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1868 How are you situated in worldly manners?

Henry Demarest

Henry Demarest 1842 -1888

 

Joliet, Illinois December 27 1868 to Monroe, Louisiana

Henry Demarest to his sister-in-law Malinda Van Emburgh

Mrs. M Van Emburgh

Dear sister and friends I thought that I would write to you and see if I could find out anything about Jacob if you know anything about him I wish you would tell me all that you know. I received your card you and your family I was very glad to get it now Malinda I want you to tell me how you are situated in worldly matters if you comfortable or not. I have not seen Mother [Catherine Van Emburgh Demarest] for nearly three years but I hope to see her before long. I am living in the state of Illinois and have got a wife [Martha Mills] but no children to take care of. If I had the time to come down and see you I would come but I cannot come this winter I have been sick for three weeks but are getting better now. Dose the children go to school or not. Tell them that I would like to see them very much and tell them to write to me. I must close for this time wright to me and let me know all the pitulars you must excuse me for this time for my hand is tired and weak. wright just as soon as you get this letter

I remain your Aft Brother

Direct to Henry Demarest Joliet Will Co, Ills

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1918 United War Work Campaign Contribution receipt

November 12, 1918
Mary O’Kelly contributes the sum of $5.00 to the United War Work Campaign.

The United War Work Campaign brought together 7 organizations – the YMCA, the YWCA, the American Library Association, the War Camp Community Service, the Knights of Columbus, the Jewish Welfare Board, and the Salvation Army – into one large funding drive charged with raising over $170 million for the war in 1918.

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1868 Have you heard anything from Jacob yet

New York City, New York January 21 1868 to Monroe, Louisiana

Zelotes Demarest to his sister-in-law Malinda Dull Van Emburgh

Dear Sister

I received your letter and was glad to hear from you and the children . We are all well and I hope that you are the same. Mother [Catherine Van Emburgh Demarest] is here visiting with us just now. She is quite well now.

It has been very cold weather here with for two or three weeks, It has been snowing and raining since yesterday morning and it is storming yet. It has been very cold and we have had a great many snow storm this winter  and the times are very hard here now. There are a great many people out of employment now. there are thousands of people walking the streets of New York looking for work. I think the spring will be a little brisker than it is now.

Malinda, you asked about brother Henry. He is in Virginia Cass Co Illinois. He is not very well He has a falen on his hand and has been quite sick with it for some time. His address is Henry V. E. Demarest Virginia Cass Co, Illinois

Mother will send in this letter twenty five dollars  $25 to you and that is all that she can spare just now.

As Henry has been sick and not able to do anything She has had to assist him. Some this winter Mother would like to know how much schooling is a quarter there. She thinks it is very needful for the children to have an education and she would like them to have it –

Have you heard anything from Jacob yet. and how is the health of your mother.

And Mother would like to know if James Garret cannot write a letter to his Grand Ma. She would be much pleased to hear from him and you also. You can direct them to me and then I will send them to her. Or else you can direct them to Peter J. Demarest Paterson Passaic Co, New Jersey

Now write soon and let me know if you receive this money and letter. Our Mother, Elmira, and myself send our love to you and James Garret and Georgianna.

So we will bid you goodnight.

Zeolotes G. Demarest  27 Barrow st New York City

Sister Kezia and Husband would like to hear from you. There directions are Helmagh R. Post Ridgewood Bergen Co, New Jersey

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1867 I hope that he will be a great comfort to his Mother and Sister

Demarest Family Home Saddle River, Bergen, New Jersey

Demarest Family Home circa 1867
Saddle River, Bergen, New Jersey

New York City Oct 13 1867 to Monroe, Louisiana

Zelotes Demarest to his sister-in-law Malinda Dull Van Emburgh

Dear Sister and family

I received your letter and was happy to hear from you all and to hear that Georgianna is getting better and to hear that you and James are well.

It is a lovely day today. It has been raining for a week back more or less all the time. Elmira my wife has been a visiting to Mother [Catherine Van Emburgh Demarest] for nearly two weeks. Mother is well her husband [Peter Demarest] is well also. they are still living in the Old Homestead, as when Jacob was home before he was married. They are very much pleased when they hear from you, all the letters I receive from you. I always show them to them all. Mother is always anxious to hear from you. She never [?] me but what she asks me if I have heard from you lately. Mother was down here day before yesterday and she wish to know if I had heard from you I told her it was not time for a letter yet.

