Saturday, October 27, 2018

Joel R. Campbell to William Elbert Campbell, April 27, 1906

The following letter was written by Civil War veteran Joel R. Campbell to his son William Elbert Campbell in 1906. Mentioned in the letter are Joel's other sons Marcellus and George W. Campbell.

4 - 27 - 6

Dear Elbert

I have with held writing to you, thinking I would get to go to your house have no spare horse now they are harrowing & commenced planting this morning. Bird has a colt & it came very near getting drowned. Just found it in time to save it.

I saw Marcell Sunday he had sold as he thought the Balance of the goods took invoice of goods $23.00 & something out side of Stone fixtures $2.60 when it come to Paing & fixing note he only wanted to pay $4 00 down & the remainder about $1 00 a month I didn't think that would be agreeable with you and Harve (it is not with me). Am looking for a letter today from W. M. C. don't know whether I will get it or not. Am going to your House as soon as I can and want to stay a few days when I go if I can.

Will have to close as it is mail time.

J. R. C.

George has sold his mare for $1.10 to Billy Alexander.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

1866 Letter of Elizabeth C. Carter to Former Slave

Lebanon, Russell Co., Virginia 
September 10th 1866 
My Dear “Dark”[1]former female slave of Dale Carter. Dale Carter owned dozens of slaves...

I wrote to you for Clara[2]Former slave of Dale Carter, gave birth to child Rachel on May 10, 1853. A Clara Carter, age 50, appears in the 1870 Census for Carroll County, KY. Henry L. Giltner (see below) was living in Carroll County. several months
ago but we have heard nothing from you since. I know
you are anxious to hear all the news we have in Russell
and I will not wait longer to write. Charlie & Mary
Fulton[3]Charlie and Mary Fulton - Lizzie Carter's brother, Charles Dale Carter married Mary Taylor Fulton daughter of Creed and Mary (Taylor) Fulton. were married in June. We gave a big Party
here a few days after the wedding. I wrote to you
to come out to it and was sorry you were not here.
The house was full for two nights & a day. We did
not ask any body about here but Kate Wagoner[4]Kate Wagoner - Rachael Catherine Wagoner, daughter of William D. and Nancy (Munsey) Wagoner. Born ca. 1844. Married Harvey Sawyers on 12/12/1870. See Lizzie Wagoner below.. She
was here the night of the Party and looked mighty nice.
We have had a door cut in the little room, over the old
dining room leading into the passage in the min.[?] stairs.
We had a carpet made for it and the bride & groom
stayed in it when they were over. Aunt Nance &
Ib were here helping in the kitchen. Sallie[5]Sarah Preston Carter, daughter of Dale Carter, sister to Lizzie Carter. Born Jan 21 1843, died Jan 1 1910. Sally Carter, age 26, RC 1870 Census, HH 110 (household of Charles A. Smith, John T. and Margaret Lampkin also living there.) & I went
over to the wedding and I waited on them. Every
Young lady & gentleman in Abingdon came home
with us to the “Infair”. Soon after the Party here
sister Marge[6]Margaret Crockett Carter Lampkin. Daughter of Dale Carter (see below.) Born 8/27/1839. Sister of Elizabeth C. Carter. Married to John T. Lampkin. went home and had a son. She was dread-
ful sick and her baby was dead born. It was a fine
large boy. We thought for a long time Sister Marge
would die. Sallie, Mother & myself were all there
while she was sick. Cousin John & Mag[7]John T. Lampkin and Margaret C. Carter. See above. are both very

