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Title: Mary Bones, Augusta, U.S.A., to Jane Stavely, Ballymoney
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileBones, Mary/45
SenderBones, Mary
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationhousewife
Sender Religionunknown
OriginAugusta, Georgia, USA
DestinationBallymoney, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
RecipientStavely, Jane
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceD1835/27A/1/5: Presented by Greer Hamilton & Gailey, Ballymoney
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9409345
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT/JW, 26:09:1994.
Word Count535
TranscriptMy Dear Sister,
Your much esteemed
and affectionate letter with inward pleasure
I rec'd [received?] and was happy to hear that all
my dear relations were well and to
hear that your son Johns health was improved
I pray god it may long continue that
you shall enjoy the pleasing society of each
others company, oh my sister it's
with a sorrowful heart I communicate
to you the melancholy news
of my dearly beloved Thomas's death
the 11th of sep'r, [September?] he bid adieu to this
world of wo [woe?] he died at his Plantation
in the State of Georgia eighty miles
from Augusta. Was in Augusta the
week before his death my trials
have been great but all I ever
met with were only as a drop of water
compared to the loss of my dr. [dear?] Thomas
I have many things I could wish to
say but the subject is too painful
to my feelings altho my dr. [dear?] sister
I should not mourn at the
will of god his blessings
have been peculiarly great to me and
min [mine?] in August my son James
was taken ill with the fever and Ague
it continued with him for better than
two months it was feared he would not
live, in Nov'r [November?] my son William was
at the point of death occasioned by
a fall from his horse for [some?]
days his life was despared [despaired?] of I thank
god they are now well. Dec'r [December?]
the 8 I left this for Augusta arrived there
the evening of the 11th on the 13th I underwent
the severe operation of having
the lumb [lump?] taken out of my breast
the Almighty supported me far
beyound [beyond?] any thing I could have
expected when taken out it was the
shape of a large gizzard all covered
with fat the doctors took it
with them and opened it when
the outside cover was off the inside was
like a piece of rock its roots were
shooting out in every direction the
Doctor said had it been two months
longer a cuting [cutting?] the roots would
have been through that cover my life
was then gone, I thank the most
high my breast is well and my
health is at present good could
I only learn to be humbly greatful [grateful?]
to my Heavenly Father for the
many merciful blessings I
have enjoyed but
fears I shall still be unworthy
I beg you shall let no one see
this incorrect scrawl I would attempt
to write it but the task would
be more than I could do James [torn]
and the children join with me in [torn]
wishing to be affectionately remembered [torn]
to Mr Stavely yourself and all [torn]
our Cousins. God bless you my d'r [dear?] sister [torn]
Your ever affectionate sister
Millcreek Mary Bones
March 20th 1823
Remember me affectionately to my
cousin William Borland and his
partner. Say we were much gratified
in seeing their son John he stayed
with us two weeks, went from
this to Augusta was there a few days
I beg to be remembered to all who
are pleased to ask for me it will be
impossible for you to read this
Mrs. Jane Stavely
near Ballymoney
County Antrim