Copy of a letter from Julia Raine in Macon (probably Fayette County, Tennessee) to her baby daughter, written on October 8, 1878. Julia and her husband had fled the Yellow Fever epidemic in Memphis but were now stuck in Macon without money to travel to the east by wagon and not daring to take the train because of the epidemic which was being carried by people on the trains. Fearing that they would become victims of the rapidly-spreading disease, Julia wrote a letter to her daughter just in case she should be left an orphan who would never know her parents. A transcript can also be viewed. Julia Woodward was born on June 2, 1857, in Memphis, married Gilbert Dixon Raine (later publisher of the News-Scimitar) in 1877 and had a daughter Kate, born in 1878, and a son Gilbert Jr., born in 1881. Julia and Gilbert divorced in 1909, she remarried and died on September 13, 1937. She wrote articles on divorce and was a composer.
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"Julia Raine letter, 1878" (2021). Documents. 8.