Abraham Harrison Letters

Provided by Karen Nelson

Introduction to letters written by Abraham "Abe" Harrison:

A. Harrison and Abe Harrison are the same person. His name was Abraham Harrison. Abe Harrison wrote letters to his cousin Martha (Ogden) Shipp, wife of William Shipp.

Martha and William Shipp lived at Licking, MO. Abraham "Abe" Harrison was the son of Robert Harrison and Sophrona (Howerton) Harrison. Abraham "Abe" Harrison and his parents are buried in the Harrison Cemetery, Clark County, IL.

The trial mentioned in the letters is the estate sale of Henry Harrison, Jr. Henry Harrison, Jr. was an uncle to Abe Harrison and Martha (Ogden) Shipp. Martha (Ogden) Shipp's parents were Benjamin Ogden and Courtney (Harrison) Ogden. Courtney (Harrison) Ogden was a sister to Henry Harrison, Jr.

The letters are typed as written. No attempt has been made to correct the spelling.

York, Ill. Aug. 20, 1876

Yours of the 26 inst at hand I hasten to answer. The trial came off last week at Marshall(Marshall, IL) and occupied three days at which Samuel Lindley got a judgement for 6 thousand dollars against the estate the administrators has apealed it to the circuit court they claim the whole thing is not right but a steal on a large scale. Sam told me the morning that Uncle Henry (Henry Harrison) died that he owed Uncle over three thousand dollars. Sam had taken great pains to prevent _____ and influence the court in this trial. and the family felt a _____ in pushing things to far. But they now have cut loose from him and will make it lively for him. A judgement is not out down it will hurt the estate at this time. As all values are contracted. I can not get the particulars of the trial till yesterday as the case was not desided when I left Marshall the other day. I am pleased to hear you are a National hold the fat. You say you live 20 miles from Salem (Salem, MO). I have been in Salem and away below in a south west direction therefore I must of been clost to your place. This was during the rebellion. I would like to see you all and see your country and see how things have changed since I was down in that country. The weather is dry here. So much so that we hardly plan for wheat. The country has changed very much since you left here it has been cleared out a great deal. More in the timber parts and better buildings erected. There has been a great change in everything allmost yet the ground is allmost the same. The health is generally good here there is noting of importance to write so I will close and write again.

Res. A. Harrison

Note by Karen Nelson: This letter was written to Martha (Ogden) Shipp from her cousin Abraham "Abe" Harrison.

The estate mentioned in this letter is the estate of Henry Harrison, he is Martha (Ogden) Shipp's uncle. Abraham "Abe" Harrison and his parents Robert Harrison and Sophrona (Howerton) Harrison are buried in the Harrison Cemetery in Clark Co., IL.

York, Ill. May 23, 1878

Dear Cousin Yours is to hand and gave great satisfaction to hear from you and your family I wrote to Susanah Ogden and directed to but ___ the letter was returned uncalled for Where is her post office address. Please let me know in your next. In regard to attending to interest for your heirs I will say that I can attend to it for you if it is satisfactory. All _____ please send power of atty (Attorney) at once. The day of ____ claims against the Estate was last Monday. Samuel W. Lindley put a claim of $14,500.00 for board labor for Uncle Henry (Uncle Henry Harrison) since he was there. If it is not cut down it will nearly exhaust the estate. They have got to lawyers about the claim at this time. The trial is set for the 3rd Monday in ?August. Sam took all the gold Uncle had as soon as he died and went and sold it in Terre Haute (Terre Haute, Ind.) For curencey. He is going to try to keep everything he can hold to. The rest of the heirs are determined to have a fair showing in this matter.

