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1888 We have to take the bitter with the sweet

Headstone of Peter J Demarest and his first wife Helen Hopper. Valleau Cemetery, Ridgewood, New Jersey.

Anna Post to her aunt Malinda Dull Van Emburgh

Paterson, New Jersey to Monroe, Louisiana April 21st 1888

Dear Aunt

Your most welcome letter received and very glad to hear that you and your daughters [Georgiana Van Emburgh O’Kelly] family are well but very sorry to hear of your loss of your sister, but that is the way all through life we have to take the bitter with the sweet. Grandpa [Peter J. Demarest] was sick just four weeks he was taken with billions fever which lasted 12 days and left him so very weak he could not rally and then he had inflamation of the kidneys, he lived a good Christian life and he died a peaceful death, the first two weeks he was sick his mind wondered but the last two weeks his mind was as clear and bright as it ever was in his life, he was nearly 81 years old. Of course you know he was grandma second husband but I never knew any other Grandpa as he and Grandpa had been married about 38 years and then he was a brother to Grandma first husband he had six children by his first wife but none with Grandma, he and Grandma lived very happy together and both his and her children loved him dearly. Uncle Henry [Demarest] lived in Trinidad [Colorado] when he died he was sick about one month but was confined to his bed about one week he took to his bed the first day of Jan 1888 and died the 8th of Jan he had Brights disease of the kidneys. All we know about it is that the woman who took care of him wrote to uncle Zeolotes [Demarest] and sent us the peice which was in the paper out there, we had not seen him in 17 years. Grandma has had a great deal of trouble lately she has lost a sister [Polly Van Emburgh] a brother [Peter Van Emburgh] a son [Henry Demarest] and her loved husband in ten months and 8 days. Uncle Henry`s daughter Caty [Kathryn Louise Demarest] has been getting married, she and her brother [George Mills Demarest] and Mother [Martha Mills Demarest] live in Illinois. Uncle Zeolotes [Demarst] was up at our house last Sunday, he and [his wife] Aunt Elmira are well but all upside down as the landlord is fixing the house and do not know when they will get settled.

Grandma was down here at our house for a few days last week, she is feeble but better than she has been, we received pictures of Cousins [Georgiana Van Emburgh O’Kelly]  little boy thank you for and they look as though they were good. We are all well. Sister [Emma Post Noonan] and family are well.

With love to all. Write when you can

Yours ever

Anna D Post


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1888 Grandpa died yesterday

Anna D. Post to her Aunt Malinda Dull Van Emburgh

Paterson, New Jersey to Monroe, Louisiana March 20th 1888

Dear Aunt,

Have not heard from you in a long time and had no answer to my last letter, have been anxious to know how cousin [Georgiana Van Emburgh O’Kelly] gets along. Grandpa [Peter] Demarest died yesterday at ten minutes of two o’clock in the afternoon, he was nearly 81 years old, he was sick just four weeks to the day, will be buried Thursday at 10 o’clock from his home at Fair Lawn. Grandma [Catherine Van Emburgh Demarest] has been sick too but is better now she feels very badly about the loss of her husband. Uncle Henry [Demarest] died January 8th, he was out west [Trinidad, Colorado].

A.D. Post

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1926 Obituary of William Abram O’Kelly Sr.

Monroe News-Star, Monroe, Louisiana November 11, 1926, Page 1, Column 5.

No death of recent years in this city has caused more genuine sorrow, especially among the older residents of the Twin Cities and the parish than that of W. A. O’Kelly, Sr., who died at his home, 123 North Sixth Street, at an early hour yesterday morning. Mr. O’Kelly was not only one of the best known men of this section, but was as widely esteemed as he was known. His passing away severs a link with the past history of this city and parish, stated many old-time friends today. In the reconstruction days of the South, Mr. O’Kelly was extremely active and contributed much to the return of established government for the state and especially for this section of Louisiana.  As testimony, mute but expressing sincerity, were the many floral emblems that were sent to the residence and to St. Matthew’s Church for the services this morning. A Large number of representative men of the city and parish gathered at the house just before the hour set for the Church funeral. The Henry W. Allen Chapter, U.C.V., of which the deceased was adjutant, was well represented as were members of the police jury and city and other parish officials. From the house, where brief exercised were held, the body was removed to St. Matthew’s Church which was well filled at the hour of 10 o’clock, this morning, for the funeral services. Following these, the burial was held at the local Catholic cemetery.

Pall bearers were as follows: Theodore Terzia, John Breard, Charles Philips, Fred Hil, Judge Ben C. Dawkins, A. A. Thoman, John Collens, and Sig Masur. An unusual feature in the tribute of respect to long faithful service as public official, was shown when the funeral procession, from the house to the church, passed over a circuitous route, proceeding on all four streets which bound the Ouachita parish court house. Another feature was the wearing of a small white chrysanthemum in the lapel of each pallbearer’s coat, which were from the beds of the courthouse grounds. Four members of the Henry W Allen post, U.C.V., marched, in time-honored gray uniforms, from the church to the grave. At the grave, Professor W. B. Ennis, with army bugle, sounded solemn taps over the grave of the departed soldier.

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1887 The horse gave a sudden start

Anna D. Post to her Aunt Malinda Dull Van Emburgh

Paterson, New Jersey to Monroe, Louisiana August 22nd 1887

My Dear Aunt

Both of your welcome letters the one of April 19th and July 11th were both received glad to hear from you. I was away from home when the last one came so I arrived home Aug 17 so will hasten to answer. On May 11th 1887 Grandma only sister died she was at Grandmas her name was Aunt Polly Ackerman. I have written to you about her to you before she was there sick over two years still she died very suddenly. She was very sick only three days she had been quite smart before that only could not walk as she fell and broke her hip. Nine weeks ago today Grandma brother Peter Van Emburgh aged  84 years was out riding and the horse gave a sudden start and threw him out and hurt him very badly he cannot live very long he may die any moment then there will only be her left. Grandma is very smart now for her.

Uncle Zelotes [Demarest] has not been very well but is better again and [his wife] aunt Elmira is well. Sorry to hear of your dear ones being sick hope they are better now. Sister [Emma Post Noonan] and her family are quite well. Ma [Kezia Demarest Post] has been quite sick for a few days but she is better now again so she goes around. I am very well my going away did me so much good! I hope I shall live long enough and be able to afford it to come down  to see my Aunt and Cousin in the South but I have no idea when that will be. I will have to close for this time as it is time to get dinner.

With love to my cousin and yourself I close hoping to hear from you soon again and that this will find that you all well.

I am ever yours truly

Anna D. Post

239 Summer st. Paterson New Jersey

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