Letters to Santa

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This Christmas I hope you can sit back and enjoy some old letters (around 1900)  from my (Matt)  distant relatives that came from France and settled in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Read more of Letters to Santa

“Dear Santa please bring my brother Earl a drum and a pair of mittens and a horn a story book and a pair of rubber boots 8 and half sizes a rubber ball a wagon and a hat a coat and candy and nuts good bye Earl Barrand”

“Dear Santa bring my sister a pair of shoes No. 4 a rubber, doll, candy, nuts Angeline Barrand”

“Dear Santa pleas bring my little brother a little engine a little track for it to run on a key to wind it up and a little tent, candy, nuts, thats all good bye Santa. Ralph Barrand”

I hope we can all rethink what we have and don’t have this Christmas, and think of the past and the little they asked for. They didn’t count the number of presents, or how big, or even if the other kids would envy them. Most of these letters to Santa would simply enjoy some candy and nuts, knowing they weren’t forgotten. Even though its Christmas eve, what can you do for someone else that might just want some shoes that don’t have holes in them, or maybe just want a meal on the table?

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“Dear Santa please bring me a doll and two story books and a little set of dishes a table a little skillet and some candy and nuts good bye Santa Alma Barrand”

Letters to Santa Alma BarrandYou can tell little Alma is on her way to hosting the worlds best little tea party… books to read dolls to listen and the dishes and table all ready!
I did a relationship calculator in my genealogy software and here is how I am related to: Allissa (Alma) L. Barrand(born about 1900) and Matt (me) Barrand are 1st cousins 3 times removed. Their common ancestors are Francis (Frank) Thomas Barrand and Mary Celestine Pauline Perriquey.

This Christmas I hope you can sit back and enjoy some old letters (around 1900)  from my (Matt)  distant relatives that came from France and settled in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Read more of Letters to Santa

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This Christmas I hope you can sit back and enjoy some old letters (around 1900)  from my (Matt)  distant relatives that came from France and settled in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Read more of Letters to Santa

“Dear Santa Claus, Please bring me a pair of skates and a gun that shoots led bulets and a coarster sled and two story books one about foxey grandpa and one about black beauty and snare drum and a chain for my watch. candy and nuts. Santa that’s all good by. Julius Barrand, 1841 Parnell Ave”

I left the spelling the way that the text shows them. I did a relationship calculator in my genealogy software and here is how I am related to Julius Barrand (born Feb 19th 1900, Fort Wayne Indiana):
Julius E. Barrand and Matt (Me) Barrand are 1st cousins 3 times removed. Their common ancestors are Francis (Frank) Thomas Barrand and Mary Celestine Pauline Perriquey.

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hazel barrand letters to santa

“Dear Santa Claus, I thought I would write you a few lines to let you know that I would like to have for Christmas. I would like very much a pair of rubbers about five and a half and a sled and a pair of leggons. I need the rubbers and leggons very bad and I would like to have a sled, although I don’t need it. I wrote you last Christmas but you forgot me. I hope you don’t forget me this time. I am thirteen years old and I have a little  brother towo years old and he would like to have a story book and a little horse and wagon and a little candy. I guess that is all for him but please don’t forget the numbers of my rubbers I live on West Third St. My number is 1406. I guess I will close. Yours very Truely Cecil Barrand”

“Dear Santa Claus I thought I would write you a few lines to tell you what I want for Christmas. I would like a doll and a bracelet and mittens and a little candy too. I wrote to you last Christmas but you forgot me. I hope you don’t forget me this Christmas. I am eight year old I go to Franklin School. I live on West Third St. My number is 1406. Yours truly Hazel Barrand”

This Christmas I hope you can sit back and enjoy some old letters (around 1900)  from my (Matt)  distant relatives that came from France and settled in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Read more of Letters to Santa

 

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“Dear Santa Claus, Thought I would write you a few lines to tell what I would like for Christmas. I would like a pair of Skates and a game, and a pair rubbers about fours and a half. I wrote to you last Christmas but you forgot me but I hope you don’t forget me this Christmas. Will you please bring me a little candy to, I am eleven years old. I go to the Franklin School, I live on West Third St. My number is 1406 Please do not forget me. Yours Very Truly Robert Barrand”

This Christmas I hope you can sit back and enjoy some old letters (around 1900)  from my (Matt)  distant relatives that came from France and settled in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Read more of Letters to Santa

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Some of you may not know but I (Matt) have been into genealogy for a long time. Coming from a family where it was just me and my parents and my sister and two brothers, I never had cousins, or grandparents to hang out with and to visit on Christmas. One thing that stands out between me and my dad, who also does genealogy, is that he is really good with the typing, and entering of the info into list and files. Where I am good at finding the stuff I consider “fun”, like newspaper articles, photos, stories about each family member, and the most important, finding the link between my family here in America and where we came from in France. A couple  years ago while I was doing some research I came across Letters to Santa from my Aunts and Uncles about 4 -5 generations back. They all lived in Fort Wayne, Indiana and were one of the founding 50 families of Fort Wayne.

Each day this week I will be sharing some cute Letters to Santa:

“Dear Santa Clause, 

I thought I would write you a few lines as I would like to have a pair of skates number 10 and a sled. I am 11 years old. I have two brothers and a sister. My one brother would like to have a toy engine and a magic lantern. My other little brother would like to have a hobby horse and my little sister would like to have a doll and a go cart and some candy and nuts. Please do not forget me I will call at the news office and get them. My name is Floyd Barrand.”

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