Dearest Jeanie, Dearest Jack

What is this handwriting?  In 1854, a young couple stepped off a train in Charlotte, North Carolina. Their names were Jane Renwick Smedberg and John Wilkes. Family and friends called them Jeanie and Jack. The bride grew up in New York City, and the groom grew up in Washington, DC, until he joined the Navy in his teens.
Their story is told in family letters that were donated to the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room by their granddaughter, Julia Settle Wilkes Black. It is a story of four families and the love of a young American couple set against the backdrop of one of the most fascinating times in United States history. 
 Click on the letter to find out what it says.
Parts of this Exhibit: The Intertwined Ancestries of John and Jane Wilkes    
  Jack and Jeanie's Early Years  
  Courtship, Wedding, and Relocation to Charlotte  
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