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George Gellerson April 9, 1883 letter to James Low III


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April 9th, 1883 letter from

George Gellerson of

Seattle, King County, Washington to

James Low III

of Newburg, Pike County, Illinois.

The letter is from George Gellerson to James8 Low III of Newburg, Pike County, Illinois. George was James’ step-cousin: he was the son of Josiah and Hannah (Peas) Gellerson [Jellerson], nephew of James’ step-father, Bingham Jellerson. Georges’s family used many spellings of their name: Gellerson, Gellison, Gellson, Jellerson, or Jellison. James8' step-father, Bingham Jellerson, and his descendants settled on the ‘Jellerson’ spelling of the name. Bingham’s birth certificate gives his last name as “Gellson;” his marriage certificate as “Gellison;” and during his adult lifetime, it was always “Jellerson.” Bingham’s brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews used some of the various alternate spellings - often changing the spelling multiple times during their lifetimes.

The letter was found in a trunk of James8 Low III and transcribed as written by his great-great grandson, Bingham James Forrest12 Lowe. Punctuation and spelling errors have not been corrected.

10th generation: Frank, Forrest, Lenna, Arthur, Edward, Paul, Leland, Charles Doss, Pearl, Henry, James, George

Bingham James9 Low(e)   Aug 27, 1853 - Feb 10, 1923           (w: Mary D. Culver)                        of Newburg, Pike County, Illinois

James8 Low III                  Apr 27-1816 - Sep 2, 1889               (w: Margaret Huston Montgomery) of Clinton & Brighton, Maine / Newburg, Illinois

James7 Low Jr                   1796 - Mar 20, 1824                        (w: Mary Wyman)                           of Clinton, Maine (fought in War of 1812)

James6 Low Sr                   Jul 17, 1770 - bef 1830                    (w: Elizabeth "Betsy" Chase)           of Boxford, Massachusetts / Clinton, Maine

Nathan5 Low                     Oct 1, 1742 - Jul 24, 1804                (w: Lucy Lord)                                 of Ipswich & Boxford, Massachusetts

Caleb4 Low                        1707 - Jul 17, 1777                          (w: Abigail Varney)                         of Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts

David3 Low                       Aug 14, 1667 - Jun 2, 1746              (w: Mary Lamb)                               of Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts

Thomas2 Low                    May 8, 1631 - Apr 12, 1712             (w: Martha Boreman)        of Groton & Boxford, Suffolk, England / Ipswich, MA

Thomas1 Low                    1605 - Sep 8, 1677                           (w: Margaret Todd)           of Groton & Boxford, Suffolk, England / Ipswich, MA

Giles0 Low          unknown (Wife: Syseley Wall, marr 3/5/1601/02)     of Brancepeth, Durham, England; Groton & Boxford, Suffolk, England


Seattle, April 9th, 1883

Mr. James Low

Dear Cousin, after a long while I will take the oppitunity to inform you how we all are getting a long we are all quite well as for myself, I am married and have a good wife Mother and poor Hallies little girl is living here with me Mother has been living in San Francisco California for some time with Angie but now she is married and of corse they dident get along verry well togeather and so I helped her to monney to come and live here with us Mother is growing old verry fast although I think she is more contented here now than she had been before for a long time Well dear cousin, there has been a great change in our family in the past nine years that I have lived in this country My poor father died seven years ago the 26th day of last May and poor Hallie died three years ago the 30th day of last March and Brother Daniel died one yeare ago last November and now there is only a few of the family living Those are my Brother Ben in Maine Sister Louise in Chicago Sister Bettie in Stockten Cal and Angie in San Francisco Well cousin, I will tell you something of my business affaire When my father died he was in debt here abought four thousand dollars for during the time he was here he had a great deal of bad luck in his business up until the time he died and to help him I have to become responsable with him for what he owed and of corse when he died I had to pay all of his bills Then times were hard here It was hard for me to meek a living with out paying and old bills although they had to be payd sometime so I have been working hard for the past nine years to meek a living and to pay those bills and now they are payed at last but it leaves me nothing much to get a long with although we manage to get something to eat and weare such as it is I am trying to lumber some but my means is so small it meeks it hard for me to get a long wheris I had a little more money I could do well Mother received the money you sent to her in San Francisco and she says that she is a thousand time obliged to you for it and that she hopes that she will be able to see the time that she can pay you back for it I think Mother would have gon east at the time but Angie did not want her to go Cousin I am poor but my Mother shall have a home with me as long as I have one and then I can never pay here for what she has don for me although I would like to Cousin I suppose you will thing strange of me but how ever I am going to ask you and Uncle Bingham to do me a favor and that is something that I never don before of anny of my folks Now cousin James, I want you and Uncle Bingham Gellerson to let me have One Thousand Dollars for One Year if you will do so I will give you one and a half per cent per month for the one year and it will be a great help to me if you can do so I will send you my note for that amt and be shure and pay it at that time Now cousin write to me and tell me how you are all getting along and Uncle Binghams family to We have had a verry plesant Winter here and no snow and but verry little rain times is verry good here only money is verry hard to get Inclosed you will find my wifes and myself pictures they are not verry good but the best we have I shall in return expect yours and familys We all join in sending love to you all You may consider this from us all to you all Also give our love to Uncle Bingham I will write to him soon I shall expect to here from you soon

Good bye


Geo. A. Gellerson

Seattle King Co




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