Isaiah Lafayette Kephart's letter to his son Horace Kephart, October 3 and 4, 1888

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Brian Gastle

Abstract: This edition is created from the manuscript of Isaiah Lafayette Kephart’s (I.L.K.) letter to his son Horace Kephart on October 3rd & 4th, 1888. Isaiah Kephart’s letter from these two days covers topics of domestic life such as complementing Horace's wife Laura and their newborn Cornelia, updating Horace on his sister’s schooling, what has happened in their community recently and a small mention of what chores Horace’s mother is performing at that time of year. Among general updates of domestic life, Isaiah Kephart also writes out a genealogy of Horace’s mother’s paternal family that immigrated from Switzerland and Germany. This would be of particular interest to scholars tracing Horace Kephart’s family tree, for the names and dates listed within this letter are largely missing from record. This letter subtly reveals the ways in which genealogy and family trees were kept up with and tracked in times well before the access that digital advancements have given us today. Isaiah Kephart also briefly discusses his honorable discharge from the Union Army after the American Civil War.

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Language: English
Date: 2019

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