This letter is from Ann Fraser (Kaine), John Kaine’s sister, who we last heard from in 1861 in a post I did a year ago. She had been looking for a man and was soon happily married to James Fraser. I love the lighthearted chatty style of her letters. Very different from the more serious men in the family https://acompellinglifeblog.wordpress.com/2020/07/12/letter-7-april-3-1861-ann-wants-a-man/

Ann lamented the non-arrival of Aunt Bess as did so many of the other family members. She wrote,”we were a little disappointed when you did not come last Summer, but I am afraid that you have settled down and that you will not come at all now that you are doing so well at your bread selling, if I was there to help you to sell I think you would do much better

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19  Kaine Letter Feb 12, 1865 Transcribed from the original by Kerrin Churchill February 13, 2020  Anne Fraser  to Aunt Bess from Morris, Ontario to Freshford, Kilkenny, Ireland

Morris 12 February 1865

Dear Aunt

I take up my pen once more to write a few lines to you, I would have written to you long before this only I expected you would be here before the letter would reach Ireland, we were a little disappointed when you did not come last Summer, but I am afraid that you have settled down and that you will not come at all now that you are doing so well at your bread selling, if I was there to help you to sell I think you would do much better, well Aunt there has been a great many changes since we were together. Poor Mr. Mease is gone. I was very sorry when I heard of his death. I m sure you felt very lonely for him. I was sure you would come out then but I was disappointed. Mother and I are here alone today as James and Father is gone to Johns last Night. He lives ten miles from us. John and his family Father Mother and Mary and James and I and the two Children was all at Elizas spending New Years Day as Fathers ones came in here the 29 December. Mary is got to be quite a dressmaker. I think she will get a good deal to do here. It will help her. She was three or four months with a dressmaker and she is very quick to pick up anything, Father is on some hopes of you coming out next summer and he wants you to bring him some black tea as he thinks it is much better there then in this country and my lissy wants you to bring her some candys. She is named for you. She looks at your likeness every day and she says it is her Aunt Bess, she likes Mother very much she would cry after her, I think the baby is going to be redheaded like you. I suppose you would not come near us as James has given you such a kind invitation, Father says John is going to write to you. We are all well at present, Mother says she is glad that you are kind to your only Sister, poor woman, she had a bad bad lot of children to leave her alone the later end of her days, Father and Mother sends there kindest love to you and Aunt Mary and Mary, I suppose Mary has forgotten me altogether that she never writes me a line. I hope she is well. Tell her to write to me and I will write to her. I will say nothing for James as he is going to write you a few lines and so is Mary

Writing sideways at top of page

Eliza is well. She has got a very kind man. I was in Clinton this winter. James and his family are well. I believe I have no more to say but believe me to be your fond Niece Anne Fraser

It seems that Aunt Bess was an entrepreneur! After her employer, the Reverend Mease passed away and with few job options open to a Victorian woman, she found a way to support herself by selling bread! Maybe she was saving her money to make the trip to Canada.

Another Kaine woman also found a way to make some money. Ann’s younger sister, Mary became a dressmaker which was a useful skill as pioneer women could not go to a shopping mall around the corner to buy their new dresses!

As Ann related some recent family activities to Aunt Bess, she let her know that Charles Kaine is still hoping for some black tea from Ireland. I chuckled to see that little Lissy, Ann’s daughter wanted some candy. Children have not changed over the generations! I was interested to learn that Aunt Bess was a red head as Ann’s new baby may have red hair too!

Ann expressed her concern about Mary in Ireland who seemed to be in the midst of some family troubles. Maybe that is another reason that Aunt Bess has delayed moving to Canada for such a long time.

2 thoughts on “Letter # 19 February 12, 1865: Aunt Bess Gets a New Job

  1. It is nice to have that information about likeness among family members. These types of details are often lost. Nice pictures.
    I just had a look at the demography in Fresford at the time. With a population of just over 900 people, it was less than half the population of 1841which was over 2000. I’m sure that a lot of talent had left too, maybe another good reason to stay and to be of service.

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  2. Hello, Kerrin and thank you for this latest instalment of the family letters. What beautiful copperplate handwritng Ann Fraser has. So we still don’t know if Aunt Bess ever made it to Canada. How people must have hoped for their relatives to join them!

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