This week, as I begin with the seven children of John Edward Tracy, I will start with Mary Maria Tracy Talbot. Most of the records I have for Mary are about her death and today I am going to transcribe a couple of letters written to her parents around the time or her death.
Dec 6th 1897
Dear Mother and all
It’s been a long time since I wrote to you. I have not been well the rest are as well as usual. Father Talbot was taken sick the 16 of Nov and died the 22nd. James got a telegram and went to Great Bend had him sent up and brought Mother and Albert up too as they could not do much there. We are looking for you here Christmas so don’t disappoint us, we have lots of snow just now, and cloudy for more, when you see Ray tell her I will write to her before long, I don’t see why Aunt Ann don’t write or send me the picture she said she had for me. I answered her letter as as I got it last spring let us know in your next letter that you will be here Christmas. Good by untill then. Mary Talbot
Jan 7, 1898
I shall try too describe to you the condition off your daughter there was a chang the 8 and a decided change too day the 9 she is rapidly growing weaker and the tumor is growing so as too make it difficult too breath. She is in more distress and so difficult too breath the Dr. says it is closing up over the stomach and crowding the heart she takes very little nurishment and if there is no relife soon she cant stand it long is my opion
The baby is doing well
your daughter is no better this morning, had a restless night.