Category: Ada’s Love Letters

Ada’s Love Letters: #6 (Feb. 7th 1876) 1

Ada’s Love Letters: #6 (Feb. 7th 1876)

(To see all of the letters click the “Ada’s Love Letters” link in the upper left column on the page on the categories list.) When we last left off with William and Ada it was 1873 and he was writing how he hoped she would want to marry him and not “get out of the notion.”  William mentioned that the next winter would be better than all, hinting they would be able to spend it together instead of writing letters to...

Ada’s Love Letters: #5 (Nov. 15 1873) 0

Ada’s Love Letters: #5 (Nov. 15 1873)

I thought it might be time to share another letter from William to his beloved Ada.  (You can see all of the letters here, just scroll to the bottom to find the first one.) This is the last letter Ada saved from him for quite a while.  The next letter is dated 1876.  There’s no record of what passed during those years between 1873 and 1876, but by the next letter you can tell a lot has changed between them. This letter...

Ada’s Love Letters: #3 & #4 (Oct. 26-27 1873) 0

Ada’s Love Letters: #3 & #4 (Oct. 26-27 1873)

I often try to imagine what life would have been like a hundred years ago, when a distance of 10 miles was a long journey.  What was it like to not be able to just pick up the phone and call someone, or drive right over to their house?  Not knowing if they are sick or happy or sad, or if they are even thinking of you as much as you are thinking of them. It reminds me of a soldier away...

Ada’s Love Letters: #2 (June 1873) 0

Ada’s Love Letters: #2 (June 1873)

(To see all of the letters and related posts click on “Ada’s Love Letters” over there in the left column.) From all of my recent family tree research I learned that in 1873 at the time of these first letters Ada was 21 years old and William was 23 years old.  According to some brief Google searching the average age of marriage for Quaker couples during this time period was around age 25, so it looks like Ada and William were...

I always knew I was a real princess… 5

I always knew I was a real princess…

The love letters between William and Ada have prompted me to peer into that branch of the family tree a bit more. I decided to do the ancestry.com 14 day free trial last night to see if there was any new info on there.  I have some basic info about that part of my family, but not a lot of details. Well, as it turns out I stayed up most of the night finding out all kinds of cool things about...

Ada’s Love Letters: #1 (April 27th 1873) 3

Ada’s Love Letters: #1 (April 27th 1873)

I’ve been expecting some very special old family letters that my cousin said he would send me.  They were in my mailbox when we got home from the zoo!! I’m kind of confused now as to who is what in my family tree.  The love letters are between Ada H. Johnson and William Wilkin.  I recognize both names from our family tree, but I don’t know exactly who is who.  I have a lot of information in a file folder at my parents’ house. ...