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Midnightdreary (#46971513)
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Bio Photo I frequent the graves of famous and moderately famous American writers from the 19th century. Lately, I've been interested in making sure their families are represented on this site too.

Here's my wishlist: Make the famous listing criteria clearer and allow for proper grammar and punctuation, including italics for titles of books, magazines, movies, TV shows, etc.
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Terry Heller
Charles Eliot Norton

First, thank you for your work on Find a Grave! It almost daily proves invaluable to my project of annotating the letters of the 19th-century American writer, Sarah Orne Jewett, who had so many friends and acquaintances in the Boston area.

This note is to bring together two unfortunately separated grave sites at Mt. Auburn. You've documented the grave of Charles Eliot Norton and his wife. Another person has documented those of two of their daughters: Sara and Margaret.

This is listed as Margaret's stone, but if you look at the photo, you'll see she shares it with Sara.

I've been more interested in Sara, so far, but Jewett also was acquainted with Margaret (and also Lily/Elizabeth). Here's my current short sketch of Sara:

Sara Norton (1864 - 1922), oldest daughter of Harvard professor Charles Eliot Norton ((November 16, 1827 - October 21, 1908) and niece of James Russell Lowell. Her mother died after bearing her 6th child in 1872. Sara (also called Sally) became an accomplished cellist and one of Jewett's closest friends, visiting at her own home in Cambridge, as well as in South Berwick, and at the homes of Annie Fields. With M. A. De Wolfe Howe, she edited Letters of Charles Eliot Norton (Boston, 1913), 2 vols. Richard Cary notes "Miss Jewett often visited Norton and his daughters at Shady Hill, their Cambridge residence, as well as at Ashfield, their summer home in the Massachusetts Berkshire hills. Sara Norton's sisters were: Elizabeth (Lily) Gaskell (1866-1958) and Margaret (1870-1947). Her brother, Eliot Norton (1863-1932), married Margaret Palmer Meyer.

I've not been able to locate a grave page for Elizabeth Gaskell Norton. I found her life dates in a footnote here:

And she is mentioned often with her father, as in his Wikipedia entry

I hope this will be useful for you.

Terry Heller

Added by Terry Heller on Jul 27, 2017 9:21 AM
RE: Julia Dean Willis #70806497
from Fern's memorial:
" ... using the pseudonym "Fanny Fern. ... Fern married James Parton, a former employee of her brother, in 1856. The couple moved from New York City to Manhattan. In her later years, Fern spoke out about social reform and women's rights, specifically women's suffrage. (bio by: Midnightdreary)

Well, at any rate, Julia is correctly linked, but doesn't show for whatever reason. I'll try to have Find A Grave correct this confusing state, link James Parton's name within your bio, and, it would appear, make no changes to the spelling of her pseudonym:
"Description: Portrait of Fanny Fern
Date: Published 1874; photo taken before October 10, 1872
Source: Fanny Fern: A memorial volume. Containing her select writings and a memoir. G.W. Carleton & Co., 1874
Author: Artist unknown"
Thanks for your help!
Added by luckysitsinback on Apr 18, 2016 9:04 AM
RE: Julia Dean Willis #70806497
I want to link Julia to Fannie.
Julia is linked to Fannie's parents.
The others of Fannie's siblings show on Fannie's memorial, but not Julia.

I want to link James Parton's name in the text of Fannie's bio, similar to how her brother's name is linked, to his memorial, in addition to having his link showing as one of Fannie's spouses.

Find-A-Grave is maintaining Fannie's memorial.
Perhaps you - as the original contributor - could point this request to them, as I don't know how to do this.

Added by luckysitsinback on Apr 18, 2016 5:43 AM
Julia Dean Willis #70806497
does not appear linked as sibling to Fannie Fern, which memorial is maintained by Find-A-Grave. Julia is correctly linked to the same parents, however, and all other siblings show correctly with Fannie Fern #37440541. Perhaps add her name to Fannie's bio? Thanks.
Added by luckysitsinback on Apr 17, 2016 11:02 PM
RE: Permission granted
Thank you very much! Would you like a copy of the newsletter? We'd be happy to send some to you if you are interested.

Added by OCarm on Sep 08, 2015 1:32 PM

We are the Religious Order of Carmelites, Province of the Most Pure Heat of Mary. Our Missions produce a free printed newsletter each month. We would love to use your photo of Mother Alphonsa Lathrop's grave site in our newsletter and would like to request permission to do so. Please message me back. Thank you.
Added by OCarm on Sep 08, 2015 1:03 PM
Tracy Thompson Tomaselli
Thank you for posting this interesting biography. I am on the board of directors for the cemetery and am putting together a directory of interments. May I use what you have posted? Thank you
Added by Tracy Thompson Tomaselli on Jul 14, 2015 5:47 PM
Sandra Hirt
Waldo Emerson
Hi Midnightdreay,

Thank You for the memorials and pictures you are creating. Job well done.
May I have your permission to post the tombstone picture of Waldo Emerson # 44979511 to my file for him on I will give credit to you.

Thank You,
Sandie Hirt #47090157
Added by Sandra Hirt on Oct 21, 2014 9:58 AM
priscilla ross-fox
Dexter Pratt
I am thinking he was the father of my Seraph Pratt. I have connected her but I need to find her mother (Vashti (Cutting)) whom I haven't found in this cemetery. I don't have a date of death for her and Ancestry is not working well at all for me to do searches.
If this Dexter Pratt isn't her father I will remove the connection and keep on searching.
And thank you for your work at F.A.G.
Added by priscilla ross-fox on Aug 20, 2014 3:09 PM
Charles Scudder Transfer
Thank you SO much for this transfer. We will take excellent care of it! You are most kind! Margie Scudder
Added by ScudderSander on Mar 29, 2014 9:21 PM
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