The inscribed stone at Green River sits on a carved base and has an obelisk top. Without the information from the Hart family group, it would be hard to make the connections to a Franklin County family in New York City 150 years ago. In 1860 the Roberts family is listed in the U.S. Census in New York City. The father is a policeman with wife Mary Maria [Hart] and two daughters, Minnie and Lotta. A lot can happen in 10 years between census periods. A child was born and died, as did his mother. In the 1870 census, Horace Roberts Sr. has remarried and is a policeman in New York with his new wife and two step-sons. Coincidentally, one of his step-sons is also named Horace. The daughters, Mary Cordelia and Charlotte Fitch, are living in Greenfield with the family of Frank Thompson, and in 1880 they are with their aunt, Susan Nims. Mary was a teacher in 1880, and Charlotte is listed a second time in a long list of boarders at Wellesley College. According to Betty Patterson, Charlotte later became a Chemistry professor at Wellesley. It doesn’t appear that either daughter married.
Courtesy: Cynthia Kaley (Findagrave.com)
Greenfield, Franklin County
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