Tues. Nov 20 th

Transit party went out and started lumbering location bak of town here. Hill and Iworked on estimate of last section all day. Wrote to Charlotte Perkins. Developing machine came from Manila. Farnham and Cooper started on a reconnaissance trip from Cabancalan over the mountains to Dumaguete. Fair all day.

Mon. Nov. 19 th

Went out in the forenoon and ran about a mile the last end of preliminary on this end. Came in and worked on estimates in afternoon. Start locations to-morrow. Fine dall but rained at night.

Sun. Nov. 18 th

Laid round camp as usual. Dr. Hagen here. Had a great time photographing some kids in the morning. Wrote to Ma, June and Ed Gilbert. Fine day all day.

Sat. Nov. 17 th

Finished yesterdays line and then started back to Himamaylan. Got nearly there at noon and in P.M. worked on a short piece of line below town. Came into camp early. Pretty glad to get home again. Dr. Hagen in camp and everybody was lined up for medical inspection. I was about the only one that didn’t have sore feet. Got telegram from E.J. saying start at Cabancalan and locate northward so we will probably go on location some time next week. Had a big time in Iloilo the 14 th starting construction. Fine weather all the week and roads are pretty well dried up. Got a letter from Abbie and Ma to-night.

Fri. Nov. 16 th

Went back almost to Suay and ran another line into Cabancalan. Fine day.

Wed. Nov. 14 th

Went back to Benequel nad ran a line out the other side of town. Patsy laid up with sore feet and Gard chained. Ran about four miles. Cabancalan a good place. A barrio of Ilog and located on the bank of the Ilog River, the biggest river in the province, almost as large as the Connecticut River at Hanover. Fine day all day.

Thurs. Nov.15 th

Ran yesterdays line on further and meandered the river for a ways and set two permanent hubs at the end of the line as Cabancalan will probably be the end of the line. Fine day all day; sure having fine weather these days. Nights almost as cool as September nights at home.

Tues. Nov. 13 th

Ran line from Benequel into Cabancalan and mapped the town in the afternoon. Living with Ise. The school teacher. Has a fine house and a piazza with a big hammock on it. Fine day all day.

Mon. Nov. 12 th

Got up early and packed up for a flying trip to Cabancalan. Ran line as far as barrio of Benequel and got into Cabancalan about sun down. Road nothing but a strip of mud between two rows of tigbau grass. Fine day all day.

Sunday Nov. 11

Laid round all day as usual. Wrote to Ma, Ab. And Roy, sent Ma $14.75. Didn’t rain much to-day. Night made hideous by a crazy woman and several dogs. Start on another canned salmon trip to Ilog to-morrow.

Sat. Nov 10 th

Whole crowd recovered and went out on line again to-day. Barber is rodding now and I have Gard with me. It rained in P.M. so Gard and I came in early. Patsy has a big boil on his leg. Roads a sea of mud; shall be glad when we get some decent weather.

Fri. Nov. 9 th

Party in camp again to-day working on estimates. ___ all feeling better. Townsend came down to lunch. Rained all day.

Wed. Nov. 7 th

Felt better to-day. Gard came in sick in morning adding to the hospital effect of the building. Hill came in early sick and soon after Patsy came in with his feet so sore he could hardly walk. Only rained a little to-day.

Thurs. Nov. 8 th

The whole crowd was more or less on the bum to-day so everybody stayed in and worked on the estimates. It rained hard in the afternoon and all the night. We got a bunch of mail in the afternoon and I got letters from Ma, Abbie, Roy, June and Ralph Wilder all dated around Sept 10th to 20th. Abbie and Austin sent me three boxes of Dill’s tobacco as a birthday present and Roy sent me a couple plugs of Lucky Strike.

Tues. Nov. 6 th

Laid round all day feeling pretty bum. Cooper sick and Worthington under the weather so Farnham telegraphed to Dr. Carson to come over. Thinks I have a touch of catarrh of the bowels. Pay for September came in the afternoon.

