“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” —Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad (1869)
Continuation of my comment: This Violet Lester was 40 years old and had five children, Georgia (20), Troy (15), Caroline (14), Ben (12) and Commodore (10). There appears to be one small extended family of Padisons in Wake and New Hanover Counties, but no Patsey.
Oh, you found her! I guess her friends in North Carolina weren’t able to bring her home. As I read this letter, I wondered if Violet and Patsey were sisters. Thanks for this (I added your comments as a note on the post with credit to Scuffalong).