In your last letter you thought of moving, but you did not say wether you would move or no. If you do you must write and let me know were you move to.

I am happy to hear that James is improving fast at school. If a man or boy has a good education he can get along in this world very well. And I hope he will improve his time very much. And I hope that he will be a great comfort to his Mother and Sister yet, and that he will be a better son to his mother than his father was to his own Mother. Mother [Catherine Van Emburgh Demarest] says she thinks it is a dreadfull thing for him [Jacob] to do so. It troubles her almost to death. Malinda, do you think Jacob Carte de Visite looks like him. We received your cards and was very much pleased with them.

Sister Kezia [Kezia Demarest Post] and Husband [Halmaugh Post] and family are all well and all send there love to you.

Malinda you never told me in your letter wether you received Jacob and Henry [Henry Demarest] cards, you said that Georgianna was much pleased about her GrandMa picture

Mother was very much delighted about your card and I am very much obliged to you for mine and I will return the compliment sometime with myself and wife.

Mother and family send her love to you all.

Elmira and myself send our love to you and the children, and when you write again ask James if he could write a few lines to his Grandma in the letter you send to me. Write soon and let me know how you are, write as often as you possibly can. We are always pleased to hear from you.

From Your Affectionate Brother

Zelotes G Demarest

27 Barrow St., New York

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1867 I wish we could hear something about Jacob

Jacob Demarest Van Emburgh

Jacob Demarest Van Emburgh

New York Cit, New Yorky August 14, 1867 to Monroe, Louisiana

Zeolotes Demarest to his sister-in-law Malinda Van Emburgh

Dear Sister,

I received your letter and was much pleased to hear from you and to hear that you and your children are well. We are all well at present except my wife, Elmira, she has got a toothache and her face is much swollen. Mother [Catherine Van Emburgh Demarest] is very well at present and was very glad to hear that you received the letter with the money and she send you three card with Jacob, your husband , Brother Henry, the youngest one in the family, and herself for Georgianna.

Sister Kezia [Kezia Demarest Post], husband [Halmagh Post] and children [Anna & Emma Post] are well and send their love to you all.

Malinda, when we have our Cadevisti taken again, I will send you one of myself and wife also.

We have a great deal of wet weather this season. There is plenty of peaches about this season, and they are very cheap because we have had so much wet weather this season that they will not keep Good long after they are picked. The other crops so far are very good.

I am sorry to hear such bad news about the crops South. I hope the children are improving there time at school. Tell them they should learn as fast as they possibly can.

Mother send her kind love to you and your children, and we all send our love to you and your children and kiss them each for their uncle Zelotes, and tell them, that I say they must be good to you and love you and obey you. Because there Pa does not, and they must try and comfort you all they can.

I wish we could hear something about Jacob. Malinda write soon and let us know how you all are.

From your affectionate Brother

Zeolotes G Demarest

27 Barrow Street New York City

Do not forget to send your Cardiveti as mother would be pleased to see them and so would I. Send them whenever you have a chance.

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1867 You must have a hard time of it with two children to clothe and feed.

New York City June 24 1867 to Monroe, Louisiana

Zeolotes Demarest to his sister-in-law Malinda Dull Van Emburgh and her children

Dear Sister and children

I know take the pleasure in writing you a few lines to inform you that we are well, pardon me for not answering your letter before. Mother [Catherine Van Emburgh Demarest] has been quite sick since I wrote you last. I was up in the country to Mothers yesterday and she is quite well again. She has had the remittent fever, But she feels quite well again the fever is broken and is getting along nicely now. Mother requested me to say to you that she felt very gratefull to your mother for kindness in caring for Jacobs Wife and children, for which she is much obliged, and hope that the Savior will reward her bountifully for it.

Malinda, enclosed you will find Fifty Dollars that Mother send you to assist you and the children because she think that you must have a hard time of it with two children to clothe and feed. Mother says she is very sorry that she has a child as Jacob is. She cannot tell who he takes after, his conduct is very strange. It troubles her almost to death I hardly think there is a minute in a day that she does not think about him. She says She thinks sometimes he is dead or he could not do so to stay away from his family so long.

