Ed Trover of Carlinville 1870 Letter to Frank and
Trover Russell, Macoupin County IL
©1999 M Trover
Contributed for use by M Trover
I found another letter that my great grandfather wrote. He mentions several area people. The letter was written to his sister Elizabeth Trover Russell and her husband Frank Russell. Frank Russell was the grandfather of Judge John Russell of Carlinville, IL. Frank and Elizabeth married June 4, 1863 in Macoupin County, IL. My great grandfather Edward Trover married in 1877 when he was 37 years old. He also tells of the courthouse and hotel being completed.
March 10th, 1870
Dear Brother and Sister,
I seat myself to let you now(sic) that I am well at present and
you all the same. I received your letter and was glad to hear you was
well. I have not heard from you for three or four months un till I
this letter. I have riten (sic) two letters to you and got no answer. I
could not imagin(sic) what had become of you all. I have not much news
to write you at present times are vary(sic) hard here now. I am out at
Aunt Ann's now and has bin for some time and sparking the girls like
a fighting you had ought to be here and see me go for them. The reason
I did not get this letter sooner I have bin in the country and it laid
in the office some time before I got it. I will send them cands(sic) of
fruit the first time I go to town. I think I will go to town in a few
so look out for them. Do you think you will stay where you are this
if you do not let me now(sic). I have got several letters from Pap this
winter he was well when last I heard from him and wanted to see you
bad. I was awful glad to receive a letter once more from you. I had
to the conclusion you had entirely forgotten me. I would love to see
all very much but as I cant I will write and hope for the better. Tell
Walter and Ida I would love to see them and hear them talk some. Aunt
family is all well and wants to see you vary bad. Her children is all
but one a girl 9 years old. You said you wanted me to come on a visit I
guess I can't come times are so hard and money scarce. I wish you was
heare(sic) so as we could se(sic) each other when ever we wished and as
often. Rebecca Snow is well and wants to see you. Mrs. VanKirk is well
and wants to see you and wants to see you vary bad. The small pox has
in town not vary bad though. Will Manns family was well when I herd
there last. He is doing well I think I will go out to his howse(sic) in
the morning to go a hunting and kill some ducks and geese and then I
have a rost (sic). You must come over and take dinner with us. The
howse is nearly done it is a nice house shure and certain the new hotel
is done. It is a vary nice building they have got town lit up with gas.
It looks real nice there now shure Aunt Ann's Polly is living here now.
She wants to see you and wants you to write to her. Polly's last man's
name is Fletcher. You now (sic) Tom Long died during the war. She says
for you to write to her and she will write to you. Aunt Ann has
one child married. Jo and Fena the twins is grown and wants to see you.
Bud and John Barnett is working on the railroad. Old Mary is living yet
she is blind and can't hardly walk she looks awful old. So I will have
to stop writing I have told you about all I now (sic). Be shure and
soon a big fat letter like this. So no more your Brother, Edward Trover
to Frank Russell and Family
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