1837: Moses Funk to Sarah Deardorff (Funk) Adams

What Moses Funk might have looked like

How Moses Funk might have looked

This letter was written by Moses Funk (1783-1850), the son of Daniel Funk (1751-1826) and Elizabeth Shelly (1753-1829). Moses was married to Rachel Deardorff (1791-18xx) in 1812.

Moses wrote the letter to his daughter, Sarah Deardorff (Funk) Adams (1813-1891), the wife of John Adams (1808-1860) who lived in Maysville, Richland County, Ohio, in 1837. They later moved to Stark County, Illinois.

Other relatives mentioned in the letter include Rachel Deardorff’s brothers; Christian Deardorff (1781-1851) and George Deardorff (1788-1854). The “Uncle Daniel” and “Uncle Anthony” who went to Urbana, Illinois were Moses’ brothers, I believe.

Stampless Letter

Stampless Letter

Addressed to Sarah D. Adams, Maysville, Richland County, Ohio

Adams County [Pennsylvania]
July 2nd 1837

Dear Daughter,

It is with pleasure I take this opportunity to inform you how things are going in the East and in so doing will try to be as correct as I remember.

I saw Uncle George Deardorff some short time after he received your letter. He informed me that you wanted him to buy your legacy. Likewise, [he] told me that in case you would give him a release with a refunding Bond, he would buy your legacy by deducting the interest therefrom in case I would be security in the Bond. I stated to him that I would, that he should write to you to get the release and Bond executed, and send it in. He likewise told me afterwards that he had done so. When I received it, he was from home and did not return fo one week.

When I presented it to him, he examined it and said he thought it would do and went to Gettysburg the same day and paid it in the Bank. The cashier of the bank stated to him that he could not give him a check on the Wooster Bank (they had no correspondence with that bank) but he would give him a certificate for John Adams, that he thought it would answer him a better purpose than the other, stating that some of the Western Banks or some of the merchants who come to Baltimore or Philadelphia to buy goods would buy the certificate and give western money for it.

Your Uncle G. D. sealed up the certificate in a letter and directed it to John Adams, Mansfield Post Office. This was done the last week in April. I saw him some short time after and he promised me he would write to you to let you know where it was. I rested satisfied he had done so till some short time before I received your letter which was the 26 June, dated 11, when he told me he had written a letter to John Adams directed to Canal Dover in care of Joseph Diel, and had wrote a letter to Diehl to forward it to you some time previous. Please to call at Mansfield Post Office and get your certificate and try to sell it. If the Banks won’t take it, perhaps some merchants will coming to the city to buy goods. It is true our Banks don’t pay specie for their notes at this time but the ___ at par in the cities of Baltimore and Philadelphia. I don’t know how they would pass with you. The money is not lost. THe Bank is considered good and no person can draw it unless he has the certificate. Perhaps the man you bought from would take it and endeavor to persuade him to wait a little for the money is sure.

Dear Sarah, I write to you both. Please to tell John if he cannot get the money for his Certificate to go to your Uncle Christian Deardorff. Your Uncle George Deardorff thought he would give you the money for it. I understood he is coming to the East in August next if you transferred it. Tell John to write his name on the back of the Certificate or the Bank will not receive it.

I was a good deal alarmed to hear that you were brought into trouble about the money. I am willing to do what I can for you. I acknowledge I have been too careless in writing to you. Please excuse me.

Dear Sarah, I have not forgotten you. Try to sell your other lot and get the money for your legacy and keep the one you live on if you can. You wish to know something about your relations that went to West last spring. Your Uncle Daniel and Anthony and Aunt Rebecca and Anna, and your cousin Eliza, started to Urbana 20th April last. They made sale of their property all but way they take along. They got out safe in 20 days with the exception of [paper torn] had not her health so well but is recovering. Your Uncle Jacob had a letter since.

We sold the old sawmill place last winter to Hannah Bower, 101 acres for 2800 dollars and 45 acres west of the Oxford Road for 750 dollars. Your Aunt Mary Bower and her son Daniel sold their place and went to Trumble County, Ohio, last spring. You wished to know whether [your sister] Catharine had come home or not. I received a letter from her dated April 30. She was well at that time and wrote that she had left you on the 12 instant. Our friends are all well at this time except your grandmother Deardorff has been in a poor state of health for some time. I have not written about my own health, It is poor but I am still stirring about.

Nancy wishes you to write to her and remembers her love to you. I remain your affectionate Father, — Moses Funk


2 responses to “1837: Moses Funk to Sarah Deardorff (Funk) Adams

  • Ye Olde Sulphur Spa Historical Society

    How exciting to find this gem! We have two letters in our historical society collection written to Sarah D. Adams from her sister, Catherine in 1840 and 1851. Sarah’s family lived just outside of York Springs, where our museum is located. Thank you so much for sharing – this has given us a few more pieces to the puzzle. We would love to have scans of this letter to place in our archives with its mates.

    • Griff

      I just mailed you the images of the letter I used to make this transcription. The letter was sold a few years ago on e-bay and I was given these images of it to make a transcription before it was sold. — Griff

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