ther is cultivators to plant the corn. Double shord to plow the corn they have reapers to cut wheat and oats they hitch from 2 to 4 horses they can cut 8 to 14 acres a day they have mowere to cut grass they cut from 10 to 19 acres a day. I hant got nothing much to rite so no more at present, I want you write when this comes to hand and fail not and give us all the news you can from Catharine and Mary Shepherd. A few lines from Jane and Mary, I am well at present and hope the same of you all. I want you to say howdy to the girls for me. I want Sarah Shepherd to rite to me or if she has forgot me or not and let me know what she is a doing the had better come out here when there is hog and hominey aplenty and prety boys aplenty. I will give you too or three of their names John Toobridge Josire Billgore (names are faint) and ___ care my work is weaving and of grany will come out I will weave her a dress. I can weave three yards a day I am going to go to school this winter I am studying reading riting spelling geography grammar and arithemitic my pen is bad any ink is pale but my love to you shall never fail to Aunt Ann and all the rest so rite soon.