Now I will tell you about the rest of the family. Sister Kezia [Kezia Demarest Post] Husband [Halmagh Post] and children are all well , and they all  send there love to you and your children. Mother send her love to you and the children and tell them that they mind love and obey their mother and be a good boy and girl, tell them there GrandMa says so. I would of sent this money by express but I could not get it to you any nearer than Vicksburg or New Orleans, and [?]in a letter. So I sent it in this manner to you, and I trust that it may reach you all right.

Malinda, Please write as soon as you receive this because we will feel anxious to know how you all are and if you received the money all right or not.

[My wife] Elmira and I send you our love to you and your children. Write soon and let us hear from you.

From your affectionate Brother and Sister

Zeolotes G., Elmira Demarest and Mother.

Direct your letter to Zeolotes G Demarest

27 Barrow Street New York City

Goodnight

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1867 Was he a good husband to you?

The following is the first letter that Malinda received from her in-laws after writing to inquire if they had any news of her husband Jacob.

New York City April 14th 1867 to Monroe, Louisiana

Zeolotes Grinnell Demarest to his sister-in-law Malinda Dull Van Emburgh

Dear Sister

I received your letter in due time and was much pleased to hear from you but was sorry to hear the news concerning Jacob. The last letter that we had from Jacob was August 28, 1862 and that he wrote to Mother [Catherine Van Emburgh Demarest]. He was at Columbus Kentucky. He stated  in his letter to Mother that the [Civil] war had ruined him and that he had not heard from his family in bout three months and that was in August 1862.  In your letter you say that you have not heard from him in nine years. He said in his letter to mother that he had been very sick with chronic diareahrea and was near the verge of the grave. He said then he thought about his neglected friends and he would like to have seen all of them. And I trust and hope that he will turn up some were to comfort his family and his mother, brothers and sister.

Now then I would like to ask you a few plain questions and hope you will not be offended as it is for your own benefit. Where did Jacob go to when he left you and what was the cause of him leaving you. Did you and him have any trouble or did he go away to work some where or did he leave you of his own accord or did you and him have any disagreement. Was he a good husband to you. Did he provide willingly for you. It appears very strange to me that my brother would do so. When he wrote to mother last he said he had not heard from you in three months this was in August 1862 and the letter I received from you that was written March 29 1867 you say that you have not heard from him in nine years. The time he write it would make it about five years that you have not heard from him according to his account. We have not heard a word from him since 1862 and we would be very glad to hear from him and to hear that he was with his family and that you were all well. What precious news that would be for me and his kind mother and sister to hear.

Just as soon as Mother received that letter in aug 1862. She wrote him one and told him he should have stayed with his family anyhow and that was the last we have ever heard from him and it has upset her almost to death.

[Our sister] Kezia [Kezia Demarest Post] and her husband are well. Her Husband name is Halmagh R. Post and they say they will write you. They have children living. Two girls Anna and Emma. One of them is eleven years old and Emma is ten years old. Brother Henry [Henry Demarest] is in Illinois he is at the Butcher Business at present and is well. I had a letter from him yesterday. I saw Mother to day and showed her your letter that you wrote to me and she was very glad to hear from you but was sorry to hear the news about her son. She has not heard a word from him in so long a time that she has almost given up hope of ever hearing  from him or you ever again. She had no idea that he was not with you but thought he was careless and did not care about writing home to his folks.

I will send you Mothers Carte-Vistas enclosed you will find it. They all send there love to you and children. My wife [Elmira De Voe Demarest] sends her love to you. Says she is very sorry for you and wishes she could say something consoling to you as not having knowing you nor Jacob she don`t know what to say.

Enclosed you will find five dollars to pay for yours and your childrens carte-vistas. for which I hope you will mail in your next letter. Please answer immediately if you please and let me know all the particulars as mother is anxious to hear from you as the news was unexpected that we cannot give you any advice about the children at present

My kind love and best wishes to you and your children and believe me ever kindly. Your Brother,

Zelotes G Demarest

27 Barrow Street, New York City

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