1855 or 1856 letter from Richmond Jones, Jr., in Minnesota, possibly at Medford or Walcott, to his parents Richmond Jones and Mercy (Bryant) Jones at Turner, Maine.
A transcription appears at the end of this post.
Richmond described sad times in the year or so after the death of his first wife, Achsah P. (Gammon) Jones, who died in 1854. According to an entry on her Find-a-Grave memorial, Achsah died from a lightning strike on her first day at Medford, Minnesota.
The letter was found with three other letters sent by either Richmond himself or Richmond and his second wife Rhoda Hannah (Beeman) Jones from about 1855 to 1871:
- September 11, 1865 - Richmond and Rhoda write in response to a letter from Richmond's brother Asa Bradford Jones revealing that Emily Jane (Jones) Cary had died; this letter might also have been the first that Richmond heard that his father had died on September 9, 1865, though where Rhoda didn't mention it, I believe they had found out in an earlier letter or perhaps by telegraph.
- September 1869 [or 1867] letter - Richmond and Rhoda urge Asa and Mary to come to Minnesota where the dry air would be beneficial for Asa's lungs
- September 19-26, 1871 - acknowledgement of the news of the death of Mercy (Bryant) Jones, mother of Richmond Jones, Jr.
- Ebenezer Pitt Jones, born November 9, 1841 at Portland, Maine; he died in 1909 in Port Angeles, Washington.
- Charles A. Jones, born January 16, 1846 at Portland, Maine; he died in 1920 in Minnesota.
- Wallace W. Jones, born about 1857; died on July 5, 1862
- Marian Adelle Jones, "Della", born December 11, 1859 at Walcott, Minnesota; married Samuel Curtiss
- Emily May Jones, born about 1865 at Walcott, Minnesota; see a photograph on her Find-a-Grave memorial; married Charles Christopher Livingston. She was presumably named after Emily Jane (Jones) Carey, the main subject of this letter.