1808: James Gould Almy to John Coggeshall Almy

James G. Almy, Painting in the Metropolitan Museum of Art

This letter was written by James Gould Almy (1772-1827), the son of Benjamin Almy (1724-1819) and his second wife, Mary Gould (1735-1805).

James wrote the letter to his half-brother, John Coggeshall Almy (1752-1815), a son born to Benjamin’s first wife, Sarah Coggeshall (1721-1756).

James G. Almy married Mira Elliot in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1801, and served as a 2nd Lieutenant with the Georgia Militia during the War of 1812.

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Addressed to John C. Almy, Esq. Newport, Rhode Island

Savannah [Georgia]
26 October 1808

Six days, my dear brother, brought us safe to Savannah where we found ourselves at home and the country healthy, and blessed with good crops, which makes us hope times will soon brighten and set business briskly agoing. Mira & children unite in love to the family. Believe me, dear brother, yours affectionately, — J. G. Almy

2 responses to “1808: James Gould Almy to John Coggeshall Almy

  • Peter Carroll

    James Gould Almy’s first wife was Martha Matilda Bowles b. 19th June 1774 in New Providence, Bahamas. Her parents were Leonard Bowles & Elizabeth Ellis. James & Martha had Leonard Rustat b. Sep 2, 1793, Katherine Matilda b. 27 Sep 1795 and James Gould July 2, 1798.

  • Kim Iocovozzi

    I now proudly own this letter so if anyone gets any further info on this guy please feel free to contact me! Kim Iocovozzi

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