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Ruth Emma Pease (1871 – 1965)

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ohn O’Neil, photographer (New Bedford, Massachusetts), Ruth E. Pease, ca. 1890; privately held by the Faulkner-Hull Collection.
John O’Neil, photographer (New Bedford, Massachusetts), Ruth E. Pease, ca. 1890; privately held by the Faulkner-Hull Collection.

Ruth Emma Pease was born 10 June 1871 in New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts to James H. Pease and Lucinda C. Perry.1

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In her childhood, Ruth lived with her parents and brother, James, at 242 County Street in New Bedford.2 Ruth attended Parker Street Grammar School, then New Bedford High School, graduating in 1890.3

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, Ruth attended the Training School for Teachers in New Bedford, graduating in June 1892 with several of her high school classmates.4

"Superintendent's Report, The Training School for Teachers," Annual Report of the Public Schools of New Bedford, Mass. 1892, June 1892 graduating class.
“Superintendent’s Report, The Training School for Teachers,” Annual Report of the Public Schools of New Bedford, Mass. 1892, June 1892 graduating class.

Ruth’s first teaching appointment was to Harrington Training School in 1892, where she made $400 per year.5 She soon transferred to Cedar Grove Street Elementary, while also teaching at the Evening Drawing School at Merrimac Street.6

In 1893, Ruth visited Evelyn M. Slocum in Dartmouth, the sister of Ruth’s then-future husband, Albert.7

"Miss Ruth Pease Visiting Miss Evelyn M. Slocum, Dartmouth," newspaper article, Fall River Globe (Fall River, Massachusetts), 11 Aug 1893, p. 4, col. 3.
“Miss Ruth Pease Visiting Miss Evelyn M. Slocum, Dartmouth,” newspaper article, Fall River Globe (Fall River, Massachusetts), 11 Aug 1893, p. 4, col. 3.

Ruth’s father, James Henry Pease, died just before Christmas in 1895 at the age of 59.8 He is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in New Bedford.9

“James H. Pease,” obituary, Fall River Daily Evening News (Fall River, Massachusetts), 23 Dec 1895, p. 4, col. 4.
“James H. Pease,” obituary, Fall River Daily Evening News (Fall River, Massachusetts), 23 Dec 1895, p. 4, col. 4.

Ruth and Albert Wood Slocum were married on 12 July 1899 in New Bedford.10

“Married, Albert W. Slocum–Miss Ruth E. Pease,” newspaper notice, The Evening Standard (New Bedford, Massachusetts), 16 Sept 1899, p. 4, col. 4.
“Married, Albert W. Slocum–Miss Ruth E. Pease,” newspaper notice, The Evening Standard (New Bedford, Massachusetts), 16 Sept 1899, p. 4, col. 4.

Their son Horace, was born in 1899 in New Bedford, just before they moved to Billerica, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, where Albert worked as an evening overseer at a woolen mill.11 The family next moved to Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, where their daughter, Gladys, was born in 1906.12 Ruth, Albert, and their children moved to New Hampshire in the 1910s, where Ruth and Albert remained for the majority of the remainder of their lives.13

Ruth’s brother, James Earle, a dentist, died on 2 March 1931 in New Bedford.14

In 1934, Ruth and Albert traveled to Bermuda, returning to Boston on 30 May 1934 on the S.S. Lady Drake.15

“Canadian National Liner Lady Drake Arrives at Commonwealth Pier,” newspaper article, The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts), 31 May 1934, p. 3, col. 1
“Canadian National Liner Lady Drake Arrives at Commonwealth Pier,” newspaper article, The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts), 31 May 1934, p. 3, col. 1

Ruth’s mother, Lucinda C. Perry Pease died in 1935 in New Bedford.16

Albert Wood Slocum died at the age of 71 on 18 January 1939 in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida, shortly after moving from Rochester, New Hampshire.17 Albert is buried in Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts.18

"Albert W. Slocum Dies in Broward," obituary, The Miami News (Miami, Florida), 19 Jan 1939, p. 3B, col. 3.
“Albert W. Slocum Dies in Broward,” obituary, The Miami News (Miami, Florida), 19 Jan 1939, p. 3B, col. 3.

