Wednesday, September 12, 2012
I take this oppertunity of answering your letter I have waited some dayes to think about it you gave me short notice to give you an answer my bisnes is such that I cant come this spring sidney was a coming to be their by the first of april he was a riting to you when i got your letter but he told me he could get ready to be off in 2 weekes soe he may be their most as soon as this letter you can let him have it this year and if you aint___ you can let me know and maby wee will come out this fall or next spring I shant rite you much news now because it is late and I want to retire I have bin drove very hard the sleighing is getting _oor (?) sidney can tell you all the news I have made a trade with sidney and he will fich (?) that note out and I have paid most of the expence of that note (?) and he will bring that out and you can arange it with him it look to me as though you and george ware going to calofornia but I should advise you to stay to home and take care of you motherless children I feel to simpathize with you in the loss of your wife but not in the _ame as you have lost but I now something from the loss of my little girl may the grace of god support you and guide(?) you and your children safe throug this world and ____ you all finley home to heaven
Stephen Sherwood J. (John) B. Sherwood
John B. Sherwood (1817-1891)was a brother six years young than Stephen Sherwood (1817-1891). He stayed in Pennsylvania.
John advises Stephen not go go to California. He mentions that Stephen had planned to take George with him. In the letter (October 6, 1853) a George is mentioned in California. Did Stephen send his son George to California even though he did not go? John advises Stephen "to stay to home and take care of you motherless children." With the death of his second wife, Sophia, about two months earlier, Stephen had five boys twelve or younger. His youngest son, John F, was just two months old.
Photo by Suzanne Grundberg
Find a Grave Memorial #55913144
|As with all tombstones there is always a story to be told by those left behind. When Stephen Sherwood's wife, Sophia Parker Sherwood, died, Jan 21, 1853, she left five boys under the age of thirteen. She died two weeks after giving birth to her youngest son, John F. Sherwood, at the age of 39. |
This tombstone was posted at findagrave.com, There are over 87 million entries on this site. I have solved many genealogy problems and even broken down brick walls by using this resource. I would highly recommend it.
LOOK UP THIS MEMORIAL USING NUMBER 55913144 ON findagrave.com. YOU WILL FIND MORE INFORMATION ON THE STEPHEN SHERWOOD FAMILY.
This will list many of his children which you can click to find out more.
You may want to search for your family names on this site.
If you like, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or post a comment on this page about Tip #1.
(search "Trails in the Snow")
I notified Larry Wassman who had submitted Erasmus D. Walrod and Keith Reeves who had submitted James Vokes to their family trees in ancestry.com that I had documents written by their ancestors which I had posted on this blog. I later received responses from them on ancestry.com. These documents were in the papers of my great great grandfather, Stephen Sherwood.
Larry Wassman of Lacey, Washington wrote he (Erasmus D. Walrod) was "not very close-- brother-in-law of 4th cousin 5x removed."
The second e-mail was from Keith Reeves of Arlington Virginia. He wrote a lengthy letter about his ancestry. I will quote three sentences.
"James (Vokes) was my fourth great grandfather, directly descended....... Are preparing to gather around the Thanksgiving table at the beach house we annually frequent here in Dewey Beach, Virginia. It's lovely and I'm so glad to write about family on such a wonderful family day."
These responses made me realize once again we all have family information that can help somebody else. I am thankful for all those who have contributed to my research endeavors, and hope that somebody can benefit from the information I have.
I responded to Keith Reeves, "Our ancestors crossed paths at one time, but just in a different way than we did today." The photo above reminded me how that happens.