Somewhere in the 1870s, several families from Fayette and Tuscaloosa counties in Alabama moved to Hill County, Texas, to seek the promise of the rich soil and open lands. My great grandfather, Augustus Newell Edmonds, and his family were in the bunch. Other surnames include Stanley, Richards, and Chappell.
On Anne Chappell’s web pages, I found a transcription of numerous letters back and forth between Texas and Alabama, dated from 1881 through 1977. According to a heading on the web page, the letters were saved by Eliza Hester Johns Stanley and her daughters, Missouri McKinney Stanley Chappell and Cornelia Josephine Stanley Chappell, and have been passed down for two more generations.
In addition to being Chappell family treasures, these letters provide insight into life in Central Texas in the late 1880s. To me, they provide glimpses of my great grandfather, as he and his wife are among the people mentioned:
C. McDuffs family is all well. gus Emmons is on the mend. R. D. & B. E. Standley and folks is all well. uncle jess Ben is complaining Some.
we went to gus Edmonds tuesday, to Tom's tuesday night, friday went to Ben's and Saturday we taken Rufe's wagon and mares and colts and Ben's Willie and went to Col's by ourselves.
pusses Liza called Bet Edmonds Narce all the time.
Elizabeth Shown Mills talks about the importance of the FAN club (Friends, Acquaintances, and Neighbors). These letters highlight how intertwined the families were.