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This letter below is important to the Standerfers of Moultrie and Shelby Cos. Illinois.
See,also the lineage of Archibald Standerfer of Illinois.

#6. From Catharine Malvina (Wood) Mosbarger to her first cousin once-removed, Malinda Elizabeth (Harris) Merritt ["Lizzie Merritt"]

"Atwood, Illinois                                                                                    November 15, 1905

Mrs. Lizzie Merritt, with plaisure I will try to ancer your inquirey in regard to the names that you speak of the Moons was of the German decent.   I do not know anything about Ben Sandiford, have not heard of him for about 15 years. he was heare then his Post office adress was Hamburg, Ioway.  Now your mother has got one Brother his naim is Olivor O. Stadiford. his adress Lovington Moultry Co Ills.   Now as you write you are Ben Standiford grand Child if your mothers naim was Litha Standiford her mother s name is Jan Standiford.  She died and left 4 children one Litha Olivor Martha Catharine.  Martha is living Catharine is dead.  Abe Moon is Janes Brother.  Abe Moon is your mother uncle.  He is very feeble has got the dropsy. don't think he can live long so no more at present.  Hope this will find you all well and doing well. I ancer this By request of my uncle Abe Moon.  he is my mothers Brother my mother and Lithas mother was sisters. My mother was nancie moon Lithas. mother name was Jane.  hoping to heare from you soon. Adress Atwood Douglas Co Ills.

from Mrs. Catharine Mosbarger

P.s  pleas tell me if your mother is a living or not and how did She married and how many Children has she and where is She.  She was my own cousin.  from your Cousin hope we will know each other as we are knowin God be with you good By"

   * Lizzie was a daughter of Telitha Jane Standerfer and Isaac S. Harris (m. January 23, 1873) in Moultrie Co., IL.  Telitha Jane was a daughter of Benjamin Standerfer and Jane Moon
(m. November 11, 1856 in Piatt Co., IL) Lizzie was also called "Ma Merritt."  

Submitted by Richard "Rick" G. Lanham

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