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Helen Curtis Hervey (1872–1923)

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

Helen Curtis Hervey was born 7 May 1872 in New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts to James W. Hervey and Elizabeth R. Nickerson.1 Helen had one known sibling, Walter, who died at the of 10 when Helen was a toddler.2 In her childhood, Helen lived with her parents at 210 County Street in New Bedford and Helen attended Parker Street Grammar School.3

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Helen attended New Bedford High School and was a member of the Plantagenets society in 1887. She is pictured third from left in the photo.4

“New Bedford High School Plantagenets in 1887, New Bedford, MA”; 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 Plantagenets in 1887, New Bedford, MA”; photograph held by the New Bedford Free Public Library photograph collection, New Bedford, Massachusetts; published online at Digital Commonwealth Massachusetts Collection Online.

Helen graduated from New Bedford High School in 1890.5

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.

After high school, Helen taught school and lived in New Bedford with her parents.6

Helen hosted friends at her home and, on at least two occasions, Helen was a bridesmaid in her cousins’ weddings; in 1893 at the marriage of Helen Manton Warren and Edward Nichols Slade and in 1895 at the marriage of Lucia Hervey Slade and George W. Bliss.7

“Helen Hervey Hosts Halloween Party,” newspaper article, The Evening Standard (New Bedford, Massachusetts), 1 Nov 1888, p. 4, col. 5.
“Helen Hervey Hosts Halloween Party,” newspaper article, The Evening Standard (New Bedford, Massachusetts), 1 Nov 1888, p. 4, col. 5.
"Slade–Warren," marriage announcement, Fall River Daily Evening News (Fall River, Massachusetts), 22 June 1893, p. 8, col. 1.
“Slade–Warren,” marriage announcement, Fall River Daily Evening News (Fall River, Massachusetts), 22 June 1893, p. 8, col. 1.

Helen also paid a visit to Lucia Hervey Slade Bliss in 1910.8

"Westport, Miss Helen Hervey Visits Mrs. George Bliss, newspaper article, Fall River Daily News (Fall River, Massachusetts), 20 Aug 1910, p. 5, col. 3.
“Westport, Miss Helen Hervey Visits Mrs. George Bliss, newspaper article, Fall River Daily News (Fall River, Massachusetts), 20 Aug 1910, p. 5, col. 3.
"Pathway of Roses, Pretty Spectacle at the Bliss-Slade Nuptials," newspaper article, The Fall River Daily Herald (Fall River, Massachusetts), 12 June 1895, p. 8, col. 2.
“Pathway of Roses, Pretty Spectacle at the Bliss-Slade Nuptials,” newspaper article, The Fall River Daily Herald (Fall River, Massachusetts), 12 June 1895, p. 8, col. 2.

On 8 October 1910, Helen married George I. Macy in New Bedford.9

“Macy-Hervey,” marriage announcement, The Evening Standard (New Bedford, Massachusetts), 19 Oct 1910, p. 18, col. 3.
“Macy-Hervey,” marriage announcement, The Evening Standard (New Bedford, Massachusetts), 19 Oct 1910, p. 18, col. 3.

Helen’s mother, Elizabeth R. Nickerson Hervey, died in 1919, and George and Helen lived with her father, James, following her mother’s death.10

“Elizabeth R. Hervey,” funeral notice, The Evening Standard (New Bedford, Massachusetts), 12 May 1919, p. 4, col. 4.
“Elizabeth R. Hervey,” funeral notice, The Evening Standard (New Bedford, Massachusetts), 12 May 1919, p. 4, col. 4.

Helen Curtis Hervey Macy died at the age of 51 on 14 July 1923 in New Bedford and is buried in Rural Cemetery in New Bedford.11

"Helen C. H. Macy," death notice, Fairhaven Star (Fairhaven, Massachusetts), 20 July 1923, p. 8, col. 1.
“Helen C. H. Macy,” death notice, Fairhaven Star (Fairhaven, Massachusetts), 20 July 1923, p. 8, col. 1.

Helen’s father, James Walter Hervey, died on 2 December 1926.12

George I. Macy died on 17 August 1937, also in New Bedford.13

"George I. Macy," obituary, The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts), 18 Aug 1937, p. 10, col. 8.
“George I. Macy,” obituary, The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts), 18 Aug 1937, p. 10, col. 8.

Endnotes

1. New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, Births Register 1872, vol. 4, p. 101, no. 140, Helen C. Hervey, 7 May 1872. Parents: James W., born in New Bedford, and Elizabeth R. Nickerson, born in New Bedford. Father’s occupation: Teller.
Note: Name originally recorded as Hellen; note on page reads “Helen (clerical error)”

Middle name of Curtis 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, Helen Curtis Hervey.

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2. New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, Deaths Register 1875, vol. 4, p. 31, no. 291, Walter E. Hervey, 8 June 1875. Place of death: Purchase St, New Bedford. Age: 10 years, 4 months, 5 days. Cause of death: Scarlet Fever. Born in New Bedford. Parents: James W. and Lizzie B.

