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Hannah Gellerson August 16, 1882 letter to James Low III


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August 16, 1882 letter from

Hannah (Peas) Gellerson of

San Francisco, San Francisco County, California to

James Low III

of Newburg, Pike County, Illinois.

The letter is from Hannah (Peas) Gellerson [Jellerson] to James8 Low III of Newburg, Pike County, Illinois. Hannah was James’ step-aunt ( by marriage): she was the widow of Josiah Gellerson, brother of James’ step-father, Bingham Jellerson. Hannah’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


San Francisco August 16, 1882

Dear Cosens I recived your letter last sattaday I was much pleesd to here from you all and here you all and here you ar [??] [??] aliven It gives me much joy to here from you all I cen troula sa I think you and your wife hev ben trou and fathed friends to me I can't sa so by many and tel tha truth ma God bless you both I will sa my


helth is vara good Your letter found me well and this leves me well I hope this wil find you all well I hev ben watten for along time to here from you I shod hev ben to your place be fore this time if I onla hed mona to go I havent recived mona to come I hev ben waten for somethen to help me I hop and trust in God to open to my view and help me for I hev com to what I never expected to com to to hev to col on my friends to send me mona to com to them You must think and know I am in a bitter place and I am It is treu I hop you wont git angra with me for telen you what I do for I fel as tho your wife and you ar friends to me and alwes hev ben I often wish my self with thare how hev ben simplhisen [sympathizing] and kind but you cen se by this I hed no wa of getten thare I never hev got thos orders from you If I hed I shod hev com and you wod hev hurd before this I went monda to tha post office and askd men why I had not got tha orders Thar hed hot ben ena than tha post mastor took my name and yours and sed he wod look after it He ses tha post orders must be lost He sent for a duplacate then he sed I cod get it as soon as it coms He ses if tha mona hes or orders hev ben sent it wont be lost as soon as tha duplacate cen be sent I cen get tha mona I hop evra thing wil be all right Yet I wod ben in Illanois if I hed I hope tha time wont be long be fore we shel meet then I cen tell you more then I cen right to you I feel grateful to you and wife for all your kindness to me when I right My hart is fol of gratude to you all for your kindness to me Mey God bles you and prosper you in this world and in tha next Ples anser this Don't wat for I am ancious to here from you all remember me to brother and sistor and all hope to se you all soon as I cen get that mona It will all be well for what I knoe Love to you all Yur friend Hannah


Hannah Gellerson


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