Family Letter Collection & Photos – Letters from England written toMabel & Blanche Stevenson in Lawrence, MA
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July 12 1905 Center sitting with the big bouquet is Emma Singleton, her new husband Arthur Stead is to the left. Directly behind her is her sister Elizabeth Hannah "Tannie/Fannie" Singleton, then Arthur Kaye (Eliz's future husband) then her other sister Minetta "Minnie" Singleton. To the far left sitting down are her parents John Singleton & Anne nee Stevenson, and brother Harold is sitting with her. I am not sure who the guy standing behind John & Anne is, but I suspect it is George Stevenson, Anne's brother. I am unsure who anyone on the right of Emma & Minnie are..could be the Stead Family or other relatives, but I really don't know.
Family Letter Collection – Letters from England written to Mabel & Blanche Stevenson in Lawrence, MA in the possession Amylynne Baker-Santagate – includes the following letters cataloged as follows: Letter A: Dec 15 1891- Lizzie Brook LtrA-1891; Letter B: Oct 6 [1894?]- Lizzie Brook LtrB1894[Actually 1902]; Letter C: Jan 2, 1899 - Luther Amos LtrC1899; Letter D: Dec 22 1902- Lizzie Brook LtrD1902; Letter E: Feb 2 1903 - Lizzie BrookLtrE1903; Letter F: Oct 22 1903- Louise Stevenson LtrF1903; Letter G: Oct 26 1903- Squire and Amanda LtrrG1903; Letter H: Jan 10 1904 - Squire and Amanda LtrH1904; Letter I: Feb 7 1904- Louise StevensonLtrI1904; Letter J: Oct 31 1904- Louise Stevenson LtrJ1904; Letter K: Jan 24 1905- Louise StevensonLtrK1905; Letter L: Feb 22 1908 - Blanche Evelene Stevenson age 10 LtrL1908; Letter M: Dec 31 1923 - Louise Stevenson LtrM1923
Transcription of Letters:
From: Lizzie Brook 11 Greenhead Road Dec 15 1891
My Dear Blanch and Mabel,
Many thanks for the pretty things you so kindly sent us, the childs are very pleased with their hankerchiefs. I gave the calendar to mother as I know it would suit her best to hang it up where she can often see it.
I was very sorry to hear of poor Uncle, it must have been a great trouble to you all, more so to your dear mother. I don’t wonder at her not taking to send us a word, but still is just as well that we should know the word or how could we sympathize with you as we ought to do. You know best how he is, but if he’s so that he thinks or talks about us anytime, tell him that we wish to be remembered to him with much love and kind thoughts.
This is an old photo of ours. We had not one left, only a large one which hangs on the wall. This one was mother’s she has sent to you for xmas. I don’t think she would have parted with it for anyone else. I forget if it is four or five years since it was taken, but I think 4. But if all is well, we will have some more in the spring and then you shall have one.
You asked about the Kayes. I did not know anything myself, but on Friday I went to see a man Harry Hanson who was a companion of your fathers and Uncle Harry. He and Uncle Edwin went with them to Liverpool when they came out. He said he would get their address for me. He went on Saturday and saw John Kaye, who I think was pleased to hear something about Harry’s children. My husband will write them for you at the end of this letter.
Cousin Louise, Uncle Edwin’s daughter would like to write too, so perhaps you will have a like from her before long.
I hope dear cousins you will have a happy xmas. We are looking forward to it. We will have mother and father and Aunt Ada and one or two more friends. And we will think of you on that day and hope you will do the same of us. We all join in love to you both.
Leave me to remain your loving cousin,
My husband’s name is William Henry so if you put, Mrs. WH Brook 11 Greenhead Rd Huddersfield
—————-Your Uncle John’s address is as under: Mr. John Kaye 165 Halifax Old Rd Huddersfield (Yorkshire) England
—————The following addresses will find Mr. Joe Kaye: Mr. Joe Kaye Warehouseman for _____Walker __yson & Sons Stone Croft Mills__elnobridge, Huddersfield (must be Milnbridge) Or Mr. Joe Kaye
Warehouseman Near Longwood Station, Huddersfield
*Letter B Lizzie Brook From: Huddersfield 11 Greenhead Rd Oct 6 ___
The year is not noted but must be in or after 1894, because Blanche’s mother died Dec 1893. Also, the last letter is sent from the same address- this says about 4 yrs since they moved there) It is actually 1902 now that I have her daughters birth years from the census.
