I have tried to transcribe this as written. The paper is old and writing is faded. I believe this letter was written to my Great Great Grandmother Maria Artlysia (Aunt Lissa) who was Ann’s sister in law, married to Ann’s brother John Edward. She speaks of Isaiah who could have been her nephew or her son as both women had an Isaiah. Rachel was Lissa’s daughter. Billy was William Tracy, Ann’s brother. B.N. was Benjamin Nicholas Watt, her son, I believe. I don’t know who Aunt Jane refers to. She had a daughter named Mary Jane but she died in 1895 from the information I have found.
“Armington Oct 31, 1904
Dear sister I will write you a few lines and see if I can hear from you and Isaiahs I have wrote to them twice since I got a letter from them I don’t know why they don’t I am anxious to hear we haven’t had a word from them for six weeks at least I don’t remember when I did get I can’t write much I have a pain my back that bothers me a good deal I had a right smart atack of jaunders last week not so bad as I have been just enough to know I had it. Aunt Jane is gone to her daughters to Bellflower where is Rachel if she is there tell her I think she has forgot her Aunt Ann I have been looking for a letter from her for sometimes I got a letter from you soon after you went home and I cant remember whether I answered or not I am getting very forgetful poore old woman no wonder so much to think about. Brother Billy poore dear old man he is so porely he cant hardly write to me any more his daughters writes to me now tells me how he is geting along I am about as well as usual
except my back and all the rest of our relations as far as I know. B.N. was to visit us four weeks ago I went over to franks two weeks ago and stayed four days I should of stayed longer but was still in the barn I went round among their children I hadent been there since last march now aunt lissa I want to hear from you and yours and from Isaiah particular about you and many as you are both cripples I hope you are both better or well my regards to all every one.