Elizabeth's Home

The house contains a front living area, door to a small bedroom, and door to a smaller water closet with an additional side door to the bedroom.

A dusty, cloth covers something that might be a couch which sits in front of a stone fireplace on the left wall, with metal grating and a bar for hanging pots and kettles. Ancient dried herbs, garlic, and onion bulbs hang from twine on the wall above the fireplace. Beside the fireplace is a modest table with an oil lamp, and three wooden chairs. Across from the fireplace is a large cabinet. Beside this is a long wooden table with items on it.

The water closet contains a wooden throne with chamber pot beneath. A small shelf holds a 3-stick candelabra, a bar of soap, a towel, and a clay water bowl.

The bedroom contains a window with latched shutter directly opposite the door, and a door to the outside on the South wall. The outside door has two iron bolt latches to secure it, one at eye level and the other at waist level. A comfortable looking single bed with sheets, blanket, comforter, and two pillows sits under the window. The wall to the left contains a nice solid oak dresser with 2 half drawers above 3 long drawers. A large oak chest sits in the right corner wall nearest to the interior door.

The top two drawers of the dresser contain ladies undergarments. The top long drawer contains moth eaten shirts and sweaters. Beneath these is a large manila envelope with four items inside:

  • photo of a fine looking gentleman of latter years (late 40’s) with short black hair, chiseled square features, and kind eyes. He bears a striking resemblance to the man in the photo at The Doctor‘s house; although he is somewhat younger (late 40’s vs. late 50’s). They are, in fact, the same man.

  • A letter with a letterhead from the Williams Lutheran Church that reads:

Williams Lutheran Church
470 Church Hill Road
Springtown, PA

January 10, 1865

Dear Miss Miller:
Although it is customary for all men of service to this church to be buried in the cemetery upon these grounds, there is no actual canon that prohibits a man from being buried elsewhere. While Rev. Charles Miller cannot speak for himself regarding this matter, I knew him well and we discussed many things. I do recall several instances where he spoke very fondly of Raubsville and the townsfolk there, so I have no reason to believe that his soul will find any less peace if his body is laid to rest in the Raubsville Cemetery.
I am deeply sorry for your loss. Please know that your father will be greatly missed. I have already sent word to the Raubsville Sheriff’s office, and they should be contacting you shortly regarding your request. If you have any other concerns or need any help whatsoever, please do not hesitate to ask and I will do whatever is within my power to help.
Sincerely,
Rev. William Emory

  • A letter with a letterhead from the Raubsville Sheriff’s Office that reads:

Sheriff‘s Office
Raubsville, PA

Dear Miss Miller,

I am sorry for your loss. Reverend Emory has sent word that you want your father to be buried in our cemetary. In addition, you want to reserve 2 ajacent plots for you and your son.

Our records show that 3 plots have already been reserved for your family and paid for in full by a Mr. John Seiler III. They are located near the center among a collection of mapel trees and small flowering shrubs: H9, H10, and H11. It is a very beutiful location, and I’m confident you will be very happy with it.

The cemetary can accept your father at any time, and will make every effort to help with anything else that conserns you. Feel free to contact either me or the cemetary caretaker, Mr. Lochlann Taggart, if you have any other questions.

Sincerely,

Deputy Stephan Matson
Jan 11, ‘65

  • A business application that reads: “Recorded this day, Feb 24, 1865, application for business license and operation of retail store in the city of Williamstown Williams Township at South Street. Business name as Elizabeth’s Book Store and Faith Shoppe, application recorded as #76”. Document is signed by Elizabeth Miller and notarized by Jeffrey Jewett.
  • A key:

key4.JPG

A chest from the Seward Trunk Co. of Virginia, locked with a fine internal lock (locksmith at 1/2). The initials E.M..S. (Elizabeth Miller Seiler) are inscribed on the metal key plate.

trunk.jpg

This key does not fit the chest here. However, the key from Elizabeth’s Shoppe does. Inside the chest are:

  • old, cedar-smelling clothes – one long gown with long sleeves and dirt/grass stains along the bottom trim but otherwise rarely worn, a pair of black men’s slacks, a white men’s button down dress shirt.
  • hair brush with a few extraordinarily long blond hairs
  • a small hand mirror
  • a simple necklace with a repeating pattern of 6 white and 1 purple 1/2 inch oval beads
  • a framed photo that depicts a fine, fair fellow with dark hair, wearing fine clothes: dark pants, white shirt, and a jacket. He is sitting in a nice chair, and a small boy sits on his lap (also nicely dressed with slacks and button down dress shirt). The boy is holding what looks like two thin books. A strong magnifying glass will reveal that they are two framed photos, and the front photo reveals the corner of a table – strikingly similar to the photo in The Doctor’s home.
  • a carved and crudely painted palm-sized wooden tortoise
  • a carefully folded piece of hide, inside is a pipe with an almost imperceptible smell of tobacco that has obviously seen only minimal use
    wooden_turtle.jpg
    pipe.jpg
  • a small envelope; inside are two old folded receipts, and a small key. The receipts are on letterhead paper from the “Williamstown Public Records”: the first is dated Jun 23, 1857 and reads: “receipt for Certificate witnessed and recorded as #327,” with a scribbled signature, underlying date, and stamped. The second is dated July 13, 1857 and reads: “receipt for Certificate witnessed and recorded as #362”. The key has a fancy oval top, a uniquely shaped delicate and terrace key cut, and has an old tag attached with 2 dots atop 2 bars.
    old_key.jpg

Under the mattress is a folded “S” embroidered pocket handkerchief surrounding 2 silver “S” cuff links, identical to those in the photo of J. P. S. III in The Doctor’s house.