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    Lincoln, Maine July 20 1912
    Mr. C.F. Baker


    Dear Sir
    Your letter with a copy of the tree rec'd. Accept thanks. I was very pleased to receive a copy - It is very nicely gotton up, I should say - I am glad to know about aunt Jane's and cousin William's desendants. Mother thought a great deal of aunts children and she thought cousin William Flaville had a very nice family.
    I see by the tree your mother is two years younger than myself, was married one year before I was.
    Your parents must know much of sorrow in losing so many children. We know something of it, as we lost our only son 18 years of age (d.1899), he was the eldest. We have three daughters, the youngest was married last August is 20y. The eldest is a stenographer,is 28. The middle one likes farming, flowers etc. the best. My husband is a blacksmith and carriage maker, but three years ago, we came back on the farm, where he lived when a boy. Last February he had a shock in all of one side, goes with a cane now, can work a little. He is 58. I have two brothers. Frank, the elder, lives in Lincoln. Edwin lives in Bangor a city about fifty miles from here. His two daughters are visiting us now,(has no sons) My only sister (Jane) died about nine years ago, she was the eldest.(My brothers are both carpenters).
    I presume your parents and family are interest in christian work, as you say you are of "Quaker stock". We are all members of Methodist E. Church. My own family - my mothers family are members of some church. This may not interest you, but as I had some account of your mothers family etc. thought it would not be amis to write a little about our side.
    Yours sincerely
    E.Y.Phinney

    Yes my father was Francis Yelland son of John Yelland.
    About my uncles and aunts. I think the eleven - whose names you have have - reached maturity.
    If I remember right, two died in the army - don't know which ones.
    Uncle Peter married, don't know if he had issue.
    Aunt Eliza m.(Martyn I think) had issue.
    Aunt Jane and uncle Edwin you know about - they and mother were all that came to this country. This is all I can remember at present.
    Two of my fathers brothers - William and David Yelland - came to this country, and some of uncle Richards children.
    About the coat-of-arms I had heard mother speak of there being one in our family but did not think much about it until about a year and half ago, then tried to find out about it. I wrote to cousin Samuel Yelland - uncle Edwin's (only) son - to the Christian Herald and then to the Herald College, London. I will enclose the answers which was all I could find out. If you succeed in finding out more, should be glad to know it.
    (I will send the copy of crest that cousin send for you to see).



    1912 LETTER FROM ELMIRA EDWARDS PHINNEY NEE YELLAND TO HER COUSIN CHESTER F. BAKER

    From a transcription by Liz STEEVES


    Owner/SourceLiz Steeves
    Linked toChester Forrest BAKER; Elmira Edwards YELLAND

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