Mon. Nov. 5th

Left Binalbagan and came down to Himanaylau. Had an omnibus and a swift bull and covered the seven miles in a little under four hours. Seemed good to get back to the bunch. Cooper came in sick just after I got here. Didn’t rain to-day, something wrong.

Sun. Nov. 4 th

Laid round on the cot all day feeling pretty bum, but managed to write to Ma. Rained in morning but cleared about noon and looks as though the rainy season is over.

Sat. Nov. 3 rd

Feeling a little better to celebrate my 23rd birthday. Have a little appetite but my bowels are still sore and lame. Still raining hard. Got some mail in P.M. and I got two letters from Ma, one from Abbie and a whole bunch of newspapers.

Thurs. Nov. 1st

Sick all day, slept a little in afternoon. Still cold and rainy.

Friday Nov 2 nd

Party moved to Himanaylau. I was too sick to go so moved my cot over to Townsends’s, the Am. teacher here. Felt a little better in P.M. Still raining.

Wed. Oct. 31 st

Went out on line but came in at noon sick as blazes. Same way as I was at Nagasaki. Didn’t sleep any all night. Rained hard all day. Guess this dry season business is a fake.

Tues. Oct. 30 th

Went out on line and did yesterday’s and to-days work and moved into Bimalbagou at night. Cold and rainy.

Mon. Oct. 29th

Weston and I stayed in camp and worked on the estimates all day. Cool and cloudy all day and thunder shower in afternoon.

Sun. Oct. 28th

Laid around all day enjoying a good smoke of tobacco that Mr. Farnham brought down from Manila. Wrote to Ma and to Berry. Took some pictures and had a good swim in P.M. Fine day all day but rained at night. Pretty hot all day.

Sat. Oct 27th

Ran about four miles on I-line and came into Guinigirau at night. Found camp here and Mr. Farnham back once more with news from Manila. We start locating back from Himamaylau and construction starts in the spring.

Thurs. Oct. 20 th

Left La Carlota on another canned-salmon trip as Hill calls them. Ran G-line straight ahead and got up into the foot hills so abandoned it. Stayed over night at a little barrio and the house was so infested with ants and mosquitos that none of us slept at all.

Fri. Oct. 21 st

Started out on I-line toward Guinigirau. Ran two miles and camped in the barrio of San Isidro. The town band gave us a serenade the first part of the night and the dogs kept us awake the rest of the night. Fine weather these days. The north monsoon is on now and the back of the rainy season is about broken.

Wed. Oct. 24th

Went out and ran G-line up into the mountains. Walked nine miles back to camp. Capt. Bowers of the constabulary, Pittman, and Shirard took supper with us. Farnham not back yet. Move to-morrow. Fine day but hot.

Tues. Oct. 23rd

Went out in the forenoon and took four miles of easy topog and got in soon after noon. Fine day all day. In the service six months to-day, only eighteen months more to serve.

Mon. Oct. 22nd

Stayed in camp and helped Worthington with the estimate. Sent a roll of film and ten pesos to Manila. Ordered a developing outfit. Fine day all day.

Sun. Oct. 21st

Fine cool day. Went to walk and took some pictures around town in the morning. In P.M. Gard and I took a ride on the tramway in a car drawn by bull power. Took some pictures of it for the company. Shirard and Gallagher of the gov’t. farm in for lunch. Farnham arrived in Bacolod with his bride.

Fri. Oct. 19th

Crossed the Bago River and ran about two miles toward La Carlota. The King Crab joined us about ten A.M. full of large stories of his hardships on the reconnaissance south. Rained hard about three and we quit and came on into the old camp. Seemed like getting home once more. Found mail in camp and I got letters dated about Sept. 1 st from Ma, Abbie, and Carrie.

Sat. Oct. 20th

Ran F-line into town in the morning and in the afternoon made a survey of the town. My camera came from Manila. Rained in the afternoon.

Thurs. Oct. 18th

Got up early and started out to look for Barber and breakfast. Walked until about nine o’clock and finally located him only a mile from where we spent the night. Ate up half the supplies for breakfast, the other half for dinner two hours later and went out and ran two miles in the P.M.

