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
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
Day(?) thay ware all well i Expect to get them up here in the spring mr Walker is in the mines and is well when we left the mines 3 weeks a go it is a bout the same winter weather that it in Illinois i want you to rite me all the news (?) in general it is Different with your riting from what it is with us u are (?) acquainted with the country and people and you ___and you never rite us but very little news rite a grate long letter and rite me the full perticulars of Wellingtons bone ___ i have had (?) it only he was____ i never heard (?) whether you (?) got my letters (?) ___ or not
Wellington (born 1846) was a brother of Oren and William Sherwood and son of Stephen and Sophia.
Mother Parker was probably Lavina Farnsworth Parker, the wife of Oren Parker (died 1852). She would have been Hiram's mother as well as the mother of Stephen's 2nd wife, Sophia Parker Sherwood. Stephen says "Hirams folks" but both his parents would have been deceased. Is this another Hiram?or is Stephen talking about other family members and referring to them as folks? (see more on Hiram on page 1 of this letter).
and not a vegetable to Eat nothing but bread and meat and I feel that it is but poor pay for the benevolence and kindness that i have shown to others all my life till the children the must all rite ____to me tell Mother Francis and the girls that if tha want __ should rite they must __ have written several letters since we have had any___them Elizabeth is a very Differant (?) woman to__than she was she is a good woman _____ and a good wife and mother you would not know her by __ ____ __ ____ your letter
Wasco County, Oregon
yours, Stephen Sherwood
in love Stephen Sherwood
H S Sherwood
S M Sherwood
Mother Francis would be Laura Francis, the mother of Elizabeth Francis Sherwood. H S Sherwood would be Henry Stephen Sherwood, Stephen's son, and S M Sherwood would be Henry's wife, Sarah.