Letters From Forgotten Ancestors

The Hunt, King, Taylor,
Fawks, Lancaster, Mitchell
and Harris Connection.

Sumner County Tennessee

“Cholera is Bad in Town.”
~ 1849 ~
Copyright © 2000, Frederick Smoot. All Rights Reserved.

Folded letter sheet, stampless.
No postmark:
(Carried outside of the mails. This letter was probably originated in Sumner or Wilson County.)

Mary J. King
Leave at Loves Shop with a request to send it to Charles B. King Letter:
June 21st 1849

Dear Mary,
Hearing that the Cholera is bad in town and in all probability will get worse we one and all not only invite but beg you and the rest of the family to leave and come down here - we have room for you all and plenty of meat and bread - now do not conclude that you that you are not now welcome but leave immediately and do not let the though of leaving or gaining a little keep you.

We are all as well as common but Mary. She has has been very sick but is a little better. Anderson thinks her out of danger with good nursing.

Your affectionate brother,
Sion A. Hunt

Write soon as you get this and direct your letter to be left at Eqr Douglasses.

(Note: The 1850 Tennessee Mortality Schedule shows that a Sion Hunt, age 40 died of Cholera in Sumner County, Aug 1849. Also, the 1850 Tennessee Mortality Schedule shows that a Thomas Hunt, age 73, died of Cholera in Sumner County, Aug 1849.)

From the Collection of Frederick Smoot.
Provenance: Keith Finley, 1998

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