I am posting excerpts from letters hoping someone will have some of these people in their line and get in touch.
Family has letters written in German by Augusta.
Family history says Augusta Dorothea's
family came from German on ship "York". Her Father's name was Ruther, her mother's maiden name was AHRENS. It could be the Ahrens that came on ship York or Ruther's or perhaps both. Family thought AHRENS.
DOB of 8-15-1813, & DOD of 7-22-1891 are from Her Bible, also written was age 77 years, 11mo. & 7 days. I have pictures of headstones in the old Perry Cemetery. The headstones were small new ones. (My family recently found Joseph and Augusta's Bible stored away, and were nice enough to give to me.)
1860 census showed her age as 44, making her dob 1816, which was evidently incorrect.
1880 census shows 1815, also incorrect, according to her own Bible.
9-8-1883 A letter to Aunt AUGUSTA from CARRIE in Harding College, Mexico, MO. Carrie says she had letter from Oliver (Aug. son, Carrie's cousin) saying ANNIE HALL (James A. & D. Jane's dau & Augusta's g. dau). 2. She says FRED is coming this month to the Fair (World).
10-11-1887 A letter to Aunt Augusta from Sophie, Mexico, MO. Sophie says 1. Ma is writing with me. 2. She wishes Oliver would and could bring Augusta to spend the winter. She could see her TX cousins ?? 3. Is Clara Hall (Augusta's g.dau) still staying with you. 4. Mentions Chris talking about GINA GOLIGHTLY. 5. Says her cousins are scattering, JOHN AHRENS moved to Michigan, Indiana. 6. Aunt ELIZA couldn't come as LESTER is sick. 7. HENRY & PETER have been out to see us but none of Peters family. 8. Grandpa comes a lot. 9. They have a lot of company from ILL. 9. EMMA ANGEL came to see them, remember when CASSIE and I went to see her. 11. We have a Protracted Meeting in ME Church - They call the Church Grove Chapel. It has 45 members now.
11-13-1887 A letter from ANNA RUTHER, Staunton, ILL. Dear Aunt Augusta. She mentions her (Anna's) grandfather. She asks if Aunt A. has heard from Aunt AHLERS. Says something about ?---and GOLIGHTLY and TENA moving to Kansas, and that he is hoisting for a mine. She mentions Uncle PETER and Aunt MOR---? visiting Stauton. She says she had a letter from ANNIE RUNGE ?? they live in Kansas and she teaches and she is 80 years old. She says she went to grandma's to attend --? Wedding for Uncle WILL and aunt ---?. She sent a pic. of BENNIE , 7 yrs old. He remembers you and speaks of the BALL you made for him. (D. Pete's ball was made by her). She says GEORGE & JOHNNIE go to school. Says grandfather sends his love. signed Anna Ruther.
2-27-1888 A Letter from Anna Ruther in Mexico, MO, to Aunt Augusta. Anna says, I will be 13 the 17th of April (born 1875) . She has lived "here" for 4 years. Schools are not good. She mentions CRESSIE a new daughter of her bro. CHRIS. EDNA RUTHER was 3 on the 12th. Chris lives on "OUR old place in Stauton. He has bought one third in a coal mine in SORENTA , CLOSE TO WHERE YOU USED TO LIVE.
We sold our place and bought it back 1 year later. CHRIS comes out about 4 or 5 times a year. Mr. GOLIGHTLY moved to __? Kansas. Little LESTER still stays with aunt ELIZA. He talks as good "GEARNANAS" as English. JOHNNE AHRENS and his wife lives at Effingham, ILL. and own a Lumber Yard. HENRY BORNHOLD doesn't stay here now, he stays with ?? AHRENS and works at lumber yard. Emil, our other hand left this winter. We now have 2 new hands. Germans. We like them right well. KARDLE AHRENS stay in grocery store in St. Louis. His brother JOHN is at home. He bought out his brother GEORGE and so John and his father now own the store.
10-28-1888 A letter from MAMIE AHRENS in Stauton ILL to her Aunt. 1. She says Aunt DORA is visiting. 2. Aunt MARY is sick. 3. We all go to school leaving only CARRIE & LESTRE at home with Momma. She says they have" no girl" and we do our own washing and sewing,
4. LESTRE can not speak plainly yet. CARRIE is nearly as tall as LESTRE. 5. They moved their stove from their "Summer Kitchen" into the house. 5. G'pa is well, EMMA is still using medicine. HENRY also still using medicine. PETER is bothered by rheumatism. ALBERT is tallest in Family. HANNA is feeling good. ANNA RUTHER has grown ?? is help to Aunt MARY. ANNA nor GEORGE RUTHER went to school this winter. signed Mamie Ahrens.
1900 McLennan Co., TX her son William E. listed on Census she was born in Germany.
Letter from Neice EMMA AHRENS from Stauton, ILL to dear Aunt. She asks @ALBERT McCANN's folks, and about WILL McCANN's folks. Asks if Cousin CLARA HALL is at your house again. Says Aunt RUTHER had her teeth pulled. Says ANNA RUTHER spent the day with them. Says I give George Ruther your regards. In same letter another person writes : Dear Aunt from MAURIE ? AHRENS. She asks "Did you know Geo. Kuhlencamp near Brighton's wife died and Aunt DORA wants one of their 5 children but father said no. Says CORA, JOHN's wife has been sick for 5 weeks. She is in St. Louis, at her home. WHO ?
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