Monday, September 3, 2018

Two Photographs from the Francis & Tripp Families of New Bedford, Massachusetts: Prudence Devoll (Tripp) Francis; Cynthia Francis

Photographs of two women from the Francis and Tripp families of New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Shown above is Prudence Devoll (Tripp) Francis (1802-1888), wife of  Abraham Francis (1807-1885), whom she married about 1836.  She may have been the same Prudence D. Tripp who married Joseph Cushman (1801-1836) in 1828.

For some reason, the identification on the reverse of the photograph mentions "great grandfather".  Whether this is because the photograph was intended for great grandfather or the writer meant to write "great grandfather's wife" or other reason, I can't say.

Prudence was born June 26, 1802 [possibly at New Bedford, Massachusetts, according to a compilation a record made later in Massachusetts, Compiled Birth, Marriage and Death Records, 1700-1850.  She was the daughter of Philip Tripp and Meribah (Devoll) Tripp.  Prudence died in 1888 and is buried in the Peckham West Cemetery at New Bedford, Massachusetts, with her husband Abraham, who predeceased her in 1885.

Cynthia Francis is the sitter in the other photograph, taken by the Green studio of 767 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Since the two photographs were found together, I'm assuming that Cynthia was the Cynthia H. Francis who born in 1841, the daughter of Abraham Francis and Prudence Devoll (Tripp) Cushman Francis.

That Cynthia married John H. Clark, son of John and Lucretia Clark, at New Bedford, Massachusetts, on October 23, 1862, according to a record in the database Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910.  Cynthia died on July 20, 1910 at Westborough, Massachusetts, and is buried in the Pine Grove Cemetery there.

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