Tues. Oct. 16th

Started at B730 and ran about three miles on F line to Sumag River. Barber went into Bacolod but got no mail.

Wed. Oct. 17th

Ran 5 ½ miles, breaking the record. Barber moved the camp to the Bago River but we missed connections with him and had the pleasure of making supper of rice and fish and sleeping on the bare floor of a barrio school house. These fly by night trips not all they are cracked up to be.

Sun. Oct. 14th

Pretty hot all day. Shirrard, the school teacher, was over to lunch and in the evening the supt. of the govt. farm near here was in to supper. Wrote to Ma and to Roy. Chirro cook and some of the taos pinched for playing monte. Rained all night.

Mon. Oct. 15th

Got up early and five of us walked back about twenty miles to Sumag to run another line from near Bacolod to here. Walked all day across rice paddies and got into Sumag about 4 P.M. Got a house and had a good sleep after the dogs quieted down.

Sat. Oct. 13th

Cooper went ahead to look up the country around La Castallana. Rest of us ran about two miles through big high cane. An old Spaniard came out and tried to stop us going through his cane, the last we saw of him he as headed for the house to get a gun. Fine day all day. Called on Shirrard in evening.

Fri. Oct. 12th

Went back to Gebong River and ran over four miles, brought the line into LaCarlota. Got a lot of papers but no letters. Got a package from Roy with a fine big piece of Lucky Strike, the best looking piece of United States that I have seen in a long time. Fine day all day. Guess the rainy season is over.

Thurs. Oct. 11th

Rianed hard all night and all day. Hill, Gard, and I left about nine o'clock and found the transit party just at noon. Worked in the afternoon and caught up with the transit party. The camp outfit got in about noon so they had camp fixed up when we got in at night and it did seem good to get some dry clothes again. La Carlota is a pretty town in the center of a big stretch of flat country covered with high cane. It is supposed to be about half way between Silay and Hinawaylau.

Wed. Oct. 10th
Still cold and rainy. Woke up and got ready to work to La Carlota away the other side of the Bago River. The transit party stayed in to help move while Hill, Gard and I went out on the line as the levels were behind. We ran until about three and ended up near a hacienda. We went over there and the haciendero talked English so we talked with him until four and started for Carlota. After walking about one hour we stopped at a hacienda and got a boy to show us the way. The roads were knee deep in mud and it got dark about six o'clock and we ploughed along in the dark for a couple of hours through the rain and mud, forded five rivers up to our waists and finally got into town about eight at night. Found Worthington at the school teachers but no camp outfit. The teacher let us have a blanket apiece and we turned in on a bamboo bed and slept the sleep of the just. Meanwhile the pack train was having troubles of its own. They left the Bago River about five, lost the road about dark and ploughed along across country through mud knee deep. The cariboas could hardly pull the carretones and the men had to help pull the carts. About eleven at night they pulled under a sugar mill, got supper and stayed there the rest of the night.

Tues. Oct. 9th

Went back the other side of the Sumag River. The tans that we left with the instruments the night before didn't show up until about two in the afternoon so we only ran about a mile. Still cold and rainy. The rice paddies are knee deep in water and work is a little disagreeable.

Mon. Oct. 8th

Hill, Gard, and I went back about four miles across the Sumag River. It rained hard all day and the river rose about six feet and was absolutely unfordable. We tried for about one hour to ford it and finally had to swim it. The current was going like __and Gard came near being carried down over the rapids. About nine p.m. the cocheros came in from Bacolod with mail and I got a letter from Ma and a postal from George's girl who wrote that Fanny McGay died the first of August.

Sun. Oct. 7th

Laid round camp and took a few pictures with the company camera. Barbered some of this outfit. Wrote to Ma and Abbie. Cloudy all day and rained at night.

Fri. Oct. 5th

Taking soundings again. Didn't take any in P.M. on account of wind. Move camp to-morrow.

Sat. Oct. 6th Dulao

Moved from Bacolod to barrio of Dulao, had quite a walk. First thing in morning Cooper fired White for talking in his sleep. Fine day all day.

