On this date in our extended family history . . . the 17th day of February . . . in the year 1870 . . . Joseph Vick of Lexington, Texas sat down to pen a letter to his Aunt Amanda back home in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi . . . and one year later . . . on the 17th day of February . . . in the year 1871 . . . L.B.F. Vick of Lexington, Texas wrote a letter to this same Amanda . . . these are just two in a series of letters to Aunt Amanda by kith 'n kin who left a war-ravaged Mississippi following the years of the war between the states . . . hoping for a better life in Texas . . .