FAMILY LETTERS
Fulton and Ringer Families

Transcribed and Contributed by Patty Ringer Brown

I am not a descendant of David and Mary but I am a direct decendant of their daughter Elisabeth M. Fulton Ringer (Morgan's Glade, Va. The family sent many letters (1858-1899) to each other and Elisabeth kept many of hers and have been handed down to my father, Marvin Ringer and now in my possession. March 3, 1865 Fulton family arrive in Illinois from Pennsylvania. These are siblings of Elisabeth and children of David and Mary.

Levi A.M. Fulton and Sarah Jane King/Elizabeth Wingerd
Elisabeth M. (Fulton) Ringer
Rachel C. (Fulton) and Jacob H. Liston
James K. Fulton and Elisabeth
William C. Fulton and Barbary
Wesley Fulton and Susan Elizabeth Dorns
Mary K. (Fulton) "Molly" and Jehu Shore
Margaret (Fulton) "Maggie" and Charles Gaylord
David K. Fulton and Lydia A. Wilt

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I must tell you that Illinois is the best country that I ever saw. It is not level but rolling and healthful. The soil is deep and very rich and productive. You can get up on one of the highest spots and then see thousands of acres of beautiful country overspread with cornfields and grain stacks. The sight is charming indeed there is plenty of beautiful clear water. I think the change from the rocks and mountains to those beautiful prairies will be very pleasant one and now after due reflection, I think I should not be doing right to hinder any of my children from going to that country so while I have some with me, I will go to that country. D. Fulton

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This from a cousin who went west much earlier than the Fulton family

Mar. 11, 1855 ? Waterloo
Dear cousin Elizabeth, I set down this afternoon to pen a few lines to you to let you know that I have not for gotten you if I have been a good while answering your letter which I received about two weeks ago. I was very glad to get it for I had come to the conclusion that you had either never got my letter or else was determined never to write any more. I should have written as soon as I got your letter but ?P a and Rosy Ann was coming in there and I shant write anything much for they can tell you everything. It?s a week till they intend to start. I shall try to convey a few thoughts to you. I was at prayer and class meeting today. There was but few there. Religion is very low in this place but the Lord is reviving his work in other parts of the circuit and we trust it won?t be long till we shall (have) a refreshing time here. I must bid you good night promising to be on hand again perhaps every day.
Mar, 12
Dear cousin, I feel much encouraged since I last wrote you to go on in the good way I think I have been gaining some growth. (It) is more than my meat or drink to do my Master?s will and hope we may both live so that is we should never be so happy as to see each other?s faces in this world that both? I that write and you that read at last meet where we will not have to part anymore.

We have moved to ourselves and I like housekeeping very well. We gave up going to the West this winter. We live about a half mile from Pa and in sight of Andrew?s Pa. I like to live my myself so well that I can hardly bear to go any place. Andrew?s shop is right at the end of the house and if I get lonesome, I just step in. Well, I must get dinner. It is raining very hard now.
Ann Rebecca Robinett to Elizabeth Fulton (before Elizabeth married)

Mar. 13
You said in your letter that you was disappointed when you heard that I was not going in there this spring. You was not any more disappointed than I was for that had been the calculations. I had not thought of getting married till a very short time before I did but we got in a fidge to go to the west. It is very likely that if we had known things would have turned out as they did we would have been single yet but I guess we are not sorry that we are married. I would not be working about again for the prettiest thing I ever seen.

Mar. 14
I was at home yesterday. It rained very hard but it is beautiful today. As I was telling you how well I liked the married life, do not think that I think it a small matter to get married. It looked very big to me and it is about as big as it looked for I know that if I had got an unbeliever I would have been the most miserable person and dear cousin if you ever think of marrying do as I did. I will tell you how is was. Do not use the least deception when conversing with you choice for that is the greatest evil almost, that is practiced. Weigh matters well. Try to find out your own disposition and then that of you choice, and be sure that you ?.. it but before entering upon a subject so important go before the Lord on you knees and ask him to guide you ?arite?. Be sure to go often and then do as He directs. Wishing you good health and spirits I will leave you begging an interest in your prayers that my companion and I may live faithful and meet you where parting will be no more.
Ann Rebecca Knight or Robinett, rather to Elizabeth Fulton