Thurs. Oct. 4th

Stayed in camp and took up two rolls of pictures with the company camera. Sent to Manilla and ordered me a swell kodak. Wrote to Charlotte Perkins. In evening, Reese, Putnam and Capt. Smith took supper with us. Sent away a lot of postal cards. Rained hard into night.

Mon. Oct. 1st.

Walked back to Silay and started B-3 line to straighten out some bends in line.
Stayed with Humphreys. Rained hard during night.

Tues. Oct. 2nd

Ran B-3 line in A.M. and finished up at noon and started back to Bacolod. At
Talisay, Patsy Gard and I got a boat and sailed the rest of the way. Rained in

Wed. Oct. 3rd

Took soundings off the beach at Bacolod, all day, to find place for channel. Gard,
Patsy, and White in boat with taos, and Weston and I took bearings from shore. In
evening Weston, Hill, Cooper and I took dinner with missionary here. His wife is from
Hingham. Seemed kind of strange to eat in a civilized manner. Rained hard during
the night.

Sun. Sept. 30th

Patsy, Gard, & I hired a boat and went out for a sail in the morning, got becalmed so
we went over the side and had a good swim. Went out again in p.m. and took Hill
along. About two miles out we got caught in a squall and started for shore with Hill
& I in the outrigger and the boat just hitting the high places. About half way in the
boon broke and Patsy who was steering fell overboard. Finally got him and the
mainsail aboard and drove in under a bare jib. Wrote to Ma, June and Carrie. Fine
day. Move back to Manila to-morrow for a da yor two.

Fri. Sept. 25th Bacolod

Laid up in camp with sore leg. Lanced it in morning. Wrote to Roy. Fine day all
day. Camp boy arrested for not having ceslula (ID Card required to be carried at
all times) Natives in this town mean bunch. Don't see much good in this country
anyway. White had another one of his nightmares last night and we worked
about fifteen minutes before we could wake him up.

Sat. Sept. 29th

Staid in camp but went out and did a little work around town. Mail came in evening
and I got eleven letters and three postals. Got paid for August and I drew 210
pesos, quite a wad for me to have. Company now has 100.28 gold of my money. Farnham
left for Manila by lorcha (Chinese sailing vessel) in P.M.

Thurs. Sept. 27th

Heavy rain and wind all day. Worked until noon and came in on account of sore on leg
like the one I had at Escalante. Transit party ran about four miles on B-line. Wish
we could get some more mail.

Wed. Sept. 26ith

Ran A-line down a road and through town. Farnham and Cooper got back from Carlota.
Cholera bad in Manila some suspicion that it may be here. Some hombres around town
preaching "down with the Americanos and the ferrocarril" Heavy rain and typhoon at

Tues. Sept. 25th
Went out and ran on B-line back of town. Have got another sore on my leg. Fine day.

Sun. Sept. 23rd Bacalod

Laid round and wrote letters. Wrote to Ma and sent her ten and sent Gilbert 5 for
class tax. Bacalod a fine place. No rain.

Mon Sept. 24th

Rode a pack pony back to Silay and took topography on the way back. Didn't have any
dinner and was about all in when I got into camp. Farnham and Cooper have gone to La
Carlota. Fine day all day.

Fri. Sept. 21st

Rainy and cold all day. Went out in morning but came in about ten. Transit party worked all day. Wrote a long letter to Ab. in P.M. Wimpluries over to dinner. Says they have a warrant out for Mr. Farnham's arrest in Manila for cutting cane. Drive to Bacalod to-morrow.

Thurs. Sept. 20th

Got up from our bamboo bed about 5 o'clock and started out to look for our truck.
Finally found Barber camping out side of the road. John and the boys rustled round
and got some breakfast which tasted pretty good. After breakfast we loaded up again
and finally started out to look for a place to camp. We finally found a good place
and are living in a fine big house on Larson's hacienda. Went out in P.M. and
started on end of C-line to connect it up with D-line. Rained so came in early. Mr.
Farnham came in from Bacalod with some mail and I got two letters from Ab. one from
Ma and one from "Babs". First time I have had any mail for three weeks.

