Letter to Richard Gwyn

Letter to Richard Gwyn
Patterson, North Carolina, December 30th, 1892, My dear bro Richard, I've had to wait several days to finish up my writing letters to home folks which numbers one more year of our lives gone. They come around fast, don't they? We all have been spared, and as far as I know are in good health, which is the greatest blessing of all. We are all getting to be old people now even you and Hugh. I saw him in June on my way home from Nellies. He & little Beattie were at sister Millie's to see me & while he seemed very much like he used to be I could see he had grown older. He has a bright pretty sweet child and loves him too. Sister Millie was as cheerful and active as I expected to see her. The little Wren children were bright but smaller than I thought would be. Edith is the age pf Mabel here and not near as tall, neither is Beverly any thing like as tall as our Richard Hugh tho' his same age. They are so slender too. I had one of the most delightful visits of my life on that trip. Mrs Hull was at Nell's the first three weeks of my stay, and Gennie so near. We all came as near being one house hold as could well be. I think Gennie seemed more cheerful too after getting out from home so much. I can't help looking forward to another visit then tho' I may not be able to go. We all (Mary Morgan & family Hughie & Beattie) at sister Millies one evening had a pleasant time too. I shall ever remem (end of letter) (no signature) (may be sister M. H.)
-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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