Nov. 20, 1855 ?Knox Co., Illinois
Dear cousin Elizabeth, I take my pencil this morning to let you know that I have not forgotten you while so far from you. This morning finds us well and have been ever since we left Ohio and thanks be to the giver of all good for it. I hope this may find you all enjoying the same blessing. We are now living in Knox Co., Illinois about 3 miles from Knoxville . We have not got in a house to ourselves yet. We live in the house with an old acquaintance of Andrew?s from Ohio . I had no acquaintance with them will we come here. I had seen them a couple of times before they left Ohio . They are very kind to us and try to make us feel at home. I am entirely among strangers except two families, one that moved here about a year ago and the other this fall though while among strangers I do not feel homesick or discouraged. The people what I have seen seem to be very clever and mostly religious but allow me to brag a little of my husband?s kindness while I am among strangers and him among his acquaintance, he does everything he can to contribute to my happiness. I think I have a very kind and agreeable companion and I am not tired of the married life yet. We left Ohio on the 4 of Oct., landed here the 15. We come by water and had a very pleasant journey. We came to Burlington and then took the cars to Galesburgh from there the stage. I like the country very well so well that I don?t know but I would rather stay here and rent than to go back to Ohio if they would give us the best farm they got there and have to live there I could not bear the idea of going back there and have a man try to make a living on them clay hills. The soil here is black and country is about level to be nice. There are some places that is right flat but I don?t like that. The most is rolling prairie but it is no use to tell you how nice the country is for the land is very high for it is an old settlement and if a man has money enough to buy a place with he must buy stock too. We expect to rent a year or two and had intended to go in to Iowa this fall and enter a piece of land but it has got so late that he is not going. We did not come here with the intention of staying more than a year. There is a good chance for renting here. A man will (make) more a cropping here than a man can in Ohio on a farm of his own. Everything is high. Four is 4 dol. A ?bl, corn has been selling for 25 cts. per bushel but it has raised. ?old pork is 10 cts. per pound. Hogs $6 per ?. Beef and mutton 7-8 per lb. Potatoes 24 per bushel. Butter 20 per lb. ?.(blot) is out of all reason. Last spring calves if pretty good $10 a piece. Milk cows from $30-40 a piece but the farmers will lend cows. We have the promise of one next summer to milk and if we like her, buy her in the fall, or when we get ready. Tell James as he was talking of taking a train through the western country not to stop till he sees this place for as I understand he was going to Canada . That will be right on his road here after he leaves Canada to ?sail for Chicago and then take the cars for Galesburgh. We have had only one letter from Ohio yet and that was from Andrew?s mother which brought the news of the death of his youngest sister. Well, I must bring parramble to a close for I expect you will be tired of it if you can read it. Give my best respects to your father and mother and all the rest of the family and friends and please except the same yourself. Andrew sends his love to you all. No more at present but remaining?
Ann Rebecca Robinett to cousin Elizabeth Fulton

