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Hannah Elizabeth BRADBURY

Female 1827 - 1893  (66 years)


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  • Name Hannah Elizabeth BRADBURY 
    Born 16 Mar 1827  Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 1 Jun 1893  Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • The widow res. in Boston, Mass., and is widely known as Mrs. H. B. Goodwin, author of several popular novels.

      At the time of the 1850 Census, is living with her aunt, Julia Lowell Williams.

      1870 Census: MA: Middlesex: Charlestown, 2-ward, p. 217b:
      Goodwin, Hannah B., 44, $15,000, $70,000, born in ME;
      Georgianna, 25, $42,000, born in MA;
      Caroline L., 23, $42,000, born in MA;
      McDonald Alia, 40, domestic servant, born in Nova Scotia;
      Ann, 20, domestic servant, born in Nova Scotia.

      1880 Census: MA: Suffolk: Boston, 292 Clarendon St., p. 51D:
      Goodwin, H. B., 56, keeping house, also an authoress, born in ME, father and mother born in ME;
      C. L., 33, daughter, born in MA, father born in MA, mother born in ME;
      Mowry, O. B. _9, son-in-law, lawyer, born in MA, father and mother born in MA;
      G. L., 35, daughter, born in MA, father born in MA, mother born in ME;
      plus two servants.

      In June 14, 1892, Hannah B. Goodwin applied for a passport at age 65, intending to go abroad temporarily and that she intended to return to the United States within two years.

      On January 15, 1883, in Suffolk County, Hannah Bradbury Talcott legally changed her name to Hannah Bradbury Goodwin, in Boston.

      Goodwin, H. B. (Hannah Bradbury), 1827-1893: “One among many.” By Mrs. H. B. Goodwin, Boston, Cupples Upham and Company, 1884.

      From Wikipedia:
      "Hannah Elizabeth Bradbury Goodwin Talcott (née Hannah Elizabeth Bradbury; better known by her pen name, H. B. Goodwin or Mrs. H. B. Goodwin, and sometimes as H.E.B. or H.B.G.; 1827- June 1 1893) ws a 19th-century American novelist from the U.S. state of Maine.
      Hannah Elizabeth Bradbury was born in Chesterville, Maine, but was a resident of Boston, Massachusetts, for many years. She was the daughter of the late Benjamin B. and Elizabeth Lowell Bradbury. Her school life was spent mainly in Farmington Academy.
      Before her marriage, she had written many short stories and sketches, which were published in magazines and papers over her initials, H. E. B. Goodwin was a successful teacher of girls in Bangor, Maine, and afterward. she was principal of the Charlestown Female Seminary. The judicious criticism and commendation of her teacher, Prof. Alexander H. Abbott, first stimulated her ambition to be known as an author, but her pen was mainly inspired by her desire to assist in educating young women. For 15 years, Goodwin was associated with the educational work of Wellesley College. She was an active member of its board of trustees and of its executive committee, and also wrote and read to the students of Wellesley many essays on art, the studies for which were made in the great art centers of Europe, where she traveled in England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
      Her first novel was Madge (New York, 1864), and was favorably received. Goodwin regarded it as the least worthy of her books. Her second book, Sherbrooke (New York, 1866'), is a story of New England life. The success of that story was instantaneous. Her third book, Dr. Howell's Family (Boston, 1869), was written during months of great physical pain, and many readers regard it as the author's strongest work. After the publication of that book, Goodwin was for several years an invalid and employed her pen only in writing short stories and sketches and letters from Europe to religious newspapers. One Among Many (Boston, 1884), added to the well earned success of its author and gave new evidence of her ability to represent real life. Another of her well-known stories is Christine's Fortune (Boston), a picture of German life. Our Party of Four (Boston, 1887), describes a tour in Spain. Perhaps to Dorothy Gray the highest praise came from critics and literary friends. She also compiled a volume of essays on art and history. She died on June 1, 1893."

      Sermon Tribute at her funeral: The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts) 12 June 1893, Mon:
      "OUR FRIEND MRS. H. B. GOODWIN
      Sermon by Rev. Philip S. Moxom on the Author and Philanthropist
      "Our friend was a ray of sunshine," said Rev. Philip S. Moxom, yestrday morning, in his sermon-tribute to the late Mrs. H. B. Goodwin, author and philanthropist.
      He spoke warmly of Mrs. Goodwin's extraordinary desire for knowledge at an early age, of her spiritual culture and her mental discipline, of her teaching pupils older and more advanced than herself, of her principalship of the Charlestown female seminary, of her early efforts in prose and verse, and of her friendly critics, Alexander H. Abbott, who was her teacher in Farmington academy, Me; Rev. C. A. Caldwell, D. D., her pastor in Bangor, and Martin B. Anderson, LL D, then editor of the Examiner in New York, and afterward president of the university at Rochester.
      Her works breathed of her life and they had endeared her to two generations of readers. "Madge," "Sherbrooke," "Dr. Howells' Family," "One Among Many," "Christine's Fortune," "A Party of Four" and "Dorothy Gray" were all full of the tenderest thoughts.
      Mrs. Goodwin was born at Chesterville, Me. Her maident name was Hannah Bradbury. She spent the latter part of her life, nearly 24 years, in Boston. She was a member of the Woman's missionary society, the Browning society and the Round Table.
      During the service the congregation sang Mrs. Goodwin's favorite hymn, "It is not Death to Die," a hymn she tried to recall at the moment of her death." [1]
    Person ID I2078  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 3 Jul 2018 

    Father Captain Benjamin Burbank BRADBURY,   b. 24 Sep 1802, Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jan 1878, Bangor, Penobscot, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Heath “Betsey” LOWELL,   b. 20 Jul 1804, Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 1887, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 8 Jan 1823 
    Family ID F211  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 George Clinton GOODWIN,   b. 13 Oct 1807, Ashfield, Franklin, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 May 1869, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Married 16 Jul 1857  Somerville, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 23 Dec 2018 
    Family ID F933  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 D. S. TALCOTT, D.D. 
    Married 14 Jul 1874  Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 23 Dec 2018 
    Family ID F15577  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 Mar 1827 - Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 16 Jul 1857 - Somerville, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S4] Historic Genealogy of the Lowells of America from 1639 to 1899., Lowell, Delmar R., (Tuttle Company, Rutland, Vt., 1899).