Henry James Baker Family Letter Collection

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Surnames/tags: Baker Roysron Fields
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This is a collection of transcribed letters that were written to Henry James Baker and his mother Martha Royston Baker Covey between 1852 and 1905 from the close family in England, Australia, and Sweden.

These photocopy letters where included in The Strahan Clan: Ancestors of John W Strahan & Evelyn Iris Manley Strahan; by Elynn Strahan Niles & Evelyn Manley Strahan; 1969; Self-published.

The originals of these letters were included in Evelyn Manley Strahan's Estate Papers. They were given to Kristin Bostrom Bates in 2010 & 2011.

Efforts are being made to transcribe these letters and to scan the originals to enhance this reference page.


Heighley Sun Mar 6 1870

Dear Sister[1]
We received your letter in due time & according to the date it took 8 weeks on the passage We received a letter from our sister Jermina on the very same week which we have first answered They are all very well at least they were at that time I will write my Brother Tom & send him our likeness (as I have now enclosed one for you) but according to your letters his wife & you are rather at variance so if I direct it to you I hope you will forward it on to him
We are now being quite alone as our Daughter Clara got married 2 years this last Christmas and Fred got married this last Christmas Clara is living more than 100 miles away from us but Fred is living in the same town as ourselves They both send their respect to you all & hope you are all in health as we are at this time I hope you will keep your promise & send me your likeness Mina has sent me hers & I have sent her one in return I should like to have all 7 ours Yourself, Harry, Elizabeth & Tom in the course of time & then we will send Fred and Clara’s
Harry wished us to write to some London Friends but as soon as we received it we sent it for Clara to read & she has not returned it but if we are lucky we shall go & see Clara in about a months time & then we shall get it again
Will you be so kind as to tell ___ a little about the Bison that is imported into England from America & the apples & Juices of each there
Tom want to know what became of Emily, Fred’s Daughter She is married & living in Norfolk
Our sister Sarah is now living with her daughter as well who is a widow with 2 children in Long Sutton I have not seen Sarah since her husband died 7 years ago I have heard that she is living very religious life & I wish we were all in that way that – as it ___ most appears impossible shall we all meet together in this world I hope we may all be joined together on Gods right hand never more to part – I think we have told you all news this time
So I must conclude
Your affectionate Sister
Ann Fields

Our address now

Mr Fred Fields
No. 8 Abbion Terrace
Holy Croft
Heighley Yorkshire
Old England
Please write as soon as possible
Please write as soon as possible

My loved and forgotten husband Henrik Baker[2]
With this letter I’d like to tell you that I’m feeling well as usual. I’ve wondered how you are since I have not received a letter from you since last fall. I’ve wondered if you’ve not received the letters I have written or if I in any way have made you sad, then you must forgive me.
Our son is feeling fine and he is running and playing, but he asks every now and then, when we’ll go and see Daddy.
He miss you so when he hears I’m talking about you. He’s grown very much and he is already a big boy.
God bless you and may he let you be well. Please let me know how you are because I’m rather worried. Finally the heartiest wishes from your son and me.
Dina Baker
(Translation of a letter in Swedish done by Gunilla Olden exchange student who lived with John W Strahan family during 1966-1967)

Irishtown January 2, 1905

My Dear Cousin Henry[3]
i Received your Welcome letter Dated october 15 i was Glad to hear that you was Better And i hope you will Continue to get Stronger So that we Shall hear of one another for Some time to Come i Am finding it very hard in Clearing Another Farm their is lot of difficultly in the way in Getting it in Working order But i hope i Shall Be Spared to get them Started again the wife Sons And Daughters are all Enjoying good Health at the Present
 ? my Dear Cousin you
Don’t understand we have to get the Timber down and leave it till Autum and then we Get a Burn So that we can Sow Grass Cockyfoot and Clovers Before we can get Cows to make a Start in Dairying
i have not got to See Any of the Addison’s it is over Hundred miles away From us The Ted Addison is very rich he made Thirty tow 32 Thousand in Mining in the East Coast he has lots of Ground and Cattle
we has one Son a Doctor Practicing in one of the Towns my other Son Henry is Back with us again is working at
At home the Sons are oldest the youngest of the four is over 21 years the Eldest Daughter is 20 years we had a very quiet Christmas and new year i hope yours was much Better and that you enjoyed your Christmas and hope you will Enjoy A happy new year we had Snow since we came over hear which we did not get in Victoria
To my Dear Cousin Henry i think i Sent you All the news this time Being in new Place and Plenty of work i dont get much news the People in Genrd Side whith the Japs The Kish hear don’t like to hear of the Russians Goting a doing Good By Cousin
Whith love to you
Edward Addison

Notes and References

  1. Letter sent to Martha Royston Baker Covey, Eaton Rapids, Michigan. Transcribed from photocopy of original, no envolope encluded. June 13, 2018, by Kristin Bostrom-Bates
  2. Sent to Henry James Baker by Dina Baker from Sweden, date uncertain, most likely between 1891 and 1897, when Henry J Baker made a child custody agreement with Eva Baker for his son Henry J Baker Jr. the son referred to in this letter. The original letter was written in Swedish and had to be translated.
  3. Letter sent to Henry James Baker at Old Soldier’s Home, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Transcribed from a photocopy of the original, no envelope included Spelling, Capitalization, and punctuation as in the original. June 13, 2018, by Kristin Bostrom-Bates

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