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

April 4, 2011

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.

Ruth Gamble Collins

April 3, 2011

My great-great-grandmother Ruth Gamble Collins ran a boarding house in Knoxville, Tennessee, for UT students.  The following photo comes to me from cousin Harry Coker via email about 10 years ago.  When I printed this, the printer was apparently low on ink, so the photo has these wonky horizontal lines on it which are not part of the original photo. 

This is an unidentified man on the steps, an unidentified woman on the left, Ivy Collin (Coker) in the center, and her mother Ruth Gamble Collins on the right.  This building looks to be the same one in yesterday’s post.  Was this the boarding house?  And where exactly was it? 

The next photo is simply a section of the above photo, zoomed in a bit closer.

My favorite part about the above photo?  Ruth is *KNITTING*!

Dr. Lynch Delisha Webb

April 2, 2011

When I was growing up, my grandmother Ruth claimed that her father was a doctor. 

A real doctor. 

A medical doctor. 

I said, “Heh.  Grandma, are you off your meds?”

Turns out, Grandma was right.  He was a medical doctor in Knox and Blount Counties in Tennessee around the 1900’s.  Grandma said that she could go out with him if he went in the buggy on house calls.  Sometimes he went out on horseback to the more remote regions of the county.  He died in 1913 from a second recurring bout of pneumonia.  When he would return on horseback in the winter, he might be frozen into the stirrups, and his wife Henrietta “Etta” would pour hot water on his boots and stirrups until he could dismount.  I conjecture that his pneumonia came after such an expedition. 

Anyway, this photo comes to me from cousin Harry Coker from about 10 years ago.  Through the magic of the internet and technology, Harry sent this photo to me via email.  This photo has Dr. Lynch Delisha Webb, Ivy Collins (later Coker, and Harry’s grandmother), and Ruth Gamble Collins.  Ruth had several children.  Henrietta was the oldest, and Ivy was most probably the youngest. 

I *LOVE* technology.

Letter from Elizabeth “Betsy” Boling Gamble to her daughter Susan “Susie” Gamble Davis, Feb. 22, 1882

October 15, 2009

Knoxville, Tenn                 Feb. 22, 1882

Mrs. S. J. Davis

Dear Daughter

I take the present opportunity to write to you in answer to yours of January the 8th whitch come to hand and and found us as you will see here.  I am as well as I am for common.  Lizzie is not vary well at the present.  Dave Johnson’s family is as well as common & Sallie has neuralgia this winter.  She is vary fleshy.  H. H. Gamble and Eveline & little Hute Landon and E(???) Caroline, and Gilford Martheys 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.  Huts Tish was married to Jack Ray the 12th of this month.  I was sorry that Lark went so far away from thair.  I wanted you all to stay close together.  I would like to see you all once more.  I will have them pictures 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 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 not forgotten them if they have me.  I will close asking you to write soon and often.  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

                Elizabeth Gamble

To Susie Davis

                Direct your letters to Knoxville

Mags family is in Tenn

Tolerable well

To night.

Letter from Elizabeth “Libbie” Gamble Cochran to sister Martha “Mattie” Gamble Rhea, Sept. 5th, 1880

October 14, 2009
The letter begins on the right side

The letter begins on the right side

Pages 2 & 3.  Scroll back up to the first image for page 4 - it is next to page 1 on the first image.

Pages 2 & 3. Scroll back up to the first image for page 4 - it is next to page 1 on the first image.

Continuation of the letter, one week later

Continuation of the letter, one week later

Conclusion of the letter

Conclusion of the letter

My great-great-grandmother was Ruth Gamble Collins.  This letter is from her sister “Libbie” Gamble Cochran in Knoxville, Tennessee, to another sister, “Mattie” Gamble Rhea.  Transcription follows – comments welcome.

