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1888 Ma had a splendid dinner for us.

Francis Elizabeth Beasley 1863 - 1934

Francis Elizabeth Beasley
1863 – 1934

William Abram O’Kelly to his wife Georgiana Van Emburgh O’Kelly

Monroe, Louisiana December 26th 1888 to Hotel Dieu, New Orleans, Louisiana

My Darling,

We have not had a letter from you since Sunday we all hope you are doing well and that you spend a very good Christmas. As for us we did very well. Ma [Malinda Dull Van Emburgh] had a splendid dinner for us we had a splendid turkey with celery out of the garden, four or five kinds of cake mini pies and many other things. There was only one drawback to our enjoyment one “loved one” our darling was not there to witness or participate in our pleasure, but we all thought of her and wish that she could be there.

Santa Clause brought Jennie [Jane Calderwood O’Kelly] a breast pin, stove and doll chair. Sonny [James George O’Kelly] got a train of cars Noahs Ark and frog and plenty of fine works. Bootsy [Mary Catherine O’Kelly] got a Rocking Chair a china tea set a doll chair and a train set. The baby [William Abram O’Kelly Jr.] only got a squeaking cat. The children enjoyed themselves hugely. They made a regular day of it. We send you a small box by express to day all charges are paid. Aunt Bet & Fannie* send the things on the side with the fruit cake.

Affectionately

WA O’Kelly

* “Aunt Bet & Fannie” are Georgiana’s aunt Elizabeth Dull and cousin Francis Beasley Parker.

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1940 I never saw Grandmother play piano, but it was implied that she knew how

Receipt for piano lessons from Miss. Eleanore Michie to Miss Mary O’Kelly

1940 Piano Lesson Receipt

Tuition in Piano for Alice O’Kelly. Feb. 19th to March 19th. $5.00

Eleanore Ann Michie

Eleanore Ann Michie
1873 ~ 1949

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Circa 1938 The O’Kelly ladies visit Jackson Square

Left to right: Mary, Mary Lin, Alice and Jennie O'Kelly

Left to right: Mary, Mary Lin, Alice and Jennie O’Kelly

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1899 Souvenir Holy Card of First Communion

William Abram O’Kelly Jr. received the Sacrament if Communion April 9, 1889, St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, Monroe, Louisiana and saved this souvenir Holy Card between the pages of his prayer book.

 Souvenir Holy Card of First Communion

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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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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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