May Prange has sent me a copy of a letter from Jessie Akester (her great
grandmother was Sina LETT) of Hardingsburg, Indiana, USA. Jessie was
a/the daughter of John Akester, physician of that town, who died 14 Feb
You may already have seen the letter but, if not, there are some points
in it which might interest you very much.
1. Jessie had written a family history, longhand, that she claimed was 6
inches deep. Her letter was copied from the LETT File in the Champlain
Trail Museum. I have no idea where this might be but if they have a File
of LETT papers there must be more in it than this one letter. PERHAPS
Jessie's history found its way there. If not, I suppose there is a
chance that it is in the Library at Hardingsburg, In. Knowing your
facility for finding the impossible, I look forward to hearing all about
it within a few days!
2. Jessie's letter refers to an envelope from RM LETT, of Newport News,
Va, to Mrs Lulu Lett Metcalf of Louisville, Ky. According to a note that
Jessie made, she thought that one of the two (probably Mr RM Lett) was
connected with Benjamin Lett - the Canadian Patriot. His family
interests me greatly but I cannot locate his Irish antecedents. The LEET
family a quite thick on the ground at Louisville, I will see if anything
of Mrs Lulu Lett Metcalf is known there. It would not be the first time
that LETT and LEET became mixed up.
3. John Akester's distaff grandparents were Leaven McKillip Ward and
She was a daughter of Randell Lett and Sarah Tindall. Randell Lett moved
from SC to KY in 1803/4 and then to Pike co, IN in 1813.
Randell Lett was the younger son of James Isham (Isom) Lett, born about
1749 in Bertie co, NC.
James Isham Lett does not connect specifically to anyone but it seems
that there is a record of Isom and Isham Lett in Guilford co, NC 1784/87
and 1796. The relationship seems probable. Mary ISHAM, daur of Henry
Isham, was born in Bermuda Hundred, VA, about 1655 and she connects to
4. Jessie goes on to say that the first LETT immigrants came to VA from
i). Eliza Lett in 1648 to York River co, VA.
ii). Leonard Lett in 1651, to Northumberland co, passage paid by Mrs
iii). John Lett in 1651, to Yorke co, VA, paid by Joseph Crowshaw. He
brought his sister Mary Lett, also paid by Crowshaw.
iv). Thomas Lett, in 1652, to Gloucester co, paid Mrs Anna Barnett (who
could be the same person as in (ii).
It is Jessie's view that all the above were probably from a single
family, kin and descendants of Richard Lett who signed the second
Virginia Charter in 1609.
5. Jessie relates the family tradition that the first immigrants were
James, Esau and Asa Lett. The first two married French girls and Asa
married a girl from Holland - all brides being Maids for Wives! She
confesses that none of these names sound much like the passage-paid
immigrants Leonard, John and Thomas but explains them as first and
second names of the same person.
6. Jessie concluded by asking if there was a lawyer in Newport News
named Isom Lett.
Please let me know if you can add anything, however little, to the
Go careful, Michael.
Jessie Akester Grimm was an early LETT family researcher.In the early 1930 she was working on the LETT family history,as well as Edwards & Boone,& intended to publish same, It is reported that she married a Warren Grimm,& moved to Butte,Montana,It is said that mr, Grimm was a Mason,& that one of the resultant LETT family historys was in the Masonic Lodge Library in Butte ,Montana.There were suppose to be less than a half dozen of the books,Anyone with any information please contact me,or one of the other LETT family researchers on LETTFORUM, Thank You, Mel LETT ,email@example.com Rt #1,Box 171, Noel,Mo.64854 or 417-762-3712