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Born in Fairlawn, New Jersey, Jacob Demarest changed his last name to Van Emburgh and moved to Monroe, Louisiana where he married Malinda Dull in 1854. The couple had a daughter Georgiana who married William Abram O’Kelly Sr. Although the Louisiana and New Jersey branches of the family would never meet, they sent a great deal of letters to each other over the span of three generations.

1869 Here is piece of my hair

Anna Post to her aunt Malinda Dull Van Emburgh and cousins Georgiana and James.

Paterson, New Jersey to Monroe, Louisiana May 4th 1869

Dear Aunt and Cousins

We are all well at present and hope these few lines will find you enjoying good health. We have moved to the city of Paterson now we did not like the country. It was so [page damaged] school for us. Uncle Henry [Demarest] wife [Martha Mills] had got a baby daughter [Kathryn Louise] it was born the 8 of April they think of calling it Caty after gramma. I am to gramma [page damaged] and all the folks are all well. I believe I thought I would write to you and your sister [Elizabeth Dull] but it was not my turn to write to [page damaged].  I thought perhaps you had not received my letter that I wrote to you the week after New Years. I have not had my cards taken yet but soon as I get them taken you shall have one of them.

Pa [Halmagh Post] Ma [Kezia Demarest] Emma [Post] and myself and all of gramma [Catherine Demarest Van Emburgh] folks send there love to you. Gramma went down to New York yesterday and saw uncle Zelotes [Demarest] they where all well.  She came home Monday evening and I came on the same train with her. Here is a peace of my hair. I do not want to go to school now but I am going to a very large school with about 24 teachers in it.  I will start a week from yesterday. Gramma has our little trip [page damaged] When we moved to Paterson we did not [page damaged].

Grampa [Peter J. Demarest] has a little calf his name is Tom [page damaged] gramma folks has been washing this morning. James is a ploughing and the boy is cleaning the strawberries

as I said that – I was going to send you a peice of my hair it will not curl so I am going to curl it on the poker and send it to you and your sister I must close so goodbye

write as soon as you get this letter and tell all the folks the news

From your neice Anna D Post to her Aunt

Direct your letters to

Miss Anna D Post Willis st. No 71 Paterson post office

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1876 We are all pretty well here

Paterson, New Jersey December 5th 1876 to Monroe, Louisiana

Garret Hopper Demarest to his nephew James and niece Georgiana

Mr. James Garret Van Emburgh and Sister

I send you under this date a Post Office order from your Grandma Demarest [Catherine Van Emburgh Demarest] for fifteen dollars. Which she hopes will be made good use of. She says she will have no more money coming in before Spring so you may hardly expect more from her before that time. We are all pretty well here, and hope you are also.

Yours

Garret H. Demarest

[continued on back]

When you receive the money order please write me immediately so that I may know.

Please sign the receipt which I enclose and return to me. The one for the first and also for this one. so that I may have something to show that you have received the money

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1868 It would give us great pleasure to see your faces

Small Lots, New Jersey June 18 1868 to Monroe, Louisiana

Garret H. Demarest to his sister-in-law Malinda Dull Van Emburgh

Dear Malinda
Your letter dated May 22 is received. We are glad to hear that you and the children were well, and that they were going to school. We are all well here. Zelotes [Zelotes Demarest] and Wife [Elmira DeVoe Demarest], and Kezia [Kezia Demarest Post] and family were also well at last account.

The weather this spring has been very wet, and we have had so much rain that Farmers have scarcely been able to get their potatoes and corn planted and some have been obliged to plow up their potatoe patches because they rotted in the ground. It is feared there will be a scarcity in the potato crop this year.

Strawberries are now ripening and commencing to come in market. They sell for about 5 or 6 cents in a basket of which 4 will make about a quart. So you see they are from 20 to 25 cents a quart.

We would be glad to receive a letter from James Garret if he sees fit to write to his friends out here, and also from Georgianna if she can write, and if she cannot write and has anything to say to us, you may write it for her.

It would give us great pleasure to see your faces for it seems quite strange to have relations so long, and be writing to them from time to time and yet never have seen them. It is very kind of that school teacher [Father Louis Gergaud] to do as you state in your letter, it shows that he has a benevolent spirit and a desire to do good.

I hope the children seeing what it costs to attend school will endeavor to improve as fast as they can, for with a moderate education a person can get very well along in this country if he writes with his education proper and steady habits.

Hope you will find one Dollar from a friend, which amount, though small, he hopes you will give it to the schooling of James Garret. He wishes he could send a larger amount but does not at this time, feel able to do so, but hopes that by the time you receive another letter, he may be able to send some more. He feels exceedingly desirous to see the children get along and make something in this world  but oh, Malinda if they don`t rise up to distinction in this world, but their, and your lot is humble. Strive so to live, that when this life and its cares, and trials and disapointments are over, you may all go to that better world, where they neither marry, nor are given in marriage but are as the Angels of God.

Mother [Catherine Van Emburgh Demarest] sends you five dollars. Hoping to hear from you and the children.

I remain yours, Garret H. Demarest

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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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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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