Thursday, February 14, 2013

Treasure Chest Thursday ~ 1898 Genealogy Correspondence

Included in the materials that my dad inherited from his mother when she died in 1983 were some letters from a distant Adsit cousin (Judge Allen C. Adsit of Grand Rapids, Michigan) to my second great aunt, Isabella (Adsit) Wheeler (1844-1916).

These letters and the following postcard show that my "Aunt Belle" was researching her family history (the Adsit line) 115 years ago!

I only have the correspondence received by my second great aunt (not what she sent). After exchanging a couple of letters in early March 1898, where her cousin shared with her the Adsit family genealogy, she received this postcard:

Mrs. Belle A. Wheeler
#400 Dearborn Avenue
Chicago, Ill.
[postmarked at Chicago, Mar 18, 8 AM]

I have succeeded in finding the
Adsit family record in England
Petworth + North Chapel, Sussex Co.
Parish Registers.
So I think the question of origin of
the family is settled.
For further particulars inquire of
Allen C. Adsit
Grand Rapids, Mich.
3/17 '98 [1898]


  1. How wonderful to have a postcard from 1898!

  2. What a nice gift, getting some free information that has been in your family for 115 years. The fun part now, will be proving he was correct!

    1. Barbara, in the published Adsit genealogy from the 1950's, Petworth, Sussex, England is mentioned, but confirming the exact location of my ancestor's birth place and his birth date (and with a given name like John) will be quite a challenge.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

  3. Elizabeth, I just wanted to let you know that your blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds post at

    Have a great weekend!

    1. Jana, Thanks very much for the "shout out" and your earlier comment. Finding those unique treasures is fun!

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    1. Devon, It is amazing to find a treasure like this and remember that it is one of the reasons I got interested in family history.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.