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Title: Gamble Crawford, Michigan, "Dear Brother", Ballymena.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCrawford, Gamble/5
SenderCrawford, Gamble
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfarmer
Sender Religionunknown
OriginMichigan, USA
DestinationBallymena, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT/2338/9: Copied by Permission of James Wilson Esq., Broughshane, Co. Antrim.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9806857
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 25:06:98.
Word Count465
TranscriptPartello Calhoun Co. [County ?] Mich [Michigan ?]
March 10 – 1887

Dear Brother ;
I often think of you though we
seldom write to each other, I am getting to be an old
man and in all probability this may be my last letter
to you to day I am in the city of Charlotte Eaton Co.
[County?], on a visit to my daughter Rose A Sibley,
Mr Sibley having rented his farm in Calhoun Co
[County?] and bought a house and lot in Charlotte,
my health has been rather poor for sometime I
thought a change for a short while might be a
benefit, hence the change, my children are all gone
but my youngest daughter her husband works my farm
on shares that is I give one half of all crops grown
on the farm I own all stock say six head of horses
old and young two cows forty sheep giving my son in
law one half of increase of stock, this gives me a
good living and money in my pocket.-
My son James living in Calafornia [California ?] has
a wife and two children he is Superintendent of an Ice
company he has got to be well off my two daughters Maria
and Marin [Marion?] dd (sic) twins are now in cal
[california?] Fra [Francis?] my youngest boy in Dakota
farming has a wife and one child My youngest daughter
at home has three children Mrs Crawford and I live by
our selvs [ourselves ?] but not altogether quiet as the
three children furnish all the musick [music ?] we want
I will send you some papers that may interest I get a
great deal of the Irish news in the papers. If you get my
papers I hope you will send me some of the Ballymena
papers if you take them I care not if a week old or
after being read, I see by the papers that we are going
to be supplied with Astralia [Australia?] rabbits we
dont want any. I had a letter from Ohio lately they are
all well. I hope to hear from you ere long how is your
health also Mrs Crawfords health how I would like to
have both of your likeness not to late yet as I have
bought a nice new album that I want filled -
Remember me to my friends,
Love to all
Gamble Crawford

P S When you get my letter please remember me to
my friends [worn] and family let me know they are
all well, I have [worn] to do now but write to my
[worn] I intend writing to brother Chas [Charles?] I hope
they are all well also Sister Holden
G.C. [Gamble Crawford?]

If I live to the fifth of Aug next I
will be 78 years old having been born Aug 5
G C [Gamble Crawford ?]