Letter from Martha Jones to Henry

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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 April 30, 1863
Abstract Letter from Martha Leach Jones to Henry. She mentions her husband William, probably William B. Jones, 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. She also mentions her brother Aulden, probably Alden D. Leach, Company I, 3rd Wisconsin Cavalry, enlisted from Hortonia on December 23, 1861. He was discharged on November 17, 1862 for disability.

November 23, 1862


I received a letter from you and one from William. I was glad to hear from you and to get your likeness [and] to hear you are well. I prize those pictures very much. The children called it "Pa". Thank you very much for that. I want mother and the rest [to see it?]. Henry, my health is better than it was in the summer. You write [that you want] to know how I get along; Hard times for me. If I could get my due, like [it] belongs to me, I could get along very well. I never have received but one from the start he will have it. William was discharged last March and I have [only] had twenty-five dollars since last spring. Every thing [we have] to buy [is] so dear, for so many little children, [it] makes it hard times. Alden, we expect him home every day . He is discharged. My folks all well send love and respect to you. You must excuse [this] short letter, and I will write more next time to you. My baby stands at my elbow crying ever since I tried to write. Can you read it? William , if he does not write to you, direct you letter the same as before. I hope and trust in God that we all [will] meet again. It is almost impossible for me to get time to write.

Martha Jones
Event Civil War
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID SC411.5.58.2
Object Name Letter
People Jones, Henry M.
Jones, Martha
Jones, William B.
Leach, Alden D.
Leach, Martha
Subjects Civil War
3rd Wisconsin Volunteer Cavalry
Military discharges
Cost & standard of living
Title Letter from Martha Jones to Henry
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