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Alice Maria Purrington (1872–1894)

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Headley and Reed, photographer (New Bedford, Massachusetts), Alice Maria Purrington, ca. 1890; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.
Headley and Reed, photographer (New Bedford, Massachusetts), Alice Maria Purrington, ca. 1890; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.

Alice Maria Purrington was born in 1872 in Auburn, Androscoggin, Maine to Charles E. Purrington and Mary A. Goodenough.1 Alice’s parents had married in January 1872 in New Bedford.2

“Married, Charles E. Purrington–Miss Mary A Goodenough,” newspaper notice, Fall River Daily Evening News (Fall River, Massachusetts),3 Jan 1872, p. 2, col. 6.
“Married, Charles E. Purrington–Miss Mary A Goodenough,” newspaper notice, Fall River Daily Evening News (Fall River, Massachusetts),3 Jan 1872, p. 2, col. 6.

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Alice and her parents lived at 61 Summer Street in New Bedford during her childhood and attended Middle Street Grammar School.3 Alice graduated from New Bedford High School in 1890.4

Annual Report of the School Committee of the City of New Bedford, with the Superintendent's Annual Report, for the Year 1890, (New Bedford : Mercury Publishing Company, 1891), p. 21-23, New Bedford High School Graduating Exercise, 27 June 1890.
Annual Report of the School Committee of the City of New Bedford, with the Superintendent’s Annual Report, for the Year 1890, (New Bedford : Mercury Publishing Company, 1891), p. 21-23, New Bedford High School Graduating Exercise, 27 June 1890.
“New Bedford High School Class of 1890”; photograph held by the New Bedford Free Public Library photograph collection, New Bedford, Massachusetts; published online at Digital Commonwealth Massachusetts Collection Online.
“New Bedford High School Class of 1890”; photograph held by the New Bedford Free Public Library photograph collection, New Bedford, Massachusetts; published online at Digital Commonwealth Massachusetts Collection Online.

Following high school, Alice worked as a cashier and lived at 367 Kempton with her mother, Mary, who worked as a vest maker.5

Alice Maria Purrington died at the age of 22 of Phthisis on 4 December 1894 in New Bedford.6 Alice is buried in Joseph Davis Burial Ground Cemetery in Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts.7

“Funerals, Miss Alice M. Purrington,” obituary, The Evening Standard (New Bedford, Massachusetts), 6 Dec 1894, p. 2, col. 2.
“Funerals, Miss Alice M. Purrington,” obituary, The Evening Standard (New Bedford, Massachusetts), 6 Dec 1894, p. 2, col. 2.

Alice’s mother, Mary A. Goodenough Purrington, died on 18 December 1910 in New Bedford.8 Mary is also buried in Joseph Davis Burial Ground Cemetery in Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusett.9

“Mary A. Purrington,” funeral notice, The Evening Standard (New Bedford, Massachusetts), 20 Dec 1910, p. 4, col. 5.
“Mary A. Purrington,” funeral notice, The Evening Standard (New Bedford, Massachusetts), 20 Dec 1910, p. 4, col. 5.

Alice’s father, Charles E. Purrington, died on 8 July 1916 in Auburn, Androscoggin, Maine.10 Charles is buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Auburn, Maine.11


Endnotes

1. No birth record was found for Alice. Location is listed in death record; year is calculated from age at death. Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, Deaths Register 1894, p. 143, Alice M. Purrington, 4 Dec 1894. [Faint, unreadable note on page written in pencil.] Age: 22. Single. Cause of death: Phthisis pul. Residence, place of death, burial: New Bedford, Dartmouth. Occupation: Bookkeeper. Birthplace: Auburn, Maine. Parents: Charles E. [Purrington], born in Auburn, Maine, and Mary A Goodenough, born in North Dartmouth.

Full name of Alice Maria Purrington listed in Annual Report of the School Committee of the City of New Bedford, with the Superintendent’s Annual Report, for the Year 1890, (New Bedford : Mercury Publishing Company, 1891, p. 23, New Bedford High School Graduating Class of 1890, Alice Maria Purrington.

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2. “Married, Charles E. Purrington–Miss Mary A Goodenough,” newspaper notice, Fall River Daily Evening News (Fall River, Massachusetts),3 Jan 1872, p. 2, col. 6.

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3. 1880 U.S. census, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 111, p. 20D, dwelling 186, family 256, Charles E. Purrington household.
Address: 61 Summer Street
– Charles E. Purrington, age 45, painter, born in Maine
– Mary A, wife, age 37, born in Massachusetts
– Alice M., daughter, age 8, born in Maine

Also, “Admission to the High School,” newspaper articleThe Evening Standard (New Bedford, Massachusetts), 10 July 1886, p. 5, col. 3.

