Mrs. E. A. Erikson, Member #812, 1832 Sycamore Road, Homewood, Illinois 60430 has sent us the following on her Vermont ancestors.
The following is from a Massena, New York paper - page 2 - unfortunately there is no date.
Your loving mother
In those days people had to make many of the articles that are bought today. Mrs. Andrews probably wanted the indigo to make dye. Bergamot is a tree of the orange family, having a roundish or pearshaped fruit, from the rind of which an essential oil of delicious odor is extracted much prized as a perfume. Bergamot was also used for perfuming snuff. It is probable that Mrs. Andrews desired the bergamot for perfume purposes.
The next two letters are from John B. Andrews to his parents, Martin and Phoebe Belfield Andrews in Waterbury, Vermont. (They moved to Genesee County, New York when Phoebe was 52.)
Honored and Dear Parents
agreeable to your request, I will inform you of my arrival in Massena
on the 15th inst. after a cold journey of seven days and finding myself
among entire strangers and in a strange place and the distance from home and
the length of time it would probable lapse before my return caused me to
express the sad disagreeable feeling of homesick. But in time and resolution
will soon wear it off. It is very sickly here and many die, but I am well
at present and hope to remain so.
with all the wishes of health and prosperity to you and your family, I remain,
Your child and dutiful son
John B. Andrews
I hear that you think of moving from Waterbury to Western New York, but I think it would be a great undertaking in your old age and infirmities and to much for you to indure so I think it best for you to stay where you bee. I am in great haste.
John B. Andrews
I received your letter with pleasure but am sorry to know that you are so frightened on my account. We have nothing to fear here for the present. I shall likely remain here till winter to settle my business. I am at present confined as the Militia called to defend our frontiers and I am amongst them. I am anxious to take an active part in the present war. Nothing prevents me but my unsettled affairs and the trouble it would be to you. But do not mourn for me if my fate is sealed as I have neither wife nor children to provide for. Be not troubled or mourn for one child as you have many more to think of. The only satisfaction is that if trouble awaits us we shall receive it calmly without fear of death. The articles you requested I have neither of them as the times have not admitted of getting goods, but if they are to be got if I ever return, I will bring them to you. I am well for the present and in great haste.
Your constant and affectionate son
John B. Andrews
Daniel Diver born 12 July 1786
John Belfield born 23 July 1788
Martin, Jr. born 22 Oct. 1791
Webster born 23 Mar. 1795
Delana Caroline born 11 Aug. 1796
Avery Verneuil born 25 July 1798
Phoebe Angeline born 3 Mar. 1801
Alumina, born Waterbury, Chittenden Co., VT 2 July 1804
Lucinda Adeline, born Waterbury, VTt 3 July 1807 (Lucinda Adeline Andrews married a Mr. Pound)
Lorenzo Theodore, born Waterbury, VT 20 Apr. 1809
John Belfield Andrews married Susan Boynton in Massena, New York 1 January 1815. Susan was born in Weathersfield, Windsor County, Vermont on 14 August 1794. She was the daughter of Stewart Boynton and Lydia (Allen).(?)