The original letter was in the possession of Acqudell Sartain Hodge in
1982. She passed it on to Glenn Gohr and he
passed it on to me. Acqudell was the
granddaughter of Russell Sartain and his first wife, Melvina.
After Melvina’s death and after the Civil War,
Russell Sartain left Mississippi and came back
to Madison County, where he married the widow
of his cousin Lewis Sartain... Martha Beard, recipient of this letter. They moved back to Mississippi and
by 1880 they had moved to Jack County, Texas.
Martha was the daughter of Samuel F. Beard and Elizabeth McEver.
The author of the letter was the young Nancy
Elizabeth Phillips, daughter of Dennis Phillips and Mary “Polly”
Sewell. Elizabeth married Russell Portice Bond,
the son of Eason Bond and Mary Rowsey, on
January 10, 1850. Russell was born 1827 and died February 14, 1865
of wounds he received in the battle at Nashville, TN. He joined
the Franklin Rangers in Franklin County,
Georgia. Elizabeth died April 29, 1909
in Murray County, Georgia. Russell’s death
and injury date are on his wife’s monument.