I have a letter written by John B. Shipman of Chippewa Falls, WS sent to his cousin Rev. Isaiah Hatch Shipman of Sugar Hill, N.H. dated 27 Oct 1861
"Dear Cousin, Your letter of the 29th Sept I received a few days since. I was highly pleased to hear from a relative. I am now 35 years old and this is the first time that I ever wrote a letter to any body that is connected to us. Tell dear Uncle that mothers health is very good. She is over 70 years old and she can walk 3 or 4 miles very easy and can sew on any kind of a garment very well. My father Alvin Shipman died March 12th, 1858. He was born March 22nd 1784 Age 73 yr 11mo & 21 days. He was not able to do any thing for two years before he died in consequence of loosing his eyesight. It failed him quite suden. It was a cataract over the eye that made him blind. Many is the time that I have sit and herd him talk of his brothers but I have forgotten their names except John & Joshua. I think that your father was my fathers eldest brother & Joshua was his youngest brother. My father was a pioneer for 20 years. He has allways worked verry hard & received but little for his labor. He died very easy & with verry little sickness. He died in this state & in this county & one thing I can say with a clear conscious that he lived and died an honest man & he raised a family that has not yet disgrased the name. His famely was five boys & no girls & we are all a live yet. I am the third one. Charles Shipman, the oldest one is 40 years old. Isaiah Hatch Shipman is 38 years old & my own I have all reddy stated & Ezra Shipman is 31 & Albert Shipman is 28. We are all married and have famelyes except Albert. Isaiah lives in Sauk County Wisconsin 200 miles from hear. The rest of the boys all live in this county. We are all farmers and try to make an honest living. This letter is in answer to the letter that you wrote to mother. My mothers name is Sophia. The letter was handed to me & I have not saw her since but I will see her in a day or two. I have bin writing to S V Shipman of Madison this state but I cannot tell what relation he is to us. There is not one of us that ever saw any person that is in any way connected to our famely and it has bin over thirty years since my parents has herd from any of their folks. If you know of any of your fathers brothers that is yet a live pleas write to me where they live and their address and any that you wish to know about our famely ask and I will answer. We are living in a new country. Plenty of Indiones all arounds us all the time. I have dozens of them in my house to a time. The war creates a good deal of excitement in this part of the country and a grate many has gone East and South. It makes hard times for the most of us but we donít whine a word. Pleas give our best respects to our dear old unckle. Tel him that we would be glad to see him once before he dies and my complements to you Cosin and I remain yours with respect. John B. Shipman"
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