I am concentrating my research on the letters that have both a name and place attached. It would be even more difficult to identify people based just on their names. I can not vouch for the spelling of the names or places. To the best of my knowledge my grandma was transcribing letters which had been mostly handwritten. The folks who wrote them had varying levels of proficiency in English and often wrote phonetically.
I will be detailing my research findings and methods in future posts but for now if you recognize any of the names, places or have any feedback you can reach me through the contact page or the Dear Mister Ward Facebook Page.
This last one is a little complicated. My grandma scratched out the name of the woman who wrote the letter so I don’t know if it’s accurate. However the woman who wrote it also included the name of her husband and place where she was going to live with him. So I’ll be focusing on that more than her name.