|Dunbar Creek in Fayette County, Ohio|
The Latest Changes box at the bottom revealed that one of two persons might have entered the letter. On contacting them, neither had, one person figured it might have been entered by Family-Search in 2013.
The letter seems to be authentic and seems to be written by Rebecca's mother, Sarah Bradford, the daughter of "Red Lion Sam" (see previous posts). Here is the letter, including a note by a fellow Bradford researcher:
"Note: This letter written by Sara to son David who was living in the Ohio wilderness in 1809 expressing her feelings at being so far separated and so little able to communicate with a loved one. The concern she expresses with the health of her family and his must also be regarded in the context of that day when medical science was little able to help those caught in epidemics or victims of injury. This letter was read by descendants of Sarah Bradford in Iowa on Thanksgiving Day 1909, 100 years after it was written."
April 24th 1809"
- It's written to a David, so that could be her son.
- "...past my 74th year" coordinates with her birth year of around 1735.
- She mentions walking up from the river. Land records indicate the Miller-Bradford families lived either near the Youghigheny River, or along one of its tributaries such as Dunbar Creek
- She mentions "your relatives here..." which would fit as daughter, Rebecca and son-in-law William Miller, lived nearby.
- The mention of only one aunt would fit with what we know of the children of Red Lion Sam who had only two daughters, Sarah and Martha. This is interesting, as it would be the first time there has been any mention of Martha since the will of Red Lion Sam. Sadly, if this is Martha, the only thing it tells us is that she was alive in 1809. Sadly, names of her husband, children and other family members are not mentioned.
- Sarah talks about a Sammie Allen and while I don't know of a Sammie off hand, William and Rebecca's daughter, also named Rebecca, married into the Allen family.
- I've often seen Wallace's (and Wallis') living near Bradford's and Miller's in Maryland. I don't remember any marriages, but will have to research this further.
- Benjamin Miller, is, I believe, either a brother or uncle of William Miller, Sarah's son-in-law.
- She mentions "Jimmie" which could be her son James.
- "Billy" could be son William who had been associated with the Parkinson's since he married a daughter and since the Whiskey Rebellion.
- That he (Billy) was, according to Sarah, "much busied with providing for the things of this world" goes along with the following quotation from my research database:
Still, there seems to be quite a bit of evidence to suggest that this letter was written by our Sarah Bradford.
If anyone knows the origin and authenticity of this letter, please email me at: email@example.com
Any information will be very much appreciated. Thank you!
|Maysville, Kentucky where William Bradford, son of Sarah, lived|