Letter written by Pink Brooks

Provided by Karen Nelson

Introduction to letter written by Pink Brooks:

Pink Brooks is believed to be Sophronia "Pink" Harrison, daughter of Robert Harrison and Sophronia (Howerton) Harrison.

Sophronia "Pink" Harrison married Joseph "Jo" Brooks. They are buried in the Harrison Cemetery, Clark Co., IL., per Clark Co., IL cemetery record.

Martha (Ogden) Shipp's mother was Courtney (Harrison) Ogden.

The letter was sent to Martha (Ogden) Shipp of Licking, MO. Martha (Ogden) Shipp and Pink Brooks were cousins through the Harrison family. The letter was typed as written. No attempt has been made to correct the spelling. The letter written by Pink Brooks was handed down through the Shipp family who lived at Licking, MO. Jim and Karen Nelson have the letter, and posted the letter on the Crawford County, IL Website.

February the 19

Dear Cousin Marthy

I take this time to answer your very welcome letter I have two of Sim children the youngest Granmaw Brooks is still living she will be 94 next October and has very good health Aunt Hety Dacen died this winter Well I will have to bring my letter to a close Here this winter we have had some right cold weather fore the month and feed is ______ scarce here it was so dry here last summer that there was very light crops of corn rased but the wheat crop was good You wanted to know about Abey Haris (probably Harrison) he is at the _____ yet and I am afraid he will never get any better we don't here from him very often Ann is living in West Union at this time she has bout a house and lot and has very nice home and Randolph has bout him a farm near West Union he has two children living and two dead speaking of the dead makes me think of the grave yard we and all of us been fixing the fence Sam and Het still live on the old place yet. Abe (probably Harrison) folks is all well and he has got the prettiest little girl she will be five years next August Emma Fitches folks is all well at present she has three children living and two dead received from you some time ago I was so glad to here from you but very sorry to here that William was dead (Note: "Marty" Martha Ann Ogden Shipp's husband, William Shipp, died in 1892). We are all well at present There has not been much sickness about here this winter there was a good many cases of lagrih Like to here from you often.

Pink Brooks

Note by Jim and Karen Nelson: The year was not listed on this letter.

William Shipp died 1892. Abraham Harrison's daughter, Bonnie Harrison, was born August 1889, and would have been 5 years old in 1894. The letter was probably written between 1892 and 1894.

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