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Benjamin R. Congdon (Condon)1800s MO
Posted by: D. Clinton Congdon Date: October 24, 2001 at 23:16:34
In Reply to: Benjamin R. Congdon (Condon) and Synthia Davis by Jack Boardman of 754

Letter to Samuel Smiley, Auburn Lincoln Co Mo
from Benjamin Congdon, New Boston, Mercer Co., IL
July 27, 1842
Transcribed by Mark Etheridge

(A translation before it fades out 10-15-45)

July 27, A.D. 1842

Dear Cousin:
Through mercy I am yet a survivor of the dead. I have not seen you I think for
upwards of twenty years. My maiden name was Sarah Auxer, daughter of Michael
Auxer. This will at once let you know who I am. I married a man by the name of
(Benjamin?) Congdon with whom I still live. We have three children living and
three dead; from this you will see we have been unfortunate in raising our
Last fall one year ago we moved into Illinois, Bond County, and then last fall
we moved from there into Mercer County Illinois, where we now live, in three
miles of New Boston on the bank of the Mississippi River, and at present we are
all well.
Dear cousin this brief statement will I think suffice as regards myself and
I wish to know if you can tell where William Lewis and his family are. They
moved first into your Country, but where they now are we know not. We greatly
desire to hear from them, and we take this means of inquiring of you, hoping you
will not fail to inform us.
We also want to know when you heard from Father or any of out friends in that
And we are also anxious to hear from you and family. Since you and (I) have seen
each other, many of our friends have gone the way of all the earth, and we must
soon follow, but while we are some of us yet alive I can speak for one that I
would have great pleasure in seeing and hearing from from each other.
Fail not to write to us.

B & S Congdon

S Smiley
Send your letter to New Boston Mercer Co Illinois
To Benjamin Congdon
New Boston Ill

Mr Samuel Smiley
Auburn Lincoln Co Mo

23 Ellis Library, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO 65201
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