My dear Blanche,
I cannot tell you how truly pleased I was to receive a letter from you, but oh how sorry to hear of your mothers death. Although I never saw her only through her letters I had the greatest love and respect for her. I was quite a little girl when first she used to write to us.
You will see by the address that we have left Sowerby Bridge it is about 4 yrs since. I am so glad that your letter found us. One thing in your letter did surprise me very much, that is about your father for someone came to Uncle Charles and told him that he was dead years since. When you write again will you please tell me dear, what is the matter with him and if he is at home or where?
My mother and father left Primrose Hill about 12 yrs ago and came into the town now so we live about 5 min walk of each other which is very nice, for you know they are both getting on in life. Now they will be 75 next birthday.
I suppose you will remember about Uncle Edwin’s death, since then they have dropped off one by one. Uncle George, then Uncle Charlie, then John the youngest of them all. We thought mother was the only one left although she was the oldest.
I am so glad you still go to Sunday School. I did the same until I was married. Now I have two girls of my own and they go as scholars. My oldest will be 13 the 9th of Nov. She is called Mabel. The other one is Mary Victoria and will be 9 on the 18th of April.
I not often see any of my cousins only Uncle Edwin’s family they often come down. Aunt Ada, that is their mother, is very nice. They have two sons and one daughter, Louisa. She was learning her trade with me at the time when I was married now she has got a very good business of her own. Mellor works in the mill. Allen is a hairdresser. Uncle George’s are all married. So are Charles, except the youngest. Uncle John’s have two married and 4 at home with their mother. I have not got any pictures of ourselves at present we were taken about 4.
And now dear I hope you will write again soon and tell me what Mabel is like and then I can tell you if she is like the Stevensons. They all had a look of each other although some of them were dark and some of them light. Uncle Edwin and Uncle Charlie were what is called sandy, when I was a girl I was considered very like them but as I got older my hair went darker than theirs and now it is gray a little.
Now I must draw to a close dear hoping you will let us hear of you again before long believe me dear Blanche your loving cousin,
Letter C From Luther Amos 165 Lee St Oldham, England Jan 2 1899
Dear Blanche and Mabel,
I thank you very kindly for the pretty Christmas cards, and kind rememberances. I should have written to you and Mrs Baines sooner, but have been so buisy. I had a letter from Mr Bain’s the other day and he informed me that they all had been very sick. I hope and trust by this they are all well again.
I hear that your brother has got married. I suppose you will be very lonely without him. Dear Blanche in reference to your Aunt, I have tried my best to find out her address in Huddersfield and have seen the postmaster, but we have failed to trace her as yet. I should be very glad if you can give me anymore information about her.
I suppose you have seen the new arrival at the Baines, it is a mistake it should have been a boy. I suppose everything is going on as usual in Lawrence. I am sorry that I came home so soon from America. I could have very well stayed till Christmas. I thought I would send your Christmas presents in a newspaper, but was afraid Custom Officers would find out. I am sending a few presents to Mrs Baines and will send yours along with them when Mr Gamble comes to Liverpool for I am expecting to hear of his arrival any day. Hoping that you will like the presents when you receive them. Shall be glad if you will drop me a line or two when you have received them safe. Now dear friend I don’t know of much more to say. Hoping this may find you all well wishing you a bright and happy New Year. I remain as ever your sincere and affectionate friend,
Letter D From : Lizzie Brook 24 Willow Lane, Huddersfield (envelope Dec 22 1902)
My dear Cousins
I am sure you will think I have forgotten you but I assure you that such is not the case. We have thought and talked of you often but I have had a very busy year. My father and mother get worse as time goes on and I have more to do for them though they are wonderful for their age. I did intend writing last week but father had another bad attack with his heart so you see we were all very much upset he got up nearly a quart of blood a little comes yet but he is very much better I am glad to say.
