Litherbury/Beck Family Letters (1504kc)
Charles Thomas Litherbury was born on May 11, 1835 in
These letters were written by members of the Litherbury and Beck
families from the 1850s to the 1960s. Charles Litherbury served in the Civil War
and wrote one letter home to his first wife Sarah Morgan. Several letters from
1876 document the courtship between Charles and his second wife Thalia (Fay)
DeSilva. Several letters from the 1880s written by Charles discuss his Civil War
service and a reunion of his regiment. Charles passed away in 1893, and
subsequent letters are addressed to his wife Fay or his daughter May Litherbury.
May married Percy Beck and had two children Lloyd and Thalia Beck. There are a
number of letters written to May Beck and to her daughter Thalia. A series of
letters written during the 1940s alludes slightly to aspects of World War II.
The letters are mostly concerned with family matters such as farming, activities
of children, the weather, and news of extended family. This collection also
includes an undated -family record for Jonathan Thompson and Martha Geer, and a
history of Joseph De Silva and his descendants given to Thalia Beck by her uncle
Walter O. DeSilva. 1857 -1964.
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