“Josie,” actually Josephine Parke Cranston was the daughter of Charles Edward Cranston (Chris’s father) and the niece of Josephine Park Cranston, Charles Edward Cranston’s sister. “Josie” was “Aunt Jo” to Marion, Helen, Bill and Tip and appears to be the favorite niece of Josephine Park Cranston. It was to “Josie” that Josephine Park Cranston gave the “Cranston papers” of which this is one.
In the letter, Josephine laments the fact that Josie’s uncle, Charles Edward, doesn’t write much to anyone. She also describes the physical ailments of who appears to be her and Charles’s uncle, Stephen, the brother of Christopher Cranston (although there is no reference to Stephen in the Cranston book).
She mentions another brother – Wallace – who must have been another son of Christopher. She refers to “Maude” whom I suppose is a sister, but am not sure.