Letter to Uncle Will (Eads) from Sallie Cannon, Wylie, Texas, on 5 February 1892 on stationary with a letterhead that reads: W.B. CANNON & CO. Dry Goods, Boots, Shoes, Hats, Caps and Trunks. Fairly certain this was written to William Winston Eads from his niece Sallie McDonald Cannon. Sallie McDonald married W.B. Cannon on 4 March 1891 in Johnson, Texas.
Dear Uncle Will,
I’m going to write you again, have written you several times in the last few months, but don’t think I have heard from you since I married, which was eleven months ago. Annie Married a Mr. Phillips the 2nd (?) of this month; he is a farmer and lives about one mile from -----. (Can’t make this out-faded) He is a steady man, has a very pretty little place. The wedding was as quiet as it could be. Our store was burned the last of Nov. (?) Had but very little insurance, stock about $10,000. I use (?) $3,350 and will not get all of that, saved a few goods; are building a brick this time and will commence business again as soon as it is completed. Uncle Will, I suppose you have heard of Papa’s death. He died the 9th of December, was only sick a short time, was so hard to give up. It seems like all our trouble comes at once. Papa and Grandpa and then Uncle Mc (?) wrote that they did not think Grandma could recover. We have not heard anything more. Mama will make her home with me, of course she will stay with Ann some, but Papa had some rooms built to my house as Mama could help me. My health has been so bad I haven’t been able to do anything much till now. I’m getting a great deal better, could not get any help and I had to stay at Mama’s or she here; so we thought it would be easier and better to be together. Oh, all expect a long letter from you. We all send love to Dora (Bell Robinson Eads) and the children. P.S. I’m so nervous, can’t write very well. Wiley has gone on a visit to Eastern Texas, no one here but Mama, Myrtle, my husband’s little girl, and myself. His partner Mr. Clayton boards here and stays with us at nights. (Mary Jane Eads was born circa 1840 and married on 19 October 1867 to T. J. McDonald in Roane County, Tennessee. She had two girls, Sally and Annie. Elwyn Reid Flury stated, too, that this was written by Sallie McDonald Cannon)