FAMILY LETTERS FROM THE PAST
FAMILY LETTERS FROM THE PAST




WATHEN FAMILY LETTERS



Submitted by Peggy Beckett, Melbourne, Australia. Contact her at 

peg.and.phil.beckett@bigpond.com



A short letter card from a young boy (Ernest Leslie Wathen,

a/k/a Leslie) who lived in Mt. Vernon, New York to his paternal

aunt (Margaret Wathen) in Staffordshire, England. He was an

artistic boy who liked making booklets decorated with

his drawings. I have the booklet mentioned in his letter.

The letter bears no home address and appears to have

been written while the family was on holiday at a

seaside town in ?New Jersey. It bears an unknown red,

green & gold crest of a plumed helmet top left.



Aug, 29.1910Dear Margie ĖYou will have to excuse me for not writing before

as I have not had much time to write. I am now down at

?Keansburg N.J. for the summer. I thank you very much for

your postals and magazine. I am making a second book of

ďa Glimpse at the GlobeĒ and I am going to give that one

to Grandma. Inclosed (sic) in this letter you will find

one of the new issue of pennies that we have over here

the(y) are called the ďLincoln pennies.p.2 Are you saving stamps? If you are you will also find

enclosed a 10c stamp It is yellow. Will you send me a

English stamp unused as I am collecting stamps.

When you sent that postal of Dovedale we had great fun

with Dad about Dovedale. A friend of mine has just come

home from Europe while in London he stayed at Hotel

Metropole. He said they dident (sic) have aves over there

they only had streets. He thought when his father called

a police man Boby (sic) that the police man would get mad.p.3 Do you know the address of our cousins who are in New

Zealand & their names? If you do . ?AnsÖ We are having

fine bathing here and Lucy is learning to swim and so is

mother. I hope you are all well and having a good time.

We are. I will have to close now as dinner is ready.

Your Loving Nephew Leslie A cartoon appears here of an old man with a top hat.

It has a star-studded hat band & the lapel is similarly

decorated Written underneath is: U.S.A



Blackburnia Latrobe TerracePaddingtonBrisbaneMarch 13th 1888My dear Cousin       I write to congratulate you on your marriage and 

sincerely thank you for kindly remembering us and sending

us one of your nice Wedding cards. We are anxiously awaiting your promised letter with

full particulars of all that is going on in your part of the

world and when we receive it, I promise you A long letter

in return. I should very much like to take A trip over and see

all of you, but you of (sic) know I have got A family of 3

fine Boys and besides it takes such A lot of money to come

all the way to England and Back, I tell you what to do

Flora you just coax Mr. Wathen to bring you out here for

your honeymoon. I am sure you would thoroughly enjoy the trip

and you will never have a better chance than you have now and

a 6 months trip would not be lost but I am rather afraid if

you came out to the colonies you would not care to live again

in England. With regard to Sam and the parcel you mention I may

say I know very little. Sam arrived here safe last April and

in June I got him some work with me at (?) Hoffings & Cobut

although he lives with us, and works with me we know very

little about him he seems to be very different in his manners

than what I expected from him. I really donít know why he is so thoughtless about

everything concerning home At times he is so cold and distant

which is not comfortable and I have asked him what makes him appear

even more distant than a stranger would be in the house If we get any letters or papers from Home we let him

see them, but if he gets any he hoards them away and we donít know

even where they are from. I donít wish to know any of his private

business but I am surprised that he should stow away Newspapers. I want to send the childrens photos to Uncle John in New Zealand

and William Dale in Melbourne but I donít know their address since

they removed Perhaps you will send me their addresses Since Sam came out here he has got acquainted with a lot of

temperance workers & singers. He his (sic) out every night until very

late, and what do you think Flora he has begun to sing duets with a

Treble singer. He does not tell me about it but still I know all about

it. He is engaged to a Miss Wynn. She is a very nice young Lady and I

sincerely hope she may ďWinĒ him soon. I cannot imagine Old Batchelors (sic) ,

and Old Maids, being Happy. I am sure I would not like to live A single

life again for anything and I rather fancy our Flora will be on my side

although she has only been married so short a time and when she is blessed

with 3 little Jokers she will then know what I say is true. And I am sure

Sam will get a very suitable partner if he marrys (sic) her. I was very much surprised when I heard about your marriage as I did not

know for certain you were engaged. However I am pleased to know that you have

got your choice and I sincerely trust you will have A comfortable & Happy Home.