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3 1880 U.S. census, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 111, page 22, dwelling 201, family 280, James W. Hervey household.
Address: 210 County Street
– James W. Hervey, age 42, born in Massachusetts, assistant cashier and teller in bank
– Elizabeth R., wife, age 38, born in Massachusetts
– Helen C., age 8, born in Massachusetts
– Theresa Leonard, age 23, servant

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. “New Bedford High School Plantagenets in 1887, New Bedford, MA”; 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. 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, Helen Curtis Hervey.

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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6. 1900 U.S. census, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 184, page 11B, dwelling 144, family 247, James W. Hervey household.
Address: 578 County Street
– James W. Hervey, age 64, born Feb 1838 in Massachusetts, life insurance agent
– Elizabeth R., wife, age 57, born July 1842 in Massachusetts, 2 children born, 1 living
– Helen C., daughter, age 27, single, born May 1873 in Massachusetts, Student (Teacher)
– Mary B, step mother, age 81, widowed, born Dec 1818 in Massachusetts

1910 U.S. census, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 194, ward 3, sheet 15B, dwelling 294, family 415, James W. Hervey household.
Address: 578 County Street
– James W. Hervey, age 72, married 47 years, born in Massachusetts, own income
– Elizabeth R., wife, age 72, married 47 years, born in Massachusetts, 2 children born, 1 living
– Helen C., daughter, age 37, born in Massachusetts, teacher at public schools

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7. “Slade–Warren,” marriage announcement, Fall River Daily Evening News (Fall River, Massachusetts), 22 June 1893, p. 8, col. 1.

Also, “Pathway of Roses, Pretty Spectacle at the Bliss-Slade Nuptials,” marriage announcement, The Fall River Daily Herald (Fall River, Massachusetts), 12 June 1895, p. 8, col. 2.

Also, “Helen Hervey Hosts Halloween Party,” newspaper article, The Evening Standard (New Bedford, Massachusetts), 1 Nov 1888, p. 4, col. 5.

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8. “Westport, Miss Helen Hervey Visits Mrs. George Bliss,” newspaper article, Fall River Daily News (Fall River, Massachusetts), 20 Aug 1910, p. 5, col. 3.

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9. New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, Marriage Register 1910, p. 320, no. 892, George Irving Macy–Helen Curtis Hervey, 8 Oct 1910.
Groom: George Irving Macy, age 50, second marriage, widower. Born in New Bedford.  Occupation overseer. Parents: Frederick [Macy] and Helen Duffy.
Bride: Helen Curtis Hervey, age 38, first marriage. Born in Fairhaven. Parents: James W. [Hervey] and Elizabeth R. Nickerson.

Also, “Macy-Hervey,” marriage announcement, The Evening Standard (New Bedford, Massachusetts), 19 Oct 1910, p. 18, col. 3.

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10. New Bedford, Bristol County, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Standard Certificate of Death, no. 167, Elizabeth R. Hervey, 11 May 1919. Birth: 21 July 1841, New Bedford, Massachusetts. Married. Age: 77 years, 9 months, 20 days. Parents: John W. Nickerson and Mary G. Chase. Burial: Rural Cemetery, 14 May 1919.

Also, 1920 U.S. census, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 131, ward 3, sheet 12A, dwelling 236, family 338, James W. Hervey household.
Address: 578 County Street
– James W. Hervey, age 81, widowed, born in Massachusetts
– George I. Macy, son-in-law, age 63, married, born in Massachusetts, cotton broker
– Helen H. C., daughter, age 47, born in Massachusetts

Also, “Elizabeth R. Hervey,” funeral notice, The Evening Standard (New Bedford, Massachusetts), 12 May 1919, p. 4, col. 4.

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11. Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Fairhaven, Bristol County, Massachusetts, standard certificate of death, no. 180, Helen C. H. Macy, 14 July 1923.  Age: 51 years, 2 months, 7 days. Married. Spouse: George I. Macy. Birthplace: New Bedford. Parents: James W. Hervey, born in New Bedford, and Elizabeth R. Nickerson, born in New Bedford. Burial: Rural, New Bedford, 18 July 1923.

Also, Find A Grave, memorial 233081117, Helen Curtis Hervey Macy (1872–1923), Rural Cemetery, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts; no headstone photo.

Also, “Helen C. H. Macy,” death notice, Fairhaven Star (Fairhaven, Massachusetts), 20 July 1923, p. 8, col. 1.

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12. United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933, no. 346689, James W. Hervey, death 3 Dec 1926. Service, Capt A, 3 Mass Cav.

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13. “George I. Macy,” obituary, The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts), 18 Aug 1937, p. 10, col. 8.

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Citing this page: Kimberli Faulkner Hull, author, “Helen Curtis Hervey,” Cool Adventures (https://cooladventures.com/collection/helen-curtis-hervey-1872-1923/ : posted 2021).


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