Genealogy of the Rigg, Hargleroad, Orchard, Mortensen and Allied Families
Transcription of letter from Cornelia Lee Mortensen written to her granddaughter, Estelle Orchard, congratulating her on the birth of Roberta Orchard (Feb. 4, 1932, Alamosa, Colorado).
Cornelia was the daughter of John D. Lee and Nancy Bean and crossed the plains with the Mormon pioneers as a small child, living to be 91 years old.
Sanford, Feb. 12, 1932
Dear grand daughter Estella in care of my little g great grand daughter Roberta Ellen Orchard.
Tell her I received the anouncement of her steping on the stage of this our beautiful world of ours for it is very beautifull if we try to make it so. Isn’t that true?
I was very happy to get the good news. She has swelled the number of my great great grand children to 51 and my grand children number 49 and I am in my 87 year so you must excuse poor writing.
My wish for you that your husband yourself baby or babys may live as long as your Grandmother Mortensen has and be able to do for yourselves even as well as I can. Now I hope you will bring the little lady to see her old Grand Mother sometime. You know I have no way to travel only if someone comes and takes me and that doesn’t happen very often.
Lots of love to you all numbering three I believe.
Grand Ma Mortensen