I am sorry I donít know your dear Husband but I hope to have a peep at you some

day. I would warn you not to expect to (sic) much from us poor men but try and

make him comfortable and that is the surest way of making your own part smooth.

Let him feel that he is always welcome with you and when Business cares trouble

him he will then turn to you for your help and sympathy. Try and share his troubles

and he will make his happiness yours. I must now conclude with best love and wishes to all of you. Hoping this may

find all of you in the Best of Health as this leaves us. I remain Your Affectionate Cousin Agnes H BeattiePS Please excuse mistakes I have been writing for several hours and I feel tired.

In haste Beattie



Submitted by Peggy Beckett, Melbourne, Australia.This letter was written by my great grandmother Florence WATHEN (nee CROSSLEY) to 

a man in Sheffield, England, who is unknown to me. It is strange in that there is

no salutation at the start, so maybe the man was unknown to her too. It may be

that this letter was never sent as itís also strange that itís still in the family.

It details the family tree, but unfortunately is inaccurate.

The letter is not dated, but the crossing out of the family home in Staffordshire

indicates it is likely to be after Florence was widowed in 1896, and she returned

to her family in Yorkshire.


Family Crest & Motto In Deo Confide

Old Foley House, (a mailed arm bearing a pennant)Longton, Staffs
Estates & fortunes in the family; (& all been wasted away

& lost) which place the picture was originally in I really canít tell you,

it is certainly a very old & valuable one & has been in the family very many

years. Whether the picture was originally in the Wathen family or in the

Bateman family I donít know, for this reason. My husbandís grandmother was an

only child, daughter of James Bateman Esq. of Islington Hall, Biddulph. Thep.2 whole of the estates came into the Wathen family. I daresay you may have

heard of the late Sir Charles Wathen, mayor of Bristol, he was one of my husbandís

great uncles (I have yet to find the actual connection) & Sir Paul Baghott

of Lypiatt Park, Gloucestershire was another. I will give you a little of the family

history on other side it will give you some little idea of the family whom the

picture has belonged to. I donít think I can tell you anything more about it.

With kind regards, I remain Yours faithfully, F.Wathen Mr. J.M.Lockwood 10 & 12 Bow Street Sheffield Reverse page Sir Samuel Wathen, of Stratford House, Stroud; Acton Hall, Buckley in

Flintshire; & The Priory, Woodchester; Paul Wathen, changed his name

to Baghott; afterwards Sir Paul Baghott of Lypiatt Park, Gloucestershire

eldest son of Sir Samuel Wathen; Sir Charles Wathen, mayor of Bristol

(was married 3 times, he had 1 son & 1 daughter by the 1st wife) Third

son of Sir Samuel (Sir Samuel certainly had a son Charles & most of this information is accurate,

but the dates are wrong for him to have been the Sir Charles Wathen who was 5 times mayor of Bristol

& who died in office in 1895); Obadiah Paul Wathen sixth son of Sir Samuel

married Margaret Bateman only child of James Bateman Esq. of Islington Hall,

Manchester; & Knipersley Hall, Biddulph (these are my husband's grandparents);

The estate came to Obd.Paul Wathen; James Bateman Wathen eldest son of Obd.Paul

Wathen & Margaret Wathen; Delabere Wathen eldest son of James Bateman & Esther

Wathen Married to Florence Crossley, fourth daughter of J.Crossley Esq. Redcar,

Yorks.



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