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much distressed at the loss of their baby. It would have
been named “William A Stuart” if it had lived.
Miss Pug Leece[8]Margaret Leece, (b. ca. 1837), daughter of Samuel and Margaret (Thompson) Leece, married George Sandoe (b. ca. 1838), son of George & Rebecca Sandoe, on August 29, 1866 in Russell County. married Mr Sando[9]George Sandoe, see above.. See above. from Abingdon
she was married one morning soon at Sam Leece’s[10]b. ca. 1801, RC Census, 1860, HH 296, age 59 with daughter Margaret (Pug), age 23 and son Samuel, age 24. See &
went to Abingdon that day. People think she has done
very well. She did not have any wedding.
Alice Dotson[11]Martha T. Aston, daughter of Samuel W. and Louisa Aston, married George W. H. Gray, son of Napoleon Bonaparte and Rebecca Gray, 9/5/1866 in Russell County. [Writer apparently confused Alice with her sister Mattie, see below.] married one of Bone Gray’s sons[12]George W. H. Gray, see above. See also: last
week. Mattie Aston[13]Mary Alice Aston, daughter of Samuel W. and Louisa Aston, married Thomas McCleary Vermillion, son of Issac and Martha (Boyd) Vermillion. See & Ike Vermillion’s son ran
away and married about six weeks ago. Hopkins &
his wife[14]unknown came up to see us not long ago and stayed
all night. They are living out in Wise. Israel[14]unknown & his
wife live with them. Israel has a child named Eliza.
Lizzy Wagoner[15]Mary Elizabeth Wagoner, daughter of William D. and Nancy (Munsey) Wagoner. Born ca. 1842. Married Benjamin Frank Bickley, 9/12/1865. Bickley was the son of Sebastian and Fannie (Haburn) Bickley. & Frank Bickley are living up above
town. They are doing well, but from all accounts will
have to look around for a cradle soon.
Holden Davis'[16]Holden Davis (b. 5/22/1792 in Wilkes Co., NC.) Married Rachel Harmon ca. 1817. Moved to Russell County between 1840 and 1850. Married (#2) Delpha Martin (b. ca. 1842) on 8/3/1864. She is listed as the daughter of Sarah Minick (1850 Tazewell census has Delpha Martin, daughter of Sarah Martin.) Holden died around 1866. wife has a nigro child and old Davis
gave lb & Dave Leece[17]free African Americans, Dave Leece (b. ca. 1820) and Ibby (b. ca. 1818), 1870 RC Census, HH 54, living with Mary (age 3) and Maggie (age 3). Ibby was formerly a slave of Dale Carter. Gave birth to child Ellen, March 23, 1861 as slave of Dale Carter. a cow & calf to take &
raise it as their own. Aunt Margaret Lampkins[18]Margaret B. (Smith) Lampkin, married to John Lampkin 11/6/1839. Mary Elizabeth Lampkin (b. 1853), daughter of John and Margaret.
& Mary Lizz came out from Lynchburg and
stayed several weeks. They were here about a week
Aunt Margaret fell one day while she was at Uncle
Henry’s[19]probably Henry Smith Lampkin. See: & broke her arm. It did not get well before
she went home. Miss Lucy Dennis[20]unknown and a lady from
Richmond came down and spent a week with us
not long ago. They are nice ladies. Martha Jessee[21]Jefferson Jessee had three female slaves in 1850, ages 16, 15, and 11. In the 1860 census, he had one female aged 23, and five male slaves.
that used to belong to Jeff Jessee is our cook. Ive
have a white girl to do the house work and get
along very well. I get my clothes done up tol-

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erably well, but always wish for some of your
washing when I get on a big dike.
Mrs. Giltner[22]Martha Griffith Young Giltner. Married to Henry L. Giltner, see below. writes to us some times. She is at
home. The baby[23]of above. Emma M. Giltner (b. 1865), died 6/22/1866. Buried in Carroll County, KY. that was born soon after she left
here died not long ago with whooping cough. They
were much distressed at its death. In Mrs. Giltner's
last letter she said Giddy[24]Gideon Giltner (b. 1862), son of Henry L. and Martha Giltner (see elsewhere.) got on the arm of the
rocking chair every day and took a ride to see
Dark” & Grandpa Carter[25]letter recipient, probably a former slave of Dale Carter. Grandpa Carter is Dale Carter.. I know you would
be as glad to see him. Adjt Freeman[26]Terah Major Freeman - "Adjutant Terah Major Freeman (HLS, 1860, LLB), was born Apr. 5, 1839 in KY. He studied law at UVA, 1858-59...and giving his home as Frankfort, KY...On July 5, 1861, he enrolled for the war, as pvt. in...2nd KY Mtd. Inf....During fall 1862, he transferred ot the staff of Col. Henry Liter Giltner, 4th KY Cav...He was appt. lt., adj. on Giltner's staff, Jan. 3, 1863..." - Crimson Confederates: Harvard Men who Fought for the South By Helen P. Trimpi has
married his cousin. The Giltners are all sin-
gle and still at home. Major Nounnan[27]James H. Nounnan "Nounnan was born about 1834 in Virginia. He enlisted as a private in Company H of the 22nd Virginia Infantry on May 8, 1861. In Augusts of 1861 Nounnan was transferred to Capt. James Corns' Cavalry Company, attached to a temporary organization known as the 2nd Kanawha Regiment. This company was known as the Fairview Rifle Guards and eventually became Company K of the 8th Virginia Cavalry. He probably served in this unit until October of 1862, when he left to form his company of cavalry in Ferguson's Battalion. Nounnan rose to the rank of major in the 16th Virginia Cavalry and led part of the regiment at various times. Nounnan was one of the officers who remained with Gen. John McCausland and rode through the Union lines instead of surrendering at Appomattox. In May, 1865, McCausland, Ferguson, Nounnan and 13 others marched to Charleston, West Virginia, and were paroled. Nounnan died at the Lee Camp Soldiers' Home at Richmond on October 1, 1900." - 16th Virginia Cavalry, Jack L. Dickenson is liv-
ing in Texas. He writes to us right often. Dave
Bowls[28]unknown married soon after he went home but died
not very long ago. Poor fellow! I wonder if he will ever
get forgiveness for all the big tales he has
told in his life. Aunt Nance is still living
with George. She does not look well now, but I
think the cause of it is, she don’t get as much coffee
as she wants to drink. She had a letter from Charles
not long ago. He is well and is still anxious to come
out to Russell. I am sorry to tell you Georges Fleck[?][29]unknown, possibly "George's Fleck", Fleck, the son of George?
died with the flux about two months ago. He
suffered a great deal but talked a great deal about
dying. He was such a fine sensible little boy.
Hannah & Jord[30]unknown have a boy. I suppose you have
heard old Uncle Jordan[31]unknown is dead, and old Uncle Job[31]possibly unknown father of Job Wadron, 1870 RC, age 23. A Samuel Wadron is living with Ibby and Dave Leece (see above.) too.
Old Jeff Jessee[32]Jefferson Jessee, b. 1802, married Nancy J. Counts, ca. 1824. Died May 6, 1866. is dead, also Antony Puckett[32]b. ca. 1805, Halifax County, VA. Married 1/17/1833 to Hannah Holt in Patrick County, VA. Father of Dosh (below)..

