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Gwyn Letter from M.H. to Richard Gwyn

Letter from M.H. to Richard Gwyn
letter, 2 pages written on front and back, Wedns night, My dear Richard, I have just finished reading a long troubled letter from bro Martin about his land being sold. I am so sorry for him, but don't know how to help him. I do hope you will not take any steps against him that you will some time regret. We all know how he is and it only makes matters worse to be hard with him. I do hope all you do & say will be in an honest Christian spirit. This is all I ask you to do & the only way to give your bosom peace hereafter. He is getting old and may not be here long & I beg you to consider and not be too hard. He is no akin to Litia and your children are too young to know so you are alone in this matter. Now you are just where you can acquit yourself creditably in the eyes of all your sisters & brothers & more than that your God, or go for what you will gain in earthly goods and be censured by others and all of us. You may go by the law and yet not be honest in the eyes of feeling Christians. (He is not able to defend himself). You have had reperses & have a large family to look after. I am trying to take in the situation the best I can, have been trying to pray over it all I can. I only ask you to stop one moment & think--think before you go too far. If he can not make a support & has gone through with all he had, try to be kind to him and let us know about it. I am willing to work & do for him all I can, and the rest will I think, anyway you let us know and can soon find out before his land is sold. He doesn't understand about it all. Our parents did want us to love & live in peace. Your loving sister M.H., Richard I feel like I have a right to command you not to have his home sold, but to send to us & let us help satisfy your claim, give us a chance any way. This hurried note is being written on the toe of our children coming home. Nell hasn't been here in almost 2 years. I want to dismiss all this trouble til I hear from you.
-Hugh Gwyn, born 1804, died 1885, wife - Rosamond Dickerson
-Moved to Mount Airy in 1850
-Home was on the Piper's Gap Road four miles from Mount Airy
-Home was called Idle Wilde
-Hugh and Rosamond had ten children
-One of Hugh's sons was Richard Littleton Gwyn
-Richard Littleton Gwyn was the only child that stayed in Mount Airy
-Richard married Letitia Hollingsworth Gwyn and stayed at Idle Wilde
-Richard and Letitia had eight children
- Imogene (Genie) Gwyn (single),
-Joseph (Joe) Hollingsworth Gwyn who married Blanche Holt, as a young man he operated Gwyn Drug store and ran the nearby White Sulphur Springs Hotel, he died in 1975 at the age of 93,
-Annie Gwyn who married Thomas D. Gilliam and they had three children Nancy Gilliam, Betsy Gilliam and Thomas D. Gilliam Jr.,
-Hugh Gwyn,
-Letitia Gwyn who married William Simpson,
-Richard Reginald Gwyn,
-May Gwyn who married William Ashby,
-Elma Gwyn who married Robert E. Ashby and they had two children
-Next Idle Wilde's ownership fell to Richard Reginald Gwyn and Robert and Emma Gwyn Ashby and Genie Gwyn
-In the 1970's the house stood empty for the first time in 120 years
-It later burned

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