A WIFE FOR CHARLES:
BROTHERS WRITE TO A SISTER ABOUT THE GRIEST GIRLS:
2nd Mo. 20th, 1860
My very dear Sister Ruthie,
As Brother [Isaac Tyson] wrote to thee last, I will claim the privilege this time.
I have so much to tell thee I scarcely know where to commence, however, Brother intends to write also so that what I miss he may think of.(several pages later):
I expect thee has said before this “Well I declare I believe my little Brother is in Love.”
No, no Sis, not yet but to speak candidly I think few more visits up there would teach me how it feels to be in that predicament, as these is supposed to have some experience in that line of business. Probably thee could give me some idea of the first symptoms, but if thee thinks I am wrong in regard to thy superior knowledge of such matters, thee must apply to Sis Rachie.
I think she could enlighten us both upon the subject without a doubt.
Well Ruthie I must soon come to a stop—this is the fifteenth page and it finds me “about played out” to use an inferior phrase.
I was pleased to learn thee had a prospect of soon teaching again. How are you getting along in the knitting business?
I cannot tell when I will get to Philadelphia though I would like to in a few weeks. However, we must wait patiently till the time comes.
Hoping to hear from you thee, I remain thy affectionate
Dear Sis Ruthie,
I have had the pleasure of hearing the content of the above voluminous letter and take the opportunity of giving my full sanction to all expression of pleasure wherein given. Charlie seems to think me old enough to take care of myself. I came to this same conclusion and pitched in with all hands generally and Lizzie in particular, occasionally with Maria but found there was no show there when Charlie was about.
|Rachel Ann Griest, Maria's cousin abt 1865|
Proof Isaac and Rachel’s Removal to Philadelphia (Byberry Mtg) in 1869
2 rocf - received on certificate from- A certificate of membership was received from another monthly meeting. Byberry MM - Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) (abingtonquarter.org)
Why did he move? His parents and sisters lived in Philadelphia.
But mostly, the city was a good deal larger than Gettysburg. Isaac continued his photography business in Philadelphia.
|Charles J Tyson|
1 - Letter, copy, collection of MB Walmer, digital copy
3 Rachel Griest (Tyson) in MB Walmer Collection; my digital Collection
4 Photo of Cabinet Card from book.
5 Photo of Charles J Tyson; my own collection ACHiggins-Johnson
6 Other information is a combination of 1) MB Walmer's Collection (original copies, digitized) and 2) records from Ancestry.com