|Christiana Elizabeth Howard Smith
I wanted to take a moment and share some letters that were written by my 3rd great grandmother, Christiana Howard Smith (1832-1897) between the years 1877 and 1888. I acquired digital copies of these from a distant cousin a few years ago. The letters can be difficult to read due to the handwriting, grammar, and spelling; but, nonetheless, they contain quite a bit of information that depicted a hard life for a widow in 19th century Florida.
First, I'd like to share a bit of background information. Christiana Elizabeth Howard was born in Liberty County, GA on the 8th of October, 1832 to Jacob Howard and Rebecca Moody Howard. On the 2nd of January, 1851 she married James Bryant Smith in Liberty County. By 1860 she was
|Christiana's father, Jacob Howard
On a side note, her sister-in-law, America Smith Lewis was murdered on the 29th of August, 1902. This fascinating story, as told by Ty Starkey, can be found here. The murderers are known to be the last men to be legally hung in the state of Florida.
|Tom Faircloth and Theodore Smith hung on the gallows
Levy County, Florida
And... here are the letters that you have been waiting for...
|Transcription: click here
|Obituary for Christiana Elizabeth Howard Smith
|Graves of James Bryant and Christiana Smith
Ebenezer Cemetery, Levy County Florida
To see Letters written by Christiana's daughter, Laura D. Smith, check out this post.
Here is a previous post about my 2nd great grandfather, CSA Private John Henry Tedder POW
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