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Elizabeth “Lizzie” Heppenstall (1871 – 1955)

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John O’Neil, photographer (New Bedford, Massachusetts), Lizzie Heppenstall, ca. 1890; privately held by the Faulkner-Hull Collection.
John O’Neil, photographer (New Bedford, Massachusetts), Lizzie Heppenstall, ca. 1890; privately held by the Faulkner-Hull Collection.

Elizabeth “Lizzie” Heppenstall was born on 14 August 1871 in Woonsocket, Providence County, Rhode Island to Joseph Heppenstall and Mary Ann Teagle.1 Elizabeth’s sister, Mary May, was born in 1874; their mother died near the time of Mary May’s birth.2 In 1880, Lizzie and Mary May, were each living with different grandparents in Woonsocket; Lizzie with her mother’s parents and Mary May with her father’s parents.3

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By 1889, Lizzie and her father, Joseph, were living in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Lizzie’s father was working as a superintendent at Oneko Mills and lived at 1017 Acushnet Avenue.4 Lizzie had her photo taken by John O’Neil in New Bedford, circa 1890.5 It is unknown if Lizzie’s sister Mary May joined them in Massachusetts; Mary May married Baxter Arnold in Woonsocket, Rhode Island in 1895.6

Lizzie attended Parker Street Grammar School, then New Bedford High School, graduating in 1890.7

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.

Elizabeth married William Henry Atwood on 9 December 1894 in New Bedford; William was also a graduate of New Bedford High School and had served as salutatorian of the class of 1890.8

"Lottie May Allen Valedictorian of New Bedford Class of 1890," newspaper article, Fall River Daily Evening News (Fall River, Massachusetts), 10 Apr 1890, p. 8, col. 6.
“Lottie May Allen, Valedictorian, W H. Atwood, Salutatorian, of New Bedford Class of 1890,” newspaper article, Fall River Daily Evening News (Fall River, Massachusetts), 10 Apr 1890, p. 8, col. 6.
“William H. Atwood–Miss Elizabeth Heppenstall,” marriage notice, The Evening Standard (New Bedford, Massachusetts), 10 Dec 1894, p. 5, col 3.
“William H. Atwood–Miss Elizabeth Heppenstall,” marriage notice, The Evening Standard (New Bedford, Massachusetts), 10 Dec 1894, p. 5, col 3.

Elizabeth and William were soon parents to a son, James Campbell, born 23 July 1895 in New Bedford.9 In 1900, the family was living at 32 Sycamore Street and William was working as a clerk at the Twist Drill Company.10 Tragically, William died at the age of 31 in 1903.11

“William H. Atwood,” death notice, The Evening Standard (New Bedford, Massachusetts), 3 April 1903, p. 4, col. 4
“William H. Atwood,” death notice, The Evening Standard (New Bedford, Massachusetts), 3 April 1903, p. 4, col. 4

In 1910, Elizabeth and James were living with Elizabeth’s father-in-law, William W. Atwood, at 244 Pleasant Street in New Bedford.12 By 1920, William, Elizabeth, and James had moved to Oakland, Alameda County, California, and were living near Elizabeth’s sister, May, and her family.13

William Atwood died at the age of 76 on 30 December 1921 in Oakland.14

"William A. Atwood," obituary, Oakland Tribune (Oakland, California), 1 Jan 1922, p. X-7, col. 6.
“William A. Atwood,” obituary, Oakland Tribune (Oakland, California), 1 Jan 1922, p. X-7, col. 6.

Elizabeth and May’s father, Joseph Heppenstall, died in 1926 in Rhode Island and is buried in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.15 Following William Atwood’s death, Elizabeth lived with her sister, May, and May’s family, and then alone, in Oakland.16 May Heppenstall Arnold St. John died 11 August 1952.17

Elizabeth Heffenstall Atwood died at the age of 84 on 22 November 1955 in Oakland, California.18


"Elizabeth Atwood," obituary, Oakland Tribune (Oakland, California), 23 Nov 1955, p. 18E, col. 7.
“Elizabeth Atwood,” obituary, Oakland Tribune (Oakland, California), 23 Nov 1955, p. 18E, col. 7.

