The Scrappin Genealogist

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Fearless females: day #8

Did one of your female ancestors leave a diary, journal, or collection of letters? Share an entry or excerpt.

I am very fortunate that I have inherited letters that my ggg grandparents wrote to each other during the civil war. This particular letter was written on 30 Sep 1862 by my ggg grandmother Louisa Conarroe Wooten to her husband James Wooten.

James, it is with pleasure that I sit down to write to you. We are well, but I fear you are sick. You have not written since last Tuesday, you must write to us whenever you can. Andrew is at Murrys to get the boards for the fence so it can be fixed nice when you get home. I believe you will come, I can not think you will get hurt. I know you are surrounded with dangers but trust God who is the prince of peace and he will keep you safe. You need not be uneasy about us. The boys are good and do very well. They are a little silly sometimes, but are about as good as when you were home.

Come home if you can. I am so lonesome without you. My thoughts are down south where you are all time.

Here is a photo of Louisa.

I have enjoyed being able to read these letters. All in all, there are 25 letters. It sure has been wonderful to read the words of my ggg grandparents during such a tumultuous time in our country's history. Sadly, James was wounded and died in November 1863, a year after the excerpt from the letter above. Louisa never remarried and raised her six children on her own in Preble County, Ohio.


Janeen said...

You are so blessed to have those letters, what a treasure!

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