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What Happened to Emma’s Stuff?

14 Aug

Recycled from 2011

 

Emma Borden, Lizzie’s sister, left most of her personal property to Orrin Gardner.  He, in turn, gave much to his nephew, Hamilton, son of Orrin’s brother.  Before we go further, please note I’ve written about the Gardners of Swansea many times and you should review these posts HERE and HERE.

Young Orrin Gardner

Young Hamilton Gardner, son of William Gardner

The following images of letters and notes gives us a glimpse of what happened.  Indeed, the recently discovered portraits of a young Andrew and young Sarah were donated to the Swansea Historical Society by Hamilton Gardner.   (You’ll remember those portraits, possibly done at the time they were married – a true love match.)

                 

You have to wonder if these portraits hung at Maplecroft and if Emma took them when she left Lizzie in 1905.  Anyway….as to her other stuff, read these:

So we can begin to understand how so much of it got scattered when Bailey most likely sold them in his store.

I sure would like to see that photo of Emma “with a girlfriend at church bazaar”  Maybe it’ll be in Parallel Lives).

(Scanned documents from the Swansea Historical Society)

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3 Comments

Posted by on August 14, 2013 in Descendents & Relations, Swansea

 

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3 responses to “What Happened to Emma’s Stuff?

  1. lissi

    July 5, 2011 at 9:25 PM

    thanks for posting this i do enjoy blog

     
    • phayemuss

      July 7, 2011 at 6:15 PM

      Thank you. 🙂

       
  2. phayemuss

    March 20, 2017 at 2:31 PM

    Reblogged this on Tattered Fabric: Fall River's Lizzie Borden and commented:

    Last posted in 2011 – The Gardner connection is essential to understanding Lizzie and Emma.

     

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