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Letters from Belle Boyd to Mrs. F. C. Egger  - 1897

June 3, 1897

Baxter Alabama
Mrs. F. C. Egger
Edge, Ark
June 2nd, 1897
Baxter, Alabama
Mrs. F. C . Egger,

Dear beloved brother and sister,
It is with a trembling hand I write you this letter to tell you pa's death wich occurred the 20th of May. He was taken sick on Thursday and died Fri. Next he was taken with the chills and paralisis had 2 doctors with him. He died at Uncle Horts. He rented sheds and Nicholas's wife the first of the year and was living by his self when he got sick. I begged him not to go there but he would have his own way. He got so he would not do. I wanted him to he would not stay with us long at a time. I was with him all through his sickness and we all done all we could for him I would have wrote to you sooner but we have all been sick with the chills. Aunt and Uncle Hort said they was going to write to you soon.

We are all well now, but the baby he has got the flux. Baby was borned the 17 Jan. Named him Victor Wilmont.

I don't think pa had anything but his horse and I guess that will go to pay his expenses. Oh how I wish you was here. It seems like I need you worse than I ever did in life.

Well I don't know how to write to you but if you was here I could tell you a heap.

Have all had the chills so much till we are all amighty nigh dead.

I wrote you a card but I don't know whether you will get it or not.

Pa died mighty easy. He was like he just went to sleep. Never struggled at all.

Cara has 2 children Emeo Jan said she wanted to see you that wanting was all she could do. Jan there was no chance to see you she knowed likely live in Calidonia.

Well I will close.

Aunt Polly is getting write purple. Aunt Beth Lance is rite purity. Cousin Sis sends us love to you all and said she often thought of you. Well I will close and I want to write Cornelia a letter. Write soon, your sister,

Belle Boyd

Baxter, Ala
Feb. 16th, 1898
Dear Brother and Sister,
I one time more suit myself to drop you a few lines to let you know that all are well in the land of the living. We are not well at all. Peyton has been down for a week with the lagrippe, he is better though. Today the balance of us is up.

I hope this will go swift to you and find you all well and doing well.

Fannie, there have been a heap of changes took place in the last twelve months. Aunt Pollie Stanley died this winter. I don't remember what day. Uncle Will Kendricks wife died with Brights Disease. Peel Hornell died of Storm Fever. Corlishia's second man died 1 year a go and not a great while later married again to Mr. Sean Parson. Her first children is about grown old. 1 yrs West has lost her mind. She is living with cousin Will.

Well Fannie, you needed to know Pa's death. He did talk a heap through his sickness but was so shattered we could not understand which he did not call any of us to him but Mollie and she could not go to see him for she was sick. You may rest assured that he was prepared to go. And recived the best of attention while he was sick. Buried nice and by Ma's grave. Pa died at Uncle Hortens cirid. They got every thing he had. I don't know whether he had any money or not but every body said he had. Uncle Hort would not let me and Peyton see in his trunk at all. I know he had about 80 dollars worth of stuff. I went down there to get his things and have them sold but they would not let me have anything to do with them. Well I will not dwell on this to long but if you was here I could tell you a heap that would open your eyes. I can't write like I could talk.

I am ill. There in not one of his children that is close enough to know anything about it and it grinds me to the bottom to think that they have done like they have. Ran burial expenses and doktor bill was $13.00 and Uncle Hort charged him $9.00 for him being there sick and charged me $4.00 for 1 week so he managed as to get everything.

Pa was well cared for while sick. Well I will close for this time. I will write sooner next time. I have got the headache to day.

Belle Boyd



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