A Bad Set

1882 08 14--allen david jones letter lizzie mcswain page 01--blogLocust Cottage Ark August 14th 1882

Mr David J Allen

My dear cousin David you will

pleas pardon me for not writing sooner, and

I will promis to do better in the future. I

was glad to hear from you. I thought perhaps

you was married, and did not care to write

to your cousin any more. well this leavs us

all as well  as cousins. ma has not been in

good health for some time she is afflicted

with Rheumatism she is able to set up most

of the time, but cannot do much.

 

well crops are good, better than they have been

for two or three months years there will be

plenty of corn + cotton made this year

wheat and oats were fine.

 

I am going to school now.  Brother Gabe is

Teaching the school, he has 25 pupils a

bad set two, it keeps him busy to keep

us strait.  I wish you could be here some

Friday to hear us speak and spell (and help us play

Play Ball)  I think you could afford to come

+ see us one time.  I would be so glad to see

you I have heard so much about you

Well I am studying Grammar History

Geography + Philosophy.  I am to precent +

Precentage in Arithmetic. I will have to stop

As I want to send this off to the office

Write soon to your cousin

Lizzie McSwain

 

I’ll post the rest of this letter as well as the envelop tomorrow.  As the envelope is postmarked Toledo, Ark, I started looking around that area to help me figure out just what the word was before Cottage.  I’m still not convinced it says Locust, but there is a Locust Cottage just north of Toledo, Ark on an 1883 map.

I haven’t found much on the McSwain family of Arkansas and how they got there.  I believe Lizzie may be Martha Elizabeth McSwain who married a Charles E. Kendall and lived her life in Jefferson County, Arkansas.  If I’ve found the right person, she’s the daughter of M. & Lucy McSwain.  I haven’t researched the McSwain line at all and hope to find some of the McSwain family information in these Allen Papers as I continue moving through them.

This post is part of a series of transcriptions of letters, papers, receipts, and other ephemera that are held in the Smith Family Collection.  All originals are held in this collection, unless otherwise stated.

 

March 15, 1882

1882 03 15

Registry Treceipt

Post Office at Norwood, NC

Registered Letter No  48 Rec’d Mar 15, 1882

of D.J. Allen

addressed to Southern Methodist Pub House

Nashville TN

P.W. Melton PM

 

This post is part of a series of transcriptions of letters, papers, receipts, and other ephemera that are held in the Smith Family Collection.  All originals are held in this collection, unless otherwise stated.

A Specimen

Allen David Jones Writing Sample 1882 02 25

Feb 25th 1882

This is a Specimen of my Writing after Writing

Ten days at Swaringens School House Stanly Co

Norwood N.C.                         D.J. Allen

 

So, perhaps after his first class at Zoar church, DJ participated in a second class?  He was still a rather young man, having just turned 23.  Why such interest in good penmanship?  This is the first signature, perhaps only, I have for young Jones, as he is listed on the 1880 census.

I can find nothing on Swaringen’s School House in Norwood.  I don’t have a Stanly County History Book in my possession, so I’ll check that the next time I’m at the library.

This post is part of a series of transcriptions of letters, papers, receipts, and other ephemera that are held in the Smith Family Collection.  All originals are held in this collection, unless otherwise stated.

December 8, 1881

1881 12 08

Rec’d of D.J. Allen fifty seven 95/100 dollars

amt ?? to date Dec 8th 1881

J. A. Tyson

 

Here we have J. A. Tyson again.  The John Tyson I find living in Center, Stanly County, NC in 1880 is indexed as John H, but I think the H could actually be an A.  John Tyson was a physician in Center.

This post is part of a series of transcriptions of letters, papers, receipts, and other ephemera that are held in the Smith Family Collection.  All originals are held in this collection, unless otherwise stated.

 

November 24, 1881

1881 11 24

Registry Receipt

Post Office at Norwood, NC

Registered Letter No 24, Rec’d Nov 24, 1881

of D. J. Allen

addressed to International Committee

New York, NY

PW Melton, PM

 

I am unsure of whether the International Committee is of the Young Christian Men’s Association, the Red Cross, or what.  I haven’t been able to find out anything definitive.

October 28, 1881

1881 10 28

This is to certify that I am to pay ??

Melton eight Dollars for D. J. Allen &

this is to be his receipt against his (Melton’s)

Books

10/28/81

John A. Tyson

 

Again, I’m not sure of the initials, whether it’s PW Melton (I’m pretty sure that’s what the earlier initials are) or something else entirely.  I can really only find the one Melton family in the area.

John A. Tyson also has me a little stumped.  I can find a John H. Tyson in Centre, Stanly County, NC on the 1880 census.  He was a physician.  I can also find a John Tyson of Ansonville, Anson County, NC which is fairly close.  I don’t have enough information, at this time, to made make a judgement call.

This post is part of a series of transcriptions of letters, papers, receipts, and other ephemera that are held in the Smith Family Collection.  All originals are held in this collection, unless otherwise stated.

November 27, 1880

1880 11 27Registry Receipt

Post Office at Norwood, NC

Registered Letter No 26. Rec’d Nov 27 1880

of D J Allen

addressed to Benjamin Whitmore

New York, NY

PW Melton, PM

 

Evidently PW Melton was not only a saddler but also Post Master?  I have found a Benjamin Whitmore in Bronx, New York in 1880 but have not found a connection between DJ Allen and him.  Looking forward to finding out more.

This post is part of a series of transcriptions of letters, papers, receipts, and other ephemera that are held in the Smith Family Collection.  All originals are held in this collection, unless otherwise stated.

Four Ancestors Ago–David Jones Allen (52 Ancestors)

This post is a part of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge by Amy Johnson Crow at www.nostorytoosmall.com.

5/23–I decided to make this one of my 52 Ancestors posts even though it is incomplete as of this time.  Once I’ve posted all his ephemera, I’ll post something more complete.

 

I decided I would like to give a little background information on David Jones Allen as we are peeking into his life as a farmer and justice of the peace.

The facts so far:

  • Born to William and Nancy McSwain Allen on 13 Jan 1859.
  • Siblings:
    • Oney (perhaps)
    • Sarah
  • Lives in the Center Township of Stanly County, North Carolina

David’s father, William, died during the Civil War and Nancy was left to raise their children alone.  She never remarried.  I do believe David had another sibling, I’ve found the name as Oney but I have not found my own proof of the name.  This child was evidently dead by 1860 as there is no other mention of her.

I haven’t been able to find him on the 1870 census with his mother and sister, Sarah.

In 1879, he’s 20 years old.

October 21, 1879

1879 10 21

Rec’d of D J Allen $5.00 dollars

in full of all demands up to

date this Oct 21st 79

T. W. Melton?

 

Possibilities for the signature are Melton or Williams?  I have found a P. T. Melton on the 1880 census.  He is a saddler.   Looking back at the first receipt, the bottom name/signature on that receipt appears to be a Melton/Milton as well.

1879 03 01

1879 03 01

3-111    Norwood NC Mar 1st 1879

One day after date I promise to pay to

the order of DN Bennett

Five Dollars

at Eight per cent

Value received

No    Due     (Signature torn out) (Seal)

 

In looking through these receipts, I’ve seen the signature removed more than once.  I find it interesting and wonder why my 2nd great-grandfather’s signatures had been torn away.

Original receipt is a part of the Smith Family Collection.