"A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."
The subject today is a letter written by William Jones to his sons William Jones Jr. and Richard Jones. One of my friends at church, Sid, has a cousin who has a copy of this letter and has transcribed it. Sid showed it to me several weeks ago and I asked if I could share it on my blog since it has some useful genealogical information in it. Sid asked his cousin, who agreed to posting of the letter.
The letter (partially truncated at the bottom), looks like:
To North Carolina Burk
County to Morganton Post
Office to William and
From: Branch Hill. Ten
October 24 1824"
"State of Tennesee Jackson County October 6 day 1824 a fue lines to let you that we are all in Common health at this time we thank the Lord for his Blesings hopings these few lines may find you all in good health i received your letter dated April 25 1824 about the first day of october in Jackson County we have been livign with Robert Jones Since 15
What an interesting letter, notwithstanding the spelling and lack of punctuation. He mentions a number of Jones families and I suspect that some of the other names are married daughters or close relatives. I wondered if there was an online family tree for this Jones family. I searched on the Rootsweb WorldConnect database for John Rinehart dying in 1824 and quickly found 11 matches for him and Susannah Jones. One of them was the Blair and Jones Family of Georgia and NorthCarolina which shows most of the persons in the letter.
Perhaps one or more descendants of William and Dorothy Jones will find this post and be able to see the letter for the first time.