You will see that we have changed our address we are farther away from mother but the girls go there to dinner from school so that I hear of them everyday even when I cannot go. You asked me about beefsteak pudding. Take some suet crust and line a basin with it, then cut up the steak into small pieces season with Pepper and salt put them in with a little water then put more paste to cover. Wet the edge press well to tie in a cloth boil 4 hours grease the basin first.
I hope you are keeping in good health and spirits. Mother wrote to you a while since she has been looking for a letter from you I know it would please her to hear from you. I hope uncle is no worse but better please God. Mabel & Mary join me in best love from yours very truly,
*Letter E From Squire and Amanda Haigh (To Miff? Stevenson-must be "Miss") 26 Lower Gate
Longwood, Milnsbridge, Oct 26 1903- postmark (Letter with pictures of Milnsbridge on the stationery)
I have let your Aunts and cousins have the presents you sent and they all was so pleased with them. I had your Aunt Harriet and Ada on Thursday and was glad I find Mrs Mellor only lives in Smith’s Row as near or nearer than Aunt Ada but in another way. Annie Singleton came one day last week and she brought me your letter so I arranged about the things for Mellor and Allen we sent the shaving mug and a pair of shirt sleeve elastick as I thought they were rather too old for candy and all your great cousins had a share of the chocolate there was three for each of them and I think they were all well pleased with their share.
I hope it will meet with your and Mabels approval as my husband never used one and Aunt Ada was more than pleased with the things I could not tell you how the pictures was received we went and took Clark his and they gave it a place of honour in the center of the front mantlepiece and they said they would write you. I must tell you we had the misfortune to crack one as it was very rough and it threw our bags about the state room and think that was when we got it broke. Hope you are booth well in health so I will conclude with love we remain your affectionate friends.
[I'm not really sure how or if they are connected. I found them on the 1901 census but it didn't give me any clues. 1881 Census shows he was born in 1847 born in Golcar, she was a29 b: 1852 in lindley, no children. Indexed incorrectly in 1891 Thomas Haigh is with them as his father & Sarah Dyson a22 can't figure out relationship maybe niece? .
Letter F From Squire and Amanda Haigh Jan 10 (no year? 1904) Boyd Cottage, 4 Longwood Rd
I was very pleased to hear from you and thank you for the greating card which I think very nice We where very glad of you approval of what we thought would be the best for your cousins has we did not like leaving the two out and the chocolate was very nice for the children though some of them have got very big ones and they were so pleased with them they counted four each for every second cousin so they appreciated your gift. We should have liked you to have seen them I think it would have suited Mabel very much could she have seen them and they said I was to thank you booth when we wrote you. We are having some wild wet weather just now. Remember me to Mrs Baines tell her we will see her friends when warmed weather comes has we have been very buisy since we came home and I was not feeling very well but am better again now. Give my love to your sister Mabel and accept the same yourself. I will conclude wishing you all a happy and prosperous New Year.
Your Sincerely S & A Haigh
P.S. You will see we have removed since we came back and that has made us so busy. It was empty when we arrived so thought it best to come in to it and if ever you or your sister comes over here on a visit come and spend a few days with us and we shall be delighted to welcome you.
[I think Mrs Baines is Maria Baines born in England and living in Lawrence 1900 with husband Albert on Doyle St. Sons William A b: 1895 and Ernest b: 1898.
Letter G From Lizzie Brook 24 Willow Lane Feb 2 (no year – guess 1903?)
