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Jeffery, Roberta (fl. 1850-1900) to [Edward R. Archer]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01896.032 Author/Creator: Jeffery, Roberta (fl. 1850-1900) Place Written: Norfolk, [Va.] Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 14 January 1860 Pagination: 4 p. ; 2 x 17 cm. Order a Copy

Regarding events that occured in the summer and fall last including: in June, the death of their cousin, Mary Williamson, and also of "Lucy's Jesse," Roberta giving birth to another girl, Archer's marriage in July, Kate's bout with Typhoid fever in August, "...which took out all her hair so that on Nov. 2d she was pretty nearly a bald bride." Roberta goes on to say that Archer remarried "to settle up Mr. Masons; affairs," who had died in October. Her father along with Terry Flurry [?] became members of the "home guards" and Archer's son became captain of one of the new companies. Also, writes that Tredegar Iron Works in excellent condition, "ma's [Jefferys]" bad health, her Christmas gift [a sewing machine], and that she fears of her cousin, Richard, being ordered off before Ned can return home.

Jeffery, Robert Archer, fl. 1858-1900
Jeffery, Richard Woodlief, 1815-1882
Jeffery, Aaron, fl. 1858-1900
Archer, Robert, fl. 1840-1878
Archer, Kate
Archer, Edward Richard, 1834-1918

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