Hardeman Family Letter Collection
From Michael R. Reilly, SLAHS.org Website Editor.
On November 10, 2008 SLAHS received the following email from Richard Hughes in England. From this initial correspondence, the Sussex-Lisbon Area Historical Society, Inc. has obtained permission from the Hughes family to publish eight remarkable early letters describing the Weaver family in Augusta, Oneida, New York, and later in the Town of Lisbon (Sussex), Waukesha, Wisconsin. They date from April 1831 a year after the Weaver family arrived in America thru 1883.
James Weaver Family
From: "Richard Hughes"
Message contains attachments
I was interested to find your society’s website during a search for the Weaver family who we knew had emigrated to America in the 1830s from letters we have written by James Weaver to his cousin Richard Hardeman.
There are 8 letters , most written by James Weaver starting in 1831 when the family were still in the New York area continuing with the move to Lisbon and up to 1873 with one letter from his son William in 1869 when James Weaver returned to England for a holiday and one written by his daughter Amelia in 1883 following the sudden deaths of Richard Hardeman and his wife.
I had to take two months of work earlier this year and took the opportunity to transcribe these letters and have them as Word files. I attach one dated 27th April 1831, the earliest.
I decided to retain the original phonetic spelling .
I hope this is of interest to you and if you would like copies of the other letters please let me know.
Just so there is no doubt my family retain the copyright in the letters.
From Editor: Please note that the letter "original pages" vary from showing 1 page versus 2-3 letter pages. This is due to the method of xerox copying performed by Mr. Hardeman. A two "web page" letter page may actually show 2 letter pages. Also, because of copying method, the "original copy pages" may not follow in content from web page to web page. Please use Mr. Hardeman's transcription of each letter as a guide to determine the "original copy page" order.
Letter 4: James Weaver, from Lisbon, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, December 13-15, 1839, to (cousin) Richard Hardeman at the "Whofferton (Wofferton) Salway Arms (an inn), Near Ludlow, Herefordshire, Great Britain.
Retrospect: Historical society explores English roots of Hardeman-Weaver family connection
Posted: January 28, 2009, Living Sussex Sun
By Fred Keller, Sussex Village Historian