*****

Knoxville, Tenn

Sept. 5th, 1880

My Dear Brother and Sister,

Your long, long looked for letter reached me this morning and I was so glad to hear from you.  I hope you are liking the place better every day.  My health is very much the same as when you last heard from me.  Jim and Minnie is well.  Mother is in with us now.  She seems as well as usual.  She received a letter from L.B. a few days ago, but has not answered it yet.  I wonder why he did not write to me – I can excuse you better than I can him for he has no little ones to think about or care for.  I heard last week that his son Lark was married but don’t know the particulars.  Dave & Sallie is living here in our house.  They are well.  What do you think about them coming to that country?  They talk about it sometimes.  Just say what you think about it.  I heard that Jo Rhea is getting ready to go some place in the west.  I suppose you heard about Grandma Johnson’s death.  Yes, and Dave’s mother died last March too.  Mollie was up there a while this summer.  Emma has been quite sick since I last wrote, but is better now.  It is her lungs that is troubling her.  I don’t think she will live long, although she seems to be improving rappidly now.  I stayed a week with her when she was so sick in June.  I have not been out at Knoxville since you was here.  I did think of going to doyls(?) Springs this summer.  But have not gone yet.  I have been lame with Rheumatism a great deal this summer.  You mus not let the children forget their old Aunt Lib.  By the way, Babies little red ball is here.  After you was gone several weeks I swept it from behind a trunk in the room where you packed your trunk.  It is put carefully away.  I will send it to him one of these days.  I forgot to send you some snuff in your letter.  I guess I will not get to see Ruth before I send this but will attend to it at my earliest convenience if Jo is coming where you are I might send (remainder of line is off the copied page) that there are several families going to start west from Loyal old Blount.  By the way Dock, don’t fail to vote for Hancock in November and get every vote for him you can.  It is high time we have a democratic President.  The Rads been in power long enough don’t you think?  So I think nearly every honest man about Knoxville is going for Hancock this fall.  I don’t know whether I will get to come to see you next fall or not.  Jim is trying another invention, but he will just about finish it in time to be too late to get a pattent on it as before.  I have just asked him but he is reading a novel and I just can’t get a word out of him.

 

Sunday Sept. 12th

One week since I wrote the other.  I did not intend to wait so long to finish it, but I have not been feeling well.  We have had cloudy cool weather.  So cool we made a fire.  I have wrote to Ruth but will not wait to hear from her, but when I do I will write to you immediately.  Mother says she has not drawn any money this year, but there is some due her now so it may be that I will succeed in getting it right away.  If so I will not delay in sending it.  Mother is still here yet she wants you to write to her and so do it, for she is just like a child.  She is sitting here now while I write.  She wants to go to Mags before she goes home.  Maggie is not well at all.  Sallie has your white rooster.  He is about as tall as Minnie.  We had to keep them penned up all summer.  There has been a good corn crop raised this year, and the finest sweet potatoes I have ever staw.  I think corn will sell cheap here.  I want to get me a cow for I am tired of buying milk and butter.  There is nothing like having your own milk and butter.  Minnie still has ??? book yet.  She knows all the alphabet and can spell small words.  (missing parts apparently referring to school) town ten months out of a year.  Charlie and Mollie are going.  This is their second week.  Don’t fail to send your children to school.  Educate them if you don’t have a nickel left for them when they are 21 years old.  Don’t raise them up in ignorance.  Tell Cale and Susie that I would love to shake their old hands one time more.  They know I always did love them and I have not forgotten how to love them yet.  I wish they could come to see me this fall.  Has Susie got so fat she can’t write?  I bet she would not know me now for I am nothing but a bag of bones, but Sallie is as lame as Mother used to be.  But, Mother gets less every day.  It is so cool that I have a fire this Tuesday the 14th.  Jim saw frost on the bridge this morning.  I recon I had better stop.  I have run out of anything to talk about (illegible) as I could see you.  Then I guess I could hatch up something to say.  I will try to put you in a dip of snuff the next time.  I will send a piece of my new calico frock.  Love to all.

I think Caroline ought to name no: 11 Libbie.  Write soon.

*****

I use www.ancestry.com a lot.  When I apply the records on ancestry to old letters, I have a better appreciation of the correspondence.