Following Albert’s death, Ruth lived in Rochester, Strafford County, New Hampshire.19 Ruth Emma Pease Slocum died 4 November 1965 in Rochester, Strafford County, New Hampshire.20

"Mrs. Ruth Slocum," obituary, Union Leader (Manchester, New Hampshire), 7 Nov 1965, p. 10, col. 3.
“Mrs. Ruth Slocum,” obituary, Union Leader (Manchester, New Hampshire), 7 Nov 1965, p. 10, col. 3.

Ruth and Albert’s son, Horace Wood Slocum, died at the age of 68 on 6 October 1968 in Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina.21 Horace is buried in Grandview Memorial Park in Rock Hill, York County, South Carolina.22

“Horace Wood Slocum,” obituary, The Herald (Rock Hill, South Carolina), 7 Oct 1968, p. 8, col. 3.
“Horace Wood Slocum,” obituary, The Herald (Rock Hill, South Carolina), 7 Oct 1968, p. 8, col. 3.

Ruth and Albert’s daughter, Gladys C. Slocum Hunt Leith, died on 9 October 1997 in Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts.23


Endnotes

1. New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, Births Register 1871, p. 94A, no. 483, Ruth Emma Pease, 10 June 1871. Place of birth: New Bedford. Parents: James H. Pease, born in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, and Lucinda C. Perry, born in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Father’s occupation: Storekeeper.

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2. 1880 U.S. census, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 108, page 77 C, dwelling 153, family 223, James H. Perry household.
Address: 242 County Street
– James H. Perry, age 43, furniture dealer, born in Massachusetts
– Lucinda P., age 44, wife, born in Massachusetts
– James E., age 16, son, born in Massachusetts
– Ruth E., age 8, daughter, born in Massachusetts

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3. 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, “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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4. “Superintendent’s Report,” Annual Report of the Public Schools of New Bedford, Mass. 1892, (New Bedford : Mercury Publishing Company, 1893), p. 76, June 1892 graduating class of the Training School for Teachers.
– Charlotte May AllenLizzie Maria BriggsHarriet Love Cornell, Ethel Washburn Denham, Dora Amanda DeWolfJulia Crocker Gifford, Mary Luther Hillman, Harriet Newton Hyatt, Annie May King, Ruth Emma Pease, Julia Mason Pilling, Fannie Matthews Spooner.

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5. “Superintendent’s Report,” Annual Report of the Public Schools of New Bedford, Mass. 1892, (New Bedford : Mercury Publishing Company, 1893), pages 80, 95, Ruth E. Pease.
– p. 80, Appointments, Ruth E. Pease, Training school.
– p. 95, List of Teachers, Harrington Training School, Ruth E. Pease, assistant, 658 County street, $400.

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6. “Superintendent’s Report,” Annual Report of the School Committee of the City of New Bedford for the Year 1893, (New Bedford : Evening Journal Company, 1894), pages 54, Ruth E. Pease.
– p. 54, Transfers, Ruth E. Pease, from Harrington to Cedar Grove Street
– p. 107, List of Teachers, Cedar Grove Street, 13, Ruth E. Pease, 658 County street, $425

Also, “Superintendent’s Report,” Annual Report of the School Committee of the City of New Bedford for the Year 1894, (New Bedford : E. Anthony and Sons, 1895), pages 108, 112, Ruth E. Pease.
– p. 108, Teachers List, Cedar Grove Street, Grade 1, Ruth E. Pease, assistant, 659 County street, $450.
– p. 112, Evening Drawing School, Merrimac Street, Ruth E. Pease, $3.00 per week.

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7. “Miss Ruth Pease Visiting Miss Evelyn M. Slocum, Dartmouth,” newspaper article, Fall River Globe (Fall River, Massachusetts), 11 Aug 1893, p. 4, col. 3.

Also, 1880 U.S. census, Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 80, page 400 A, dwelling 57, family 50, Holder C. Slocum household.
– Holder C. Slocum, age 42, sailor, born in Massachusetts
– Charlotte L., age 39, wife, born in Massachusetts
– Albert W., age 13, son, born in Massachusetts
– Ernest L., age 11, son, born in Massachusetts
– Evelyn M., age 7, daughter, born in Massachusetts

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8. New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, Deaths Register 1895, vol. 7, p. 106, no. 1115, James H. Pease, 22 Dec 1895. Age: 58 years, 8 months. Retired. Parents: Abisha and Phebe. Burial: Oak Grove.

