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Alfocord, E.B. (fl. 1860-1866) to Aaron Jeffery

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01896.087 Author/Creator: Alfocord, E.B. (fl. 1860-1866) Place Written: Petersburg, [Va.] Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 30 September [1866] Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Confidential discussion of legal efforts to have custody of "poor dear Richards [Jeffery] little orphan children," and despite the great amount of trouble they have caused her since their mother's death [Ann Jeffery], she is going to "October court" where "there fate will be decided." Offers to give Aaron money [$50] to aid in sending her great niece, Annie, to school. Also, hopes that "...the children have recovered from the whooping cough..."

People: Alfocord, E.B.
Jeffery, Aaron
Jeffery, Annie
Jeffery, Richard

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Education Death, Women's History, Children and Family, Law, Finance, Health and Medical, Disease

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