William and Elizabeth’s son, James Campbell, lived in Oakland throughout his life. James died in 1982 in Alameda County at the age of 87.19

Endnotes

1. State of Rhode Island, 1871 Births, Woonsocket, Providence County, p. 288, Lizzie Heppenstall, 14 Aug 1871. 1st child born to parents. Birthplace: Woonsocket. Parents: Joseph and Mary A. Heppenstall. Father’s occupation: Operative.nce, Rhode Island, Lizzie Heppenstall, 14 Aug 1871. Parents: Joseph Heppenstall and Mary A Teagle Hepenstall.

First name of Elizabeth 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, Elizabeth Heppenstall.

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2. Rhode Island, State Births Index, 1639-1932, Woonsocket, Providence, Rhode Island, Mary Heppenstall, 28 Feb 1874. Parents: Joseph Heppenstall and Mary A Teagle Heppenstall.

Also, California, U.S., Death Index, 1940-1997, Alameda County, May Maude St. John, 11 Aug 1952. Birthdate: 24 Jan 1872, Rhode Island. Parents: Heppenstall and Tengle.

Also, “May Maude St. John,” obituary, Oakland Tribune (Oakland California), 12 Aug 1952, p. E 31, col. 5.

Also, Rhode Island Town Deaths Index, 1639-1932, Woonsocket, Providence, Rhode Island, Mary A. Teagle Heppenstall, 20 Feb 1874. Age: 27. Parents: Thomas and Nancy Teagle.

Also, Headstone reads: Mary A. Heppenstall / Born 1846 / Died 1874 / Elizabeth Teagle / Born 1848 / Died 1852. Find A Grave, memorial 48277121, Mary Ann Teagle Heppenstall (1847-1874), Oak Hill Cemetery, Woonsocket, Providence County, Rhode Island with headstone photo.

Note: It is highly unlikely that baby Mary was born 8 days after her mother, Mary, died (birth record, 28 Feb 1874). Sources for baby Mary’s birth date range from 24 Jan – 28 Feb. As an adult, Mary used the names May Maude and her social security listed a birth date of 24 Jan 1874.

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3. 1880 U.S. census, Woonsocket, Providence County, Rhode Island, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 145, page 2B, dwelling 14, family 21, Thomas Teagle household.
– Thomas Teagle, age 60, born in England
– Nancy Teagle, age 52, wife, born in England
– Eliz. Happenstall, age 8, grandchild, born in Rhode Island

Also, 1880 U.S. census, Woonsocket, Providence County, Rhode Island, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 149, page 5, dwelling 36, family 45, Benjamin Heppenstall household.
– Benjamin Heppenstall, age 59, born in England
– Mary, wife, age 60, born in England
– Hattie S., daughter, age 26, single, born in England
– Flora E., daughter, age 23, single, born in Massachusetts
– Mary M., granddaughter, age 6, born in Rhode Island

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4. W. A Greenough, complier, The New Bedford City Directory, (New Bedford, Massachusetts : W. A Greenough, 1889), p. 228, Joseph Heppenstall.
– Heppenstall, Joseph, superintendent, Oneko Mills, house 1017 Acushnet avenue

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5. John O’Neil, photographer (New Bedford, Massachusetts), Lizzie Heppenstall, ca. 1890; privately held by the Faulkner-Hull Collection.

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6. Woonsocket, Providence County, Rhode Island, Marriage Register 1895, p. 13, Baxter Arnold–May M. Heppenstall, 1 May 1895.

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7. 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, Lizzie Heppenstall.

