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James D. Dickerson March 12, 1886 letter to James Low III


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March 12, 1886 letter from

James D. Dickerson of Santa Ana, California

to James8 Low III

of Newburg Township, Pike County, Illinois.

The letter was found in the trunk of James8 Low III and transcribed Dec 1997 by his great-great grandson, Bingham James Forrest12 Lowe of Phoenix, Arizona.

 James8 was continually saving family and friends from various forms of financial distress. The following letter from James D. Dickerson, of Santa Anna, California, who had known James8 for many years and had worked for him, briefly, in 1867. Mr. Dickerson’s letter is typical of the many people who wrote to James8 for help:

William Thomas9 Low      April 24, 1846, Newburg Township, Pike County, Illinois - August 12, 1863, Vicksburg, Mississippi

James8 Low III                  Apr 27-1816 - Sep 2, 1889               (wife: Margaret Huston Montgomery) of Clinton & Brighton, ME / Pittsfield, IL

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thomas1 Low                    1605 - Sep 8, 1677                           (wife: 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


Santa Anna Cal

Mr. James Low March 12, 1886

Dear Brother I take up my pen to write you a line Hope you have not forgotten me. I am sertin I have never forgotten your vary dear famley My first visit to your cabbin erly as the year 1858 there has been many changes since that time.

Your children were then singel onmaried. With my complements I were but 22 yeares of age and onmarried. Now Brother it is my family I am about Who is it Dear Brother Low has not a care I wish you would speak for me too Cal Matthews and major Josef Ledley: See if they can prevail with Lucy my wife and mother of my children to farme My famley must stay at home and they will shal have a home to live where they can rais evry thing they eat & were. Now Brother, I do not ask my own true & tried friend to be out one dollar, but I do ask them to make the change not onley as [??] ole1.gif But that it is a matter that is dear to me and must be seen too the valuacian of property in griggsville where she lives. Werth one thousand or two thousand or even three thousand dollars. By making the change you will oblige one that is not lightley esteemed.

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P.O. In the provadence of God I come [??] ole3.gif I will come & see you. Good by


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© 1999 by Bingham James Forrest Lowe [g.g.grandson of James Low(e)]

Email: Bingham J F Lowe @ Lowe Family Descendants.com

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November 17th, 2010 marks the 374th anniversary of the Low(e) Family in America.