Our folks are also well as for as I know. Am sorry to hear of the afflictions of your daughter. Please give the name of who your girls married and there PO address. In my other letter I said nothing about Cousin William Shipp (Martha Ogden Shipp's husband) but am glad to hear from him. Did his arm ever get well. Am glad to hear from there anytime. What kind of a mill has Mr. Shipp got (he had a saw mill). What has become of Washington Presser, John Shipp, William's father (Martin Shipp) or any and all of them. Anything in regard to them is of importance. It is a very wet spring here. Most of the farmers have their corn to plant yet. I did not tell you who my wife is. She is an Ohio girl, her name was Alice M. Goodwin. Is good looking and makes me the best of a companion.

I will write no more this time. Reply soon.

Abe Harrison

Note by Karen Nelson: Abe Harrison was a cousin to Martha (Ogden) Shipp. Martha Shipp's mother, Courtney (Harrison) Ogden was a aunt to Abe Harrison. Abraham "Abe" Harrison was married two times, lst to Alice Goodwin, 2nd to Amanda Pierce. Susan (Fisher) Ogden was the wife of Benjamin Ogden. They are Martha (Ogden) Shipp's sister-in-law and brother. Washington Presser was married to Nancy (Shipp) Presser, she was a sister to William Shipp. John Shipp was a half-brother to William Shipp.

York, Ill. Nov, 15, 1878

Dear Cousins It is with pleasure I pen this to you. I wrote a letter some time ago but did not send it as the administration was making arrangements to get a change of venue to Edgar Co. In the suit with Sam which they have got so the suit will come off next March in the Circuit Court of Edgar county. It will be a large suit and will exhaust a great deal of the estate if the cost falls on the estate. Uncle Benjamin (see Sarah M. Harrison's letters, Benjamin is her husband) and Coxes boys are exercesing no pains to get the case in as good a shape as possiable. Beyond this there is nothing new to write about the estate. The health of our folks is as good as could be expected none of them being sick.

No dought I was near your place when I was in the military service but I had no chance of seeing you. The weather had been fine for work for some time but is raining some time. So as to stop corn gathering. Times are close here and money is scarce and everything is low that farmers have to sell so that it keeps us close at it to make taxes and other expenses up. I think I shall sell out and go into business again of some kind. Again if I can to our advantage I will look Will (William Shipp) after your interest in the estate and see that you get your part.

Resp. Abe Harrison

To William & Martha Shipp

Letter written on stationary with the heading:

Office of
A. Harrison
Dealer in
Drugs, Medicines, Paints, Oils, Groceries, and Notions
Also Farm Implements

(The heading was marked thru with pencil).

York Ills. 1879

Dear Cousin

I write to inform you that the trial was continued till the March term of court next spring. There has been no money paid to anyone yet. Nor will they until the suit is settled. That is the only claim against the estate but it may exhaust it all in defending the suit. We looked for William (William Ship) about the time of the trial. The folks are well as for as I know. The health is good in the neighborhood. You want all the news. Now I am at a laps to send what first. There has been a vast improvement in Clark Co., (Clark Co., IL) since you left here. But outlines are much the same. The crops are good. Wheat the best crops ever raised in the country.

Note by Karen Nelson: The rest of the pages to this letter are missing. The letter was apparently from Abe Harrison who wrote the other letters, using the same stationary. The writing looks the same. The letter was written to Martha (Ogden) Shipp.

West Union Clark Co., Ill. 18??? (Probably 1880)

Dear Cousins

After a long time I set myself to write to you. Sarah Harrison agreed to write to you about the last trial. Sam got another judgement of $6,000.00 this time, but the administrators appealed it to the appelals court. They seem confident that the judgement can be reversed or revised there. If not all is gon. It will be about one year before we get a hearing before that court. It is about the normal time alloted to hear from there.

The help on the connection is generally good.

The weather is rather cool at this time of this time of the year. We have a fine fall for sewing wheat and the crop is gen in a good condition. and a large crop soon. We had a large crop last year and have sown _____ this year. There is no news here of importance. All is excitement about the election. I suppose you have the same there. Tis conceeded here that Garfield's election is pretty sure, tho I not for him. I would much prefer Weaver. But chance is slim.