Knox Co., Illinois , May 31, 1858
Dear cousin, it is with a degree of delicacy that I write this morning as I am writing to an individual entirely strange to me so far as personal acquaintance is concerned. Through the mercy of a kind creator we enjoy good health and a contented mind so far as the part of the world is concerned in which we shall spend our time. We have ever been well pleased with the part of the country that we now live in. It is a great farming country. Grain and stock are raised here in adbundance. Illinois is now supplying with grain that portion of the great west that has been deprived the previous year of raising their own supplies. We have had a very cold disagreeable winter and a backward spring but the weather is now beautiful. Our market are as follows: good horses is worth from $125 - $200, cows sell from $20 to $45, sheep $2 to $3 per head, hogs live weight $5 to $5.50, wheat $1.15, corn 50cts., oats 45 cts., potatoes $1.50 or .50, hay $16 per ton, bacon 15-17 cts. per lb., butter 20 cts., eggs 10 cts. per doz. Turkeys .75 cts each, chickens 12 ½ cts, feathers 60-65 cts. per lb. We can hear the cars running on three different railroads this spring. I think that Illinois is destined to be the first state in the union. Society can only be called tolerable good. The wealthy are very common in their manners and plain in their dress and generally accommodating. Many of them are very sick. It is not uncommon to see men worth from $20-$50,000. I must bring my tedious letter to a close. A.G. Robinett (Ann Rebecca Knight Robinett?s husband)
Dear cousin, after my best respects to you, I will inform you that I received a letter from you ?. And was much pleased to hear from you. I wrote and answered and the mice carried it off before I got it to the PO and it has been such a busy time since that I couldn?t get time to write. You wanted to know how many children we have. We have one little girl most one year old. Her name is Lorena Mandania. She is a play thing. Timothy and Rosy Ann lives 2 miles from us. We can see their house. Timothy starts to far West tomorrow morning to get him a piece of land if he likes it. They seems well satisfied here but land is so high. Christianity is not so prosperous this year as it was last. We have two good ministers on the circuit. We have a large Sabbath School in one class. M.E. church is most prosperous this year here in the city of Knoxville there is six large churches. They are old school Presbyterian, new school Presbyterian, Congregational, M.E., Baptist, Swedish Lutheran. Tell Levi and Rebecca that I want to have a scratch of their pen. Give my love to all the friends. If you can read this awful writing you will ?. No more but remain your cousin. Rebecca Robinett Write soon.

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January 18th 1865
Dear brother and sister, it is with the greatest of pleasure that I sit down this morning to drop a few lines to you to let you know that we are all well at present, hoping that these few lines may find you all enjoying the same good blessing. Well, I will tell you a little about what for a winter we had. We have had a nice winter so far yet. We have had a few pretty cold days but nothing to be compared with last winter. I don?t know how it may be from this out but I think I can stand it. Well, I suppose you would like to know how we like it. Well, we like it very well. It is a healthy country. There is no mistake about it. There has been the least sickness here this winter I ever saw in such a large country. Well, I suppose you would like to know what for a country it is. Well, I can tell you but perhaps if I do tell you , you will just think that I want to get you out here because I am here and want you here for company. If I thought you would think such a thing I would be very clear of saying anything about it but I hope you will not let such a thought come over your mind but at the same time we would like to see you here too because we think that you could do much better here than you can there and I think if you was here and see the grain that is raised here you would think so too. It is one of the greatest countries for grain I ever saw. I have seen almost as much grain since we came here as I ever saw before put it all together before. There is a number of farmers that has from two to three thousand bushel of corn and from a thousand to fifteen hundred bushels of wheat and almost that much oats. They can raise any kind of truck they please, that is such as cabbage, potatoes, beans, muskmelons, watermelons, turnips, and everything that one could think of. I would like to see you a coming too but I suppose under present circumstances you can?t. I suppose you thought very srtange of us not writing sooner. You must excuse me for I wrote one and I had forgotten your post office and directed it to Brandonville. Well, Elizabeth , I suppose you would like to know how our little gal is getting along. She grows like a weed and as mischievous as she can be. I will have to close for the present. We still remain your affectionate brother and sister until death.
We send our best respects to Grandpap and Granny. Direct your letters to Fairhaven, Carroll Co, Illinois
Write as soon as this comes to hand. Here is some pieces of mine and the baby?s dresses.
John and Elizabeth Ringer from William and Barbary Fulton

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March 3, 1865 Fulton family arrive in Illinois

