Oralenna Stoddard
Clinton, Mss.
Monroe, Nov. 10th 1850
      Dear Son
After a long silence, and receiving a letter from you which we did the fifth of this month, I have seated myself to answer it that you may see that we have not forgotten you by being a great distance apart, neither does time obliterate a Motherís feelings for her child we are glad of your promotion and success we hope your luck has turned for the better that you may prosper in all your good undertakings and that you may become a great and good man Honored and respected through lifes uneven journey and when you are called to leave this vain world may be wafted by angels to that happy City whare the want of light is not known and sorrow and sighing can never come.
Well Child I suppose you would be glad to hear from all the friends here so I will tell as well as I can, First we had a good journey and not any trouble only Father had his old Cowhide boots blacked verry shiny which made us some sport for us but we got along verry well but F and left us to go to her Fathers then we went the rest of the way alone had good luck untill we came to Buffalow there we had to take a large boat for the west that landed us at a Ahtabule which was work miles from Coneot Landing thare we found a man ready to take our trunks and carry to his house this was half past one oclock at knight we then went to bed slept great until light the next morning then eat breakfast hired the Landlord to take his horses and carriage and carry us to Comforts whare we arrived safe about half after eleven came to C. shop inquired if he was within was answered yes and requested to come to the carriage whiche did I reached him my hand he took it looked at me then at Father then at me again said he didnot know me by and by he said he could not tell I said you once finaly is it experience. I told him it was good God is it you go to the house so we rode to the gate and thare we were met by your old Aunt C. and I will leave you to guess the feelings of to sisters who had been parted the long time of thirty two years well the family all came around except for Deborah who has gone to Illinois. Fowler lived in the house with his father then but has got his house done so that as well yesterday he moved into it he has built his house a barn and a shop this Summer or the season past and done it mostly himself he is smart as steel verry pleasant and appears well Orsamus is not as large as F. his health some like Orleans spry and active works at the trade with his Father and is doing well Cynthia is rather slim not verry tuff is 15 years old Comfort has a good Blacksmith shop and a house a barn with a good guardian besides a piece of land at his shop at the corner whare Fowler has mostly paid for it escpects to pay the whole as soon as spring or before if nothing fails he doing well has a good num of business has good health for him sister is wearing out as fast as any of us how long she will stay with us we can not tel she is about her work and works all the time no disorders on her in particular but a feble constitution formerly worn with sickness Fowler has a Wife and one child his Wife is that Pramon ring which Aunt C wrote about her name was ring Comforts shop stands on a corner whare the roads run North and South East and West a verry handsome situation and I think varry good, and for my part I should like well to live here myself the water is rather poor but the weather is fine the most so I ever saw at this time of the time of the year we have some rain not any snow except for last Friday evening a verry little spatter which was not so much as frost last night was the coldest we have had it froze water at the side of the road but today the sun shines very warm and the roads are dry as summer and good Wheeling.
We have been to the Union visited uncle Ezra and Solomon and all her children we could find they were all well and Ezra and Samuel live together are doing better than I expected have a good place raised a grand crop of corn has sowed eight acres of wheat and milk 6 cows has one good horse 12 sheep and 2 hogs a framed house partly done and a good cornhouse not any barn has six large stacks of hay and the best guardian we have ever seen since we left Vermont he had a large field of turnips verry good Samuel has a wide and 3 little girls we think ---- got a decent women enough for him they all work hard and earn wages Samuel us as stout as a giant and works like a dog is a plasterer has a dollar and half per day every day he can work Ezra works at stone masonrg has the same wages John and Julie have gone beyond Pittsburg he a Poet and she a keeping his house as for Philenas children are seatened Wm. Orvil and Amanda are all that are left thare are Orsamus and Alonzo are out whare Harvey lives Sally and Almira are in Illinois Cynthia lives in green Erie Gr. Penn.
Arza we have not seen but have had a letter from his wife which stated he had been gone from her 3 years last harvest he went to Michigan told whare we could enquire so Father went whare directed and learned he was in the town of Climax Kalamazoo Co that is all we learned as of yet but I think he is as odd as he used to be, Uncle Franklin and Aunt Lydia are well AL says she is well and the fleshiest she has been for ten years they send their best respects to you L says tell Oralenna for me if he has any notion after G. Stanton he had better wait until she dismisses some of her sparks for the talk is that she has 2 in a day and the report is that she has been a Mother three or four times and that is not all the worst of all disorders they say is her lot and portion, fy on your nonsence but L is verry much pleased with it the young Stauntons are always halloeing at F the other day he was out whare one was passing and he hallowed at F and F asked him how Gís baby got along this stopped his noise then another time he passed him and balled again and F said he has gone got well that stopped for that time I rather think if F keeps he will break up the haunt by and by F has not bought yet thinks to in the spring thare is a farm in Sheffield six or seven miles from here I think he wants that Anthony should come here and then by with or near him I know that Aunt Lydia does for she told me one day that she should be glad to get all our family here some whare that she could visit us she should like wed for she liked Anthony s Wife well thought her a fine woman and that is all she cares for as for the others she thinks them proud and donít care for her. you say you eat all the apples you can get but if you was here you could not eat all the apples you could get as I think there will be more than a thousand bushels rot on the ground and cattle horses and hogs eat all they can get we help to dry all we can some for ourselves and some for others we can buy for sisc. cents per bushel and pick them up. I want you to write often as you can afford we have not had but one letter from Vermont we look for one every day we enjoy good health as usal and feel contended can be as lazy as we area mind to and move than I want to and I do not know as my lameness is any better than when I came here only my limbs are not worried with work. I have written you rather scribbled a long letter as my pen is poor and I am old you must take the will for the deed and please excuse all mistakes and look over all blunders which are many this fro, your affectionate Father and Mother

A. & E. Stoddard

Orlenna Stoddard

If you see Orton give my repects to him tell him I often think of him and should be glad to see him

Mae Sof Stoddard how are ye all the folks well I hope donít ---- get married until you find one that will have you I want you should give my love to all the pretty boys out there and above all remember and keep your nose clean this from cousin Cynth

Sy Ohen Stoddard

Please direct your letters to Coneot South Ridge
Land can be bought in the south north west part of this state forom 25 to 150 cents per acre I think I shall go out and see it in the spring this sale will be to actual settlers. A.S. 1