My g.grandmother, Amaretta Kimball Peck (later Waite and still later
Howarth), a Civil War widow, left Andes or Colchester, Delaware Co., in 1870
traveling to Mt. Pleasant, Isabella Co., MI, with my 9 year old grandfather,
George Kimball Peck and sister (?) Ophilla. I've wondered for some time how she
managed such a trip and why. Your message re your g.g.grandfather in which
are mentioned suggests that there was a railroad route available to Bay City. Is
that correct? And do you have any idea what might have attracted her to Mt.
Pleasant in 1870?
In my gr gr grandfather's diary, written from North Hamden he
speaks of going
from Hamden to Michigan:
April 28, 1868-
Started from Bill's at half past five. Went to Hancock. Took the cars.
Arrived at Buffalo at quarter to twelve. Went to the city Hotel and went to
April 29, 1868-
Started from Buffalo at nine o'clock. Went to Niagra and stopped til one
o'clock. Went and saw the Falls and Suspension Bridge. The started for
April 30, 1868-
Arrived in Detroit last night at ten o'clock. Started for Bay City this
morning at eight o'clock. Arrived here at one o'clock this afternoon. Are
Then on the way home from Michigan:
November 19, 1868-
Took the cars and went to Detroit and from there through Canada
November 20, 1868-
Arrived at the bridge at 4 in the morning. Started again at six and arrived
in Hancock at two in the morning.
November 21, 1868-
Took breakfast and started for Walton in Russells Stageline. Got there about
three o'clock and there found my Libbie.
Kind of interesting.
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