March the 28, 1865

Dear Children,
I seat myself this evening to let you know that we are all well at present for which we are thankful. We hope these lines will find you all in good health. We had a safe journey and landed here in 4 days and found friends all well. The weather was cold and rough till the middle of this month. We had 4 or 5 inches of snow but at present it is beautiful weather. The roads is dry and the farmers is plowing and sowing and everything looks like spring. We like the country well so far and think that we will be satisfied here in this beautiful country. Everything looks like living here. We have bought 120 acres of land, 80 acres of prairie and 40 acres of timberland. We pay eighteen hundred dollars for it. 12 hundred down and a hundred a year. The timber is 2 miles from the prairie. We have a good comfortable house well finished with a cellar under it and as beautiful a young orchard of one hundred and twenty trees beginning to bear nicely and cherry trees and plum trees and 11 currants and tame gooseberry bushes we need. We moved into our house yesterday and now we feel quite at home. I bought 2 young mares for 290 dollars and 1 cow for ?0 dollars. I intend to buy another cow soon. I am going to mount Carroll tomorrow to get a wagon which will cost 126 dollars. Everything is dear but the people makes the greenbacks here much easier than the dough there and can afford to pay high for property. There is a stream of water runs though our place and a beautiful spring some distance from the house and a well of soft water near the house with a pump in it. There is a beautiful grove of young locust trees near the house. Levi and James has got places to crop 3 miles East of us and William is 3 miles North West of us. Jacob Liston has got a place to crop 1 and one half miles west of us. I am getting sleepy and close now. When this comes to hand be sure to write to us. Direct your letters to Fair Haven Post office, Carroll County, Illinois. We still remain your affectionate parents and friends until death. When you write we will answer your letters as soon as we get them though sundred far by faith we meet around the common ??? seat.
To John and Elizabeth from David and Mary Fulton ( Elizabeth ?s parent?s)

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Fare Haven May 14th, 1865
Dear brother and sister, I seat myself to address a few (lines) to you to let you know that we enjoy good health at present. For which we thank the Lord, hoping these few lines may find you enjoying the same blessing. The friends is well as far as I know. We have had our health pretty good ever since we came here. Now I will tell you what I am doing. I am farming. Me and Levi Imel is farming together. We sowed 75 acres if wheat and 36 acres of oats and it looks the nicest that ever saw in my life. We are planting 72 acres of corn. It will take us two days to finish planting. Me and Levi Fulton and Levi Imel bought a corn planter. We can plant 15 acres per day. It takes two horses and two hands, one to drive and one to drop.

May 21
We are done planting corn. This is a beautiful morning. I can stand in my door and see hundreds of acres of wheat and oats, the nicest I ever saw. Now friends I tell you this country is ahead of anything I ever saw. It is a very healthy country. I can?t help but wish that you were all here where you could do something. Levi Fulton is farming 90 acres this summer. William Fulton is farming 50. Jacob Liston is farming 15 acres. We have plenty of meeting here. We have prayer meeting every Sabbath and preaching. Well, I must close by saying to you, Pray for us. We send our best respects and well wishes to you and to granpa and granma, so no more at present. We still remain yours until death. We was sorry to hear of the death of Aunt Hannah Senft and Harmon Knight and ?J Zalman Knight.
James K. and Elizabeth Fulton to John and Elizabeth Ringer

November the 1st, Lucas Co. Iowa
Dear brother and sister,
After a long delay I will try to write to you to let you know that I am still in the land among the living and that I have not forgotten you yet though I married, left home and friends and come here among strangers and though it has been over a year since I wrote to you, yet have I not forgotten you. I will try to apologize about it for I might have written oftener. I left home 2 weeks ago, was one week on road. We came in the wagon and I got very tired of riding. I am two hundred and fifty miles from home and have not commenced housekeeping yet but will in a short time. His house stands about 60 rods from his mother?s. It is a small house, yet it is large enough for small folks to live in for you know I am little and my man is about as large as brother David, so you see you can call us little folks. He owns one hundred and sixty acres of land here but there is not much of it improved yet. I suppose you want to know (how I) like this western country. I cannot say much in its favor yet though I think I shall like it pretty well when I get in a house of our own. It is not very thickly settled here yet. There is a large scope of prairie lying north east of here running close up to the house which makes it look rather lonely and wild. Our nearest meeting place is about one mile and three quarters. I was there today to Methodist class meeting. It is a small school house that we have to worship in but sister Libby, I find that religion is the same in a little school house that it is in a large church as my husband is a member of the Methodist church and is ready and willing to go with me to church. Dear sister, my lot has been cast in a distant land and among strangers and in a new country, yet among a Christian people. I was acquainted with (my) man a little over two years. His name is Jehu Shore. We was married in Lannark, Illinois by a Presbyterian minister. I was at home just one week after I was married. If you remember, I wrote to you once of my keeping my boat close to shore. I suppose you will know now what I meant and now I can say that I have safely reached shore and fastened my boat there and tightly that no storms except the storm of death can tear it asunder. I will here enclose you mine and my husband?s picture and also a piece of my wedding dress. I will now draw to a close. Jehu sends his best respects and good wishes to you wishing he could see you and become personally acquainted with you. My love to you all as ever this from you affectionate brother and sister. Direct your letter to Jehu Shore, Belinda, Lucas Co. Iowa Write soon.
Jehu and Molly K. Shore to John and Elizabeth Ringer