My dear Blanche,
We got your letter ok Thursday the 29th but did not receive the photo until this morning. We thank you very much for them. I think they are very nice indeed. I could have told which was you by the one we have of you when you were little. I should think you are most like your mother from the two picture as which we have of her. I should think Mabel is a Stevenson for the first this which struck me when I saw it at how like one of Uncle’ George’s daughter’s she was. And strange to say as soon as ever Mabel saw it before I spoke she said the same although she never saw her until xmas when Mabel was ____? And mothers Mary Ellen called to see her. Mother was glad to have your letter. I am going on this evening and will take the cards for her. My husband was going near to Aunt Ada’s today so he has taken one of yours for them but not one of Mabel’s don’t think me selfish but I really could not part with it. I am so pleased to have them. I will get some frames for them and they shall stand on the setting room mantlepiece where I can see them always.
I am sorry to tell you that mother is not very well she has a lot to do for father still think she is wonderful for her age she will be 76 on the 14th of this month. Believe me dear Blanche and Mabel, your cousin,
I will get you a fashion book and send it. You perhaps you would like to see one now that you are in it do you like it I mean dressmaking I did when I was doing it regularly but it is tedious work and I never think I should like one of my girls to take it up until now I have made everything for them but I don’t think I shall bother with best things again.
Letter H From: Louisa Stevenson 122 Lower Gate Longwood Oct 22, 1903
My Dear Cousins,
We all thank you very much for your kindly sending presents, each had no idea Mrs Haigh was coming anywhere near you as we should have sent a message with her. I thank you for the hankerchief it is a pretty one. Aunt Harriet and mother has been this afternoon to see Mrs Haigh
They have had a long talk. Some of the pictures have got a little broken but they are very nice, it was so rough and stormy. The lather pot you gave to Mr H he has got my brother Allen a present of it as he does not shave himself. I happened to meet Mrs H the first day of their arrival and she told me they had tea with you. I told mother and we were quite delighted to think you had entertained some of our neighbors, you have had the pleasure of talking to someone that knows us well. Now I come to a little family news I thank you for your photo which we received last Christmas you said in Cousin Lizzie’s letter that you would write to me soon and I have expected a line ever since but it has come in a different manner than which I thought. Now please do write this time. Another bit of news is this, Aunt Harriet removed last easter and now she only lives 10 minutes walk from here. We see her every two ot three days, if it is fit weather she comes up to dinner or tea once a week, today she has been to dinner. It was scarcely fit but I was down yesterday and said that next time she came mother would take her to Mrs Haigh’s and she lost no time. She would have liked if Mrs H to have seen her brother just to tell her how he looked as they are the only two that are left and it is hard to tell you but Aunt Harriet has had a loss. One that will never in this world be filled, her husband Uncle James has passed away it was very peaceful and my mother went down and stayed with Aunt all night and thinking he was nicely was in the point of leaving when Aunty called “Ada Come” and he passed away quite quietly. Aunty lives alone but she is quite near cousin Edwin, he is Uncle George’s son and they have a large family so first one and then another pop in to see her and run her errands. She is not left long by herself. Aunty bears her trouble well, I have not heard her murmer once.
I mentioned in one letter that Allen my brother was to be married, now I must tell you he has had a fine son Arthur his name is., five months old. I have just got back from my holiday I have spent two weeks in the country at a large establishment about (77?) persons in altogether never have had as much fun in my life, young and old, married and single ladies and gentleman, every night we had a concert. One night we had a mock trial a breach of promise ears in which I was the lady plantiff, the gentleman defendant acted silly which caused ____ of laughters the case praceded wonderfully and the judge and council lacked quite majestic in the while shattels for wigs ladies cloaks for gowns, the plaintiff was awareded one farthing damages a cain which we do not use in payment now but one gentleman said he had one and so it came that I got damages the cain is of copper but the defendant sent it to the jeweler to have it silvered and made into a broch and I received it by post this morning.
I think I have no more news to tell. I am a lady balchelor yet. Give our united love to your brother Herbert his wife and family, love to your cousins, our best love to yourself and Mable and write soon. I conclude with kind love from Aunt Ada and myself
From Your Ever Loving cousin,
Letter I From Louisa Stevenson 122 Lower Gate, Longwood Feb 7, 1904
My dear Cousins,
Mrs Haigh has received a letter from Mrs W Kaye and the news of uncle death seems to us rather sudden. Mother and I sympathise with you and your trouble, accept our love and kind thoughts. We wish we were nearer to you and then indeed we should feel to be able to cheer you a little, but we have one Heavenly Father who will help us to bear all our burdens. “cast your care on Him for He careth for you” He knows what is best and He will help us to make the best of what He sends.
