| || Notes for Elizabeth R. McClester:|
Elizabeth McClester died very young (age 27) of TB. We have two letters she wrote; one to her husband who she called"My dear Charley", and one to her brother, Henry. The one to her husband is dated April 25, 1853, only months before she died. In the letter she describes their son Henry as teething and asks Charley about the progress on his "machine" (probably the dredge he invented). She also speaks of years of loneliness and abuse before she met her husband (implying that she may have been orphaned at a young age): " for 14 long years I was at the mercy of strangers, first here then there, getting blows and cuffs, cross words and sour looks, with no one to care for me, no one to love me.." Her brother Henry "acted nobly kindly to me and was the first that ever loved or cared for your Lizzie." She then described her love for husband: "And then I met with you and before I had an idea that you thought of me, I loved you, my Charley, as Woman never loves but once. Then came the thought that you would never love one like me. Then I was wretched, but when I found that my love was returned, I cannot describe my feelings....Oh, how happy I am with you and I feel there is years of happiness in store for us yet. You brought sunshine into my heart for I know you will always love your Lizzie."
In the same letter to Charley, Lizzie also sends her love to Camilla and Mary. After Lizzie's death, Charles Fonde married a Camilla Welch, whomay be the same one mentioned in the letter. Lizzie Fonde's death is recorded in C.H. Fonde's Bible: "Died on the 12th day of November, 1853, Elizabeth R. McClester, wife of Chas. H. Fonde, aged 27 years, [born] Village of Mittenague, Mass."It is interesting that the Village of Mittenague, MA, where Lizzie was born, is very near Springfield, MA, the site of C.H. Fonde's marriage to Camilla Welch in 1855. Why were they in Springfield, Massachusetts, when he lived in Mobile and she was "of New Orleans"? Was he in New Orleans when Lizzie wrote the quoted letter? Was he up north to demonstrate his dredge?
| ||i.|| ||Caroline Somers Broun, born Mar 6, 1857 in Montevallo, AL; died Feb 9, 1933 in Mobile, AL, not married. |
| ||ii.|| ||Olney Harleston Broun, born Nov 5, 1858 in Selma, AL; died Dec 21, 1945; married (1) Emma Cade Prince May 23, 1881; born Mar 3, 1860; died Jun 30, 1889; married (2) Lula Roland Abt. 1890. |
| ||iii.|| ||Mary Minter Broun, born Jul 17, 1860 in Shelby Springs, AL; died Mar 30, 1951 in Mobile, AL; married John Alston Kimbrough Jan 28, 1886 in Mobile, AL; born Aug 13, 1856; died Jun 26, 1896. |
| ||iv.|| ||Ella Broun, born Jul 29, 1862 in Clarke Co., Miss.; died Mar 1, 1931 in Mobile, AL, Never married. |
| ||3||v.|| ||Alice Broun, born Nov 6, 1864 in Clark Co., Miss.; died Nov 4, 1950 in Knoxville, TN; married Henry Fonde Nov 13, 1888 in Mobile, AL. |
| ||vi.|| ||Elizabeth Reynolds Broun, born Nov 5, 1866 in Butler Co.,Alabama; died Oct 8, 1873. |
| ||vii.|| ||Florence Broun, born Sep 26, 1868 in Butler Co., AL; died Jan 17, 1887 in Mobile, AL. Not married. |
| ||viii.|| ||Nancy Reynolds Broun, born Feb 12, 1871 in Clarke Co., Miss.; died Aug 22, 1922 in Washington, D.C. Not married. |
| ||ix.|| ||Rosa Deas Broun, born Feb 22, 1876 in Mobile Co., AL; died Nov 13, 1961 in Brooksville, Miss; married Frederick Hugh Hairston Apr 24, 1902; born Jan 21, 1876; died Jun 28, 1968 in Columbus, Miss. (Buried). |
| ||x.|| ||Eugenie Deas Broun, born Jun 30, 1877 in Mobile, AL; died Nov 2, 1932 in Mobile, AL; married Stephen Mallory LeBaron; died Unknown. |
| ||xi.|| ||James Harleston Broun, born Mar 23, 1879; died Nov 18, 1967; married (1) Bertha Eleanor Dudley Jun 25, 1902; married (2) Joanna Aurelia McCaughan Sep 4, 1924. |
| ||xii.|| ||Seaman Deas Broun, Jr., born Jan 31, 1882; died Jul 21, 1967; married Edna Virginia DuPont Jan 7, 1907. |