January the 15, 1867, Farehaven PO, Carroll Co., Illinois
Dear brother and sister, I seat myself this morning to answer your kind and ever welcome letter which we received the 7 and was truly glad to hear from you again and to hear that you was all pretty well. You letter found us all in poor health. We was all sick with the cold. I never had such a cold in my breast since I can mind. Jacob and Maggie was no better than myself but we are all getting better. Maggie is pretty bad yet. Dear sister, I should have answered your letter sooner but brother Levi?s wife was very sick and I thought I would wait the termination of her sickness. Dear sister, this morning about 5 o?clock she was called by our heavenly Father to leave her dear companion and three little children to mourn her loss. Dear sister, how hard it is to part with friends but so it is, we must all die sooner or later. She will be buried on tomorrow at what is called the Parish grave yard. Her sickness was a bad cold and settled on her lungs and caused inflammation of the bowels and head. O dear sister, you don?t know how bad I want to see you all. I do wish you was out here with us but dear sister, the Lord knows whether we will ever see each other in this world but if not in this world, I hope we will meet where parting will be no more and where all will be peace and joy devine. Dear sister, I will close for this time as it is getting too dark to see and I can?t write much this time so no more but we still remain your brother and sister until death. Write as soon as this comes to hand for it does me much good to hear from you. So good night to brother John and sister Elisabeth Ringer and all the rest from Jacob H. and Rachel Liston
Give our best respects and well wishes to all inquiring friends and keep a portion yourselves. So good night

June 17, 1867 , Carroll Co., Illinois
Dear brother and sister, I take my pen in hand to let you know that we are in middling health at present but I must inform you of my bereavement. We buried our dearly beloved Lucinda yesterday. She was taken from our midst and is gone to enjoy the society of her mother in glory. It almost rends my heart but we can take comfort that she has ?gain. Well, we may mourn and weep over the ?.of her but our loss is but her eternal gain. She took sore throat on the 18 of May very bad. We sent for the doctor and he came every day for about 3 weeks as far as one could see it was almost well. She had a very bad cough. The doctor thought it was whooping cough but I think it was the disease worked down on her lungs and last Friday, I thought she was getting well. She sat to the table on Saturday morning at breakfast but did not eat much. She complained of her head and at 1 o?clock she began to cough and vomiting and at 12 o?clock took spasms and in that state till 5 minutes of 8 o?clock when she closed her eyes in death. She went without a struggle and is gone to enjoy the society of her mother in glory. Dear brother and sister, she was buried yesterday at 4 o?clock , funeral at 3 o?clock . Dear friends, I imagine I see them meeting. Makes my heart leap when I think of that meeting, them in glory. She was quite a comfort for me and all the rest of the family. She was loved by all the neighbors. She could sing quite a number of tunes as distinct as a grown person. The other 2 children is middling well. David is cutting teeth and he is somewhat tedious. I took sore throat on last Thursday but I tried our ?medicine and I am getting better again. May the Lord help us to live right that we may meet in heaven where there is no weeping, no death but all delight and glory. Here is a piece of Jane?s shroud and Lucinda?s shroud. Remember us at the throne of grace.
Levi Fulton to John and Elizabeth Ringer

