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Thursday, March 19, 2009

1872 :: Happy Birthday, Cousin Suzy

On this date in our extended collateral family history . . . the 19th day of March . . . in the year 1872 . . . Olivea Susan (Susy) Clemens is born in Elmira, New York . . . 

Susy Clemens was a daughter of Samuel Clemens . . . who wrote under the pen name Mark Twain . . . and his wife Olivia Langdon Clemens . . . and Susy is a 4th cousin once removed to Josephine Wingfield Henry nee Davis (1842-1899) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this family history blog . . . according to a letter written by Miss Daisy Warner, Susy Clemens enjoyed strawberries and ice cream and ladyfingers at her 15th birthday party on the 19th of March in 1887 . . . following Susy's death at the age of 24, her father had the following words engraved on her grave marker . . .

Warm summer sun, shine kindly here;
Warm southern wind, blow softly here;
Green sod above, lie light, lie light-
Good-night, dear heart, good-night, good-night.

These lines were adapted from a poem by Robert Richardson . . . the original was found in a little book published in 1893 . . . Willow and Wattle . . .


Judith Richards Shubert said...

What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful lady. I love the scrapbook page you've created! And the epitaph is so touching.

Teicha Hill Mailhes said...

What a beautiful post!

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