Category Archives: Julia Pernet Dull

Born: September 1816 Ouachita Colony
Died: September 7, 1884 Monroe, Louisiana

Daughter of Jean-Baptiste Pernet and Marie Henrietta Charlotte Bonaventure. Wife of James Dull.

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



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1855 Yes indeed I do want to see the colony that greatest of places

New Orleans, October 29th 1855 to Ouachita Colony, Louisiana

Martha Dull Morrison to her sister Malinda Dull Van Emburgh

My Dear Sister,

It was with great joy that I received your kind letter the other day for it had been a long time since I had heard and them had heard sad news, but now you are getting well and how much that news from your own heart has relived me. I thank you my sister that your sufferings are relieved and hope you will soon be restored to perfect health. We are well with the exception of a cold which we all have and which makes me feel quite bad this morning my head aches and my chest feels very much filled up, but I hope that will not last long.

We have had some very cold weather lately, unusually cold for the season. The city is now quite healthy as far as I can learn and we are all very glad that the dreadful season is over, but the early spring brings the cholera epidemic which is very bad but does not last so long as the yellow fever.

I was the other night honored with a serenade. It was very pretty indeed. The performance was on the violin, that sweetest of instruments. The serenade was a young gentleman unknown. I have never seen but he lives sufficiently near for me to have him playing and I one day told one of my friends, Mrs. Harriet Knight that I always listened to him with so much pleasure. She happened to be acquainted with an acquaintance of his so what I have said was told him and he rewarded my praise with a serenade. He does play charmingly.

And Resiah has named her daughter Martha. Did she name her for me? Tell her to let me know whether she did or not and in the meantime I will flatter myself thatI have a namesake. Give Risy my love. Tell her to give the children a dozen kisses for cousin Martha. Don’t let Pheba [Malinda Pheobe Howard] forget us and make little Jimmy know me right well. He has pretty little his [?].

There are plenty of diseases that are catching that I might, but I don’t think there is much danger up here. I don’t go out much or see many people.

Next Thursday is is all souls day. On that day the people all go to the graveyards and decorate the tombs of their friends with flowers and ribbons and artifacts. Caroline is going to take me to all the cemeteries it must be a beautiful sight to see all people paying those marks of affectionate remembrance to their departed friends and relatives.

George is perched up on my lap asking me what I am writing and telling me to write about Jenny but I can hardly anything while he is here for he will not sit still. He says that I must put toys in my letter to send to Jenny and a pretty purse which he thinks are the prettiest things in existence. He is finding fault with my letter, he says Jenny will say that it is not written right and will throw it away. He says that is not the way he writes to his gramma. Was delighted to see it. He asked how you sent it to me it is that that makes him think that I can send toys in my letter. He thinks of one thing can come in a letter another can.

Tell Ma that I hope something very like my coming home will happen before this time next year. It is in that hope that I derive all my comfort. Yes indeed I do want to see the colony [Ouachita] that greatest of places and I hope too see it again, please God.

Give my love to [your husband] Jacob [Demarest Van Emburgh], [our brother-in-law] Mr. Howard [John M. Howard] and all my friends and most especially to our dear mother to our brother [James Dull Jr.] and sisters. May God bless and protect you is the prayer of your affectionate sister,


Tell [our sister] Kate [Catherine Dull] that I am getting impatient for that letter

Editor’s Notes: When this letter was written, Martha was married to her first husband with the last name Morrison.

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