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August the 23, undated Fairhaven PO, Carroll co.
Dear sister,
I will try to answer you kind and welcome letter which we received some time ago and I hope you will pardon us for not writing sooner for on the account of sickness we could not. Dear sister, I must tell you that we buried our little boy and dear sister, it was the hardest thing that ever come across and it almost broke my heart to part with him. He died with the dysentery. O, dear sister, I never saw anybody suffer as he did. He was sick just twelve days and he bore it with all the patience. He never refused to take anything to the last minute. He was buried yesterday but I have one consolation dear sister and that is our little boy is one among that number that is singing the songs of the angels around that bright celestial throne in heaven and it is our determination to meet there where we will never be separated. He was just one year, five months, and three days old. Just beginning to talk everything and words he tried to say was O, Mama. Dear sister, I shall never forget that. Well, our little Maggie has a slight touch of it but is better and brother David had it pretty bad but last evening he was a little better. Dear sister, I fear a very sickly fall. I know of a goodeal of sickness around. Well, dear sister, I will close for this time for I do not feel like writing any more at the present time. Please answer this soon. We still remain your affectionate brother and sister until death. Please give our best respects and well wishes to all inquiring friends, so good by.
Jacob H. and Rachel Liston to John and Elisabeth Ringer
Dear sister, I send you a piece of my baby?s shirt shroud and trimming and piece of my dress. Give our best respects to the children. Tell them to be good boys.

October 17, 1869 Fairhaven, (this dated 1868 but the contents date it as 1869 ?js)
Dear brother and sister, after a long delay of time, I will attempt to answer your welcome compliments which found all well and this leaves us the same. Now, I will tell you the reason I did not write sooner. I was busy every day, Sunday included, and thought I would put it off till I could be at home for one Sunday and this seems to be the day. I will tell about two weddings that went off here. Some of your friends. But perhaps you have heard it ere this time but will give you their names. Mr. Levi Fulton was married to Miss Elisabeth Wingerd. Also Mr. Wesley Fulton was married to miss Susan Elisabeth Dorns all of Fairhaven, Carroll Co. Illinois . We were married at Lenark by Rev. A. Newton, September 23rd. We took supper at Coletta with Mr. Louts. Our brother in law went down to Mr. Gaylords and stayed there over night and came home the next day. Levi stayed over night at his father in laws, came home the next day and we all took dinner together accompanied with William Fulton and family and J. Liston and Family. I was sorry that you was not there. We would all have enjoyed your company very much. My woman has been here at home ever since and expect to stay about three weeks yet and then we will move. We are going to live in one part of father?s house. Now, I will come to a close soon for I want to write one or two more letters today. But before I close I will tell you that this is the picture of me and my woman but she is better looking than this picture. You can plainly see that we are about of one size. Levi will write soon and (send) you their portraits. Excuse me for not writing sooner and for poor writing and no more of it than what there is. Answer soon. Give us all the news. I hope this will find you all well. We remain your brother and sister until death. Remember us in your prayers. Lizzie sends her best respects to you all.
Wesley and Lizzie Fulton to John and Elisabeth and Wesley and Hadley Ringer