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Dosh Puckett[33]Theodocia Puckett, b. ca. 1843, daughter of Anthony (above) and Hannah Puckett. Married Joseph Ashby, 3/6/1866. married one of the Ashbys[34]Joseph Ashby, son of John and Valey (Hackney) Ashby, b. 2/5/1847, married Dosh (above). Died 2/8/1936. See: Jim
Puckett[35]James M. Puckett, b. ca. 1841, son of Anthony (above) and Hannah Puckett. Married Nancy Stamper, 8/9/1866. See: is married too to some girl over on the
river. Ann Barton[36]Angeline Barton, Age 3, 1860 RC Census, HH 294 (William and Metilida Smith). Age 13, 1870 RC Census, HH 229 (living with William and Margaret Barton.) Mother: is here. She is a smart girl and
Mother has taken her to raise. Mrs Barton[37]Ruth Barton, age 37, 1860 RC Census, HH 294 (William and Metilida Smith). Wife of John Barton, 1850 RC Census, HH 371. lives
about at different places. We went to Camp
Meeting last week. It is going on yet. Jim Gib-
son[38]Possibly James Gibson, 1870 RC Census, Copper Creek, HH 127, age 39. and several others professed religion.
Henry, Dale & Johnny[39]Possibly brothers of Eliza Carter (unknown, John Taylor Carter, Charles Dale Carter.) John Taylor Carter went by "Jack". Alternately, Henry was a slave of Dale Carter. have been staying
over here a great deal. They are all fine boys
and Dale talked a great deal about “Dark”
I wish you could see them again.
You must try to come out to see us. I
would be glad to see you and I know every
body else out here would be as well as my-
self. Mother and Sallie are well and look
about like they did when you left.
The old house yard is grown up with weeds
three feet high and the doors & windows gone
out of the old kitchen. Our servants live in Aunt
Nance’s old house. I have not been down there
since you all left. It is the saddest looking
place you ever saw and I know you would
cry over it sometimes if you could see it.
Sallie sends her love and says tell you when
she marries she is going to send for you to
do up her wedding clothes.
The yard is full of pretty roses now but the frost
and snow will soon scatter their leaves.
You must let me hear from you soon. Let me know.
If you have many troubles these days.

Written at the top of the first page above the greeting
We never hear
from Andy[40]probably former slave of Dale Carter. these
days. I reckon
he is dead.
Ike[41]probably former slave of Dale Carter. is still
living at
John Lampkins.
Clara and all
are well up
there. Rach[42]probably former slave of Dale Carter, daughter of Clara (see above). has
gotten to be a
great big woman.
I reckon it will
not be long be-
fore she thinks
about marrying.
I forgot to tell
you Charlie & Mary
are living at old
Cousin Mary Fulton’s
I must close
Yours affectionately
Lizzie C. Carter
Russell Co