This letter was written by William Chase (1824-1860), the son of John Merrill Chase (1801-1827) and Alice Young (1801-18xx). We learn from this letter that William resided for a time in Dodgeville, Wisconsin before returning to Meigs County, Ohio to marry Elvira Winn (1822-1876) in April 1849. The 1850 Census shows the couple living in Huntington, Gallia County, Ohio though they appear to have returned to Rutland, Meigs County, Ohio by 1854. William served three years in the Federal army during the civil war, a member of Company E and later Company C of the 2d Colorado Cavalry. A record of William’s death cannot be found but it appears he died prior to 1870 because Elvira is listed as the head of household in the 1870 Meigs County, Ohio census and she applied for a widow’s pension in 1873. Perhaps the family had moved to Kansas Territory prior to the Civil War and Elvira returned to Ohio with their children during or after the war.
William wrote the letter to his cousin, Emeric Chase (1826-1864), the son of Thomas Jefferson Chase (1806-1879) and Rebecca Romine (1804-1853) of Meigs County, Ohio. Emeric married Nancy Winn (1827-1864) in August 1848. Emeric and Nancy relocated from Ohio to Kansas Territory sometime prior to 1858, settling in Liberty Township, in Woodson County. During the Civil War, Emeric served as a private in Co. F., 9th Kansas Cavalry. He died in November 1864 and is buried (Plot: 33 0 3147) in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri.
Addressed to Emeric Chase, Harrisonville, Meigs County, Ohio
July 24th 1848
I received your letter of June 23d and was glad to hear that you was all well and hope these few lines will find you the same. I was very glad to hear that you and George had got religion. I hope you will be faithful and remember me in your prayers.
I received a letter from Freeman Winn a few days ago and he told me in his letter that the prospect was very good for George’s being a man of a family if I did come back soon. He says that he has trained him up in the way he shall go and that he goes so well that there is more hopes of him than there is of himself.
Things are going on about right here. The Sons of Temperance have had a great celebration here today. We had over two thousand members of the different lodges. One year ago we numbered in Dodgeville 8 and now we have one hundred and fifty.
I received a letter from Elvira Winn and have answered it. I do not want you to let anybody see it. Be very careful not to let any of the boys get a hold of your letters. When I write to you anything about our love matters. I think for fear of something wrong you had better learn them as quick as you read them. Give my love to all my friends and relation. Tell Freeman that I shall answer his letter in a few days. Give my love to every one that you hear speak of me.
John sends his love to you all. It is getting dark and I cannot see to write any more. I hope soon to be with you and tell you a thousand things that I cannot tell you in a letter. Your dear cousin, — William Chase