1846: Dubois T. Elmore to Anson Clearwater

What Dubois T. Elmore might have looked like

This letter was written by 19 year-old Dubois T. Elmore (1827-18xx) who worked as a clerk in his older brother’s log store in Mukwonago, Waukesha County, Wisconsin Territory. His brother, Andrew E. Elmore (b. 1814) came to Wisconsin Territory in 1838 where he opened a store and became postmaster of the fledgling village. Andrew met his wife, Mary (Field) Elmore (1816-1892), the territory where she was working as a schoolteacher. Andrew and Mary eventually relocated to Green Bay, Wisconsin. Nothing more found on Dubois T. Elmore after the 1850 Census.

Andrew and Dubois Elmore were from New Paltz, Ulster County, New York.

The letter was written to Anson Clearwater of Ulster County, New York. This was probably the same Anson Clearwater (b. @ 1822) who was the son of David Clearwater (1791-1864) and Elizabeth Birdsall (1794-1871) of Marlborough, Ulster County, New York.

Stampless Letter

Addressed to Anson Clearwater, Milton, Ulster County, New York

Mukwonago [Wisconsin Territory]
30 June 1846

Dear Sir,

I have now arrived at my journey’s end and have set down to write you a few lines respecting my journey and the looks of the country. I started from home May 11th and arrived at Mukwonago the 18th and found the folks in good health. I had a very pleasant time on the lakes. It was still as the Hudson River. The passengers on board of the boat numbered eleven hundred and I got acquainted with a number which made the time pass away very pleasant.

We stopped at a number of places and I will mention one so as to give you an idea how the folks do in Michigan. We stopped at Fairport on Lake Erie on the Michigan side [Upper Peninsula] and staid there an hour. I went up to the village which is situated one mile and a half from the Lake. I inquired at a house if they had any cool water. They said that there was not a well in three miles of the village. They used the Lake water.

I will now give you some account of the country and how we do business in the wild woods of Wisconsin. The country is, I think, first rate and a farmer cannot fail to do well. It is my opinion that Paradise be handsomer than the Oak Openings. The soil is very deep and it is no trouble to raise wheat. The folks here do not work more than half as hard as they in Ulster County. Most of them does not raise but one crop and that is wheat so you can an opinion how they work it.

Give my respects to Mr. Phillips and to your Father and Mother and to the whole family. Write to me soon and remember your friend. — DuBois T. Elmore

N. B. Direct your letters to Mukwonago, Waukesha County, Wisconsin Territory


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