Letters are basis of historical book by Pottersville author

POTTERSVILLE - An intimate look at life 150 years ago is depicted in a book a Pottersville woman has written, focusing on her ancestors.

Jodie Sewall, a writer contributing to Denton Publications, has transcribed the letters of her great-great-great-great-grandparents Oliver and Eleanor Boizard. The letters provide a first-hand account of their lives during the mid-1800s.

Long Distance Love 1855-1870 has been published on Lulu.com, an online marketplace for digital content.

For several years, Sewall has transcribed letters written by her ancestors both from her family collection and a small museum in the town of Empire, Mich.

Also, Sewall researched the historical events and people that are mentioned in the letters.

Oliver and Eleanor Boizard were married in 1855 and over the course of the next 15 years spent many months and even years separated from each other due to war and the necessity of living wherever work was available.

The letters include first-hand accounts of life during a Seminole Indian War in Florida, Army life in the Nebraska Territory, the Civil War and elsewhere in the 1860s.

Sewall grew up in Michigan but has been a resident of upstate New York for 20 years.

Her book can be found at http://stores/lulu.com/sewall.

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