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4. Annual Report of the School Committee of the City of New Bedford, with the Superintendent’s Annual Report, for the Year 1890, (New Bedford : Mercury Publishing Company, 1891, p. 23, New Bedford High School Graduating Class of 1890, Alice Maria Purrington.

Also, “New Bedford High School Class of 1890”; photograph held by the New Bedford Free Public Library photograph collection, New Bedford, Massachusetts; published online at Digital Commonwealth Massachusetts Collection Online.

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5. W. A Greenough, complier, 1893 The New Bedford and Fairhaven Directory, (Boston, Massachusetts : W. A Greenough, 1893), p. 416, Alice and Mary A Purrington.
– Purrington, Alice M. Miss, cashier, 351 Kempton, b. 367 do
– Purrington, Mary A Mrs. vest maker, h. 367 Kempton

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6. New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, Deaths Register 1894, vol. 7, p. 53, no. 1073, Alice M. Purrington, 4 Dec 1894. Age: 22. Single. Cause of death: Phthisis pul. Residence 367 Kempton Street. Burial: Oak Grove Cem. Occupation: Bookkeeper. Birthplace: Auburn, Maine. Parents: Charles E. [Purrington], born in Auburn, Maine, and Mary A Goodenough, born in North Dartmouth.

Also, Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, Deaths Register 1894, p. 143, Alice M. Purrington, 4 Dec 1894. [Faint, unreadable note on page written in pencil.] Age: 22. Single. Cause of death: Phthisis pul. Residence, place of death, burial: New Bedford, Dartmouth. Occupation: Bookkeeper. Birthplace: Auburn, Maine. Parents: Charles E. [Purrington], born in Auburn, Maine, and Mary A Goodenough, born in North Dartmouth.

Also, Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, Additions, and Corrections to Copies of Records of Deaths 1894, p. 107, no. 1, Alice M. Purrington, 4 Dec 1894. Age: 22. Single. Cause of death: Phthisis Pul. Residence, place of death, burial: New Bedford, Dartmouth. Occupation: Bookkeeper. Birthplace: Auburn, Maine.

Also, “Funerals, Miss Alice M. Purrington,” obituary, The Evening Standard (New Bedford, Massachusetts), 6 Dec 1894, p. 2, col. 2.

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7. Headstone reads: Alice M. Purrington / 1872 – 1894
Find A Grave, memorial 112478262, Alice M. Purrington (1872–1894), Joseph Davis Burial Ground Cemetery, Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts with headstone photo.
Note: First death record states burial was to occur in Oak Grove in New Bedford; corrected death record states Dartmouth.

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8. New Bedford, Bristol County, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Standard Certificate of Death, no. 269, Mary A. Goodenough Purrington, 18 Dec 1910. Birth: 20 Mar 1843, Massachusetts. Spouse: Charles. Age: 67 years, 8 months, 28 days. Parents: Ralph E. Goodenough and Alice Mosher. Burial: 22 Dec 1910, Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

Also, “Mary A. Purrington,” funeral notice, The Evening Standard (New Bedford, Massachusetts), 20 Dec 1910, p. 4, col. 5.

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9. Headstone reads: Mary A. Purrington / 1843 – 1910
Find A Grave, memorial 112478236, Mary A. Goodenough Purrington (1843–1910), Joseph Davis Burial Ground Cemetery, Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts with headstone photo.

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10. Auburn, Androscoggin, State of Maine, Record of a Death, Charles E. Purrington, 8 July 1916. Age: 78 years, 6 months, 27 days. Resident: 30 years. Previous residence: Fall River, Massachusetts. Age: 11 Dec 1837. Occupation: Painter. Parents: Ira Purrington and Almira P Snell. Burial: 13 July 1916. Mountain View Cemetery, Auburn, Maine.

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11. Headstone reads: Charles E. / 1837 – 1916
Find A Grave, memorial 43094938, Charles E. Purington (1837–1916), Mountain View Cemetery, Auburn, Androscoggin County, Maine with headstone photo.

“Auburn, Find Bank Books Hidden in Home of Recluse,” newspaper article, Portland Casco Bay Breeze (Portland, Maine), 20 July 1916, p. 1, col. 2.

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Citing this page: Kimberli Faulkner Hull, author, “Alice Maria Purrington (1872–1894),” Cool Adventures (https://cooladventures.com/collection/alice-maria-purrington-1872-1894/ : posted 2021).


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