Gerald, the following is a letter that Lucy More (her husband's family are More's) sent me. She lives in Nebraska. I tried transcribing the letter the best I could. I sent the image of the letter to Barry More in Canada and he was going to try to correct some of my errors. It looks like Colin and son owned ships. I tried to Google Colin in Scotland but nothing came up under his name. Maybe this will give you some clues. If you wish to see the original image could you send me your e-mail address at firstname.lastname@example.org
Received your letter and you have given me a job but I will do the best I can. I donít think the Moreís ever had a clan as far as I ever heard. They were all born and all lived at Avoch, three miles from Inverness, Scotland. My grandmotherís name was Reid and as far as I know she had one brother _ Colin Reid, and his father had some ships in the China trade and was very wealthy. In his days all money and property went to the oldest son and I guess there was only one but my grandmother must have left the boys some dough. My dad, uncle John, Aunt Jenet and Aunt Kitty (she was Don Patienceís wife). Aunt Jennet married a MacLennan. I remember all, also my grandpa. I donít remember Aunt Christy. She died when I was young and I donít know if my grandma ever came over with the rest of them. They must have got some money from his Reid people because my dad and Uncle John both bought farms when they came over. Aunt Jennet kept the toll gateat _ road and the _ Ingersol _ _ for some time. Uncle Johnís farm was the Jack Walace Farm Gordon farms but he went west in the 90ís. Now the _ Short gang, old grandpa Golding lived on the Golding farm. When I was about 5 years old because mother walked from Ingersol to their place one time. I guess mother and Aunt _ used to be down to Goldens because that was where my dad saw her and married her. Also Uncle John married Aunt Louisa, that is how the Short gang and ours got mixed up. Old great grandpa Golding married a Dukeís daughter and came to Thamesford. He was a butler in the Dukeís house and he ran away with the daughter. I remember _ had a peg leg. He was married twice. I think mother was from the first wife, also Rube, Aunt Kitty, Aunt _. Old Rube got all the dough and the girls got $100 each. He had 15 kids and two wives. He never did any work, only kept the wives busy and the boys busy, and they are nearly all dead and gone, money and all. This _ Colin Reid came to visit us when I was 8 years old. He never worked but traveled all over the world and he died in Australia and left girls a bit of money. The lawyers in England tried to find my dad for years but they wrote to C. R. Patience in Ingerson and he thought he could get it all until the lawyer in England wrote and told him if he did not send the address the rest of the money would be all gone so he told my dad and dadís lawyer got in touch with them. I think they spent $20,000 between the four of them but it must have been a lot more in the start because those lawyers donít write for nohing. Well I canít tell you anthing else but Bill Patienceís boy was over in the war and he went to Avoch and he said all the people there were patience. He did not know his great grandma was a More till I told him. He said they were terrible _ and a _ soggy place. Helen was down today to pay her income tax. She stayed over with the girls, was only down 2 days, was getting the flu so was going home tonight. We all are well, my nerves were bad so got some pills from the doctor and feel better. My head is clearer ________nice weather up here. Hope it stays . Had a foot of snow up here.
(Letter courtesy Lucy More)
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