|Looking north across the Appalachians|
|Phil's hand drawn map showing the close proximity of Quaker families..|
October 10th 1802 Will Dated and Probated on December 4th 1802 Will of Mercer Brown, deceased. Leg: Wife: Sarah. Children; Richard Brown, Mercer Brown, Mary Brown, Margaret Brown, Phoebe Brown. Son of deceased daughter Ann, Benjamin Lancaster, Executors: Sons, Richard Brown, and Mercer Brown. Witnesses: Richard Patten, Peter Dill, Mark Davis
THIS LETTER WAS WRITTEN ON SEPTEMBER 9, 1809 BY RICHARD AND ABIGAIL BEESON in SOUTH CAROLINA TO THEIR CHILDREN WHO WERE LIVING IN OHIO. In parts deciphering the spelling is a challenge.
Dear son and daughter.
We embrace this opportunity of wrighting to you that we are all in a reasonable state of helth at present thanks to God for his mercies bistoed on us hoping these few lines may find you & your family in the same state of helth. We have nothing particular to wright to you at this time but we are in a febely way of harvesting of corn this year in our cuntry aplenty and for wheat good what there was but it was thin & short.
I must inform you that Benjamin Beeson have come out of hillsborough jail after lying in about three months, then came out with being branded in the hand and paying upwards of two hundred dollars cost and another miss hap happened that our constable in our county gained favour of a young lady so much as get her with child and before the child delivered lover parsuaded her with him & is soposed that he drowned her and at least is committed to hillsborough likely you new them both, Jonathan Lewis is the man & Naomi Wise and I must inform you that you will have need of all the corn that is in that state for Randolph is coming in general.
And another letter from another branch of the family May 1758...
"Roan County, North Carolina."
"Loving Sister:--This is to let thee know that we have received three letters from ye and three presents therein I sent to the no letters; I had not freedom last winter was a year, I had a long time of sickness which brought me very loe in body, and mind and now I am troubled with short breath so that I think I am going home softly. I thought it would trouble thee more to let thee know my condition, then send no letters.
"I goes to meeting sometimes; we have a meting every other fifth day at our house, my husband gose weakly; the Lord who lifted ou candles hath not put them out. Our children remember their loves to you all. I have sent two presents to the as a toacon of love and youenity. We donte know that thear heath bene any mischif done in this government as yet by the Indians, but dont know how soon thear may be for some is doubtful thear may be before the truble come time be over. I desire the to remember our kind loves to all oure neare relation and friends. We understand that oure brother John Grubb is decesed, but we have no certunty of it. I desire thee to let me know what is become of Peter Grubb's widow. Remember my love to brother Henry Grubb in particular. So we ad no more at present but remembering our kind loves to thee and thy family the 28th of the fifth month, 1758.
Charity Beeson." (nee Grubb)