Letter from William Gaston McDowell (1847 - 1931) to his mother, Sarah Lucinda Smith McDowell (1826 - 1905) about the birth of his daughter, Nanny Lou McDowell (1878).

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Letter from William Gaston McDowell (1847 - 1931) to his mother, Sarah Lucinda Smith McDowell (1826 - 1905) about the birth of his daughter, Nanny Lou McDowell (1878).

Description

Letter dated October 6, 1878 in which Gaston McDowell writes to his mother, Sarah, about the birth of Gaston's daughter and first child, Nanny or Nannie Lou. She is named after her grandmothers, Nancy, and Sarah Lucinda. Gaston's wife is Martha "Mattie" Ann Gardner. Mammy G. is likely Nancy Gardner, Mattie's mother. May is Mary Cordelia McDowell, Gaston's sister. Annie is Ann Eliza McDowell, Gaston's sister. Sallie is Gaston's second daughter.

Gaston and Mattie live with Mattie's parents in Yancey County.

Sarah lives in Asheville at what is now the Smith-McDowell House.

Creator

William Gaston McDowell

Source

McDowell Family

Publisher

Western North Carolina Historical Association

Date

October 6, 1787

Contributor

Sarah Lucinda Smith McDowell may have made at least one of the notations on the back of the letter.

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Language

English

Type

Text

Coverage

United States--North Carolina--Buncombe County--Asheville; 1878
United States--North Carolina--Yancey County--Cane River; 1878

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Cane River Oct 6th 1878

Dear Mother
I intended to write to you by Fridays mail but I had not stamp we have the pretiest little baby that you ever saw it weighs seven pounds and is just as bright as it can be it is a girl and we want to name it for it two Grand Ma's it was born Friday morning and it laughed for us yesterday and today Mammy G. says that Buncombe can't beat that you must come over and see it as we can't bring it over there. Mattie is getting a long very well she has been sitting up some to day. Mattie sends her love to all and says that she wants you all to see the baby that it is the sweetest little baby that you ever did see at least we think so. Tell May that I want to hire her for a nurse as it is such a little thing she could nurse it all day and not get tyred. I will close as I have nothing else to write come over if you can and if you cant come you must write often.
Your Aff Son
Gaston
Tell Annie that Mattie wants her to come over whenever she can to see the kitten

Please let me know what dried peaches are worth in Asheville

Nanny Lou Born the 4 of Oct 1878
Sallie was Born the 20 Jan 1880

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Reference

William Gaston McDowell 1787, Letter from William Gaston McDowell (1847 - 1931) to his mother, Sarah Lucinda Smith McDowell (1826 - 1905) about the birth of his daughter, Nanny Lou McDowell (1878)., Western North Carolina Historical Association

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William Gaston McDowell, “Letter from William Gaston McDowell (1847 - 1931) to his mother, Sarah Lucinda Smith McDowell (1826 - 1905) about the birth of his daughter, Nanny Lou McDowell (1878).,” Western North Carolina Historical Association, accessed June 28, 2022, https://wnchistory.omeka.net/items/show/82.