Being the research lover that I am I decided to take a quick peek at the Library of Congress link Russell shared. Within 15 minutes I had located the letter shared in the minutes old post and see that it was sent by John Wickham on May 1810. Now if we could only read what it’s about.
This is a post from facebook (July 2016) by our cousin Russell Quinlan. He has done a fair amount of research and has found some very interesting letters and other papers about some of our Wickham ancestors. He mentions having downloaded several letters but for some reason, and it could be my inability to look in the right place, I cannot find them. However, I did include one he sent separately and it is below the copy of his post. In his post he explains where you can look up many historical items. I haven’t taken the time to do this but may get to it over the summer. (So much to do, so little time)
“I’m so sorry I missed the family reunion. Hopefully I get to visit with you all next year!
Many of you might not know that all of the “Wickham family papers” that date back to around the founding of the United States have been provided to several libraries as the family felt it was better to allow everyone to have access. Very forward thinking!
The family papers are located at the Library of Congress. (which is accessible online) https://www.loc.gov/. Search ‘Wickham” There you will find letters to Presidents, old photos, letters, manuscripts, and a treasure trove of other information on the Wickham family including letters between the Presidents referencing our family. Other Libraries where our family papers reside includes, Yale University Library, UC Berkeley and one other that I will have to research in my Grand Fathers family history book that is now in my possession.
Anywho, I have downloaded a few of the letters from our family to the Presidents of the United States–James Madison, Thomas Jefferson and Monroe and posted them here. Take a look and see if you can read the handwriting. A hearty handshake and the eternal thanks of the family if anyone wants to try and decipher the contents.
If anyone has any questions, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Love to all my Cousins
- Saturday, July 30, 2016
- Noon to 4 p.m. (NOTE earlier time) planning to eat around 1 p.m.
- Tango Oaks Farm, 5557 State Rte. 414, Hector, NY 14841
To Bring: White Elephant Sale item, Chair, if possible (we will provide some but may not have enough for all)
We will provide: Coolers, Water, Iced Tea
THIS YEAR’S MEAL – We will be pre-ordering chicken BBQ – includes baked beans, coleslaw, roll, pickles and ice cream from the VLH (local) Fire department. This is an annual event held during their carnival. It should be ready in plenty of time for us to eat at 1:00. We are aware that not everyone will want this option so pack up a picnic, a sub, a sandwich, whatever you wish, and join us to catch up on family news!!
IF YOU WISH TO ENJOY SOME DELICIOUS CHICKEN
YOU MUST ORDER BY Tuesday, JULY 26 – Price $10.00
Email to Wickhamreunion01@gmail.com or call 607.592.4375. (Judy Butterfield)
This information provided by Barbara Erway and originally shared on our facebook page.
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~jwickham/FAQs About the Family of Thomas Wickham (1624-1688)
FAQs About the Family of Thomas Wickham (1624-1688)
Keep in mind this is the branch of the family from whom Jack Wickham is descended that homesteaded in Virgina. He told us about this work at our reunion this summer, that his now late son had compiled. The connection to our Hector NY William Wickham goes way back to his ancestors.