December 14, 1862
Dear Children it has ben a long time since i rote you a letter and i am a shamed of it but i have ben so irritated (?) that i could (?) not ___ you ___Excuse me i have ben gon_ _____ are from any post office 270 (240?) miles we are all well Hiram (Parker) and Oren (Sherwood) myself is at the Dalles on the Columbia river in Oregon we have a pack __orse of 30 horses and mules that we have Earned(?) this summer but we have not made any money but we think we can make money next summer my wife and W (William Sherwood) & little children is in Cal ___ i had a letter (?) from _____
Friday, September 14, 2012
December 14, 1862--Stephen to His Children (Page 1 of 4)
The children mentioned here are Wellington (13), Dan (11), and John (7). They are living with their older half brother Henry Stephen Sherwood and his wife in Antioch, Lake, Illinois
Hiram (38) referred to here is likely Hiram Parker (born 1824), the brother of Sophia Parker Sherwood (2nd wife of Stephen Sherwood). Hiram has not been found in the 1860 Census with his wife and children (he may have been in California) but was with his wife, Sylvia (from Ireland) in the 1850 and 1870 Census in Lake County, Illinois. Hiram would also be the Uncle of Oren and William, Stephen's children.
Oren (22) and William (18) are children of Stephen Sherwood and Sophia Parker Sherwood (who died in 1853). His wife Elizabeth Denick Sherwood was in California with their their two children, Lewis (8) and George (2). George was born in California.
The Dalles, Oregon, 1867