Also, “James H. Pease,” obituary, Fall River Daily Evening News (Fall River, Massachusetts), 23 Dec 1895, p. 4, col. 4.

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9. Find A Grave, memorial 174275119, James Henry Pease (1837–1895), Oak Grove Cemetery, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts; no headstone photo.

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10. New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, Marriage Register 1899, p. 236, no. 343, Albert W. Slocum–Ruth E. Pease, 12 July 1899.
Groom: Age 32; occupation textile designer; born in Westport; first marriage; parents: Holden C. [Slocum] and Charlotte Gifford.
Bride: Age 28; occupation teacher, born in New Bedford; first marriage; parents: James L. [Pease] and Lucinda L. Perry.

Also, “Married, Albert W. Slocum–Miss Ruth E. Pease,” newspaper notice, The Evening Standard (New Bedford, Massachusetts), 16 Sept 1899, p. 4, col. 4.

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11. 1900 U.S. census, Billerica, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 668, sheet 245A, dwelling 1, family 1, Martha Balmforth household.
– Martha Balmforth, widow, age 63, born Dec 1836 in England, boarding house keeper
– Albert W. Slocum, boarder, age 33, born Feb 1867 in Massachusetts, married 1 year, woolen mill overseer of evening
– Ruth P., boarder, age 29, born June 1871 in Massachusetts, married 1 year, 1 child born, 1 living
– Horace W., boarder, age 5 months, single, born Dec 1899 in Massachusetts
– Carl W. Mortenson, boarder, age 26, single, born Aug 1874 in Maine, woolen mill
– Walter Currish, boarder, age 23, single, born Oct 1876 in Massachusetts

Also, New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, Births Register 1899, vol. 10, p. 6, no. 1991, Horace W. Slocum, 15 Dec 1911. Parents: Albert W. [Slocum], born in Westport, and Ruth E. Pease, born in New Bedford. Father’s occupation: Mill overseer.

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12. Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Births Register 1906, p. 61, no. 47, Gladys Slocum, 9 Nov 1906. Parents: Albert W Slocum, born in Westport, Massachusetts, and Ruth E. Pease, born in New Bedford. Father’s occupation: Superintendent. Residence: 4 Astor Street.

Also, 1910 U.S. census, Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 873, page 93, dwelling 134, family 142, Albert W. Slocum household.
– Albert W. Slocum, age 43, married 11 years, born in Massachusetts
– Ruth E., wife, age 38, married 11 years, born in Massachusetts, 2 children born, 2 living
– Horace W, son, age 10, born in Massachusetts
– Gladys C, daughter, age 3, born in Massachusetts

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13. 1920 U.S. census, Rochester, Strafford County, New Hampshire, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 174, ward 1, sheet 7 B, dwelling 134, family 142, Albert W. Slocum household.
Address: 16 Main Street
– Albert W. Slocum, age 52, born in Massachusetts, woolen mill
– Ruth E., wife, age 48, born in Massachusetts
– Horace W, son, age 20, single, born in Massachusetts
– Gladys C, daughter, age 13, born in Massachusetts

Also, 1930 U.S. census, Rochester, Strafford County, New Hampshire, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 20, sheet 1A, dwelling 4, family 5, Albert W. Slocum household.
Address: 16 Main Street
– Albert W. Slocum, age 63, born in Massachusetts, woolen mill
– Ruth P., wife, age 58, born in Massachusetts

Also, 1940 U.S. census, Rochester, Strafford County, New Hampshire, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 9-39, sheet 62B, family [blank], Ruth E. Slocum household.
Address: 26A Charles Street
– Ruth E. Slocum, age 68, widow, born in Massachusetts

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14. Massachusetts Grand Lodge of Masons Membership Cards 1733–1990, Star in the East Lodge, James Earle Pease. Birth: 31 Oct 1863, New Bedford. Death: 2 Mar 1931. Occupation: Dentist.

