Submitted by Max
State of Tenn Campbell
County Feb 14 1846
My ever Dear Uncle
It is with much pleasure that I have taken my seat this
morning inform you that we are all well at present
and hopeing these lines will find you all enjoying the same
good blessing. Grandmother received your letter two
weeks ago and was glad to hear from you and that you were
well. Papa has been very sick for the last two
weeks but he is well now or nearly so. Grandfather
is well and has rented his house and farm and all his negroes
but two to Uncle Thomas for the next four years. Uncle
Thomas has married again he married Emily Kincade daughter
of Dlois ?? Kincade.
have heard from Uncle John and one of his children was dead
so Birt?? Johnson wrote to James Johnson that is all we
have heard from since last fall. Uncle Richard received
a letter from them.
Aunt Nancy and children is well and doing as well as could
be expected her mother is staying with her now, Paten is
getting large enough now to help his mother to do a great
many things, the babe can crawl where he pleases, his name
is Samuel Ablvin?? Russel.
Uncle Harts family is all well they are looking for cousin
David and his wife and cousin John and his wife. Uncle
has sold his mountain place to David Bridgeman for 1000
or 100 dollars and I have forgotten which and he is to pay
one 100 dollars rent a year until he pays for it.
Grandmother consented for Papa to sell the Negroes thereisent
any of them here now but Lidia and her 3 youngest children
and Terys??. Uncle Carey bought Houston and Cleantra
? and her 3 children. Old Henry Queener hired That
and Calhoon is at Uncle Richard's and Angetime ? is at Uncle
Cousin Mary Phillips has a fine son they call him John Horce.
Aunt Harriet has left Grandfathers she lives at Uncle Carey's
I have some things to tell you that I recon you have not
heard George Smith and Inlid Smith daughter of Sterling
Smith is married have twins a girl and boy their names is
Arley Jane and James __________ for their father and
I have now wrote all that
I know of at present that I think you want to hear so I
will come home and write awhile we all want to see you very
much and I can't see for my life why you don't come and
see us for I don't think you have any thing to keep you
I forgot tell you that Uncle Russel has moved to Washington
City they are going to stay 4 years, John and Jane and Elizabeth
came down here and staid 3 months before they started.
Give my love to Uncle Henry and Aunt Mary and all my cousins
and tell them I want to see them very much write to me as
soon you get this letter I would write more but I want to
write to cousin Penelope no more at present but remain your
affectionate neice Ann E. Wheeler
A message from Grandmother
Very bad and she wants
to know if you are ever goin to come to see her again she
says tell Uncle Henry she wants to see him also this is
a very bad pen I can tell you.
Eliza Parkerson ?
Ann E. Wheeler was daughter
of John E. Wheeler, cousin to Benjamin Sidney Smith Wheeler.
Ann was bn 17 Jan 1830 so she was 16 when she wrote the
letter. She later married Martin C. Robinson and moved
to Cooke Co., Texas with her parents.
Benjamin Sidney Smith
Wheeler, bn 15 Jan. 1810, Campbell Co., TN; d. 10 Mar. 1866,
Marshall Co., AL, was a son of Benjamin C. Wheeler, bn 29
Jan. 1769; d. 24 Sep. 1825, Benjamin S.S. Wheeler
went to Marshall Co., AL with his oldest brother, William
Henry Edward Wheeler after their father died in 1825.
Uncle Thomas was Thomas
J. Wheeler, bn 5 May 1815; d. 8 Nov 1860, son of Thomas
Wheeler. Thomas Wheeler was living with Thomas J.
Wheeler in 1850 census of Campbell Co.
Uncle John was more than
likely John A. Wheeler, bn 1804 Knox Co., TN; d. 1856
Washington Co., AR, brother to Benjamin S.S. Wheeler, he
married a Lucinda Johnson 20 Oct. 1826 in Campbell Co.,
TN so that would explain the Johnson connection.
Uncle Richard was Richard
Drummond Wheeler also a brother to Benjamin S.S. Wheeler.
Aunt Nancy was Nancy Jane
Smith Wheeler, daughter of Wiley Smith & Lucy and widow
of Samuel Alfres Wheeler, bn 1813; d. 4 Oct 1844 in
Campbell Co., Nancy and her children went to Texas locating
in Fannin Co..
Do not know who Uncle
Hart is but a Thomas Hart married a daughter to Melinda
Emily Wheeler Carey. Thomas would be too young for
this Hart. Richard Drummond Wheeler married Charlotte
Bridgeman a possible connection to David Bridgeman.
Uncle Carey was William
Carey whom Caryville was named after. He married Melinda
Emily Wheeler, daughter of Thomas Wheeler & Elizabeth
Do not know cousin Mary
Phillips. Aunt Harriet was daughter of Thomas Wheeler
and married a Thatcher and ended up in Honey Grove Texas
The Smith's were connected
in several marriages to Wheeler clan.
John A. Wheeler and family
went to Washington Co., Arkansas by the 1850 census.
The Uncle Russel may have went there with them.
Uncle Henry and Aunt Mary
were William Henry Edward Wheeler, brother to Benjamin S.S.,
and Mary was Henry's wife Mary Barton.
Eliza Parkerson was Eliza
P. Wheeler, sister to John E. Wheeler and married to Jordon
The original letter belongs
to Max Brown, Rt 1 Box 52D, Ringgold, TX 76261; firstname.lastname@example.org