The following is a letter from Zebulon Sly in Adams, Michigan to Horace Platt inHamburg NY in 1876: ( Letter – four pages – from Zebulon Sly (1834-1929) in Adams Michigan to Horace Platt in Abbotts Corner- part of Hamburg NY)
Adams march 28th 1876
My Friend Horace
It is now Four months since you left me at Abbotts Corners and I think it time you had a letter. We are all quite well although I have a lame hip and may have for a long time. A snow storm commensed yesterday morning early and it has kept up ever since and the snow flies so I can hardly see across the road some of the time. In fact I never saw such a time since I came to Michigan although it is not very cold. Im in hope it will not go off with a rain. I often wonder if Perneal Scolds you as much as Liza does me why do women act so you can tell, I often think there is no place like home and so does Liza when she is burning green beech wood all covered with snow and in a hurry.
Well Horace I have got along with my work first rate considering the warm winter. If nothing happens by the first of July I shall have a barn to put my hay and grain in and then I think I can farm it, of course if I could see you I should ask you one thousand questions but as I can not I will only ask nine hundred ninety nine. To begin with how do you and your family prosper.
How is my Fathers health. How is mother Sly & do you see Isaac very often, perhaps not. Is uncle Sam in bondage yet or is Jim dead.Where is O. Newton and wife. How is (??) Lakes health this spring, give him my respects when you see him.
I often think of the good times I had while I was down there. Tell Henry Michael that Zeb is alive and expects to visit Hamburg again some time. I have plenty of Hay and corn this spring and my stock looks very well
Grove and Fannie have been to school all winter and learn well to. Grove won the first prize in school. Johnnie & Cephas are (??) almost as near alike as (Any Twins?)
I think the Independence a nice little paper full of (fun?) and keeps Abbotts Corners the hub of the universe.(?? ?? ?? )all of the time. Horace I cannot begin to tell (me?) in the letter you will write as soon as you get this (hour??) all the folks are (??) when you think you come up here and bring your family, (??) do these (??) look this spring.
With much love from Liza the children & myself . I bid you good bye
Zebulon Sly Kiss every body for me Notes: This letter and two others are in the manuscript collection of the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society. A00-195. There is another letter from Zebulon Sly to Horace Platt on February 29th, 1908 from Narin Centre, Ontario, Canada. He went there with a friend, G H Clark “to work in or on the mine” but the mine had closed and he had no work. This is two years after the death of his wife Liza. There is also a letter to Horace Platt from S S Canfield in December, 1894.
Horace Platt seems to be a boyhood friend and maybe a neighbor from the homestead on Pleasant Ave, HamburgNY.
Liza is Ann Eliza Potter Sly (1838-1906) wife of Zebulon Sly ( married5 Dec 1861), Father is John Sly (1804-1886) living at the homestead on Pleasant Ave, Hamburg NY. Mother Sly is Ellen Minton Sly,(ca 1825 -?) the second wife of John Sly (married about 1864). Izaac is Zebulon’s brother (1852-1923). Per family story, was raised by his stepmother Ellen. He married Ellen A. Thompson on October 31, 1876 – same year as letter. Uncle Sam in bondage yet may be Zebulon’s uncle Samuel Sly (1796-1883) who had financial problems his entire life ! Jim?? Hired hand or boarder ?? O. Newton and wife . is Obediah Newton (ca 1827 -?) and Zebulon’s aunt Permelia (Rosa) Sly (1828-1904) Grove is Grove Elbert Sly (1863-1949), Zebulon’s oldest son. Fannie is Fannie Alice Sly (1865-1891), Zebulon’s only daughter who died at age 25. Johnnie is John Jacob Sly (1870-1957), Zebulon’s son. Cephas is CephasPotter Sly (1872-19470, Zebulon’s son (Robert Sly was born in July, 1876, four months after this letter was written)