The letter was written March 2, 1911, to Louise Armistead and is now in the possession of the Armistead family.
May 26, 1996
Bridgetown, Virginia, March 2nd, 1911 My dear Cousin: My brother (A. B. Dunton) handed me your letter. As he was only eleven days old when our mother died, he thinks I can better answer your questions. Richard Nottingham married the Lady Elizabeth Hatton and came here in the seventeenth century from England. They were the first; and now a mighty host. Jacob Nottingham married Sallie Jarvis Bell. They were my grandparents. Their children were: Dr. Custis Nottingham Leonard Bell Nottingham John Nottingham Robert Jacob Nottingham (Bachelor) William Thomas Nottingham (He was called Bill T.) Mary Belle Nottingham Lucy Ann Nottingham Bell Sarah Nottingham Grandmother must have been proud of her maiden name. You already know of Uncle Custis. Uncle Leonard was a prosperous merchant at Eastville. He had five children, one daughter who married Jimmie Saunders. All married and lived in or near Eastville. The two surviving ones are Cousins Rob and Severn. Uncle John married a Miss Applewhite of Portsmouth. He died and left three children. I dont (sic) know what became of his son, but the two daughters are married and still living in Portsmouth with their children. Uncle Bill T. was married three times. He had four children. One an idiot, lived to be grown. Alonzo married a Catholic girl from Baltimore. He died at the early age of thirty eight. His widow and children still live in Baltimore. Willie married a Mr. Kellam. She too died at thirty eight and left three girls. Indie, his first child, is a widow of Judge Heath and lives in Norfolk. Aunt Mary married a Mr. Hunt, who died and left her with a large family. Uncle Custis took two of her boys to Georgia. He put Cousin Thomas in a shoe store and cousin Leonard in a drug store. Cousin Thommie married and had several children. Cousin Leonard married but was childless. Mattie married south a Mr. Calloway and left two children. Later Aunt Mary took her single daughter, Cousin Lucy and went south too. Now all are dead except one daughter, Cousin Jennie Taylor, who lives in Cape Charles with her daughter. Aunt Lucy married George Fitchett and left two sons and a daughter, all dead but one son. He lives at the extreme end of this County. Bell Sarah was my mother. She married David Dunton; died at the early age of thirty six and left six children. My only daughter married a Mr. Maynard and lives in Newport News. My boys all married except the youngest. He is traveling in the interest of some firm. Richard Nottingham (a brother of Jacob) was R. W. Nottingham's grandfather. His father was Luther, a Methodist minister. I love the memory of my mother's people and the good old times we had together visiting and loving each other. I have seen the time I didn't have to get myself a drink of water, but I've sailed o'er rough seas since then. I will appreciate it if you will write and tell me all you know of Uncle Custis' family. As long as grandmother lived he came to visit her, and we always spent a day with him there; and one at Uncle Bill's and one at our house. I remember him well. He brought his wife soon after he was married, and I recollect how she looked. He brought his daughter Sallie once. My impression of her is that she was a very amiable sweet disposition. She is the only one of his children I ever saw, but the names Theodore, Willie and Marion are most familier. If I remember right, Willie was the blue eyed boy and I believe, one of the twins. My mother mamed one of her girls Marion Custis for uncle and his daughter. I should like you to tell me what circumstances caused Uncle Custis to settle in Macon, Ga; how far you live from that place, etc. If you have a picture of yourself or family that uou can spare, I should like you to send it that I may form an idea of how you look. I regret the tragic death of your father. How broken hearted your poor mother must have been. As soon as I can get someone to take me to Eastville, I will examin the county record and give you further information. I dont (sic) know about our kinship to the Custis family, but will do all I can to find out. Grandmother, Grandfather, Uncle Bill, and two of his wives, and several of Aunt Mary's children, are buried in grandmother's home-place. Others are buried there too. My father opened a graveyard at his homestead, and my mother is buried there. She died Nov. 19th, 1858. I was sixty three years old the 19th of last January and you are forty. Tho I shall never see you in this world I welcome you as my kinsman. Now cousin, I must bid you good bye howing to hear from you in the near future. Your sincere cousin Signed Alice F. Mapp Bridgetown, Virginia, Northampton County.
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