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1800,s letters


Posted By: Elizabeth Anderson (email)
Date: 8/26/2022 at 11:45:06

My Harrington family has original letters from 1830-1880 of communications between families in Iowa and Hamilton, New York. The Orson and Mary Harrington family were pioneer homesteaders near Williamsburg Iowa having moved from Hamilton New York in 1854. Their children played a prominent role in the Williamsburg area as well as the state (F.O. Harrington was a renowned horticulturalist). One descendant was a photographer and we have many photos of the time. The letters and photos have been digitally copied and we would like to share them with anyone interested. If you are interested, please let us know. We have also summarized many of the letters and written a short story using their contents.

The New York Harrington’s wrote letters to Iowa but didn’t received any communication for a long time making them concerned with the health and safety of their Iowa family.
The letters detail the daily concerns and issues facing them. Death is a common discussion as well as financial and political commentary. While I was reading and summarizing, I became part of the time frame and followed their struggles as though I was there. It made for a wonderful Covid experience and occupation.

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