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This letter was written to Helen Helms, Virgil Butler Helms' daughter. It was written by Myrtle Helms, James Anthony Helms' youngest daughter.
" Box 369
July 8, 1966 "
" Dear Helen,
Got your letter, was glad to hear from you. But as you said, Very little we know of each other. I would like to know all your children. For I love your mother and daddy. There is very little I can tell you. As you know, John and I are half brother and sister. Our father's name was ' James Anthony Helms '. He had a brother Andy, three sisters; Mollie married a Conley, Jane married a Vaughn, and Joe married a Whitney. I don't know their occupations.
My father was a farmer, his first wife was Mary Callahan. My father, father was named Allen. I don't know my grandmother's name. Bad isnt it.
My daddy came from Georgia. Papa's children, as you know, was -
John, a farmer ; William, cafe owner ; Etta, Daisy, Ida, & Bettie, All housewifes. And us three children by my mother, Sallie Jane Martin, from Tenn. & Ala. - Andrew Walker Helms, Ollie Helms, and Myrtle Helms.
Papa died while I was young, and I did'nt hear very much about the family. John never talked to me about his talk. I just wonder which cousin could give you information on John's mother and not know anything about Papa.
Papa was born somewhere in Georgia, died Nov. 9th, 1909, Courtland, Mississippi. Buried at Chapel Hill, near Pope, Mississippi.
I don't know about the Dutch on John's mother's side, but my mother was Dutch. My Daddy was Irish. So, I guess I am Dutch & Irish
Helen, I wish I knew more to tell you, but I don't. Would be glad to see you when you come back for a visit. so be sure and get Virgil and Lucille to bring you up when you do come home.
Now I think Etha was part Dutch. The Wilsons looked dutchy - fied to me. Helen, I know you know how Virgil's people treated Lucille, well John & his family did'nt respect my father. John's children was never taught to show any respect. The Wilsons were everything to them. I don't ever see or hear from any of them. Lucille wrote me not long ago. I can truly say I love your daddy. He and Lucille are the only ones I do care about. Well, I will close. Write me again some time.I have four children, 2 girls, 2 boys, all married. Have 11 grandchildren, 2 step grandboys, and 5 great grandchildren.
Give my love to all,
Myrtle was about 69 years old at the time of this writing.