Letter from Elisabeth Gamble to Her Daughter Susie Davis, February 22, 1882

Knoxville, Tenn

Feb. 22, 1882

Mrs. S. J. Davis

Dear Daughter

I take the present opertunity to write to you in answer to yours of January the 8th whitch come to hand and found us as you will see here.  I am as well as I am for common.  Lizzie is not very well at the present.  Dave Johnson’s family is as well as common & Sallie has neuralgia this winter.  She is very fleshy.  H. H. Gamble and Eveline & little Hute Landon and Em Caroline and Gilford Marthy’s Charity was all in (?) town last Thursday.  All the conexion out there is well but Andy Davises little Hugh he has the fever.  He was getting better when they was here.  Writes Tish was married to Jack Ray the 12th of this month.  I was sorry that Lark went so far away from their.  I wanted you all to stay close together.  I would like to see you all once more.  I will have them pictures as soon as I can and send them to you.  Caleb Smith and Em has gone to Chattanooga.  I have not herd from them cinc they left.  I am at Maggies to night.  She is the wrighter of this letter.  I have moved into in town.  I am deviding the time of stay at Lizzie’s part of my time at Mag’s and Sallie the rest.  Tell Dock and Matt I would like to hear from them.  I want them to write to me.  I have no forgotten them if they have me.  I will close asking you to write soon and offten.  I would like to see Jane and Marthy and her family.  I hope Jane will hold out faithful to the last & hoping this will find you all in good health.  I close from

Your Mother

Elisabeth Gamble

To Susie Davis

Direct your letters to Knoxville

Mags family is in Tenn

Tolerable well

To night.


One of my maternal great-great-grandmothers was Ruth Gamble Collins.  This letter was written by her mother Elizabeth Gamble to Susie Gamble Davis, another  one of Elizabeth’s daughters.  This letter comes to me via cousin Diana McDonald in Mexia, Texas. 

I’ve had this letter for over *TEN* years.

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2 Responses to “Letter from Elisabeth Gamble to Her Daughter Susie Davis, February 22, 1882”

  1. Kariann Says:

    This is so special to have. I appreciate you taking the time to share it.


    • ruthrawls Says:

      This letter could have been written last week. Her emotions are so typical of a mother who is sad that her family is fragmented, but happy to hear from them.


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