Wed. Sept. 19th

Moved from Eustaquero Lopez. Loaded up three carabao carts with our truck and
started them off in charge of Worthington, Patsy and Barber. Walked six miles and
started in work. Ran three miles and started or Conupcion where we were supposed to
camp. Finally we located the place away up in the mountains and what was supposed to
be a good tower turned out to be a little bit of a barrio. There was no chow and
no baggage. We got a native house about 10'X10' and bought some rice. After dark
Worthington, Patsy and old John came in about beat out. We made a supper of rice and
turned in on the bamboo floor and got a little sleep. Felt kind of hungry though.

Tues. Sept. 18th

Ran three miles on D-line and walked back to camp six miles in a pouring rain. Fine
level hacienda country all the way.

Mon. Sept. 17th

Moved from Silay to the barrio of Eustaquio Lopez. Went back to Tausa hacienda and
started D-line south, ran three miles. Are living in one end of the school house
here with a tent fly between the school and us. Noisy place, first we were serenaded
by the barrio band then seventeen dogs had a fight under our window. No rain all

Sun. Sept. 16th

Laid round camp all day. Wrote to Ma. No rain.

Sat. Sept. 15th

Went out with the transit party and ran eleven sta. less than 5 mi. straight out
across country towards Granada. Quit about 4:45 and walked in all of seven miles,
arriving at camp about six thirty. Quarantine declared on Iloilo and we are somewhat
shut off from the world. Haven't had any mail for two weeks and a half and no
telling when we will get any now. Rained in p.m.

Thurs. Sept. 13th

Stayed in camp and worked on the estimates all day. Had quite a little earthquake
shock in the morning. Rained hard in p.m..

Frida. Sept. 14th

Out on line and took 150 sta. Transit party ran 4 1/4 mi. No rain at all. Haven't
had any mail for two weeks and a half.

Tues. Sept. 11th

Stayed in camp and worked all day on estimates. Reis and a couple of missionaries up
from Bacalod. Patsy and Worthington back. Roberts fired, Barber in his place.
Cholera in Iloilo. Heard that a family up at Victorias was massacred by the taos
last week. Fine day all day.

Monday Sept. 10th

Stayed in all day and worked with Mr. Faruham on the estimates. Transit party ran
four miles and didn't get in until after dark. Ended up near Talisay. No rain all

Sunday Sept. 9th

Worked on estimates about all day as they have to be in at once. Wrote a note to Ma.
Was going to send money home but found out this is not a money order office. Heard
that Bennett is no longer with the company, guess he must have rubbed the fur the
wrong way.

Silay: Left Escalante on the C.F.T. Samar at five a.m. Glad to say good-bye to
the place. Had a fine day and a beautiful sail around to Silay which we reached
about 3p.m. Anchored about 3 mi. offshore and had to row in. "Patsy" and
Worthington went on over to Soilo to the hospital. Patsy has a tropical ulcer on his
leg and it is ruptured. My leg is better. Dr. Carson the company doctor sliced it
as soon as I got on board the boat and there was blood poisoning in it. Seems good to
get back to Silay which seems like a big city. There is talk that we will run across
the island to Dumaguete through the mountains. Hope not.

Worked on estimates in the morning. About 1PM Mr. Beard came in on the "Samar" and
we moved our stuff out and slept on board the boat.

In camp all day working on the estimate. Rained hard in morning and cloudy all day, getting into the rainy season in good shape. My leg pretty sore, a little afraid of blood poisoning. Due to leave here to-morrow.
Went out alone in the morning and took some pictures with the company camera in the P.M. We went out and ran about a mile of line and got caught in the rain. Have got a big boil on my left leg sore as blazes.

Finishing up around the terminal and guess we got finished up. Got into camp about three o'clock.

Running lines at terminal for topography. Ran about three miles. Patsy's laid up. White ____ chaise. Hot all day. Labor day at home.

