Letters from Simon

A True Story of Love

by Simon Peterson



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/7/2019

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 158
ISBN : 9781973651543
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 158
ISBN : 9781973651529
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 158
ISBN : 9781973651536

About the Book

We never knew our grandparents on our mother’s side. Simon (a.k.a. Jack) and Rebecca (a.k.a. Lessie, Nora) both passed away while our mother was still a young girl. However, after our mother’s passing, we discovered that she had been holding on to scores of love letters her father had written her mother during a long courtship. Clearly, letters are missing, and she only had a couple of letters Lessie had written to Simon, but these letters have allowed us, if only on a small scale, to learn something of their character. It is a fascinating peek into the challenges, hardships, family dynamics, and faith of one South Georgia couple living in poverty.

Simon and Rebecca’s grandkids

About the Author

Simon Peterson was born in Douglas, Georgia in 1888 and died 1936 of pneumonia. He was married to Lessie Rebecca Carelock and the couple made their home in South Georgia. The couple had one daughter, Juan Jose Peterson, who was left to the care of an aunt at age 12 following the untimely death of her mother and father. Juan preserved the letters Simon had written to Lessie during their long and arduous courtship. Her grandkids discovered the letters in 2011 following her death.