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June 17, 189?4 Ideal, Illinois
Dear brother, friends, This morning I will drop you a few lines to inform you of the death of our Beloved Mother who departed this life on the 9th inst. She was in her usual health and was sitting at the north window sewing when the Death Messenger came to her. She fell out of the chair and died without a struggle with the needle in one hand and the cloth in the other so there was little suffering. We laid her in rest the following Monday. She often expressed a desire to leave this world and be with Christ. We mourn our loss but not without hope for her life was an extremely Christian life and now her life work is done and she has entered in to the rest prepared for the children of God. The funeral was held in our new church at Ideal which was largely attended. The sermon was preached by Rev. John Divan, our minister, from Numbers 23 chapter and last part of 10 verse. Our home is very lonesome. We miss her very much but we want to meet her in heaven where parting will be no more. Sister Maggie and Sister Mary and myself were all the children present. Martha Clemmer came up with Mary. Uncle James Fulton is not very well yet, that is he cannot get around. He has lost the use of his legs. Would say that there has been quite a number of deaths around us this summer (or spring rather). Bro Divan our minister lost his wife about three weeks ago and mother was at her funeral and the same day another lady?s funeral was held just west of us. So, we see our friends and neighbors are passing away and we too will die right. We have had a cold spring, frost up to the 6 of this month, which froze the potatoes in low ground, touched the corn but not to hurt it much, just here and since the middle of May it has been dry. Oats crop is hurt and also the hay crop but last night and today it rained so potatoes will be saved. Prospects for fruit is good. The weather has changed and it is extremely hot. The corn is very small yet. I have mine plowed through twice, some are nearly through the third time. I must close for this time for want of room. As I have several more letters to write you will excuse my scribbling as I write fast and poor, take no time to do it good but guess you can read. Your friends in love, answer soon please. D.K. Fulton
(Elisabeth Fulton Ringer Died Nov. 29, 1893?her mother Mary K. Fulton abt. June 9, 1894 )

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February 21,?99 Tuesday,
Dear friends,
I tired out yesterday trying to write and so will try it again this morning. The weather for the past few days has been mild and spring-like and today it looks very much as though we were to have rain right away. I will now say this for the friends and relatives in these parts, that they are usually well as far as I know. D.K. Fulton is still living in this place and still struggling along the best he can. His wife?s father died a short time ago and now David and wife are away to Mt. Carroll looking after the estate business and etc. D.K. has only one child at home any more and that is the youngest, little Gracie F. Gracie is stopping with us now and going to school, that is until D.K. and wife returns home. Grace heard me read your letter and (I guess) felt a little ashamed of her Pa for not writing to you, and so she told me she would write to Uncle John herself. And so you can wait and see if she does. D.K.?s next girl Mattie is working away from home. Bertha and her husband live about 3 ½ miles north of this place. His name is Ira Kendall. Maybe you know it. Delilah and her husband live in Defiance Co., Ohio . Sister Molly Shore still lives at Dixon, Lee Co., Illinois . And keeps house and cares for an old blind lady and gets 4 dollars a week for doing it. Her daughter Minnie S. lives in the town of Chadwick , the first station west of this place. Minnie works in a telephone office. Newton Fulton, Wesley Fulton?s boy is going to school this winter at Dixon . Newt boards at Martha Clemmers. Martha?s folks were all well and doing well the last we heard from them. I can?t tell you much about the friends and relatives in Iowa because we don?t hear much about them ourselves. I could not give you an address of any of them correctly. Before I close I want to say that any afflictions are many and very complicated for I have Bright?s Disease of Kidneys, Catturh of Stomach and head besides Rheumatism and a dropsical complaint. I can?t truthfully say that I suffer great pain but I am so bad that I am confined to the house the most of the time and part of the time to my room and have been this way for two years or more. And now I must say good-bye. If we do not meet again on this earth then I have a bright hope of meeting not only you but the many many friends and relatives who have passed on before us to that country where the inhabitants never say ?I am sick?. Your brother, Charles S. Gaylord Don?t neglect to write as I have done

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David K.'s political views.....
D. K. Fulton to Wesley A. Ringer and Hadley J. Ringer
Dear brother and sister, I have written the particulars to the boys. We are all in pretty good health at this time, hoping this will find you all in good health both temporal and spiritual. I would say the political excitement is very great here. The copperheads are doing their best to get into power again, then we will have to pay the rebels for all losses. Let us pray that they may not get into power again. John, I hope you will vote for Hayes and Wheeler in November and help save the country. The country is in the most critical condition it has been for many years and needs the sympathy and aid of every loyal man. Wesley?s PO is Ola PO, Page Co. Iowa . William?s is the same. Answer when convenient. Yours as ever.
D.K. and L.A. and D.B. Fulton to J. and E. Ringer

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