In one of those too-good-to-be-true coincidences, the census was taken on the 16th day of June, 1880, just a few months before the letter was written. 

If I understand the census correctly, they lived in the 5th Ward, 1st District, on West Nelson Street, Knoxville, TN.

On 1880 census, the head of the household is James Cochran.  James is 40, Elizabeth Cochran is 37, and Minnie is 3.  The census states that Minnie is an adopted daughter. 

James and his father were born in South Carolina, and James’s mother was born in Virginia.  Elizabeth was born in Tennessee, as were her parents.  Minnie and her parents were born in Georgia. 

D. R. Johnson is Dave Johnson, who is married to another Gamble sister, Sarah, also known as “Sallie”.  On the 1880 census, Dave Johnson is 41, and Sallie is 31.  They have two children, Charles E., age 14, and Mary E., age 11.  That family group is all born in Tennessee, including Dave and Sallie’s parents.

Elizabeth “Libbie” Gamble Cochran died later in the year, according to one source on ancestry.com, but the next letter transcribed here will refer to “Lizzie” as not very well.

Letter from Larkin Boling Gamble, Feb. 16, 1913

October 7, 2009
Page one mentions the impeding death of my G-G-grandmother

Page one mentions the impending death of my G-G-grandmother

Page two

Page two

(Transcription below.  Any suggestions welcome.)

*****

Brownsville, Ore

Feb. 16th, 1913

Dear Sister & family,

          I will drop you a few lines this evening.  We are up but I am hardly able to go.  I have had sick headaches for 2 days and am feeling pretty tough.  Just had a letter from Etta Webb sister Ruth’s daughter.  Ruth has been very sick for 3 weeks or so from blood poison in her foot where she struck her toe against an iron bedstead and on the 11th of this month Etta wrote  that the doctors said she could only live a few days at most and was liable to go to sleep at any time.  And I have an idea that she is not alive at this writing.  Birdie and Ivy were both there.  So Etta wrote that she did not say if May Cummins was there or not.  If so you can let Walter Oliver know about this and tell him to write to me as I may have some news to tell him.  Hope you are all well.  Martha Wesley wrote us of Elmer’s death and that Oscar had James back to Oklahoma.  Hope he got there all O.K. and will be benefited by the change of climate.  I was at Portland las Oct. Grand Lodge K of P (orR?) and visited with Martha & Harry and had a good  time.  Getting along all O.K. (words smeared). ..

My bees are working fine yesterday and were carrying pollen, Bee Bread.  I have 9 hives and hope for a good year of honey.  I had a letter today from Jo McTeer.  He is not married yet, and lives at the old McTeer Place.  Hope to hear from you all soon and that you are all well.  I have not heard from sister Mae Apperson for quite a while.  I wrote her of Susie’s death but have never heard from her since.  Her P. O. is Block Tennessee.  I had a letter from Lula 2 weeks ago.  She said the boys are preparing to put in a crop of Wheat and Oats and they are that they were all well as Common but herself she was not feeling well.  Be sure to let Oliver know about our sister if you can.  I will write again when I hear from them.  Etta said she would write every day or two.

          Love to you all,

          Your Brother,

          L. B. Gamble

Brownsville

          Ore.

 

*****

Larkin Boling Gamble’s sister Ruth was my great-great-grandmother.  I believe the reference in the letter to the blood poison refers to problems associated with diabetes.  She actually did not pass away as quickly as we might think from reading the letter.  Her death occurred months later in May. 

Ruth Gamble Collins had several children.  Family legend says that her son William got into some trouble and left East Tennessee.  In the letter, Larkin Boling Gamble refers to all of Ruth’s children, who would have been his nieces and nephews.  And he mentions “Walter Oliver”.  There is no Walter Oliver in our family history, so I believe that he is in actuality referring to William Collins who has perhaps taken the name of Walter Oliver.  Granted, all of this is conjecture on my part. 

Families can be so mysterious.