Letter to Richard Gwyn from his sister J.G.

Letter to Richard Gwyn from his sister J.G.
Max Meadows, Virginia, August 6th 1898, Dear bro. Richard: We have not heard from any of you in a long time. I have been thinking every few days I would write to know how you all were. We have looked for you and Tishie this Summer, we hope yet you will pay us that promised visit. If you both can not come send Joe and Genie and one of the little ones you can spare, to stay with us that we can teach with this little girl we have. This is a very good child, so easy with others, and it would not be any more trouble to teach two than one, if they were together. I think Mary is a splendid teacher, has so much patience, and is so fond of children. This child here, has improved so much since she came, which has just been a little over one year. I was telling Mary I thought some of our own kin people might reap the benefit of her patience and kindness in teaching as a little stranger does. We have had a great deal of rain, which has thrown the farmers behind in their meadows. Mr. Graham is about half through cutting the grass. I was out at Chilhowie about a month ago; I saw Hugh and Carrie there. Their baby was very sick while I was there, and has not recovered yet, but I hope by today he is much better. Carrie was looking so thin and badly, she has been so anxious about the child, could not eat or sleep. She is a sweet little woman, the more I see of her, the more I like her. Sister Millie and her little family were all well. She has a lively little set to control. They all have their banjos. Edith can play as well as the boys. Will came home with one, but I could not prevail on him to bring his banjo. I know Mr. G. would want to hear him play. The day after we came, Mr. Graham would borrow one for him, and I never saw any one enjoy it like Mr. G. did. Tell Imogene she ought to have seen her Uncle dancing to that music. I hope your health is better now than it has been, and that you can find sale for all your tobacco, and other products you have on the farm. I will need a little money this Fall, if it will suit your convenience to let me have $60. I think that is about what you borrowed two years ago. I would have had a small amount, if my turkeys had not have died last year, and this year we thought best not to have any. Mr G. will have to pay a good deal on the farm he bought this Fall and he finds it right hard to collect so I do not like to bother him with any little bills. I told the children about what I loaned you and they as well as myself would like for you to take your time when it suited you best to return it. If you can send it by the first of November I can make it suit me. I will owe a bill for my teeth and Mary's toothen. As it is getting late I will close. I hope you all are well. My best love & best wishes for you all. I am affectionately your Sister, J. G.
-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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Letter to Richard Gwyn from his sister J.G.