Backstory: I am in the early stages of a large project that requires reading about and researching my ancestors. I have also been studying creative non-fiction, where one exercise suggested I write a letter to someone now deceased. I knew immediately who it would be and so I composed a letter to my 3rd great grandfather, Henry Taber. For me, this letter provides a gateway to my new project. For a reader, it may provide continuing interest in the extended family whose roots were planted in the 17th century in what would become the United States in the late 18th century.