William J. Helsley Letter
William Helsley wrote this letter to his wife, Mary (Yancer) Helsley, from Chattanooga, Tennessee between August 6 and 10 of 1864. The majority of the letter is very legible, but the final page is dark purple and therefore difficult to decipher.
- 1864 August 6-10
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0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)
William Helsley wrote this letter to his wife, Mary (Yancer) Helsley, from Chattanooga, Tennessee between August 6 and 10 of 1864.
William Jefferson Helsley was born to Henry and Sarah (Diehl) Helsley in Mahoning County, Ohio on December 14, 1839. He married Mary Yancer on September 10, 1861, and the couple had three children, F. Sherman (1866-1951), William A. (1869-), and Mary Ellen (1874-). During the Civil War, William Helsley served with Company G of the 19th Ohio Infantry and was eventually promoted to Corporal. Helsley returned to Ohio after the war and worked as a farmer. He died on December 4, 1916, in Trumbull, Ohio.
This collection consists of a single folder.
Special Collections purchased this letter in February of 1987.