White Family Letters

September the 24th 1871
Morgans Creek Benton County Tennessee
To Mistress Martha Tom Mary
Stockton and Jennie Virginia White

My dear grandchildren. I yet live by the help of the allwise Creator with the oportunity of answering your letter that I received a few days ago which I do not suppose you do not imagine the pleasure it affords me in my old age to hear that you was well and doing well. I had heard that your parents was dead but could not tell what had become of you. I am now about 82 years old in July past and very infirm. I have had seventeen children in all-but eight living all married and gone but one my youngest son stays with me yet. Some of them in Missouri, some in Arkansas and some in Kentucky, the balance in Tennessee. I have in all 54 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren and they are all well as common. I Received a letter a long time ago from some of your relations that your father made some entry of land away up the St. Antone but had not obtained grants for the same. The time I have never heard from it since. You will please let me know about it when you write me again. The general weather of the country is tolorably good. I had a good chance of property when the war came up consisting in negroes which was set at liberty. Only four of them staid with me.

Martha Fry your father's sisters child that I had not mentioned she is living in two miles of me and doing well. Her husband having a part in two stores. The produce is going down in value. Corn is a short crop. Wheat not a half. Bacon 12 1/2 cts pr lb. Cotton 3 cts. Peanuts has opened at 1.50 cts. per bushel. Cattle low. Horses and mules 15 per cent lower. So no more this time. I can't think of all I want to write to you but I want you to write soon and often.

James White

NB I send my portrait though a bad one according to your request. If I had a better one I would send it to you. This is the best I can do at the time. Your Grand Father until death
James White


Note: Periods were added in the translation for clarification. They do not appear in the original letter.

Corrections added from renamc@bcni.net


Salado P.O. June 15th 1874
Mrs. Mattie Tom[1]

Dear Aunt I received your kind letter some time ago, and would have answered it before now, but we were all sick just after it came to hand. We all went to Salado to church the third Sunday in last month it was tolerably cool going up there as we started just after sun up we went to church Saturday morning there was eight joined the church five by letter and three by experience. We had a very pleasant trip coming back home. Grandma[2] come home with us.

I expect to start to Evergreen next week with Grandma as she is going down there. We are needing rain very bad. It is so dry that some of our neighbors cotton has not come up yet. Some of the corn is dieing for want of rain. Pa has laid his corn by. It has begin to silk and tassal. Some say that has the best crop they have seen this year. Mr. Johnson has sold his interest in the crops to Pa and Mr. Layne.

Pa went to Austin about two months ago to lay in a supply of goods and while he was there he saw Uncle Hamilton[3] and Cousin Olivia was there but he did not get to see her. I am sorry to say that we have quit school although we were not learning anything but mischief. Cousin John Darby[4] will commence halling Pals lumber this week to build his house. Mat[5] has been reading nearly all day long. She now the "Southern Generals their lives and Campaigns." Pa bought a book from Aunt Sarah[6] and she read it through in two days. The name of it was Seven and Nine Years among the Comanches and Apaches."

She is learning how to milk and cook. She gets supper every night. She is knitting Pa a pair of socks. I have just finished a pair for him. There is a methodist minister preaching here for us this year. His name is Addison. I hope you will excuse this badly written letter. My hand is trembling so that I can hardly write. I cannot think of any interesting news so I will close. Aunt Mat I want you to have yours and Jenny's[7] picture taken and send them to me. We have not had ours taken yet. Tell Aunt Jennie that she must write to me. You must write soon believe me

Dear Aunt as ever Your affectionate Niece

Augusta M. Stockton

Mrs. Mattie R. Tom
Anagna(?) P.O. Victoria
Texas


NOTES

1. This letter was written by Augusta Mable Stockton to Aunt Mattie Tom, the sister of her mother Mary Elizabeth (Molly) White Stockton. Martha (Mattie) White married Bill Tom.

2. Grandma was Emily Bumpas Stockton, who moved to Texas from Tennessee with her large family after the death of her husband Douglas Hayden Stockton I. Their nine children were Gabriel, Sophia, Maximillian, Adaline, Emily, Sarah, James, Augustine and Douglas.

