…and waiting for an answer.
This spring I set a goal for myself. I planned to finish transcribing Esther Richardson Talbott’s correspondence. It is a daunting task to be sure. There is a lot of it.
But wow! The things I have learned! The impressions of people I’ve formed. This is not information found in the official records genealogists usually research. (After reading Esther’s letters, who needs reality TV?!)
It was June of 1914 and Boss Talbott was nervous. Boss was in love. In a letter dated May 18, 1914 he had declared his love for Esther Richardson of News Ferry, Va. Three weeks later in this excerpt Boss’s June 10th letter, more is revealed:
you just cant amagun [imagine]
how I feal about what
I asked you and you
said you could not
tell me. Well it feals
to me like my heart
is broken now
Well if you never
due concent and tell
me all ways rember
this I all ways wanted you
to make a change
in life and you never
would with me.
(Hint: When reading Boss’s letter, think phonetics. Boss spelled many words phonetically, but not necessarily correctly.)
It would appear that Boss asked Esther a “big” question. Did he ask her to be his girl? Did he propose? In an effort to keep himself in her mind, Boss included the above photograph of himself.
Boss’s letter does not provide us with his question – only Esther’s answer. Well, lack of answer.
Esther left Boss with a broken heart and waiting for an answer.
As I work my way through transcribing Boss’s letters, it has become clear that Boss would wait many months for the answer to his question.
The good news? The story of Esther Richardson and Boss Talbott does have a happy ending. They were married in November of 1915.