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Sallie Ellen Elsom Crowder Williams letter book

Sallie Ellen Elsom Crowder Williams letter book, 1856-1901
Sallie Ellen Elsom Crowder Williams letter book
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  • Letter book, 1856-1901, containing letters written by Sallie Ellen Elsom Crowder Williams (1837-1907) and her mother Elizabeth Meriwether (Robertson) Elsom (1795-1869), both of Nelson County, Virginia. The volume was shared between them, and they alternated writing letters to each other in it, mainly while at their home called "Safe Retreat." Topics include religious and social life, self-improvement, illnesses, their relationship with each other, Methodist church meetings, marriage, reading and education, the Civil War, the Confederate cause and its future, the attempted confiscation of the volume by a Union soldier, and the deaths of their brother and son Dr. James Robertson Elsom (1828-1855), Ellen's husband James Henry Crowder (1824-1867), her sister Janette Isabelle Elsom (1839-1869), her six-month-old daughter Marie Eliza Crowder (1864-1865), and two uncles
  • Also included in the volume are reminiscences of the death of Dr. James Robertson Elsom written by Rev. Charles C. Pearson (1827-1904), and resolutions of respect upon Dr. Elsom's death by the George Lodge in Howardsville, Albemarle County, of which he was a member
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Sallie Ellen Elsom was born at "Safe Retreat," Nelson County, Virginia on 21 January 1837. She was the daughter of William Elsom (1784-1871) and Elizabeth Meriwether Robertson (1795-1869). Elsom married 1) James Henry Crowder (1824-1867) on 6 June 1861. After his death, she married Rev. William Goodwin Williams (1823-1889) on 21 February 1871. Sallie Ellen Elsom Crowder Williams died in Richmond on 25 March 1907, and is buried in Hollywood Cemetery.
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Sallie Ellen Elsom Crowder Williams letter book
  • The Library of Virginia
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Crown Collectibles
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v. (152 p.)

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