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Lillie Ann Heap (1872–1897)

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

Lillie Ann Heap was born on 24 December 1872 in New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts to William H. Heap and Adelaide E. Hunter.1

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During her childhood, Lillie lived with her parents and siblings, Clara and Charles, at 178 State Street in New Bedford.2 Lillie celebrated her 13th birthday at a surprise party with about 30 of her friends.3

“Birthday Surprise, 13th Birthday of Miss Lillie A. Heap,” newspaper article, The Evening Standard (New Bedford, Massachusetts), 17 Dec 1885, p. 4, col. 4.
“Birthday Surprise, 13th Birthday of Miss Lillie A. Heap,” newspaper article, The Evening Standard (New Bedford, Massachusetts), 17 Dec 1885, p. 4, col. 4.

In 1889, Lillie attended the Young People’s Society of Christian Endeavour Society sessions with several of her high school classmates, including Dora DeWolf, Laura M. Benjamin, and Gertie Tripp.4

"Christian Endeavor Afternoon Session Attendees," newspaper article, Fall River Daily Evening News (Fall River, Massachusetts), 21 Sep 1889, p. 3, col. 1.
“Christian Endeavor Afternoon Session Attendees,” newspaper article, Fall River Daily Evening News (Fall River, Massachusetts), 21 Sep 1889, p. 3, col. 1.

Lillie attended Parker Street Grammar School, then New Bedford High School, graduating 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.

Following high school, Lillie worked as a bookkeeper and lived at 164 State Street in New Bedford.6

On 27 May 1896, Lillie married Frederick G. Dews in New Bedford.7

Sadly, Lillie Ann Heap Dews died at the age of 24 on 5 January 1897 from pregnancy complications. Lillie is buried in New Bedford.8

"Lillie A. Dews," death notice, The Fall River Daily Herald (Fall River, Massachusetts), 6 Jan 1897, p. 8, col. 3.
“Lillie A. Dews,” death notice, The Fall River Daily Herald (Fall River, Massachusetts), 6 Jan 1897, p. 8, col. 3.

Frederick moved to Boston and was living at 21 Claremont at the turn of the century.9 He married again in 1910 in Boston to Ada Barton Drennan.10 Frederick Gifford Dews died on 11 February 1944.11

“Frederick Gifford Dews,” funeral notice, The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts), 13 Feb 1944, p. 22, col. 4.
“Frederick Gifford Dews,” funeral notice, The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts), 13 Feb 1944, p. 22, col. 4.

Lillie’s father, William Henry Heap, died in 1909 in New Bedford at the age of 59.12 He is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in New Bedford.13

“Veteran Conductor Dead, Demise of William H. Heap, New Bedford Railroad Man,” obituary, Fall River Daily Evening News (Fall River, Massachusetts), 26 May 1909, p. 6, col. 2.
“Veteran Conductor Dead, Demise of William H. Heap, New Bedford Railroad Man,” obituary, Fall River Daily Evening News (Fall River, Massachusetts), 26 May 1909, p. 6, col. 2.

Lillie’s mother, Adelaide Elizabeth Hunter Heap, died at the age of 70 on 17 August 1922 in New Bedford.14 She is also buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in New Bedford.15

Lillie’s brother, Charles Francis, died in 1934, and her sister, Clara, never married and died in 1953 in New Bedford.16


Endnotes

1. New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, Births Register 1872, vol. 4, p. 96, no. 28, Lillie A. Heap, 24 Dec 1872. Parents: William H. Heap, born in England, and Adelaid E. Hunter, born in New Bedford. Father’s occupation: Weaver.

Middle name of Ann 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, Lillie Ann Heap.

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2. 1880 U.S. census, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 107, p. 28, dwelling 137, family 198, William A. Heap household.
Address: 178 State Street
– William A. Heap, age 30, born in England, musician
– Addie E. Heap, wife, age 28, born in Massachusetts
– Lillie A. Heap, daughter, age 7, born in Massachusetts
– Clara H. Heap, daughter, age 3, born in Massachusetts
– Charles F. Heap, son, age 8 months born in Massachusetts
– Hannah Chadwick, boarder, age 36, born in England, works in cotton mill
– Marie Hanna, boarder, age 23, born in Ireland, works in cotton mill

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3. “Birthday Surprise, 13th Birthday of Miss Lillie A. Heap,” newspaper article, The Evening Standard (New Bedford, Massachusetts), 17 Dec 1885, p. 4, col. 4.

