Monday, July 20, 2009

Orphan Photo #25

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This CDV is of Theodosia Currier, who was a teacher at Miss Buckingham’s School.  It was taken about 1896-1899 in Canton, Ohio. (All information was written on the back.)

I wasn’t able to find Theodosia in a quick search on Ancestry (and by quick I mean that I did spend two hours!!).  But it’s such an interesting photograph that I intend to keep looking to see if I can identify any family that would love to take ownership.



Lori E

Well I don't know what happened to my first comment so thought I would try again with a second one.

Okay more info. Mary T is married to Augustus A Healy by 1920. Her father Albert H Currier is living with them. (father in law of head of household)
1920 United States Federal Census > New York > Kings > Brooklyn Assembly District 1 > District 5

Brett Payne

From the New York Times 13 Apr 1915 [article]:

The marriage is announced of A. Augustus Healy, President of the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, and Miss Mary Theodosia Currier, daughter of the Rev. Dr. Albert Henry Currier, emeritus professor of theology at the Oberlin Theological Seminary, Oberlin, Ohio, which took place in that city on Saturday. The report of the marriage came as a surprise to Mr. Healy's friends in Brooklyn. He is 65 years old. His first wife was Miss Elizabeth Bradley of Washington, D.C., and they were married in 1875. She died abroad three years ago. For a number of years Miss Currier had charge of the fine arts department in Boston Library and for a number of years was reference librarian in Oberlin College Library. She is a graduate of Oberlin College. Mr. and Mrs Healy are now on a Western tour. They will visit the San Francisco Exposition.

Brett Payne

The following obituary is from "The Quarterly Journal of the New York Historical Association," Vols. 1 (1919)-6 (1925) on The Internet Archive:

Aaron Augustus Healy, born in Brooklyn June 26, 1850, son of Aaron and Elizabeth Weston Healy, died at his summer home in Cold Spring-on-the-Hudson September 28, 1921. His first wife was Elizabeth Bradley, of Washington ; his second wife was Mary Theodosia Currier, of Oberlin, Ohio. The latter and his son, Henry W. Healy, of Maplewood, New Jersey, survived him. He was educated at the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute. In 1919 he received the degree of doctor of laws from Oberlin College. He was at one time a manufacturer and dealer in leather under the firm name of A. Healy & Sons, New York. He was first vice-president of the Central Leather Company until 1910 and thereafter continued as one of its directors. He was also a director of the Nassau National Bank of Brooklyn. For some years before his death he had not been actively engaged in business. Mr. Healy was an Independent Democrat and from 1893 to 1897 was collector of internal revenue for the eastern district of New York. He was president of the board of trustees of the Brooklyn
Institute of Arts and Sciences ; a director of the Brooklyn Academy of Music; a member of the Art Commission of the City of New York. His clubs were the Rembrandt, Century, Hamilton, Reform, City, National Arts. By the will of Mr. Healy $120,000 was left to the Brooklyn Academy of Arts and Sciences, of which he had been president for twenty-five years. Of this bequest $100,000 was to be invested and the income expended in the purchase of works of art; $20,000 was to be used in the fiurtherance of work in the botanical and educational departments of the Institute. The Institute received an additional bequest of twenty paintings to be selected by it from Mr. Healy's private collection. Packer Institute received a bequest of $5,000 for its endowment fund.

Brett Payne

A report of the death of Mary Theodosia Healy is given in the St Petersburg Times of 23 June 1940 [Article courtesy of Google Newspapers]:

Body of Woman found in Bayou by Brother
Her body found floating face downward in shallow water near the seawall at Coffee Pot drive and Twenty-third avenue northeast, Mrs. Mary Theodosia Healy, 69, winter resident from Tolland, Conn., met death late yesterday afternoon when she apparently fainted while walking along the waterfront near her home and toppled into the bayou. A.H. Currier, a brother with whom Mrs. Healy resided at 2300 Brevard road, discovered the tragedy shortly after 5 o'clock when he went to the water's edge to search for her after his sister failed to return home for dinner ... Mrs. Healy, who came here with her brother last December, had been in ill health most of the winter. Shortly after her arrival she suffered a heart attack and had been confined to her bed for two months ... Mrs. Healy first came here in 1917 and had been a winter visitor for most of the seasons since that time. She was the widow of A. Augustus Healy who died 20 years ago. She had planned to leave here in two weeks for her home in Tolland. Mrs. Healy lived for a while in Brooklyn where she became a director of the Brooklyn art museum, a post she maintained until her death. She was also a member of the Episcopal church of Rockville, Conn. She is survived by her brother and one niece, Miss Theo Currier, who is now in the city. The body was taken to The Palms Memorial where funeral arrangements will be completed.

Brett Payne

I found what I think is her in the 1880 US Federal Census, in Estes Street, Lynn, Essex MA, although she is listed as a boy with the name Theo. M. Currier. However, everything else seems correct. She is 9 years old, and her father is Albert H. Currier, a clergyman.


Wow, Brett! I'd say you've found her. What a terrible fate she met. Thanks for all the information!

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