Two female children remained in Warren Ct. One was Miranda Curtiss she married Martin B. Strong in 1837.
Portions of Family letters THE FAREWELL (two years prior to her departure from Warren CT. to Waverly Ill.)
Grandma Charry Curtiss writes; March 30th,1835
I have delayed again that you might hear more of the passing wonders of old rocky Warren (Conn.).
I suppose that Theodore and Elisha Tanner told you that they expected to start for the West today. They have this day taken their departure.
Yesterday was a day of solemn interest. Mr. Talbot preached from Romans 6:15, "What then? shall we sin because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid."
At the close he addressed our friends ready to depart on the morrow. He admonished them to live near to God; their tongues to keep from speaking false; their hands to withhold from evil; their feet from impious ways; their eyes to refrain from seeing evil; their ears from hearing evil; with every faculty to serve the Lord and to live near to God.
This is but a brief outline of what he said. It was affecting, I hope it will not all be lost. At intermission Deacon Tanner took an affectionate farewell of the Sabbath School. He said he didn't wish to excite their sympathy, in so doing he might defeat the object of his address, but he enjoined the importance of reviewing their past lives, the necessity of repentance and faith to prepare us for the next meeting, which in all probability with most of us would be at the bar of God".
We have at last arrived at Waverly, (on the 26th of April 1837. We found ourselves at Deacon Tanner's and very glad to find a resting-place. ----The water is not as bad as I anticipated. Many of the wells are good to wash. The land is fertile and pleasant. What Yankees are here is desirable society. You cannot get land at government price, that is the first or second rate, you must buy it of speculators at their price, from $3 to $10 (?) (A hole in the paper just where that number came but I think it is $10.) Tell Augustine not to venture on the prairie without providing himself with feed for himself and horses, so as to have some beforehand, and get oats, if possible, and trough to feed.
Grandma writes: -- "We began housekeeping in a double log cabin "Log Range" of two rooms, in the same yard with Deacon Tanner. You will wonder how we managed without anything to use. I can hardly tell you, but this I can say, we have good neighbors. I will give you a description of our kitchen furniture. There we have a tall deep cupboard in which we deposit our dishes, or which we have enough to make us comfortable, and the milk of three cows. We have twelve very pretty wooden chairs, a French bedstead and a large fall leaf table, a bookshelf and a shelf to lay tools; a brass headed slice (shovel) and tongs and cast iron andirons. We have three teakettles, a basket, a pot, and two iron kettles and frying pan. The things that Augustine brought came very well, nothing injured. Now don't you think we can keep house? We can and just as happy as if we had more. We are all well. It has been very healthy here this season. There are, in my acquaintance, but three cases of sickness. Two of fever and chills and one of bilious. The latter dangerous. We have six steers, three cows, four calves, one yearling, three pigs and two horses".
The first year was very dry and for two weeks all stock was driven on and a half miles to water (to what has since been know as the Caruther's spring. (It has in late years ceased to run.)
Father has just come in and says: "Tell her we have sold 4000 weight of pork for the enormous sum or $40.00!" Just imagine the swiftness with which wealth must pour in upon us at that rate. Good fat three-year-old steers bring from 4 to 6 dollars, on an average and men are obliged to pay ten bushels of first rate wheat for a pair of coarse boots. I have sat soberly down and counted the cost and concluded, as soberly, 'Blessed be nothing.' From Grandma, June 41. "Have no time to write as it is harvest time and 8 or 10 men to take care of. I make a little cheese this summer. We have six cows. I hardly find time enough to sleep."