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1756-1838, Duplin County, North Carolina - Sullivan, Claiborne, Hancock Counties, Tennessee


Sterling & Rachel (Walker) Wolf to Isaac & Mary (Haynes) Walker

Rachel (Walker) Wolf in later life; from Charles Atkins Walker


Rachel M. (Walker) Wolfoffsite link to WorldConnectwas one of the three children of Isaac Walker, the others being Daniel Walker and Joseph King Walker, who "went West" according to Old Time Tazewell, with "west" meaning Newton and McDonald Counties in Missouri in this instance. The exact timing of the move is unknown, although this and other letters of the period seem to suggest that they had not been in Missouri for a long period of time.

This letter was written both by Rachel and her husband Sterling (nephew to the husband of Sarah (Walker) Wolfeoffsite link to WorldConnect) to her father, who still lived on Straight Creek in Claiborne County. Letter courtesy Bill Walker and transcribed by Phillip A. Walker. Click any page or photo for a larger version.

Rachel's education likely was ended early by the Civil War. As a result, her vocabulary was broad but her spelling atrocious. Although a literal transcription is provided here, it is only marginally easier to read than the original. So a paraphrased version is also provided:

January 31, 1886

Dear Brother and Sister,

I take the pleasure of writing you a few lines to let you know we are all well at this time and hope, when this comes to hand, it will find you all the same. I haven't much to write this time. My heifer has got fine calf. Lucy, I look for you and so this Spring, Sam saw you and says he isn't coming back there to eat cornbread; he is satisfied yet. [Lucy is probably Lucy (Kesterson) Walker, wife of Joseph King Walker, Rachel's brother. Sam is unknown unless he is her brother Samuel Brown Walker.]

Sterling has strained his foot and is hopping on three legs.

So what is ass doing? [Thought to be a reference to Jennie Walker, a granddaughter of Isaac who was living with him in the 1880 Census; she was the daughter of Rachel's sister Sarah..]

So Sterling says for you to come in time to help him put in a melon batch.

Mother: I want to know how you are getting along with your work this winter; mother, I am piecing me the prettiest quilt you ever saw. I don't work much; I'm not much account. Mother, if I could see you I can tell you more in one hour than I could write in a week. The children are going to school yet.

Father: if you can get dollars for my cupboard, let it go in cash. Did cold do in any peaches there that are worth nine cents per pound here?

Tom Jessee [unknown] is dead; he died January 28, 1886.

We have gotten the deepest snow we ever saw; it is about 18 inches deep. So Sterling says the snow is so deep that he can't piss a hole through it; he tried to this morning. So Sterling says you ought to see him do that. He thinks he will make a preacher if he can keep a smile off of the back of his head.

So Sam says when you go to whistle, it is so cold that it takes the skin off his hind end to make a mouth. Sam put up to a gal, and she kicked him; after she got on ahead, he hollered and told her to wait there, that he had something in his britches for her.

Lucy: we had a big protracted meeting here this winter, and Rachel's pipe and nose met and she shouted, so she dropped her pipe and that ended the meeting and got no givers. Tight as popcorn for moderator wages, so the preacher motioned on the long side for the deacon. And you know we would have had a fine time if they hadn't worn the smile on the back of their heads until we couldn't see what they were doing in the front.

I will tell you the prices of produce: Wheat 75 cents per bushel; corn from 30 to 40 cents a bushel; Irish potatoes 50 cents and sweet potatoes 50 cents per bushell; pork 3 and a half and beef 2 and a half; grose beef 6 and pork 4 and a half; sweet butter 6 and two thirds per pound; eggs 6 and two thirds per dozen.

And so no more at present. Write soon and often and don't fail.

Sterling Wolf to Joseph Walker and Isaac Walker

January the 31 1886

Der brother an sister

itake the plesur of ring you few lines to let you no we are all wel at this time an hope when this cum to hand it wil find you all the same[.] i hant mutch to right this time[.] mihefer has got afine caf[.] luce ilooke fur yew an so this sprang sam se ou he hent cumin back that to eat corn bed[.] he is satsfdyit[.] Starling has strand his foot[;] he is ahoping on three lags[.] so wat is ass adoing so Strling ses fur yew to cum intime to help him put in amilen[?] batch[.] mother iwant to no how yew ae agit ting along with your worke this wenter[.] mother iam apeas ing me the purtes quilt yew ever saw[.] idont worke muthch[;] ihant mutch acount[.] moth er if icud sea yew icantel ye mour in one hour than icud right in aweak[.] the childer is going to school yet[.]

pape if yewe can git dolers fur my cuberd let hit go incash[?] up[.] did cole do[?] ene peach thar tha are worth nine cen per poude her[.] tom jesey is ded[.] hed did january 28 1886[.] we hav got the depes snow we ever saw[;] it is about 18 inches deep[.] imus right soon ire mane your to ne sis ter un tel dth this frm rachel and Sterline to jo an lucy Walker

so Strling ses the snow is snow it is so deep he cant pis ahole thru hit[;] he trd to this mrnig[.] so Starling ses yew orto sea him delat[?] he thanks he will make apreacher if he can ceape asmile of ov the backe ov the his hed[.] so Sam ses when gose to whisel it so cold when he gose to whisel it take the skin ov his hind end to make a mouth[.] sam put up to a gal an she kick him and after she got on a head he harlerd and told her to wate ther he had something in his briches for her[.] lucy we hav had a big patrchan meten her this winter and Rachel pipe an nose met an se shouted so she drop her pipe and that ended the meten and got no givers[?] tite as pop corn for moder ator wager[?] sode pre churh mochened[?] on long side for decken an you no we had fine time if thay haden to war the smile on the back of thayer heads tul we coden see what thay a doing in front [.] i will tell you the prises ov on produse wheat .75 cts bushel corn from 30 to 40 cts a bushel irsh potao 50 and sweet potao 50 cts a bushel pork 3 ½ and beef 2 ½ grose beef 6 and pork 4 ½ sweet butter 6 2/3 per pouns and eggs 6 2/3 pur dosen[.] and so no more at present[;] write sum and often and dont fale from

Sterling Wolf to Josph Walker an Isaac Walker

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