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Betty Smith Finch
Birth: Dec. 15, 1896
Brooklyn
Kings County (Brooklyn)
New York, USA
Death: Jan. 17, 1972
Shelton
Fairfield County
Connecticut, USA

Author. Though she wrote 4 novels and 30 plays, Betty Smith is remembered most for her novel "A Tree Grows In Brooklyn." She was born Elizabeth Lillian Wehnerin the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn, New York. She would base A Tree Grows In Brooklyn loosely on her life when she was growing up in a tenement housing area there. After the tree in the project's courtyard was cut down in her youth she vowed to plant a tree everywhere she lived. She died in Shelton, Connecticut, of pneumonia on January 17, 1972, and was buried in her adopted home town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (bio by: Lisa) 
 
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  Robert V. Finch (1909 - 1959)
  Joseph Piper Jones (1906 - 1993)*
 
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Betty Smith
Finch
Author of
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
1896 1972
 
Note: Author of A Tree Grows In Brooklyn
 
Burial:
Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery
Chapel Hill (Orange County)
Orange County
North Carolina, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Lisa
Record added: Feb 24, 2005
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Betty <i>Smith</i> Finch
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Betty <i>Smith</i> Finch
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