March 5, 1900 Letter

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[Letters of Jim Smith to Miss Delia S. Smith, his sister Jim Smith (b. 1835) was related to Georgia Jordan through her grandmother, Margaret Gibson and Margaret's first husband. Margaret remarried, and by her second husband had four children, including Jim and Delia. This letter is from Jim Smith to Delia Smith, March 5, 1900, and describes the difficulties Jim has dealt with, including the deaths of his wife and children.]

Trimble, Tenn
March 5, 1900
Miss D.S. Smith
Dear Sister
I had a letter from you yesterday but not in answer to my last to you. I have lost all my ambition since the death of my dear little boy my 14 months babe. It seems God is very harsh in his dealings with me and why I do not know. I raised myself nearly and I do not think I am a bad man. I fear and love God, but I am most severe

ly persecuted it seems to me. Since living in Trimble 18 years I have buried 2 wives and 4 children besides 2 still born babes. I shall leave here very soon indeed. My children are out in Country and miles snowpersecuted it seems to me. Since living in Trimble 18 years I have buried 2 wives and 4 children besides 2 still born babes. I shall leave here very soon indeed. My children are out in Country and miles snow (?) for a few days. I am afraid for them to stay in Trimble. I shall start out West in 3 or 4 days to look for a location. I have a nice family living with me. Had an old negro woman with us who took good care of my children but she died Feb. 14, 1900. You need not write me again till you hear from me Re__. Jim

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Smith, Jim

Date

March 5, 1900

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