Ancestor Stories


My Family | Mom | Eleanor Syers | William Scott Martin | Dad | Lew Wade Ray | Emma Melvina Cook | Contact Me
Other Research | Walter Dudley | Harry Mann

Letter from Peter Evans Force to Uncle Manning Force

Hokes Bluff , Alabama
Jan 17, 1886

My dear Uncle,

I was very glad to receive a package from you but on a count of bad weather I didn't get it until yesterday. I have read a great many pages in my cyclopedia such books are of a great interest to me now that I have learned the value of them. I have often regretted and always will that I didn't study harder when I had a chance to.

I thought I would like to be a farmer but when I left school and tried the farm I saw the differnce. I often wish now that I could have the chance that I once had to learn and I would try to make a man of myself. I spent a few weeks at Carthage last month. The first time I have been there since I came down here.

The place does not look like my recollection of it. The front porch is town down and the stables are stuck down in the front of the house which I think hurts the looks very much and I went up to my fathers library and there I saw his books all piled up every way on the shelves and pictures of him and his brothers adn classmates scattered around on the floor. I picked them up and laid them away. Aunt Sally said when they moved there the books were scattered aroudn everywhere and she pile them up on the shelves. I am going down there in about three or four weeks and I will straighten up the library.

Love to all

Your affectionate Nephew

Peter E. Force

Translation notes:

Peter Evans Force (1868-1930) is the author of this document. At this point, he has returned to live in Alabama near his mother and her 2nd husband, Peter's step father, Willam Martin. Aunt Sallie (Frierson Wiggins) is a sister to Peter's mother Katherine Ogie Frierson Force Martin. The Wiggins family rents the farm that Peter's father, Henry Clay Force, owned. Peter is describing his father's home.



Frierson Family
Katherine Ogie Frierson Martin
Samuel Gordon Frierson
Elias Curran Frierson
William Frierson Jr
William Frierson Sr

Samuel Frierson and Sarah Wilson
James M. Frierson
Sarah Frances Frierson Wiggins

Frierson / Force
Henry Clay Force, 1st husband
Ella Force Barnett
Peter Evans Force

Harding / McCauley / Gordon
Frances Harding Frierson
Moses Gordon
Roger Gordon
Capt John McCauley
Letters - Manning Force
President Hayes Library Manuscript Collection
22 September 1871
30 April 1874
26 Dec 1877
Sept 1878
30 July 1879
13 Nov 1879
2 Jan 1881

12 Feb 1885
16 Jan 1881
27 Feb 1881
2 May 1881
25 June 1881

19 Dec 1882
23 May 1885
17 Jan 1886

August 23
Nov 29
Dec 12

DNA - Gedmatch
  • T722133 and A352350 (quilterpatray)
  • T356644 (KS)
  • T030500 (brother Mike)
  • T555095 (sister Brenda)
  • T619264 (brother David)
  • A588813 (sister Carol)
  • A823899 (Auntie E)
  • T224209 (Cousin Tom) also completed Y-DNA with familytreedna
  • A676128 (Cousin Sandra)
  • A327125 (Cousin Candy)
  • Coming soon: Barbara