Re: Ellis Harlan & Catherine Kingfisher
Harry do you know who the Harlan grandparents of Nelson Harlan were?Recently I found a handwritten letter that I bought in a "junk" store in Tahlequah that was written by Nelson Harlan to his children from Visalia Tulare County California in Dec 11th, 1879.He had beautiful handwriting.
"My Dear DaughterOne and all the rest of you.By the will of Almity God, our Heavenly Father I yet survive.Hopeing that He is watching over my Beloved Children with the care of a Heavenly Father who I hope will preserve our lives and let us meet once more on earth, if not God be praised, we will try and meet in Heaven, where parting is no more.I want to see you all very much, to go now I am not quite ready.I would like to dispose of my land, one hundred and sixty acres, and my mines, of which I have bonded off 750 seven hundred and fifty feet for seven hundred and fifty dollars to be paid in June next.I am going to see you all the first opertunity; if I have to leave my business unsettled, for I have business to transact with the U. S. Government for the value of my improvements under the treaty of '35, of which I have never got.I am also going to Alabama to develop a mine I know of, pure native virgin silver, if I can accomplish what I wish to, my dearest children, you can live free from want and the cares of this life, certain.
I could go with two or three hundred dollars.That would not be enough.My health has been very poorly for some time, tho I feel first rate at present.I am living with a young friend of mine and his wife and one little babe.We live in a nice brick building, well furnished.Hired help is here, also on two or three other ranchos of six or seven thousand acres, all of which belong to the father of this friend of mine, with stock in proportion.Now my dearest children it don't cost me a cent to live here, I have the best the country can afford those men of wealth are my friends.They say I shall not want for any thing.I wear good clothes ride a fine horse of my own, which is kept or fed free.I don not have to work unless I see fit.We live 2 miles from Visalia, it is a pretty inland citty.I have many friends here, and could get money to go home on any time I would like.I don't wish to go that way, I will have of my own after awhile.Tell Mr. Twist to send me the Cherokee Advocate I will send him a Visalia paper.Write me soon.God Bless you all.From your affectionate Father, Nelson Harlan"