Boston, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Death Index, 1931-1935, New Bedford, Bristol County, James E. Pease, vol. 59, p. 199.

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15. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, Massachusetts, 1891-1943, S.S. Lady Drake, Bermuda to Boston, departure 28 May 1934, arrival 30 May 1934, manifest list p. 4, no. 17-18, Albert and Ruth Slocum.
– no. 17, Slocum, Albert, age 67, male, married, birth 2 Feb 1867, Westport, Massachusetts
– no. 18, Slocum, Ruth, age 62, female, married, birth 10 June 1871, New Bedford, Massachusetts

Also, “Canadian National Liner Lady Drake Arrives at Commonwealth Pier,” newspaper article, The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts), 31 May 1934, p. 3, col. 1.

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16. Boston, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Death Index, 1931-1935, New Bedford, Bristol County, Lucinda C. (Perry) Pease, 1935, vol. 64, p. 120.

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17. Albert W. Slocum Dies in Broward,” obituary, The Miami News (Miami, Florida), 19 Jan 1939, p. 3B, col. 3.

Also, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida, State Board of Health, no 231, Albert Wood Slocum, 18 Jan 1939. Birth: 2 Feb 1867, Westport, Massachusetts. Age: 71 years, 11 months, 16 days. Resident of Broward County: 6 weeks. Residence: 209 S. E. 4th Ave. Married. Spouse: Ruth E. Occupation: Retired woolen mill agent. Parents: Holder C. Slocum and Charlotte Gifford. Burial: 19 Jan 1939, New Bedford, Massachusetts.

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18. Headstone reads: Albert W. Slocum / Feb 2, 1867 – Jan 18, 1939 / His Wife / Ruth E. Pease / June 10, 1871 – [blank].
Find A Grave, memorial 114022435, Albert Wood Slocum (1867–1939)South Dartmouth Cemetery in Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts with headstone photo.

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19. 1940 U.S. census, Rochester, Strafford County, New Hampshire, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 9-39, sheet 62B, family [blank], Ruth E. Slocum household.
Address: 26A Charles Street
– Ruth E. Slocum, age 68, widow, born in Massachusetts

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20. State of New Hampshire, certificate of death, no. 65-6471, Ruth E. Slocum, 4 Nov 1965. Place of death: Rochester, Strafford County, New Hampshire.

Also, “Mrs. Ruth Slocum,” obituary, Union Leader (Manchester, New Hampshire), 7 Nov 1965, p. 10, col. 3.

Note: The headstone in South Dartmouth Cemetery does not list a death date for Ruth. Ruth’s obituary states she was buried in Evergreen Cemetery; no burial was found on Find A Grave for Ruth in Evergreen.
Headstone reads: Albert W. Slocum / Feb 2, 1867 – Jan 18, 1939 / His Wife / Ruth E. Pease / June 10, 1871 – [blank].
Find A Grave, memorial 114023658, Ruth E. Pease Slocum (1871–1965), South Dartmouth Cemetery in Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts with headstone photo.

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21. Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, Certificate of Death, no. 68 017882, Horace Wood Slocum, 6 Oct 1968.  Birth: 16 Dec 1899, Massachusetts.  Age: 68. Married. Spouse: Dorothy M. Parents: Albert Slocum and Ruth E. Peace. Burial: 7 Oct 1968, Grandview Memorial, Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Also, “Horace Wood Slocum,” obituary, The Herald (Rock Hill, South Carolina), 7 Oct 1968, p. 8, col. 3.

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22. Find A Grave, memorial 234198546, Horace Wood Slocum (1899–1968), Grandview Memorial Park, Rock Hill, York County, South Carolina; no headstone photo.

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23. Boston, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Death Index, 1970-2003, Haverhill, Essex County, no. 048349, Gladys S. Leith, 9 Oct 1997. Birth: 7 Nov 1906, Massachusetts.

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Citing this page: Kimberli Faulkner Hull, author, “Ruth Emma Pease Slocum (1869 – 1965),” Cool Adventures (https://cooladventures.com/collection/ruth-emma-pease-slocum-1869-1965/ : posted 2021).


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