I have an antique Bible which had a letter in it dated September 4, 1849. It is written by a James Fields of Mountsville, Virginia. He is writing to his children (addressed to a Mr James M Sherin (sp?) in Adamsville, OH).
In the letter, he mentions his mother, who lives 12 miles away, and is in her 102nd year! He also mentions a "Betsy" and the death of her 2 children.
I would love to share a copy with this family, if any one knows who this is!