All Saints, S. C.
Nov. 14th. 1863
After my best love & respects to you & family, Hoping these few lines may find you & family enjoying good health, as it leaves me and mine not well tho we are slowly recovering from the small pox. All my family is down and has been down with it. Dear sister it is with deep regret that I must inform you our old Mother departed this life on the 29th. Sept. 1863, age 77 years and some months. Dide with small pox. The d~~ease was brought from Virginia by one of
Addletons sons, who was wounded. Addleton•·s wife & child dide with the same disease and a good many has died with it. No person would go to see Mother & do any thing for her but my family. Seth and Addleton the rest kept of to windward. Then I took the fever and pox and my son John also, who had just come home out of the army. I like to never got home & come close dying. Betsy went next day after she was buried and took everything that was there belonging to our Mother, and gave the rest none. There fs 12 Negroes there that Mother could not gfve to Betsy & Abe (viz) Step, Sharlotte, Jim & Athos 8 children making 12; 9 other negroes she deeded to Betsy and left not a Read to the rest of her children. I suppose she had forgot that she had any more. Seth says he intends to sue for them and take them. I think he can obtain them for the heirs. Dear Sister, I wish you could come, I. ….. (one line illegible) You nave a share in the 12 Negroes if we aren 1·t cheated out of them. Dear si·ster, you Recollect when you left Stancel Old Field & moved to Florida, that you gave me your loomb and told me to keep it till you wanted it. I brought it to my fathers and put it up and when I married in 1835, Mother said she could not do without the loomb so I let her keep it as mine, and since Mothers death,
Betsy has took the loomb and says she was her Mothers own property that you nor White never owned a loomb nor was worth one, and you bought the lomb from old Hinds I think. If you feel disposed and recollect it and how you gave me the loomb, you will do me a favor to make a affidavit of it before a magistrate and send it to me. It will help to break the deed that Mother gave them for the 9 Negroes. You must appoint someone to see you have justice. I no my husband will do all he can to have justice done, it is all he wants. Our old Mother had done rong in a unguarded hour by being beguiled & over persuaded to do what she did.
Dear Sister, let us pray for each other, our country is ruined, war raging. I have two sons in the army. I have only 4 children a live 3 boys and our little girl. I should nave wrote to you sooner but could not on account of sickness. We have had more sickness since April last than in ten years before. We lost 3 negroes by death and one went to the
Yankees. It is hard times. I never have seen such hard times in my life.
The cannon is roaring daily and Charleston is still holding out bravely.
God only noes what is to become of us. No crops made on account of the wet. There ain”tone out of ten tllat has made enougfl and it ain’t to be had. Corn $4.00 per bu. Bacon …. Cline illegible} If this letter is fortunate enough to reach you & may God in his infinite mercy protect you & yours from harm. I must close by saying that all my family wish to be remembered to you & yours truly and I still remain your loving sister till death do us part tho many miles apart l sti11 think. of you
PS Direct to
Dogwood Neck P.O.
All Saints, S. Car.
Respectfully, Yr. Sister
Mary D. Montgomery