October 20 and October 29 letters from either 1917 or 1918, written by, I believe, Ann (Potter) Kelser, "Nan", of 4 Staveley Place, Salem, Oldham, Lancashire, England, to Ida, who I believe to have been Nan's half-sister Ida Ellen Hall (Ogden) Flint in the Boston, Massachusetts area.
Images of the letters and a transcription of each appear at the end of this post. Click on any image to enlarge it.
The letters mention the recuperation of Nan's husband Alexander Kelser, "Alec", at Easton Park in Easton, Suffolk, England, the estate of the Duchess Mary Hamilton, which sadly no longer exists. For a history of Easton Park, click here and scroll down to the section on the Hamilton family. Nan also expressed her admiration for President Wilson and his "Sammies".
From brief online research, which did not leave definitive information - corrections and additions would definitely be appreciated:
Ann (Potter) Kelser, "Nan", was born about 1886 in Chadderton, Lancashire, England. According to a record of her baptism on August 26, 1886 at St. John and St. Matthew at Chadderton, she was the daughter of Jesse Potter and Mary Ellen Potter, perhaps Mary Ellen (Simpson) Potter, whose first husband Seville [or Saville or Sayville] Ogden had died in 1882. On April 15, 1906 at Oldham, Lancashire, England, Nan married Alexander Kelser, "Alec". I don't have information on his parents. Nan and Alec lived at 4 Staveley Place, Salem, Oldham, Lancashire, England, and had two children, Annie Kelser and Frank Kelser, who figure in the letters.
Ida Ellen Hall (Ogden) Flint was born December 3, 1883, daughter, according to her marriage record, of Seville [or Saville or Sayville] Ogden and Mary Ellen (Simpson) Ogden. I found a Saville Ogden who died in 1882, which is a problem. About 1895, Ida came to the United States, but I don't know if she came on one visit or more. On September 23, 1905 at Newton, Massachusetts, Ida married Ernest Melville Flint, son of Edgar L. Flint and Alice May (Ames) Flint. Ernest was born at Damariscotta, Maine, on October 8, 1882. Ida and Ernest lived at Needham, Massachusetts, and Boston, Massachusetts, and had sons Clarence Melville Flint and Ogden William Flint, who are mentioned in the letters.
If you have corrections, clarifications or additions to the information above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.
Images of the Letters