Letter written by James Ball of Lawrence Co.,Ky. He was the son of George Ball and Elizabeth Tunnell of Virginia.
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Lawrence County, Kentucky
Dear brother and sister , after my best love and respects to you all I take my pen in hand to in form you that I receiver a letter from you which was grate satisfaction to here that you was yet alive and in joying the blessings of God and the prospects of heaven and eternal happiness in the feutire it has bin a long time since I hav heard or seen enny of you until James and Clavin two of your grandsons which was much satisfaction to mee to get to see some of you whilst living which giv me to thinking that after months and years has past away that we shal meet in a better world then this which I hav tried to raise my family to fear God and make heaven ther home and so fare as I now or her the most of our connection is religious so in short I must say that I noe but little about the health or our peo [ torn] (people)
It has bin some time ago sence I hav seen enny of them I here of some of them being dead brother John and his wife is dead brother Robert is dead brother Jessee is blind brother Wesley is dead and his oldest son got wounded with a thrashing may sheen lately and is now dead and the last a counts I had of sister Catty people tha was all well and living on ham in Vergina and doing well So I must close my letter by saying may God bless and save you all in his kingdom is my prare fore Christ sak.
James Ball and Nancy Ball and all the family sends there love and respects to brother William and sister Lotty and all of your family so pleas write to mee soon as you git this letter and let mee moe about every thing that would be of in trust to mee so farewell my brother and sister and family .
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The original letter is in possession of Nannie Lee Stickley of Rose Hill, Virginia . A copy of this letter can be found in the book " JOHN BALL AND WINIFRED WILLIAMS OF VIRGINIA" By Claudette Maerz