3. Hamilton Ledbetter was the son of Rebecca Brooks and Drury Ledbetter. Rebecca Brooks Ledbetter married secondly Stephen Murphree and was the mother of Sophia Murphree. Sophia Murphree married Andrew W. White and was the mother of Mary Elizabeth White. Mary White married Douglas Hayden Stockton II.

4. John Darby was the son of Pickens Darby and Adeline Stockton, a sister of Douglas Hayden Stockton II.

5. Mat was Martha White Stockton, the second child of Mary Elizabeth White and Douglas Hayden Stockton II. She married James Henry Ford.

6. Aunt Sarah was Sarah Elizabeth Stockton, a sister of Douglas Hayden Stockton II. She married James Austin Clemmons and was the grandmother of Mary Dulce Clemmons. Mary Clemmons married her cousin Douglas Hayden Perry, a son of Augusta M. Stockton and Edward Martin Perry.

7. Jennie was Virginia White, the sister of Mary Elizabeth White Stockton and Mattie White Tom. Her twin sister Jane died very young.


Salado, Texas
July 13, 1876

Mrs. Mattie Tom[1]

Dear Aunt I recon you think that I am a long time about answering your letter but I never got it until about the last of June. It was missent to Goliad Texas.

Aunt Mat it affords me so much pleasure to let you know that I am not blind and that they are better than they ever was before.

Grandma[2] is with us now. Aunt Sophie and Uncle Gilbert Buchanon[3] have been here for several days but left for home this morning. We are expecting Uncle Auguston[4] and family in a few days.
Papa is having a new house put up and I don't think we are getting it any too soon as there are only nine of us children.[5] The two youngest are boys. The oldest of the twos name is Simeon Charothers. The baby is just three months old and the fattest little thing you ever saw. It only weighed 13 lbs when it was born. His name is Douglas Haden. Mat is at Salado now and will not be at until Saturday. She and I went to school at home this spring. We went at Salado last year.

Gimmie and Dee are large enough to plow. They have been plowing all this year. They are the best two boys to work that I ever saw. Gimmie is ten years old and Dee will be nine in November. Papa is hauling lumber. He has made a splendid corn crop this year and cotton looks very well. His wheat however did not turn out very well, only 6 bu per acre. But we will have plenty to do as his oats are very good. He bought a reaper this summer but most too late, as nearly everybody's grain was cut. It is the Champion. our grain is all threshed, and we are about through with our push(?).

Aunt Mat Rob and Ead[6] are still with us. Rob sometimes talks of leaving but when the time comes he has no notions of leaving. Ead talks as much or more than she used too.

we are milking 12 cows this year and you may know we are making plenty of butter if the cows are milked and that is always done for ? milk myself we have put away several lbs.

Ma has raised a good many chickens this spring.

Aunt Mat as it is getting late I will have to close. I wish I could see you all but I have no hopes of ever getting that from home if you possibly can come and see US. The family join me in love to you and all the family. Tell Aunt Jennie[7] I would like to see her. Good bye for the present and write soon to your affectionate Niece. Augusta Stockton


NOTES

1. This letter was written by Augusta Mable Stockton (1862-1891) to her Aunt Martha (Mattie) White Tom. Augusta was the oldest child of Mary Elizabeth (Molly) White and Douglas Hayden Stockton II. She married Edward Martin Perry in 1880.

2. Grandma was Emily Bumpas Stockton

3. Sophia Stockton, a sister of Douglas Hayden Stockton II, married Gilbert Buchanon.

4. Augustine Partnership Stockton was a brother of Douglas Hayden Stockton II.

5. The 14 children of Douglas Hayden Stockton II and Mary Elizabeth White were: Augusta, Martha (Matt), James, Dee, Andrew, Sophia, Emily, Simion, Douglas, Sarah Thermutheus (Mootie), Mary Belle, Welborn (Web), Hugh, and Ada.

6. Rob was a Mexican hired man. Ead White was Mary Elizabeth White's slave. She was a nurse to the children and was buried in the Stockton family cemetery in Bartlett, Texas. "She muttered and talked to herself all the time--and I do mean all the time! We were all so used to the low constant sound, we never even heard her, like a soft radio going in the room." Irene Carothers Loy, The Fabulous Family.

7. Jennie was Virginia White, the sister of Mary Elizabeth White Stockton and Mattie White Tom.

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