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4. “Christian Endeavor Afternoon Session Attendees,” newspaper article, Fall River Daily Evening News (Fall River, Massachusetts), 21 Sep 1889, p. 3, col. 1.

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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, Lillie Ann Heap.

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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6. W. A Greenough, complier, 1894 The New Bedford and Fairhaven Directory, (Boston, Massachusetts : W. A Greenough, 1884), p. 288, Lillian A. Heap.
– Heap, Lillian A., bookkeeper, b. 164 State.

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7. New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, Marriage Register 1896, vol. 9, p. 1, no. 236, Frederic G. Dews–Lillie A. Heap, 27 May 1896.
Groom: Frederic G. Dews, student, age 23, born in New Bedford, parents Edwin [Dews] and Emmeline D Howland
Bride: Lillie A. Heap, age 23, born in New Bedford, parents William [Heap] and Adelaide E Hunter.

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8. New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, Deaths Register 1897, p. 286, no. 24, Lillie A. Dews, 5 Jan 1897.  Age 24 years, 22 days. Married. Cause of death: Eclampsia. Death and burial: New Bedford. Parents: William H. Heap, born in England, and Adelaide E. Hunter, born in New Bedford.
Notes: Frederick G. Heap is written under the record; most likely an error for Frederick G. Dews, her spouse. Also, the death record states burial in New Bedford; cemetery unknown.

Also, “Lillie A. Dews,” death notice, The Fall River Daily Herald (Fall River, Massachusetts), 6 Jan 1897, p. 8, col. 3.

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9. 1900 U.S. census, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 1321, ward 12, sheet 1B, dwelling 10, family 10, Fred Dews household.
Address: 21 Claremont
– Fred Dews, age 25, widowed, born Sept 1873 in Massachusetts, wool business

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10. Boston City Hall, Registrars Office, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Certificates of Marriage 1910, vol. 4501-5000, no. 4681, Frederick Gifford Dews–Ada Barton Drennan, 18 Aug 1910.

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11. “Frederick Gifford Dews,” funeral notice, The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts), 13 Feb 1944, p. 22, col. 4.

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12. New Bedford, Bristol County, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Return of a Death, no. 146, William H. Heap, 26 May 1909. Birthplace: England Age: 59 years, 8 months, 18 days. Married. Occupation: Conductor. Parents: John [Heap] and Ann Ogden.

Also, “Veteran Conductor Dead, Demise of William H. Heap, New Bedford Railroad Man,” obituary, Fall River Daily Evening News (Fall River, Massachusetts), 26 May 1909, p. 6, col. 2.

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13. Find A Grave, memorial 180173572, William Henry Heap (1849–1909), Oak Grove Cemetery, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts; no headstone photo.

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14. New Bedford, Bristol County, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Standard Certificate of Death, no. 346, Adelaide E. Heap, 17 Aug 1922. Birth: 6 Apr 1852, New Bedford, Massachusetts. Widowed. Age: 70 years, 4 months, 11 days. Mother: May Hunter, born in Northern Ireland. Burial: Oak Grove Cemetery, 20 Aug 1922.

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15. Find A Grave, memorial 234030139, Adelaide Elizabeth Hunter Heap (1852–1922),
Oak Grove Cemetery, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts; no headstone photo.

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16. Massachusetts Grand Lodge of Masons Membership Cards 1733–1990, Eureka Lodge, Charles Francis Heap. Birth: 16 Oct 1879, New Bedford. Death: 12 Jan 1934.

Also, Boston, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Death Index, 1951-1955, New Bedford, Bristol County, Clara H. Heap, 1953, vol. 73, p. 81.

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Citing this page: Kimberli Faulkner Hull, author, “Lillie Ann Heap (1872–1897),” Cool Adventures (https://cooladventures.com/collection/lillie-a-heap-1872-1897/ : posted 2021).


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