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Letter to Jean Brown Trapnell from Isabelle Adams Johnston Brown (her mother)

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  • Title Letter to Jean Brown Trapnell from Isabelle Adams Johnston Brown (her mother) 
    Date 20 Jun 1956 
    Locality Hugh Byrne Papers 
    Source Type Letter 
    Source ID S415 
    Text 455 56th Street
    Brooklyn 20

    June 20th 1956

    Dear Jean

    Just received your letter. I guess it is the reaction of having no papers or school which makes you try to relax. I am glad you have your vacation I hope you won’t worry too much now about Cole’s job. I wish he could get something permanent always something to worry people. I had a nice note from Sally. I am glad she has got something to do. Work keeps you from thinking I answered her note, and told her I would be glad for her to stay here, of course I know Ethel will be home and she can put Sally up and N York is better than Bklyn when you are on a visit and I hope to see Jack while he is here. I will send back Sally’s announcement when I show it to Ethel when she comes over tomorrow night. I don’t think you should go to the expense of getting any more but I will let the rest see it and let you know what they say it is a nice announcement. I am glad Jane has got settled for the summer it sounds as if she is going to be busy.

    About your father he isn’t getting ‘senile’ his head is as clear as ever it was, and he is quite able to make his food. He has done me a good turn. I can’t please him try as I like, and I couldn’t sleep nights thinking what I could do to please him. I have come to the conclusion jealousy is his trouble and even if he gets tired cooking I will not return to it their time he has hurt me too much I should have left him long ago. If had taken my father’s & Janet advice would never have come out to America I don’t think I am a saint but I don’t think I deserve all the things he says to me, but it is my funeral and I will have to put up with it. I have never got much from him but abuse so for the short time I have to live now I’ll put up with it.

    About coming to LA, Jean, I don’t think so. Not this year.

    About your ancestors. My mother’s name was Jean Hamilton. She must have been born in Bridge of Weir about 1851. I don’t know what month she died age 28, about 1870. Her father William Hamilton born in Belfast came to Bridge of Weir (Scotland) married my grandmother whose name was Janet Steele. I don’t know whether she was born in Bridge of Weir or round about there in some of the little places in Renfrewshire my grandfather was a “Slatee” and had his own business. He lived until he was 82 years old which would have been about (when he died) 1895 my grandmother died about 1887 and I don’w know her age. It seemed to me as if she was a little older than my Grandfather (Scotland). My Father James Johnston was born in Bridge of Weir Nov 1st. I don't know what year he died when he was 72 there again I don’t know what year. As I was in the USA when it happened. He was a ship’s carpenter to trade went to sea on sailing ships after he was married but when they started to build steamers he didn’t go back to sea and worked in the ship yards. My father’s father I even don’t know his first name. I think it may have been James he also came from Belfast (Ireland he came to Bridge of Weir Sctoland), married my Grandmother “Belle Adams”. I cannot give you much information about them my Grandfather was a “printer” what they called a (calico a printer) on cloth. He died when my father was young. My Grandmother also died after the family were pretty grown up my father was leaving his trade there in Greenock or Port Glasgow. That is about all the information I can give you. There 5 in my mother’s family 3 boys and 2 girls. My father was the 2nd oldest. His oldest brother & sister came to America. I think his sister was in Chicago of course you know about me. I was born in Greenock, married in Greenock, second oldest of 3 girls & 1 boy. You say you will write your father for his ancestors. Don’t say anything in your letter to him about our differences, it will do you no good and as I have said already it is my funeral.

    I will close now. I do hope things will turn out alright for Coles.

    Love to all,
    Linked to (1) JOHNSTON, ? 

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