T. B. Lyons Writes Home


Verona  Ky. June 10, 1849

 Dear Mother,

I wrote to you some two weeks since soon after I got to Cincinnati, expecting that the next time I wrote I should be west of the big river, but instead of that here I am in Ky. I have settled at this place about twenty five miles from Cincinnati. I have been here just one week. I think that I can make a living here, have had some three or four calls. I am busy fixing up a shop and arrainging things, have not time to write much at this time. I did not get any money at Cin------ but think I will after a little ----  I board at a Mr. Ossmon’s pay one dollar and twenty five cent per week for my board and lodging. I have bought me a horse for sixty five dollars. I have got along verry well since I left home my health is better than when I left. You  used to say that you wanted me to write often if there was not much of it. This I think will please you it being short and not much of it Direct to Verona Boone Co Kentucky

T. B. Lyon

Write soon and tell me whether there has been any letters sent me from Arkansas. And tell me what there is going on in your place  all about the people and matteres and things generally

T. B. Lyon


Verona, September, 27, 1849

Verona, September, 27, 1849 I received yours of August 29th in the course of time. I was indeed sorry to hear that you had been sick. Harriett wrote that you was somewhat unwell but did not say that it had been necessary to call in medical aid. I think she must have been somewhat beside herself. I was glad to hear that you had given the cheese making up to the girls and Aaron for I know that it is necessary for you to keep as quiet as possible. You asked me if I went to Cincinnati often. I have been there but once since I moved to this place. I have never called on any of those families with whom I am acquainted, nor do I ever expect to. I have been at the Stores of the Bannings and Stevens and the first time I was in Cincinnati I called on J. W. Selby. He has since gone to Minesota. You wished to know if I wanted you to send that Decanter down by any of them. I would probably get it but do not know when I may go to that place again or when I would get it perhaps you had better not send it at present. You also wished to know if we had any fruit in this country. We have a verry little and that of not much account. I am in a small village containing several dwelling houses – shops – three Stores, and two Taverns and other things in proportion. I have written to you concerning the Morals, Religion & Politicks of this comminity if I mistake not. Our country is verry much kroken [sic] and is more hilly than your old country commonly called the New England States. It is very dry here just at present we have had no rain for the last two months we have to pack water a good ways or not get it. I have no news of any moment but since you wished me to write often, I will do so, and also write short letters. My health is verry good and I am in hopes I will get well again. I enjoy myself tolerable well here. You may expect that the next you hear of me I am married. As I told the Bannings that I had a wife and some Niggars in Kentucky. Write soon, and tell Aaron and the Girls to write.

 T. B. Lyon



A New Resident of Verona Reports to his Mother, in Gustavus, Ohio