Relatively Speaking: You Asked For Her

Relatively Speaking is a throwback to another time in the world of genealogy. These are anecdotal stories to inspire those who search for their ancestors. Although, many of these stories are from before the world of computers and certainly the age of the internet, I believe that all of us have benefited from serendipity in our research.

You Asked For Her
While doing research in the Benton County, Oregon courthouse a few weeks ago, I came across the following: Attached to the marriage record of Benton Tracy and Melissa Ella Abbey, dated 17 Jan. 1878 was the following:

Newport, Oregon
10 Jan. 1878

Mr. Tracy, Dear Sir:
In your letter of the 6th, you ask for my daughter. In answer, I say take her.

Yours respectfully,
E.A. Abbey


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