May 20th, 1930: Dear Children

A letter from Orlando Flye (Fletcher's father-in-law) to his children, May 20th 1930:

May 20th, 1930

My Dear Children,

In looking over some old Papers and records my attention was called to the fact that at the outbreak of the world's war 1918, manv people had trouble in establishing their citizenship, therefore it has occurred to me that I would be con-ferring a great favor on my family if I tell you something about your ancestors.

You are descended from pioneer stock on your Mother's and Father's side of the family. Your Mother was of Noble French stock. Her people having fled from. France during the revolution or in the year 1815, settling in New York where her Father was born, being educated at the Harvard Medical College where he graduated. When he was twenty six years old he payed a visit to Cincinnati, there met her Mother and married in 1841 . Her Mother was English noble stock on both sides of her family, the Shepherds side consisted of four brothers settled in and about Cincinnati or what is known as the Miami valley, having purchased lands from Cincinnati to Dayton, Ohio. Later years three of the brothers left for England, leaving all their properties to Ova Florence Blanots Flye's Treat grand father and many of the shepherds descendants still live there, among them a grandson of Orlando Lincoln Flye and Eva Florence Blanot Flye, Harold Melbourne Flye.

Her grandmother was Sarah Preston, born and raised in Boston, Mass., where she married Thomas Shepherd in 1884, who was educated at Harvard College. They left shortly after their marriage and moved to Cincinnati where his father gave him an estate near Ganoe, Ohio where they lived during their life time. A grandson still lives there. Preston Shepherd the second, they raised eight children, among them your mother's mother, Maria Jane Shepherd.

My forefathers are English and Irish. My mother being English descended from John Alden and Priscilla Mullins, These families eventually drifted to Maine, settling the Kenebeck valley at the town of Winslow, Maine. Said town was incorporated in 1771 and one John Flye and Josish Havfen, my mother's maiden name, are among the first settlers.

The record of my life reads as follows. Born at Winslow, Maine, February 28 1861 where I lived and was educated until I obtained my first position with the New England Telephone Company at Lewiston, Maine. There I married Carrie R. McEgan on August 20, 1881 by the Reverend Israel Luce. By this marriage two children were born:
Alice MAy Flye, horn at Luiston, Maine, May 4, 1882.
Ralph Henry Flye, born at Rockland, Maine, December 22, 1883
Carrie R McEgan Flye died at Bath, Maine, April 19, 1884.

I continued with this company until 1887 when I left to accept a position as general electrician with the Procter and Gamble Company at Ivorydale, Cincinnati, Ohio. There, I met Eva Florence Adelain Blanot and married her at Elmwood, Cincinnati Ohio, on October 24,, 1889 by the Reverend Arthur F. Bishop. Bv this marriage eight children were born who are all alive today. They are as follows:

Harry Orlando Flye was born At Elmwond, Ohio, August 23rd., 1890 (3 P.M. Saturday).
Myrtle Carmelita Flye was born at Elmwood, Ohio, March 1st, 1893
Alva Maria Flye was born at Santa Marta, Colombia South America, Apri1 7, 1895
Clara Jane Flye was born at Santa Marta Columbia, South America, April 19 1897
William Davis Flye was born at Santa Marta Columbia South America, June 29th 1900
Dolly Mercedes Kathleen Flye was born at Santa Marta, Colombia, South America, March 15, 1902
Orlando Lincoln Flye the second was born at Santa Marta, Colombia, September 18, 1908
Eva Victoria Flye was born at Santa Marta, Colombia, South America, July 16, 1910

It is well to add here that on both sides of your family your ancestors were upright. honorable and religious people. On no side have we had criminals or outcasts. This virtue they tried to hand down to their children, and we have tried to uphold this great prestige and hope that in handing it down to you, that you will live the some Upright and honorable lives. To proceed.

November 1890, I left the employment of the Proctor and Gamble company to accept a position with the Colombian Telephone And Telegraph Company as manager of their interests in the tropical America With headquarters at Barranquilla, November 20, 1890. Not being pleased with conditions and the absence of my family I sent in my resignation which was not accepted. This company promised to send me my family and gave


me a very good salary with orders to extend their enterprise. I stayed on and in 1892 made a contract with the Colombian Government to establish at Santa Marta, a Colombian Electric Plant.