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

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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8. New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, Marriage Register 1894, vol. 8, p. 99, no. 577, William H. Atwood–Elizabeth Heppenstall, 9 Dec 1894.
Groom: Age 23, occupation clerk, born in New Bedford, first marriage, parents: William W. [Atwood] and Martha C. Rogers.
Bride: Age 23, born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, first marriage, parents: Joseph [Heppenstall] and Mary Teagle.

Also, “Lottie May Allen, Valedictorian, W H. Atwood, Salutatorian, of New Bedford Class of 1890,” newspaper article, Fall River Daily Evening News (Fall River, Massachusetts), 10 Apr 1890, p. 8, col. 6.

Also, 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.

Also, “William H. Atwood–Miss Elizabeth Heppenstall,” marriage notice, The Evening Standard (New Bedford, Massachusetts), 10 Dec 1894, p. 5, col 3.

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9. New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, Births Register 1895, p.254, no. 897, James C. Atwood, 23 July 1895. Parents: William H. [Atwood] and Elizabeth Heppenstall.

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10. 1900 U.S. census, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 184, ward 3, sheet 12B, dwelling 171, family 277, William H. Atwood household.
Address: 32 Sycamore Street
– William H. Atwood, age 28, married 5 years, clerk at Twist Drill Co., born June 1872 in Massachusetts
– Elizabeth, wife, age 28, married 5 years, born Aug 1871 in Rhode Island, 1 child born, 1 child living
– J. Campbell, son, age 4, born July 1895 in Massachusetts

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11. New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, Deaths Register 1903, p. 184, no. 458, William Henry Atwood, 3 April 1903. Age: 31 years, 10 months. Cause of death: Broncho pneumonia, Cardiac dilation. Parents: William W., born in Middleboro, and Martha C. Rogers, born in New Bedford.

Also, “William H. Atwood,” death notice, The Evening Standard (New Bedford, Massachusetts), 3 April 1903, p. 4, col. 4

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12. 1910 U.S. census, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 193, ward 3, sheet 4A, dwelling 80, family 84, William W. Atwood household.
Address: 244 Pleasant Street
– William W. Atwood, age 64, widowed, Justice of the Peace, born in Massachusetts
– Elizabeth, daughter-in-law, age 38, widowed, born in Rhode Island
– James C., grandson, age 14, born in Massachusetts

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13. 1920 U.S. census, Oakland, Alameda County, California, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 43, ward 2, sheet 102A, dwelling 191, family 209, William W. Atwood household.
Address: 888 Thirty-Second Street
– William W. Atwood, age 74, widowed, born in Massachusetts
– James C., grandson, age 25, single, born in Massachusetts
– Elizabeth, daughter-in-law, age 47, widowed, born in Rhode Island

Also, 1910 U.S. census, Oakland, Alameda County, California, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 193, ward 2, sheet 10A, dwelling 221, family 258, Baxter Arnold household.
Address: 826 Thirty-Third Street
– Baxter Arnold, age 41, married 14 years, born in Rhode Island
– May M, wife, age 36, married 14 years, born in Rhode Island, 3 children born, 3 living
– Gladys M., daughter, age 13, born in Massachusetts
– Charles R, son, age 11, born in Rhode Island
– Alice, daughter, age 4, born in California
– Josephine Gilderseive, age 15, border

Note: Baxter Arnold died 10 Dec 1914; Mountain View Cemetery Records state he is buried there. A memorial also exists in the family plot in Rhode Island – this is most likely a cenotaph.

Oakland, Alameda County, California, Mountain View Cemetery Records, 1857-1973, p. 14, burial 12 Dec 1914, Baxter Arnold. Age: 45 years, 10 months, 5 days. Birth: Rhode Island. Death: 10 Dec 1914. Place of death: 826 33rd St. Cause of death: La Grippe. Plot: 45, grave 2238.

Find A Grave, memorial 148860215, Baxter Arnold (1869–1914), Mountain View Cemetery, plot 45, grave 2238, Oakland, Alameda County, California; no headstone photo.

