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The letter below was written by Hugh Forgey Crawford son of Nancy Forgey (She was the daughter of Andrew and Margaret Reynolds-Forgey)

State of Tennessee, Knox County

April 6th, 1834

Dear Brother and Sister

 

I take this opportunity to inform you that we are all in a reasonable state of health at present. Hoping these lines may find you all enjoying the same blessing. Mother's health is but tolerable this last winter. She feels the infirmity of old age to some degree. She feels great anxiety to hear from you as she has not heard since the letter that gives the account of Peggy's being sick, which giver her great uneasiness till she can hear how she has got. We want you to write the first opportunity whether by mail or private.

The friends are generally well as far as I know. Andrew's health is but tolerable. Rebecca and I was in Hawkins County last fall. The friends were generally well except Uncle James Forgey and Polly Thurman, she has since died with something like breast complaint. Uncle James is troubled with weak spasms which much affects his mind. I seen Thomas Reynolds last week. They are all well as common. The Major seemed like usual.

Uncle Hugh Crawford and wife is dead. Cousin Samuel Crawford is dead also. Uncle John Forgey's oldest son Andrew is dead. Aunt Eleanor Forgey and her family is doing tolerable the last account. I suppose you have heard of sister Nancy's death, if not I can inform you that she is. They moved from Indiana into Anderson County and lived there awhile and Nancy become in a family way and when brought to bed, the child was born but Nancy died in a short time and what was the matter was not certainly known. The child continues to live, and McMunn has married Rebecca Browning and lives in that County and has all the children with him and from information is not so dissipated as formerly. Nancy will be dead two years the 10 July next.

If when you receive this letter if you have not heard before when you write let us know and when we write again we will give you a minute account of the whole proceedings. Some of the connection has written concerning the matter. Whether you got it or not, the last letter complained of the shortness of my letters. I suppose that in knowing the cause of it. I went down to Reynolds to get some seed corn as we had some difficulty this spring before with our corn coming up owing to not being sound. And when I got there I found James fixing to start to Illinois that night in the stage and he had sent word but we had not received it and I wrote in a hurry as you would suppose.

And you wrote that you wanted to know how many children we had. First Andrew 5, Samuel 5, Polly 5, tough raise Thomas nought and no prospect. Nancy had 3, Eleanor 2, We have 2 and another at the tailors's. Ours is both girls. There is a prospect of an increase in Andrew's and Samuel's family, pardon my simplicity.

Samuel is building a brick house, Thomas is building a house of wood and Andrew is building a kitchen and I am fixing the old cellar for mother to keep her milk in so she can see to it her self as you know how fond she is of seeing to things as long as she is able.

We all have something to eat and wear. Thanks to the giver of all blessings, for the grain is tolerable scarce in the County. Corn is 50 cents a bushel. We have a schoolhouse near to Samuel's and have circuit preaching there by Methodist and Cumberland Presbyterian one in two weeks and the other in 4 weeks. Jude

------------ lives at home and Solomon Smith he last child and Mary at Thomas's and Lid at Ellen. Old McMunn has left Indiana and is married to a great big fat woman and lives in Anderson County on Clinch River.

The people of this state has voted a convention and the people of this county had elected Joseph Mawbray for our delegate and this is the dilemma in which we are situated at present. His opposition is John McMillan, Mawbray has something like 1000 votes and McMillan 500. Our country gets meaner instead of better as to the choice of public men, the course of temperance is prospering to some extent in this country but meets with strong opposition by the lovers of paltry gain, who are determined to make and sell it at the price of blood and tears. I want you to write how the cause prospers in that country.

N.B. Mother desire's that these negroes should be free is agreeable to the heirs. The people is preparing a convention petition lay before the delegates in the convention for the Emancipation of the much degraded and suffering people believing it to be a matter of great moment and one that involves the state in much difficulty. It is feared that those that own them will be loath to part with them. I believe that I have nothing more to write worth your attention. Mother sends her best love to you all and wishes you to remember her at the throne of grace. I will add no more at present, but remain your affectionate brother until death.

Hugh F. Crawford To: Joseph CRABB and Peggy Crabb

 Hugh also wrote this about his mother Nancy Forgey:

I will say something about my dear Mother[1].  Her parents came from Ireland, My Mother at the breast, so she could say that she crossed the great herron pond, or the great briny deep, as the Irish would call it.  They were strictly protestants.

In religion Presbyterian.  My Mother could sing or repeat a song that was composed before or at the time of the great battle of the bind waters between the Protestants and the Roman Catholic in the time of the bloody persecution.[1]  She learnt it from her parents.  I am vext with my self that I did not make notes of it when I was young.  I recollect but little of the poetry, it was a very striking thing.



[1] Nancy Forgey 76

[1] Probably referring to the Siege of Londonderry in July of 1689.