Thursday, July 11, 2013

Collection of letters written to Florence Knox of Brooklyn, New York, before and after her marriage to Emil Louis Beh


Collection of letters written to Florence Knox in the 1890s, before her marriage to Emil Louis Beh on 25 October 1900, and a few after that time, mostly in 1916 when she was recuperating in the hosptal and at home.

The photograph above was taken from the Behs' 1921 passport application.

Florence was born about September 1876, daughter of William and Mary Knox.  On 25 October 1900, at Brooklyn, New York, Florence married Emil Louis Beh, son of Albert and Charlotte M. (Hoehne) Beh.  Emil was born 26 July 1878 in New York.

The couple had at least two sons

The letters date from 1893 to 1900, with a few from 1916 when Florence was recuperating in the hospital and at home, and a later grouping of mostly Emil's business dealings, which I haven't yet catalogued, as they are from a newer era than I feel comfortable in researching.

The letters listed below went sent to Florence at her home in Brooklyn, New York, or at summer vacation spots, by family members and friends.

  1. Envelope addressed to Florence Knox at 274 South 5th Street, Brooklyn, New York, containing two letters:  1) 19 July 1893 from Louise Graf who was c/o Mr. Milton Crandall, Yulan, New York 2) 30 July, presumably also 1893, Florence's sister Emma at Brooklyn, New York.  The letter on cream paper is from Louise Graf; the letter on blue paper is from Emma Knox, Florence's sister
  2. 27 July 1893 letter to Florence Knox at Parksville, New York, c/o Walcott Bradley, from her brother Charles Knox at Brooklyn, New York.  Evelyn, daughter of Charles G. Knox, wrote an included letter in 1916.
  3. 27 July 1893 letter to Florence Knox at Maple Lawn Cottage at Parksville, New York, from Louise Graf, c/o Mr. Milton Crandall at Yulan, New York
  4. 8 July 1896 letter to Florence Knox at the Fairfield Hotel at Asbury Park, New Jersey, from her mother Mary Knox at home at Brooklyn, New York
  5. 1 March 1897 letter to Florence Knox at 274 South 5th Street, Brooklyn, New York, from Grace at 817 Green Ave, Brooklyn, New York
  6. 15 August 1897 letter to Miss Florence Knox c/o M. Deyr at Springtown, New York, from Ella at 274 South Fifth Street, Brooklyn, New York
  7. 16 August 1897 letter to Florence Knox, c/o Matthew Deyo at Springtown, New York, from Ella M. Lyon at 1649 Broadway, Brooklyn, New York.  Contains a folded Confederate $100 bill, whether fake or not, with a line at bottom advertising De Graw, Men's Furnisher, at 79 Broadway, Brooklyn, New York.
  8. 19 August 1897 letter to Florence Knox at 274 South 5th St., Brooklyn, New York, from Emma B. North at Sea Cliff, Long Island, Box 118
  9. 20 February 1898 letter to Florence Knox at 215 Broadway, Brooklyn, New York, from Sadie at Ocean Grove, New Jersey
  10. 1 March 1898 letter to Florence Knox at Brooklyn, New York, from Sadie at Ocean Grove, New Jersey
  11. 11 August 1898 letter to Miss Florence Knox at Wawarsing, New York, c/o Burton Hill Co., from Ella at Brooklyn, New York
  12. 15 August 1898 letter to Florence Knox at Burton Hill House, Wawarsing, New York, from Ella, at home in Brooklyn, New York
  13. 5 October 1898 letter to Florence Knox at Brooklyn, New York, from Hester at 224 West 134th St., New York, New York
  14. 13 February 1899 letter to Florence Knox at 274 South Fifth Street, Brooklyn, New York, from Hester at 224 West 134th Street, New York, New York
  15. 23 July 1900 letter to Florence Knox c/o Mrs. Henchan at Riverside, Connecticut, from Grany at 232 South Second Street, Brooklyn, New York
  16. Card mailed on 24 March 1916 from ? [perhaps a nickname for Emil's sister Charlotte] at Brooklyn, New York, to Florence (Knox) Beh at Prospect Heights Hospital, Brooklyn, New York
  17. 25 March 1916 letter to Florence (Knox) Beh at Prospect Heights Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, from Evelyn, c/o Charles G. Knox, 636 Walker Ave., Woodhaven, New York.  Charles G. Knox was Florence's younger brother.
  18. Letter mailed 29 March 1916 to Mrs. E. L. Beh (Florence (Knox) Beh at Prospect Heights Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, by Lil.  The card was mailed in New York City.
  19. Letter mailed on 7 April 1916 to Mrs. E. L. Beh (Florence (Knox) Beh) at 1451 President St., Brooklyn, New York, by E. M. F. at Brooklyn, New York
  20. 7  April 1916 card mailed to Mrs. E. L. Beh (Florence (Knox) Beh), at 1451 President Street, Brooklyn, New York, by someone with the nickname Chute or Chite, perhaps the same person who called herself Florence's sister Chutience or somesuch.
If you have information on Florence's birthdate and parents, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!

Brooklyn, New York


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