I hope cousin Martha enjoyed her visit here amoung us. She seemed pleased at the stay here.

_____ _____ _____ _____ _____ William at the trial but he did not come. I supose you was all busy like ourselves about that time. There is nothing to write about the country as Martha can tell you all you want to know about that.

Res. Yours
A. Harrison

Note by Karen Nelson: This letter mentions the estate of Henry Harrison. Garfield was president the year 1881, the letter was probably written in 1880 or 1881. Martha (Ogden) Shipp must have visited her relatives in Clark Co., IL.

West Union, Clark Co., Ills Jan 16 1882

To cousins, William and Martha A. Shipp Licking, Mo

I sent you a waver for you to sign in the Henry Harrison land case. Your power of attorney does not athorise me to sign in this particular case. It only authrises me to _____ or be _____. Collect money in the place of Marthy Ann Shipp. And in this case William and Martha Shipp husband and wife both must sign. This matter only saves cost of the legal _____ _____ is slow and costly. Consequently the heirs of Henry Harrison have all signed waving this process. You William and Martha Shipp are the only ones that has not signed. Now can't you sign and send me the weaver at once, if not we will have to proced by publication. And give sixty days notice before the land can be advertised for sale. The object is to get the land offered for sale the lst of March as land about that time brings more than any other time of the year. There will probably be some to divide if it sell at a fair price and there is parties waiting for some of it. The folks are all well at present I am on my way to Marshall (Marshall, Ill.) To look after the business. The administrators meet there to day. We had expected the papers would of been here by this time.

A. Harrison

West Union, Ills. March 22, 1882

Cousin Martha Shipp

Yours of the 10th is at hand enquiring about the estate. You speak of writing previous and got no answer. It must of got lost as it has not returned to me. I have made it a rule to answer all letters. More particular yours. The case has been heard in the supreme court but no descisions till the ___ of April. That will son be here. As soon as I get it you will be mailed a copy of I will inform you possibly as to the result. As that will be _____ to be the end of it.

The health of our folks is good Uncle _____ Cox is married he was married last fall to a Mrs. Miller. He lives in John T. Cox's house just north of the old homestead. He gave his property mostly to his children all but $1500 cash. We have had high water here. Times are rather close here but all have plenty to get along on.

We would be glad to see you and William both amoung us again. Am sorry William is in ill health. We have had very mild winter here, and the prospect is good for a good crop of fruit here.

It is a little cold this morning here the ground froze last night is windy and rain today. We have some oats and are plowing for corn. Our crop looks good. The out look here is encouraging. There is a large amount of corn shipped in to this country by Rail Road and Boats. We are moovin along in a good shape.

Rest. A. Harrison
W Union
(West Union, IL)

West Union Sept. 28, 18?? (Probably 1882)

Dear Cousins

I write in answer to yours of some time ago I sent one in reply but somehow it missed and returned I now answer again. Sam beat the administrators in the suit before the appeals court. The judgement was affermed at six thousand dollars but they have taken it to the supreme court. It will be tried again this fall. I have but little confidence in getting much out of the estate. It was sometime before we heard after the trial how it went. The crops are light here from drouth. The folks are generally well none of them are sick. Uncle Ben has big corn in his bottom land.

It seames from your letter that you have had a dry sign in your country.

Note by Karen Nelson: Part of the letter is missing, the letter is not signed. The hand writing is Abe Harrison's hand writing. The letter is probably dated 1882.

West Union, Ills. Nov. 20, 1882

Cousins Martha & William ship

Enclosed you find a paper for you both to sign in order that the administrator may sell the real estate of Uncle Henry Harrison dec. The object to sending this to you in this way is to save cost of printing and giving notice in the papers. You will please sign and send at once to me. They will sell the land this spring. The cost and some judgement is about $11,000 all of which has to be payed before the heirs get anything. There is 582 acres of land and $1500 (probably $1,500.00) in personal to make it out of. So it depends on how the land sells how the estate pays out.

