Letter about Mounts family history

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This letter was scanned and sent to me by a distant cousin in April 2017. Her grandmother had the letter in her files. The cousin is great-great-grandchild of George Franklin Mounts.

Based on context, the letter was written by a child of Margaret (Mounts) Long and Robert Long, to George Frank Mounts, probably in the 1920s. "Grandfather" in the letter refers to David Mounts and "great-grandfather" refers to David Mounts's father.


Dear Cousin Frank

Your good letter at hand will try to tell you all I can think of about our folks ancestry. Uncle George Mouns girl is who you need. Aunt Molly had our great g father's bible and a roll of written record of the great grand mother and I suspect Mary now has those records. Mary is the only one of uncle's family living. She is married is now about 34 years of age. I once knew her married name but have forgotten it. a 3 syllable name I never heard of only then.

Now if I were you I would to Mrs. Ralph Chaffee Cofran O.R. for Mary's name and address. I wrote her a few years ago for it but she did not send it to me. Then you can write to Mary. Yes Aunt Molly and Uncle were cousins. Her father Jerry was the youngest of 8 children. His mother always lived with him therefore. Aunt Molly was raised in the house with her grandmother (our great grandmother). She was quite old before she passed away. Uncle and aunt had been married several years. I never heard the Mounces lived in [illegilble two letter word] but guess you are right as our Grandmother Mounce was born in Betetot Co. West Virg. Her name was Catherine Carroll. Our grandfather's older brother John married her sister Mag Carroll. Mag was yet living when we come to Mo. 1882 but he was dead and she remarried. I never saw her. You ask where our grandfather lived in Kentucky. I never heard that he was ever in Ky. Our grandfather went from Lawrence Co. Ind. to Mead Co. Ky. after he had a family of 7 children [1848 written on the side] the eldest in teenage. I think great g.f. was dead before our grandfather was married. I don't know great g.f. name but he was not born on this continent. I think he was French. He crossed the water. I don't know at what age nor where he was married but his wife's name was Walker.

I don't know if he ever lived in Lawrence or not but his widow and her 8 children all did. Mounce is the original name and pronounced as (Mounch), quite French I say. Same took to spelling it like it sounded and now some of old William Mounce's descendants spell it Mount (no c. no s.) no I don't know where our grandfather was born. This 1st I learn of him was [illegible]. His mother and her family were in Lawrence Co. Ind. You ask where he lived in Ky and where buried. He lived just a few fmiles from Amsterdam Ind. just the same distance from Branderberg K.Y., was buried at Macedonia now you know as much as I do. I don't know if it was a country church or a store or just a bunny[?] grove by that name.

My mother and aunt non[?] walked from the the river and carried aunt's baby when he was buried. The 3 younger ones had homes in Ky. Aunt lived in Amsterdam and Mother worked near there. Your father's where abouts was not known at the time. I don't know where uncle Will was but ma, aunt, and 3 youngest were all present at the funeral. The oldest girl Mary and wife died a few years before.

No, he was not killed by gun or bottle (Bill the oldest one of the boys was in a gun battle in Mead Co. after the war began but no one was killed.) Our grandfather was found dead in a wood's road. An inquest was held and called natural death. No marks of violence on him. He was 54 years old, had lived there about 12 years I think. Aunt brought the 3 children home with her Dave, 10, George, 12, and Sarah, 14. Yes, Sarah died in less than a year after her father. She died at Aunt's home.

I told you before that Father taught several terms of school at Amsterdam and lived with the Arwick's and charged[?] for his board. They lived where your parents did when we left there. Mrs. Arwick was a cousin of Grandfather Long, a Martin before marriage. All the Martins in Harrison Co. are my relation. My great grandmother Long was a Martin.

Well the Arwicks had lots of work. She dyed and wove and he had a river job. So Father saw that these children was in need of a good home and schooling so he got his cousin to take our Aunt Sarah as one of her family. She was going to school to Pa - she took sick at school and went to aunts and never got away. Only lived a few days (Dear old Pa it was just like him.) He saw Aunt and Uncle were not able to take care of her. He paid all expense gave her a good burial just because she was one of his school. There is how he and mother met.

When I was in Ind out at the cemetery I tried to locate her grave but could not. Mrs. John Pipes and her niece helped me. She P. was 82. I could remember her. Mrs. P. was Jone Frank, an aunt of Jim Funk's wife and went to school to Pa herself. She was the 2nd wife of Mr. P. He was dead. She is now. The niece was a daughter of Bers Frank. of W.M. Beanblossom. (Rose Miller) her husband Lee Miller is my father's first cousin. Then we had no trouble to find Uncle Dave's child and uncle Hb[?] and Aunt Nan's Hurris and Will Funk's all had stone with names and dates. There were two that had good slab stones but no letters on them. I thought these might be Aunt Sarah and Aunt Nan's oldest girl Dillie but Mrs. Pipes said she sure they were your bro and sister, and Aunt's child and Aunt Sarah were in the old cemetery. We want to see the windell and Rose Graves Pa's cousins. We were set for Maukfort and Tom Frank's. He also went to school to Pa. He was old but good memory. Told me Jim Funk was at Mayfie Heb. He had the largest pear orchard I ever saw. Also same day W.M. Windell took me to Doc. Stuker. He and cousin Billy both went to school to Pa. Stuker inquired about you all. He is dead now.

Cousin Billy can you remember those folk.

I am off the subject. You ask how old Aunt Molly was. I don't know when she died but was born 1850. Her parents and grandmother she and two brothers younger than her moved to Monroe Co. Mo. when she was 4 y old. I suppose the other all came the same time as they were all here (or had been before they died) when we came in '82. Great grandmother and her 4 married boys and uncle (except uncle John's wife) two married girls and husband all died in Monroe co. all left large family's there. The girls were Simms and Fard. There are a large no. of Simms and Fards some Simms in Salisberry.

Great-grandfather children buried in Monroe Co. are John, Aleck, Sam, Gerry (Aunt Molly's father), Sara wife of John Simms, Nancy Wife of John Fard. Then our grandfather was David 5 child. I told in the other letter of the oldest one William who died near Atchison Kansas and left 19 children. One of his descendants died in Chillicothe last week. Your friend may be a descendant of our great grandfather's brother (if he had one) far off it will be like like R.A. Long of K.C. (now dead). His grandfather and mine were brothers.

Oh, yes, did you know the brothers in Ind. or in KC. Johas Letter who married Katie Windell. Her son Ed and grandson Carl who own the Sheffield steel works. Ed is my 2nd cousin. He comes and sees me. He is 8 years older than I and looks about 55. Let me know how you make it. It seems interesting. What I write is from Aunt Mollie.

Good wishes to you and family. Katie. [Kolie?]

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