1885 :: 03-22 from L.V. Sikes Mar 27, 2009 21:31:18 GMT -6
Post by benotforgot on Mar 27, 2009 21:31:18 GMT -6
1885 L. V. Sikes letter
Sunday, March 22, 1885
Sunday, March 22, 1885
After so long a time I will write a few lines to let you know that some of us are living yet. There has been two deaths in our connection since I wrote to you. My babie was one and John's babie the other. John's babie died the last day of last September and mine the second day of last October. They had had inflamation of the bowells. It was very hard to give them up but then we must remember the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away and blessed be the name of the Lord.
We have had the coldest winter I ever saw. I was afraid our cattle would all freeze but we did not lose but one. She had some disease I don't know what. We have five young calves will soon get plenty of milk and butter.
I have 25 young chickens and several hens setting. I am going to raise me a few geese this year. I have three feather beds but one of them isn't quite full enough.
I have two new quilts ready to quilt and nearly squares enough for two more. I want to quilt them as soon as the weather gets good. I do not need them but I am a great hand for a help of quilts. I have plenty of cover for six beds in cold weather.
My garden seeds are up and looking nice but the wind has been so cold last night and today I am afraid it will kill them.
Nely has another son about two months old. She has three living and three dead. Her little reel footed boy has been going to school some. It hurts his feet to go so far and he can't go but a few days at a time.
Three of my children go to school. My little girl has just been going two weeks and you would be surprised to hear her read. She is about one third thru the first reader.
Billy's youngest brother Bob Sikes was married last November. He married a widow lady's daughter that lives on our place.
Farmers are getting along very well with their crops the most of them have their corn planted and the most of their cotton land broke.
Well Aunt Manda I have written all that I can think of. Our connection are all well as far as I know. Now Aunt Nancy I direct this letter to Aunt Manda because she always writes to me but I intend this for you and her both. Now I want you all to write soon and I will not wait so long next time though I have little time to write. Love to you all.
L. V. Sikes