I must be challenged with dates since I came across yet another letter written by young Job W. Angus that predates the last three! I apologize for yet another instance of going off the ‘chronological grid’, so to speak. This letter, dated 7 January 1877, was written to my grandfather William ‘Will’ Woodruff who was married to Job’s sister Wealthy.
Prior to his marriage, William had dabbled in raising sheep for wool out in San Ysidro, CA (see previous post). Perhaps William was one of the ones who encouraged Job to go off and try his hand at something before settling down. But unfortunately, Job seems to think that William’s past experiences out in California were much better than his current life in Texas. Here, he says, there are nothing but thieves and desperadoes and Texas is getting worse every year….
Job says he wishes William and ‘Charlie’ were with him there as he does not like being on his own. I can understand that. But at least from the other letters, we know that his Uncle Job Angus was close by to give him help if needed. I’m sure that gave the family back home some peace of mind. I think ‘Charlie’ must be a reference to his older brother, Charles Dujah Angus (1852-1938) who was an ‘oil dealer’ living in Elizabeth, NJ, according to the 1880 census.
I have two more letters of Job’s to post. One more from Texas and one from Mobile, Alabama. Thanks for visiting the blog, and have a great weekend!