I will let you know how they are getting along with the business. They will soon be through now as all there is to do is to sell the land and pay out. The folks are gen well at present.

A. Harrison

West Union Ills Mar 25 1883

Dear Cousin

Yours of the 20" inst is at home with the welcome news from you. We are sorry to hear of Williams weakness. And glad to hear of Amandas good luck (Amanda Shipp married Charley Robertson). Please give them my well wishes for the future. Our folks are well as for as I know and doing well We had a hard winter. Wheat is somewhat improved. Thoe there is enough to make an abundance of grain.

The land has not been sold yet. The officers made a mistake in the papers some way and have to go over the ___ of the issue again which causes a delay of about 30 day. It will be sold in April or the first of May. I ca n not get at the amount of the cost of administrator as they have not got the amount ___ ___ ___ yet, but the estimat is between $11,000.00 and $12000 judgement and all. There is 582 acres of the land and about $1,000 of personal property to make it out of. It is ferred the land will sell low. Tho there is no telling at this time only ____ as soon as the sale is made I will let you know all the paticulars. and soon as there is a footing of the expense you shall know all of that . No dout you are anxiou to find out. I don't blame you.

Write again Resp.
A. Harrison

Note by Karen Nelson: This letter was written to William and Martha Shipp of Licking, Texas Co., MO. Amanda Shipp who was mentioned in the letter was the daughter of William Shipp and Martha (Ogden) Shipp.

West Union Ills Apr 10, 1883

Cousin Martha & William Shipp

You will find a sale notice of the land. A thing looked for by you no doubt.

The cost bill is just being made up. You shall have it as soon as I can get a copy. The health is good we had cooler winter, but it is warm now and there is grass for the stock. I am on my way to Marshall (Marshall, Ill.) and have no time to write.

More respectfully
A. Harrison

Note by Karen Nelson: Information handed through the William Shipp and Martha (Ogden) Shipp family of Licking, Texas Co., MO. Martha (Ogden) Shipp never received money from her Uncle Henry Harrison's estate.

A. Harrison
Prairie Side Stock Farm
Published:. O. Box 52
no date

Page one is missing.

Page two

My sister Mrs. Sophronia Brooks has moved to town West Union and has rented her farm to 2 of brother James boys Robert and William. Our town is making a good groath lately. There is not many of the folks left that you know. ?John Mount is living John Bradbery is alive. All of the Laceys are ded and gone there is but few of the _____ left. All of the younger set ____ ____. Lindleys widow is still living on the old place. Mary James is dece. Died in Texas. All of the Howertons is ded, but Louisa (Wells). The Martins are all gone. The country has changed much since you was here. The Buckners are most all gone allso the Evanses. Marshall has got t be a good town. The Willards are allso nearly all gone. The old set of folks has move west mostly. Cash Harrison Uncle Ben j Harrisons oldest boy is going to move to Texas next week. So you see they go. I am going to stay here the rest of my life. I am well fixed and am all right here. I get 24$ for ____ pension that is very handy in a family. I am 68 years of age so you see I am getting towards the end of my time. We had a poor cop of fruit here no apples hardly peaches, cherries-plums or pairs. I have a good orchard the best here. I would like to see you folks and your country again and see if it has changed much since I was out there in war times. When we got your sweet potatoes out of that cave. The weather is warm the temperature is standing at 50 but I see the wind has just shifted to the North probably will get cold now or by morning. We have been plowing land for spring crops and will plow tomorrow if it stays warm. Land has raised in price here nearly all to 100$ or more for so you see a person must hang on to what they have got.

Well I will close write to me.

Abe Harrison
West Union Ills. RR. 3 Box 3

Note by Karen Nelson: The letter was sent to Martha (Ogden) Shipp, Licking, Texas Co., MO. The letter was not dated. Abe Harrison was born in 1840, he would have been 68 years old in 1908.

Abe Harrison died in 1917 per Harrison Cemetery record.

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