Noah Frady and Mary Powers were the parents of Mary Etta Frady, who married Burton J. Rhodes. They, in turn, were the parents of Pauline Rhodes Butler, mother of Lillian Butler Hunt, mother of Steve Hunt, who has images of this letter and its envelope posted on his web site. Etta Frady and Bud Rhodes were also the parents of Max Rhodes, the father of yours truly. With my transcription of the letter I have attempted to show Grandpa Frady's exact spellings with my interpretations in brackets; and dropped letters are inserted inside brackets. I do this not to ridicule but to preserve the flavor of his thoughts. After all, he was one of a very few of my ancestors who, to my knowledge, could read and write; furthermore, in his day, spelling was never a big priority.
Decemb the 10th
and May I tak[e]
plesher [pleasure] in writ[ing]
you a fiew [few] line[s]
to let you no [know]
that I am well
I wod [would] rot [wrote] soone[r]
but I thut [thought] I wood [would]
get home for Christmas
but I gut [got] mor[e] apples
to sell I want you
to tell Mark lanc [Lance or Lane]
to see if my penchen [pension]
com[e] and git [get] it
and give it to you
I will send you
too [two] doller [dollars] and you
cand [can] rit [write] me hear [here]
so I will close
hop[e] yur [you're] both
N L Frady
The envelope, which has a two cent stamp in the upper left corner was addressed to Mrs N L Frady, Sk[y]land NC. The postmark reads Newberry, SC, Dec 18, 9:20 A.M. On the reverse of the envelope was the postmark of the receiving post office: Skyland, NC, Dec 19, 1912, A.M.
Noah Frady applied to the state of North Carolina for a Confederate veteran's pension about 1908. It was approved on 1 July 1912. It is possible that he had not yet received any payment when the letter was written. His fellow veteran, neighbor, and kinsman, M. A. Lance, vouched for his service on the application. According to researcher Dennis Lance, this is Martin Adolphus Lance. A search of the 1910 North Carolina census yielded no Mark Lane; however there was one Mark Lance in Limestone Township of Buncombe County, the same location as the Frady family. [1910 U. S. Census North Carolina, Buncombe Co., Limestone Twp., Series T624 Roll 1099 Page 168; HeritageQuest.com] May in the salutation was another of their daughters. Aunt May (13 February 1880 - 23 July 1945) was “slow,” never married, and lived with her parents throughout their lives, and then with her sister Elsie.