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Madame Ferree Diary - March 1713

What a beautiful spring day it is. The days are getting longer and warmer. The wild flowers are pushing their way up from the ground and the birds are chirping as if to say Welcome Spring. We have made such great progress since we started our journey here, and with the grace of God we will continue to do so. We have come to love this territory and we are so happy that we made this our home. It is a totally different way of life for us, but worth the struggles we endured to get here. I wish that Daniel, my late husband, could have been with us on our journey, unfortunately that did not happen. I know that he was with us in his own special way and that he is still looking over us. As I look into the future I wonder what questions the future generations might have about our journey here from New Paltz that may or may not have been recorded in history. Will they be curious and have questions such as:

  • How long did it take us to go from New Paltz to our promised land?
  • It is said that we arrived there in the autumn. Did we? If not, when?
  • Did we travel in covered wagons, and if so were they driven by horses, mules, or oxen?
  • How many covered wagons did we need to make this journey?
  • Did we bring any live stock with us, aside from what animals pulled our wagons, and what kind of staples and food supplies?
  • What personal belongings came with us; space was scarce in those wagons?
  • How did we get to our destination, maps, compass?
  • Daniel, Sr. was not with us; where and when did he pass?

Still looking into the future I see something interesting that will be called e-mail. If you would like to respond, you can send the answers/questions to my descendant Shirley Ferree Stilgenbauer. sstilgenba@aol.com

Article contributed by Shirley Ferree Stilgenbauer

This article was not taken from any diary or journal Madame Marie may have had nor is it to be taken as historically accurate or factual. It serves merely to give an idea of what might have been her thoughts about events in her life and what she may have written about them.