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From: Kathy Gunter Sullivan <>
Subject: Re: [APG] Under the North Star
Date: Sun, 05 Jul 2009 11:11:59 -0400
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They got under the North Star which caused them to lose their sense of
direction. I think she is using the phrase to mean "they must have
gotten lost."

Kathy Gunter Sullivan
AGP Member, North Carolina


Connie Sheets wrote:
> My common standby {Google} for questions like this has failed me.
>
> I have a copy of a lengthy letter written by a 2nd great-grandmother, undated except for June 4th, but from the content I believe probably 1854. It is addressed to her father, brother, and sister living in Ohio, describes her new home in Iowa, asks about acquaintances, discusses activities of her husband and sons, and laments that she will likely never see the addressees again. It is apparent she had only basic writing skills, with multiple phonetic spellings, no punctuation, and no capitalization, so it is difficult to discern where one thought ends and another begins.
>
> A portion of the letter has long puzzled me:
>
> "william if you ever come to iowa you will see agrate meny handsome farms this is the handsomist country iever see wee had the plesentist last winter i ever see in my life we had not so much as one rain all winter nor this spring un till may and then we had a counsidrable the wether is plesent now this country is not so could as ohio is **i dont no whare hortens could bin unless tha got under the north star** the boys halld raills all winter and lumber for to billd wee have two hughd log howses on our place too wells as good water as you ever drank the water in this country is very could..."
>
> What is the meaning of the phrase "under the north star" in this excerpt? There was an apparently unrelated Horton family in her prior residence in Ohio, so I believe that may be what she means by "hortens."
>
> Connie Sheets
> Arizona


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