While I wait (and that not terribly patiently) for the second proof of “Farewell to Eldred” arrive, I have been organizing my computer records which go back to 2008 (sometimes earlier) in to one file (it will take a while).
Also I packaged up almost all the remains of the loaned information (I still have your 1917 map Ed) and have sent it back to the respective owners. In the batch of recently returned letters, was an 1860 envelope addressed to Halfway Brook Village, Sullivan County, New York. This is the marriage certificate of my great-great-aunt Laura Austin Clark. And it was fun to see that my Austin great-great-grandparents Ralph and Fanny Austin (Laura’s parents) and Laura’s grandmother Hannah Hickok Eldred, her brother James Austin and sister-in-law Mary Ann Austin attended the ceremony and according to the Justice of the Peace George Stage, “all of said town of Highland attesting witness.” [Click on the letters and you can see a larger version.]