THE CIVIL WAR
Letter from Martha Jones to Sarah

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Admin/Biog History William Jones was born in March 1826. In 1850 he was living on the farm of his father-in-law, Isaac Leach in Wapun, Dodge County, Wisconsin. William was married to Martha Leach. She was born in Leon, Cattaraugus County New York in 1828. Her mother was Chloe Rideout Leach. William and Martha had several children: Charles; Clarissa; and Elthea "Ella" Jones. By 1855 the family had moved to a farm in Hortonia, Outagamie County, Wisconsin. William enlisted in Company I, 3rd Wisconsin Cavalry at Hortonia, Outagamie County, Wisconsin, as a sergeant on December 23, 1861. He was mustered out on February 17, 1865. Martha appears to have died prior to 1870 and William was remarried. William lived most of his life in Hortonia and was last listed in the 1900 US Census as a Justice of the Peace there. He does not appear in the 1905 Wisconsin Veterans Census or the Wisconsin State Census of 1905.
Classification Archives
Collection Civil War Small Collections
Dates of Accumulation May 31, 1862
Abstract Letter on patriotic stationary from Martha Leach Jones to Sarah, her sister. She mentions William Jones her husband, who enlisted in Company I, 3rd Wisconsin Cavalry at Hortonia, Outagamie County, Wisconsin, as a sergeant on December 23, 1861. He was mustered out on February 17, 1865.

Dear Sister Sarah

I will try to write a few lines to you once more. We are all well and I hope you and Daniel are well. Today is Sunday, it [is] rainy [and] it is [a] lonesome day for me. Charles and Ella are gone to Alden's and I am alone with the little children . William was [supposed] to [be] home on Sunday. I miss him more [on] Sunday than any other day. I had a letter from him last week. He is well. Eli is well. Alden is quite miserable. He has the ague quite often. He lost his cow. It makes it hard for him. Father is smart. He lives with Allen. Eli, Alden and Allen's farms adjoin. They live three miles from me. Father sends his respects to you and Daniel and he says he hopes [he] shall see you, Daniel, and Henry before he leaves [this] earth.

Sell out and come west Sarah. It will be for your health and it will be a good place to live. Daniel can get all the work he can do. [It is a] good place for his trade. Don't wait to see if Henry and William is coming back, and live with me until they return. And if they never return, you can live here as well as you can there. Do come Sarah. Your letter I received and also you and Daniel's likeness and I was glad see you in that way. It [is] something like seeing you. Daniel looks as if he was here himself. I thank you very much for them and will try to send [the] children's [photographs] to you this summer and also your twenty-five cents for postage. Write as soon [as] you get this. Don't wait, as I have [to] give my love to Ruth, Ben, and the children and ask Frank if he can remember me, and how you and me hid from him to go fishing. I wish I could have a ridden on the pond once more and pick berries on the island. I [have] no more [to] write [at] this time.
Event Civil War
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID SC411.5.58.1
Object Name Letter
People Jones, Henry M.
Jones, Martha
Jones, William B.
Leach, Alden D.
Subjects Civil War
Soldiers
Cavalry
3rd Wisconsin Volunteer Cavalry
Poverty
Money
Military discharges
Cost & standard of living
Homefront
Farming
Westward movement
Photographs
Title Letter from Martha Jones to Sarah
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