Susan Elvira Stacy Anderson was born in 1813 in Hamilton, New York to Reverend Nathaniel Michael Stacy and Susan Clark. She was one of 10 children, another of whom is Maria Theresa Stacy Baker, who is also featured in this manuscript. On 1 January 1832, she married Charles Anderson. They had no children. She died on 13 March 1882 in New York.
This folder contains a collection of 7 letters addressed to Reverend Nathaniel Stacy. The third letter in the collection, is a series of short letters, written together on 3 pages of pink paper and penned by “Susan E. Anderson” (Susan Elvira Stacy), “Maria” (Maria Theresa Stacy), and “E. W. Barks” (full name and relation unknown). The letter is dated 5 January 1836, from Columbus, Pennsylvania, and is addressed to Nathaniel in Ann Arbor, Michigan Territory, where he was serving as a pastor at the time. This letter tells of general family gossip. Maria talks about how her quilting and other cloth work is going, as well as the state of things at home, where the Methodists have taken over the schoolhouse. “E.” relates stories about their friends and the spyglass they got, and Susan, with very little room left to write her letter, tells her parents how her husband Charles has recently finished a job and they might soon be able to visit Michigan.