Jackson County, Illinois
PATE FAMILY LETTERS
Donated by Jinks Pate Lee
Jan. 27, 1842
Perleamon Pate State of Louisiana
I have taken up my pen at last to address you. I left Jackson County the 5th day of Dec. 1841 and was seven weeks and one day on our Journey. I have had a desperate trip of it. You know the situation that NANCY's mother was in when you left she is very little better yet and I have brought her the whole way which you know must have been a desperate job. The rest of us is all well and hope that these lines will find you all enjoying the same blessing. I have been here but two days and can't give you any satisfaction about the country.
I made my stand at JAMES DYERS but he is not at home and I have not looked about much yet. I like the appearance of the country as far as I have seen, first rate. I want you to write to me as soon as you get this. I have but little to write as I can't give you much satisfaction until I stay longer and see more. JAMES DAVIS came with me which was a great help. When you write direct your letter to Louisiana Claborn Parish, Russelville. So nothing more at present but remember your affectionate and loving brother until death.
Note by Jinks Pate Lee: 26 Jul 1999
Perleamon Pate (1810-1894) moved from TN to Jackson Co, IL
Anthony Pate (1812-1877) is his brother and moved from TN to Claiborne Par, LA
State of Louisiana
April 14, 1842
Perlamon Pate Brownsville Jackson Co Illinois
I once more take my pen in hand to inform you that we are all well at this time. Hoping that these few lines will find you all enjoying the same blessing. I want to hear from you all very bad as I have never heard from you since you left Tennessee and I shall get tired of righting to you and never get no answer. I want you to right to me as I think I am able to pay for a letter yet. I am righting to my only beloved brother and if you have never got no letter from me you are excused as you could not right to me until you got a letter from me and if you have wrote to me and I have never got the letter I don't hold you chargeable but if you have received any letter from me letting you know where I was and has not answered the same I do hold you guilty of neglecting your only Brother. I want you to right at least every six weeks and I will answer you every time you right. I live six miles North of James Dyer I have one neighbor in a half mile and one in 11/2 miles and then you may look out for the balance. I will inform you that I am well pleased with the country as far as I have seen as yet. I have got one quarter section of land paid for where I live and there is plenty all around me that is vacant and first rate. I commenced my improvements the 7 day of February and have built a smoke-house and dwelling house and cleared six acres of land. I have not got the land fenced yet but I have the rales all ready split and I think if nothing happens I can plant my corn in ten days the land where I live is very heavy timbered and is principally white oak and the under growth is dogwood and what is called which hazel. I will also inform you that old MOTHER MOCANLY past her time off in nearly as helpless a condition as you left her. I brought her to this country with me and she departed this life the 24th day of March about two o'clock in the evening being old and full of days I will inform you also that since I have been here that JOHN L. DYER has paid me every dollar of my money like a gentleman. I will also inform you that I got my money exchanged in Nashville at eight percent discount. I will also inform you that I have to give one dollar a bushel for corn and five dollars a hundred for pork I want you to right me how you are please and if you have settled yourself yet and if you have not bought land it won't be much trouble to come and look at this country before you do buy. I sent to New Orleans for my sugar and coffee I got first rate sugar at $5.50 a hundred and coffee at $10.50 a hundred I would right more but the ticks bites me so bad I cant see nothing more at present but remain your affectionate brother until death.
April 14, 1842
N.B. when you right direct your letters to Louisiana Parish of Claborn Russelville.
Blake T. Pate says tell Phillip that they can't meet on the flat rock and play but he wants to see him bad so all he can do now is say howdy P. Pate.
B. T. Pate
Note by Jinks Pate Lee: 26 Jul 1999
Anthony & Perlamon Pate are brothers. Blake T Pate (1837-1862) is son of Anthony, and died at Manassas in the Civil War
May 7, 1843 State of Louisiana
Written to Parish of Clayborn
Perleamon Pate, Sr.
Jackson Co, IL
I now take my pen in hand to inform you that we are all well at this time, hoping these lines will find you enjoying the same state of health. I have nothing of importance to write you. I received your letter dated Feb. 25, 1843 which gave me great satisfaction to hear from you once more. I have left the place that I first settled on. I am living at James Dyer at this time. I am making a crop there. He finds everything and gives me a share with the hands which is one 7th and I get the same that is made by the gin. We have sixty acres in cotton and 50 acres in corn. My family lives about 1/4 mile from Dyers on a very pretty piece of land and a first rate spring. The place that I first settled on has no spring and I dug seven wells and failed to get good water and I got tired and left the place.
I have bad news to tell you and I don't hardly know how to commence to tell you for it goes like a knife to my heart even to think about it. On the 24th of Oct last we lost our youngest child, little baby PATON. He fell in a large tub of water and was dead before we found him. You can better conceive my feelings than I can describe them to you as you are a father and a man of feeling but I hope for the better. I hope the child is at rest with God. You said you wanted to know what had become of James Davis.
I feel a delicacy in writing of that subject as he acted so badly that he had to run away from here and is gone back to Tenn. where I expect he had better stay or if he ever sets Out in the world again try to act better than he did here. Abraham Dyer has moved to this country this spring, he got here in March after a trip of 6 weeks. He has settled in 5 miles of James Dyer, north east on a very pretty piece of land. James McCarthy and Henry Dyer has been here on a visit this spring. They left my house on the 7th of May for home again. I expect by their chat when they left here that they will both move to this country next fall and winter. We want to know if your wife is as well satisfied in that country as Tenn.