Arnold family headstone reads: Baxter / Born Feb. 5, 1869 / Died Dec 19, 1914.
Find A Grave, memorial 26324968, Baxter Arnold (1869–1914), Union Cemetery, North Smithfield, Providence County, Rhode Islands with headstone photo. [most likely a cenotaph].

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14. California, U.S., Death Index, 1905-1939, Alameda County, California, William W. Atwood, 30 Dec 1921. Birth: 1845. Age: 76.

Also, “William A. Atwood,” obituary, Oakland Tribune (Oakland, California), 1 Jan 1922, p. X-7, col. 6.

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15. Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, Rhode Island State Archives, Return of a Death, no. 14, Joseph Heppenstall, 19 Feb 1926. Place of death: Austin [street], Peace Dale, Washington County, Rhode Island. Birth: 25 Oct 1847, England. Wife: Abbie M. Holland. Parents: Benjamin Heppenstall and Mary Sykes, both born in England. Burial: Union Cemetery, Woonsocket, Rhode Island.

Also, Headstone reads: Heppenstall / Joseph Heppenstall / 1847 – 1926 / His Wife / Abbie M. Holland / 1858 – 1943.
Find A Grave, memorial 193234557, Jospeh Heppenstall (1847–1926), Riverside Cemetery, South Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island with headstone photo.
Note: The Rhode Island Historical Cemeteries Commission website indicates this grave was removed from North Smithfield #7 (Union Cemetery) on 8 June 1926.

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16. 1930 U.S. census, Oakland, Alameda County, California, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 27, sheet 6A, dwelling 78, family 77, Charles St. John household.
Address: 886 30th Street – Charles St. John, age 48, born in California
– May M., wife, age 56, born in Rhode Island
– Lois, daughter, age 18, single, born in California
– Roberta, daughter, age 12, single, born in California
– Elmer, son, age 10, single, born in California
– Elizabeth H. Atwood, sister, age 58, widowed, born in Rhode Island

Also, 1940 U.S. census, Oakland, Alameda County, California, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 61-40, sheet 13A, family 404, Elizabeth Atwood household.
Address: 541-4 39th Street
– Elizabeth Atwood, age 68, widowed, born in Rhode Island

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17. Mt View Cemetery, Oakland, California, Index of Record to Interments, vol. F, Jan 1948–Dec. 1957, May Maude St. John, 11 Aug 1952.
– May Maude St. John, birth 24 Jan 1874, death 11 Aug 1952, vol. 17, p. 142, disposition 66A/641, no. 1/7676-A.

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18. California, U.S., Death Index, 1940-1997, Alameda County, California, Elizabeth Atwood, 22 Nov 1955. Birth: 14 Aug 1871, Rhode Island. Parents: Heppenstall and Teagle.

Also, “Elizabeth Atwood,” obituary, Oakland Tribune (Oakland, California), 23 Nov 1955, p. 18E, col. 7.

Also, Find A Grave, memorial 232673892, Elizabeth Heppenstall Atwood (1871–1955), Chapel of the Chimes Columbarium and Mausoleum, Oakland, Alameda County, California; no headstone photo.

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19. 1940 U.S. census, Oakland, Alameda County, California, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 61-39, sheet 6B, dwelling 209, James E. Atwood household.
Address: 3844
– James W. Atwood, age 33, born in Massachusetts
– Margaret M., wife, age 46, born in Oregon

Also, California, U.S., Death Index, 1940-1997, Alameda County, California, James Campbell. Atwood, 26 Nov 1982. Birth: 23 July 1895, Massachusetts. Mother’s maiden name: Heppenstall.

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Citing this page: Kimberli Faulkner Hull, author, “Elizabeth “Lizzie” Heppenstall Atwood (1871 – 1955),” Cool Adventures (https://cooladventures.com/collection/elizabeth-lizzie-heppenstall-atwood-1871-1955/ : posted 2021).


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