short sketch of your self and family tell me how many children you have ever named and occupation, and place of abode. Give all the information you can of your brother and sisters & their families & give all the names of your brothers & sisters & children. Write to me the particulars of your fathers death when & where he died, I must now give you a short sketch of myself & family we were married in April 1812 during the war I commenced work at the ship carpenter business & have followed it the most part of the time since then, we have three children, 2 daughter 1 son. Our oldest daughter married & died in one one year (had one daughter) both died were buried in one grave. The other daughter Marilla is married & lives about 5 miles from us. Our son is married & lives in the house with us. My sister Mrs Denham is still living in New York I just been to see her she is 82 & very feebile. My health is as good as the most men my age. Myself & wife have been members of the M. E Church many years & hope througth atoning merits of Christ - & the assistance of the holy spirit & grace of God to meet all those who have died in the truimphs of living a faith I have many more things I would wish to say
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but must forbear until I get an answer from you. I remain your sincere friend & Cousin Jeremiah Osborn.
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