Find your ancestors on free databases on Olive Tree Genealogy
brings you

Past Voices Letters Home. Find your ancestors in letters!

Find your ancestors in old letters

Search free American ancestors' letters!Find ancestors in Civil War letters, War of 1812 letters, Revolutionary War letters. Search your ancestry and find your genealogy. Find your roots and hear your ancestors' words. Discover your origins in old letters as ancestors tell their stories and details of family history. Learn how to preserve old documents, family treasures and heirlooms.
Gender
Home | Share Letters | Ancestor Letters USA | Ancestor Letters Canada | Ancestor Letters UK | Search | Free Newsletter | Genealogy Tips

Your Family Tree
Find Ancestors


Free trials are a great way to find ancestors. Try the Complimentary Trial on Ancestry.com
Find Your Ancestors


Google Custom Search
Search Olive Tree Genealogy Family of Websites
Spotlight on....
Account Books 1772-1925 Find your ancestors in unique collection of original ledger books from stores, schools and individuals in USA & Canada
Ancestor Photographs
Lost Faces Civil War era ancestor photo albums online
Genealogy & Historical Documents
Paper Trail Assorted Documents: Wills, land records, marriage certs, passports, indentures, slave records, estate inventories...
Family Bibles Births, Marriages & Deaths Family Registers
AncestorsAtRest - Death Records: Wills, obits, funeral cards, memorial cards, death cards...
Must see!
Coffin Plate Collection Private collection of over 400 coffin plates with names of ancestors plus birth and death dates
Olive Tree Newsletter
JOIN the FREE Olive Tree Genealogy Newsletter. Be the first to know of genealogy events and freebies. Find out when new genealogy databases are put online. Get tips for finding your elusive brick-wall ancestor.
Quick Links
Search Ships passenger lists, census, vital stats, church records, military, find your ancestorsOlive Tree Genealogy - Ships passenger lists and more!
Search Ships passenger lists, census, vital stats, church records, military, find your ancestors Naturalization Records
Search Ships passenger lists, census, vital stats, church records, military, find your ancestors AllCensusRecords.com USA & Canada Census Records
Search Ships passenger lists, census, vital stats, church records, military, find your ancestors AllEnglishRecords.com English Genealogy Records
Search Ships passenger lists, census, vital stats, church records, military, find your ancestorsShips Lists Online
Search Ships passenger lists, census, vital stats, church records, military, find your ancestorsCanadian Military Heritage Project
Search Ships passenger lists, census, vital stats, church records, military, find your ancestorsAncestors At Rest - find death records
Search Ships passenger lists, census, vital stats, church records, military, find your ancestorsOliveTreeBlog - Tips, New Databases...
Brick Wall Help
Your Name in History
Enter your surname for a list of genealogy books with fascinating facts and history about your family name
 

 

James Maxwell
Company D, 127th Illinois Infantry

" I was harrowing a small piece of ground for potatoes and cabbage when the harrow caught in a small soddy place and turned it over on the horses. As quick as a flash they commenced to kick and run and dragged me all around the piece. Jenny got in between the pieces and a tooth cum [sic] up between her legs and she bled to death in less than ten minutes...." James Maxwell,May 29, 1871


MortonóMay 29, 1871

Dear Brother & Sisteró

I will try and write a few lines to you to night. I have had bad luck today.

I was harrowing a small piece of ground for potatoes and cabbage when the harrow caught in a small soddy place and turned it over on the horses. As quick as a flash they commenced to kick and run and dragged me all around the piece. Jenny got in between the pieces and a tooth cum [sic] up between her legs and she bled to death in less than ten minutes. It made a hole you could run your hand in. Dolly is cut so bad that if I do anything with her in a month, I will think Iím lucky.

It leaves me in a bad fix. Two three-year old coltsóone not broke and one as poor as a crow. I have about 25 acres broke. I donít know what I shall do. I canít hire any broken unless I can trade a cow for it. I am so discouraged tonight. I donít know what to do with myself. There is only about 16 acres of old land for the place and that is half sod, so that I canít cultivate it. I hope you are getting along well.

Write soon.

From your Affectionate Brother, J. R. Maxwell

Lost Faces Ancestor Photos from the 1800s

Wishing you had an ancestor photograph? Check out the 1800s photographs and antique photo albums on Lost Faces. There are over 3,500 photos in this growing genealogy collection

Submitter: Sherri Cawley James Maxwell enlisted on August 13, 1862. He mustered into Company ďDĒ, 127th Illinois Infantry. He was mustered out on May 31, 1865

Brian Brown, author of In the Footsteps of the Blue and Gray: A Civil War Research Handbook which can be purchased from ABE Books kindly sends the following information:

James R. Maxwell was born in Milford (?) or Westford (?) (the entry was almost illegible). The state looked like Connecticut in the Illinois service records, but census records indicate birth in Ohio.

On 8/13/62, he joined Company D, 127 Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment at Chicago. He mustered in on 9/5/62, also at Chicago. He was discharged on May 31, 1865 at Washington D.C. At the time of his enlistment, he was single, a farmer, age 20, 5-10, black hair-gray eyes-light complexion and resided in Highland, Grundy County, Illinois. On the 1860 census of Grundy County Illinois, Wauponsia township, page 170, James Maxwell, a 21 year old farmer hand who was born in Ohio, is listed.

In 1890, Maxwell applied for an invalid's pension and received certificate #797043. At the time, he was living in Illinois. In 1930, his widow Emily (who was living in Illinois, applied for a widow's pension and received certificate #A-5-15-30.

Read more letters in the Maxwell Collection: undated | 5 Jan. 1863 | February 15, 1863 | 24 March 1863 | 29 May 1871 | 30 Sept. 1873

My Story

   

 

URL is http://www.PastVoices.com/   All rights reserved. Website © Lorine McGinnis Schulze

FAQ - - Search - Contact Lorine at olivetreegenealogyATgmail.com (Change the AT to @ in the email address) - Copyright - Partner Sites - Site Map - Privacy Policy