I had found much wild coffee in and about the mountains around Santa Marta. On having some gathered and sent to New York I was told that it was of the very best quality and they wanted some thousands of bags each year. After getting the Electric Light Plant well established I resigned from the Company and on August 4, 1894 began my career as a coffee planter in the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta. I first started out on the north slopes together with some Bogota friends. There I sold out and was soon persuaded to start again near some friends who had started in coffee shortly after we had. Five friends went in together. Myself being one denounced the plot on the south western slopes known at that time as the VALPARAISO lands. There I started in with my wife and family to make a coffee estate. Later on took in two partners, one of which we later on bought out and today the Santa Marta Coffee Company has bought out the other four first owners. This large denouncement has two Estates, one called Hacienda de Cincinnati and the other Isla Nieve. Here I have established our own Electric Light Plant and Telephone Plant and have all the modern conveniences that one can have in the United States with a most ideal climate as you all know. Mind it has not all been easy, and we have had many a hard year to pull through such as you are going through today, although with the help of a very loving and encouraging wife have an estate that is a credit to any country and I can wish my daughters no better recommendation that they make as good wives as their mother has been to me. May God be with you all and if at any time I find something worth adding to this, I shall continue.

Bolivar March 22, 1931

Records of the families of Thomas Shepherd, Sarah ah Preston and Elisha Yorks Wells Blanot and their descendants.

Elisha Blanot arrived in New York with his family in the year of 1785 where he lived until his death. His only son, Elisha Yorks Wells Blanot was born on February 11, 1822. He lived in Boston and New York until he was twenty six years old, graduating from the Harvard Medical College in the year 1845. On paying a visit to Mr. Thomas Shepherd, who had an estate some fifteen miles outside of Cincinnati, Ohio, he liked the west and on November 9, 1848 he married Maria Jane Shepherd. The family of Blanots was of noble blood, had many disasters during the last years of their stay in France and while devoted to their King Louis the XVI and their country, were forced to fly in order to save what fortune they had left and also their lives. Eva Florence Adelain Flye is one of the children of their marriage who in 1901 came to Colombia with her husband and they have lived here ever since, except a few months out of the year when they have visited their own country. They live and have their home in the mountains and in the low lands. The Estate is called after their old family city, Cincinnati, and the low land place is called Bolivar after the Father of this Country as he has merited the esteem of all. Here we have had six children born, two of the eight being born in the United States, while today we have two sons running the Coffee Estate and three daughters living near and in Santa Marta, all married to United Fruit Company men. We are all devoted to our adopted Country.


The first Sarah Preston, Grandmother of Eva Florence Adelain Blanot Flye was of noble english descent. Her family came to America and settled in Boston where some of the family still remain. After her marriage she went to live on the Shepherd's Estate where she lived until her death. She gave the family name to all her sons except one who had his father's full name.

The first Thomas Shepherd came to America with three of his brothers drifted to Cincinnati Ohio, were the Miami Valley enchanted them so that here they took up their estates. Three of the brothers went back to England and twenty five years ago, we had lawyers trying to prove that we were the descendants of the Shepherd family, although, during the first days of the open West, people did not bother about families, therefore the proof, and the old Bible that those brothers had left with Thomas Shepherd (as well as all their estates in America) when the heirs of the English Shepherds were no more and some 6 million dollars were to be to be divided among the American Shepherds, owing to the loss of the Bible we are still without proof that we are the descendants of thi s Shepherd Family. A part of the Shepherds Estate still belongs to one of the Shepherds, near Ganoe, Ohio, while one of Thomas Shepherds, the second sister, built an orphan asylum and presented to the city of Lockland, Ohno, where it still stands.

Children of Thomas Shepherd and Sarah Preston Shepherd: Nelly Shepherd born August 1, 1625 Abijah Preston Shepherd born July 13, 1897. Maria Jane Shepherd born Feb.2, 1830-mother of Eva Florence Adelain Blanot Flye.