September 11, 1865 letter written by Richmond Jones, Jr., and his second wife Rhoda Hannah (Beeman) Jones of Walcott, Minnesota, in response to a letter just received from Richmond's brother Asa Bradford Jones at Turner, Maine.
A transcription appears at the end of this post.
The letter shown is missing the year, but the reference to the death of Emily and to the sadness of Mr. Cary points to 1865, as Emily Jane (Jones) Carey died on August 17 of that year. Emily's parents were Europe and Orpha Jones. Orpha's maiden name may have been Orpha E. Merrill.
This letter was found with 3 others, dating from about 1855 to 1871 from Richmond, and from Richmond and Rhoda, to Jones family members back home at Turner, Maine.
- c1856 - Richmond writes to his parents of his sad state in the year or so after the devastating death of his wife and of the Vermont woman he met at Janesville, presumably Wisconsin, and married. She was Rhoda Hannah (Beeman) Jones.
- September 1869 [or 1867] - Richmond and Rhoda urge Asa and Mary to come to Minnesota for the dry air that will be more beneficial for Asa's lungs than during the Maine winter
- March 19-26, 1871 - acknowledgement of news of the death of Mercy (Bryant) Jones, mother of Richmond Jones, Jr.
This letter deals with the shocked reaction of Richmond and Rhoda when they receive Asa's letter bearing the news of a death or deaths back at Turner, Maine, that of Emily Jane (Jones) Cary and possibly also that of Richmond Jones, Sr. It's also possible, since Rhoda didn't mention Richmond Sr., that word of his death had already been received, in an earlier letter or by telegraph. Rhoda expresses that though she and Emily had never met, she considered her a dear friend through their shared letters.
Richmond's mother, Mercy (Bryant) Jones, would live until March 11, 1871. News of her death is the subject of another letter in the collection, where Rhoda would encourage Asa Bradford Jones to come west for his lungs, now that his responsibility to his mother had ended.
From brief online research, hopefully correct: [corrections and additions requested]
Richmond Jones, Jr., was born January 7, 1815 at Turner, Maine, the son of Richmond Jones and Mercy (Bryant) Jones. Richmond, Jr., was married twice and had children with each wife.
On June 20, 1840, Richmond, Jr., married Achsah P. Gammon, daughter of Robinson Gammon and Sarah (Parsons) Gammon of Portland, Maine. They had two children, noted as "the boys" in the letters:
- 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.
This new partner was Rhoda Hannah Beeman, daughter of Solomon Beeman and Mary (Dickinson) Beeman of Vermont. She and Richmond, Jr., married about 1855 or 1856 and had three children:
- 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.