Letter from J.M. Gwyn to Richard Gwyn

Letter from J.M. Gwyn in Chatham Hill Virginia to Richard Gwyn
Chatham, Virginia, February 18, 1902, Dear Brother, your letter to hand some days ago glad to hear you are all well. We are having a very cold winter some four inches Snow amd a high wind fortunately I have plenty of feed for once and full supply of cattle have engauged my cattle for fall delivery at a fine price selling 225 head export cattle. The greatest job we have now is to feed those cattle in all 500 head when we have snow it is difficult to feed enough. You wrote me about selling the timber in Virginia. Timber here is very high and advancing lands have also greatly advanced so it depends much upon the price offered for the timber I do not think lumber will ever be worth less than now it seems to me it would be best to sell timber and then the land afterwards. Tis fine tobacco land and I see leaf tob is selling for a fine price I would like to come over in spring and have an estimate made on timber can you have that done if so the trees ought to be marked when it is done. Hugh and all are well just come up fm Mr. Mergen or Morgan. Mally or Molly has a little boy all are well as usual. You said you would ship me some Tob on Martins apc send it on I can use some of it right now I see probable Congress may reduce the price on Tax on tob. soon. We are getting small pox scattered through the co see a great deal of it through Virginia. Let Genie & Jo come and see hope you are well send Tob. soon as possible to do so my love to all Yours, J. M. Gwyn
-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 from J.M. Gwyn to Richard Gwyn