So I will bring my scribbling to a close. My wife sends her best love and compliments to you and wife and children and says that she wants to meet you all in heaven as she has a hope of glory. Dear Bro remember us in your prayers to God who is all powerful to save. May the saving grace of our Lord and master Jesus be with you all Amen.
I have the honor of subscribing myself your unworthy Bro until death.
Anthony Pate and wife Nancy Pate
Children: Alfred J., Polly R., Blake T., - Paton baby died, Oct. 24, 1842
September 17th, 1850 Homer, Louisiana
Written to Mr. Perlemon Pate, Murphysboro, Illinois
Dear Brother and Sister and Nephews
We once more take our pen in hand to inform you that we are all in tolerable health at this time hoping that when these lines reaches you they may find you all enjoying the same state of health and happiness. If I could see you I would say a great many things that I shall not attempt to right in this letter. I received a letter from you about the first of June that you had wrote last Winter which gave us great pleasure to hear from you all once more that you were all well and doing well and also that you hadn't forgotten us entirely as that is all we have heard from you in three years and if you are so lucky as to get this letter I want you to right me one this is the first time I have written to you in three years for which I ask your pardon and I hope you will forgive me my neglect knowing that he would be forgiven must forgive and may God give you a forgiving heart is my prayer for Christ sake who suffered and died for us all that we through him might obtain eternal life. I said that we were all in tolerable health and so we are except on last Friday I was helping one of my neighbors raise a house and cut my foot very bad. I have not walked since, though I think it will get well soon as this is the fourth day and it looks in a healing condition.
My dear Brother my only excuse for not writing to you often is the continual bad luck I have in my family. We have buried three of our children since we have been in this country and have had three born here. The first one we lost was little BAGLEY PAYTON PATE, was drowned on the 24th October 1842, he was the baby when we left Tennessee you know the next was ALFRED V. PATE on the 24th of October 1847 with out a moments warning he was called to eternity it was on Sunday evening he had been off some where in the neighborhood and come home just before sundown and without his dinner he asked his Mother for something to eat, she gave him some. The other children were out at the cotton house playing on the cotton it was now about sundown and his mother told him to go and tell the other children to come to their supper. He went Out there and told them He told BLAKE to make hast back and play with him on the cotton and when BLAKE went back he had grabbed a hole in the cotton some three feet deep about the size of a body and was in that hole head foremost and was dead. He had not been from the house more than a half hour in good health so far as we know my Dear Brother you must try to imagine my feelings which I am writing you those bereavements in my family for I right with a heart full of sorrows yet I have a hope when the last trumpet is sounded that we will meet again in a better world than this where parting is no more. My dear Brother I give glory to God who has given us hope beyond this veil of tears my dear Brother I don't want to hurt your feelings and I hope I shall not but I must speak the truth. We are all Methodist here in the spring of 1848. Myself, my wife and EMELINE all joined the church my wife as a professor of religion and myself and EMELINE as seekers and so we went on until fall in September the camp meeting came on well I went there the day it commenced which was Thursday the 27th of September and stayed until it broke up and on Friday night about ten or eleven I felt that I got a hope of a better inheritance than the things of this vane world can give and through faith in Jesus I hope to get to heaven where parting is no more my Dear Brother I pray God that you and yours may meet us there. Brother pray for it you see this was in 1848. Well in July 1849 I took the fever I had a short spell and got about again in August I took the congestive fever and I had a close call of it I lay eleven days without eating a mouth full I had two doctors waiting on me they both thought it a bad chance for me ever to recover but they still worked on for they said that there was some hope as long as there was life and I felt that the Lord Blest the means in the hands for I must confess I had gave up myself but Bless God I felt resigned. to his will. The Doctors gave me calomel every two hours for night and days before they broke the fever and when the fever left me I was badly salivated but I recovered so I could walk about the house a little and then took the chills and fever which lasted me until February since then I have been in reasonable health and here I must tell you of another death in our family while I was sick and not able to get out of bed our little daughter JANE S. PATE took the fever and died the ninth day which was the 21st of September 1849 and dear brother these things seem for us to bear unless we are resigned to the will of God and I believe that all these earthly losses is our faith in heaven. We brought four children here and have but four yet I will give you their names: POLLY EMELINE, BLAKE THACKSTON, SARAH FRANCIS, PEMBROOK SUMMERETTE PATE. He is the youngest and was two years old the 29th of June last and he is some pumpkin I recon my wife is in better health than she was but her health is not good yet.
Our daughter EMELINE made a profession of religion last Sunday at a protracted meeting that was held in the neighborhood the meeting a week we have very good crops in this country this year our cotton is first and it is thought is will bring form ten to fifteen cents a pound I think it will make ten bales this year if I can save it all but picking in cold weather is bad work, since I wrote to you last we had our parish divided and the court house was located within five miles of my house and the town is called Homer We have a splendid brick court house there is six stores there and some fifty families in the place.
When you right direct letter to Homer I reckon I had better quit
so farewell to-
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