This afternoon I have been to tell Aunt Harret, she is very thankful to hear your father is at rest and hopes you will not fret for he is better where he is. Mrs Kaye said the funeral was on the 22nd Jan if so that is the date I received your letter. Thank you very much for your kind long letter. I am pleased your brother is doing well in his new situation, kind rememberance to him, his wife and family. You said you have had severe weather? Now here we have had some frost that froze the ponds hard enough to skate for one day only and last week we had two days of rain and snow all the rest of the winter has been rain, dull and foggy I think I should like to see one of your winters, also one of your summers you have no dull atmosphere, but here it has been nothing else for 6 months at least, but I must not get into a grumbling human, for English people and especially Yorkshire folkes are noted for grumbling about the weather. You asked me to let you know if there were any of Uncle John’s. Yes, his wife Aunt Sarah Ann and 6 children, 3 of the eldest are married, Charles the youngest boy, he is married. He read your letter here last week and he was quite pleased you sent your love to any of Uncle John’s children, by the way, a man cousin Charles got to know has come to America. He gave him your address and he may give you a call. You said you may be packing up and coming to England I wish you would. Cousin Charles says he will find you a nice young man if you do, so you may find your future husband here. There’s no telling please try it. But Mrs Haigh thinks you are indespensible they cannot do without you at home. Aunt Sarah ann says your father and her and Grandfather used to play dominoes when they were young and she often said, “Now Tom I won’t play anymore because you cheat” You see Aunt S A was brought up not very far from Grandfather’s and were friendly with the family in girl and boyhood days. Now mother only saw your father about twice before he went to America. When cousin Charles had read your letter he said “Well I feel as if I would like to go see cousin Blanche” He was quite excited for a few minutes, the man he knew Mr Hirst(?) tried to persuade him to go back with him but he would not hear of such a thing, his wife also has tried often to get him to say he would like to come sometime, but he said never, and after reading yur letter we had a jolly laugh out of him, it would have done you good to have seen him. Aunt Harriet is very nicely at present. Mother has gone to Willow Lane to tell cousin Lizzie about your father. I think I have not anything more to say this time, so will conclude with kindest love and sympathy from Aunt Ada to her neices and from cousin Louise to cousin Blanche and Mabel,
You asked me for Aunt Harriet’s address: Mrs H Walker 23 Smith’s Buildings Johnymoor Hill Paddock
Should like to hear from you again as soon as you can make it convenient to write. Once again love to all Cousin Louise
Letter J From Louisa Stevenson 122 Lower Gate, Longwood Oct 31, 1904
My Dear Cousins,
Perhaps you would like to know how we are getting along in England. In the first place Aunt Harriet has gone to live entirely with her daughter, for some time she has been gradually failing. Her little home has been taken up and I can tell you dear ___ : it is with tears I write these words there seems almost a death knel(near?) in them. We had her at our house for a month until Lizzie arranged to give up house and arrange the ____(esclia?) furniture _c. while here Aunt got up everyday but could do nothing for herself, now she cannot get up without help being entirely in bed and someone has to sit up with her. Mother stayed one night last week and I stayed last night with Cousin Lizzie. I feel very sorry for Liz(?): only her; such a lot it seems to depend on her. Today ours tears mingled together as Aunt was giving some little treasure to Mabel and Mary when I came away she pressed my hand in longing embrace thinking it may be the last time on earth tomorrow mother is going to stay again until Wed I sincerely hope time will not be long she has such funny sounds it will be a blessing when in God’s good time he finds her rest. Please excuse me not writing sooner I ought to have written when Auntie was here but I was not well. I had a week in bed then I did not pick up at all for a month after. Aunt has been at Willow Lane now _ weeks.
