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Posted by: Margaret Breidenbaugh (ID *****5897) Date: December 18, 2012 at 08:33:43
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I recently came across an old handwritten letter on eBay. It was sent from Chillicothe, Ohio, to Cayuga County, New York, in 1838. The sender was Rumina Farnham, and the recipient Amasa Moulton Farnham. The person selling this letter has done some research: "Though I cannot confirm the author's identity through family records, I believe Rumina S. (Fisher) Farnham must have been a daughter of Amasa Moulton Farnham (1785-1855) and Rachel Perry (1788-1818). She is not listed among their several children in on-line genealogies but she mentions that she has a daughter named Sophia, who may be named after Rumina's sister, Sophia Farnham (b. 1813) and she also mentions someone named Perry who may be Perry Farnham (b. 1815) of this same family. Another sibling, Hiram Farnham (1812-1889) married Mary Jane Van Auken (1821-1891) and raised a daughter named Rumina M. Farnham (b. 1853)."

Please note that I am not the seller, nor am I being compensated for my time. I just feel that this letter ought to be in the hands of descendants. There is a full transcription of the letter in the listing, which is titled "1838 Chillicothe, OH stampless OHIO CANAL TRAVEL, FREE SLAVE SERVANT, Content!" I have not included a link as sometimes links can be seen as suspicious. This auction ends in 5 days.

Best wishes for a joyous holiday season,


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