Dear Cousin you will think me almost selfish not to have inquired how you are before this, but I hope in all sincerity you are getting over your loss which time alone can heal you have my deepest sympathy in your trouble. I can speak through experience I have passed along the lonely road but now I do not wish my father back again in this troublesome world, yet at times I feel down, my father was a companion. I wrote to you last Jan, but having no answer I cannot tell if you got it. Please excuse ___: Lizzie for not writing she has had a peculiar year all sorts of trouble ups and downs that you and I escape being unmarried, I cannot say more on paper. My mother joins me in sending our kindest love and sometime I hope we shall see each other. Good bye for the present and may God bless you both and all.
From your ever loving cousin,
Letter K From Louisa Stevenson 122 Lower Gate, Longwood Jan 24 1905
My Dear Cousins
Your kind and welcome letter to hand, we received the calendars and the views, they are very nice the views are splendid. Aunt Harriet is getting along very nicely on Jan 15 she was up and came downstairs to tea, it was cousin Lizzies birthday 50 years old and Aunt H will be 78 on the 14th of Feb. Today mother has gone to Aunt Ellen’s funeral she was Uncle George’s widow, 72 years old.
Some friends of ours have had relatives over from Connecticut to spend Christmas and New Year they are returning to Boston on Tuesday Jan 31st by the Sasconia (Lasconia?) I asked Alice to bring you a small present after they land at Boston they are staying in the city for a week. They will post parcel to you from B. I will give you their address and a few days after you are in possesion of it will you kindly write to Miss Turner to say if you got it allright?
The antimacasae for yourself and the table center for Mabel, if you wish to exchange each other you may. Miss Turner and her mother have been here to tea we have had a long talk which made me long to go back with them and even mother said she would not mind going. That is the first time I have ever heard mother express a wish to cross the water, when I asked mother if I should go she said wait until Cousin Blanche comes, I should not like you to stop her. By no means dear cousin I should not like to stop you, but I should like to see you and Mabel as well, kind rememberance to your cousins. I hope the one that was ill is better. I think I have nothing more to say this time. I will close with best love to Mabel and yourself from mother and your loving cousin Lousia
This is the address Miss Alice Turner East Lyme Conn Bosc 75
Letter L From Blanche Evelene Stevenson – age 10 (to Blanche-says 58 Knox Street) 6 Stoney Battery, Crsland Moor, near Huddersfield Feb 22, 1908
I hope you are quite well as it leaves us at present. This is my first letter I have written and I thought you had quite forgot us, and I am learning to play piano. But we have a vacant place for your photo on the piano. My mother made me a tea party when I was 10 and I had about thirty. We are having some very bad weather over hre. I am in standard five at school and we should be very pleased to see you. I had been wanting to send you a letter many a week. So you see we have not forgot you yet although we have been a long time in writing. It is very nice to think they have a cousin in United States of America and when any one speaks about it I always think of you. We have removed now to six Stoney Battery Nr Huddersfield So I think that is all at present from your loving cousin Blanche Evelene Stevenson
PS Father and mother sends is best love xxxxxxxxxxxx and when I have writen ones I shall write again, write back. Miss Blanche E Stevenson 6 Stoney Battery Crosland Moor Nr Huddersfield
Letter M From Louise Stevenson 4 Virginia Road Marsh, Huddersfield, Larks Dec 31, 1923
Dear Cousin Blanche
I have often thought about you and wondered how you are getting along in the world, time creeps along and we with it. I always thought you and I would see each other but it has not been possible for me for the last 14 or 16 years to think about a journey. I have had as much as I could do with mother, but last March she passed to rest at the age of 81 years and it was a well earned rest for sometime she had been very weary and 14 weeks in bed, and to feed like a baby all to do for it was a thankful release.
How are you? I am writing on the off chance of this letter finding you as we lost your address
when we removed here, you sent word over to say you would like a letter sometime ago, but you had lost our address and could not write to us, but I told the folks I had lost your address and therefore could not write. I hope you will be fortunate to get this and then I shall be very pleased to hear how you are, give my love to Mabel, also Herbert and accept much love to yourself,
Amylynne (Baker) Murphy