|Birth: ||Jan. 27, 1817|
|Death: ||Apr. 3, 1889|
Note: birth date calculated from age at death in her death record. This is the same date found in the Draper Genealogy.
Mary Ann's maiden name was Collins, but her provenance remains in question. She was twice married, first to Alfred Merrill of Portland, Maine, who died only a few years after their marriage. Her first husband had a portrait made of her, and this portrait was donated by her granddaughter, Mrs. Jeannette Rockwood Long, to the Portland Museum. From a professional photograph of this portrait, this memorialist had another portrait made in the late 1980s, a prized possession.
The manner in which Mary Ann met her second husband was told to this memorialist by Mrs. Long in the early 1980s. Mr. Draper was a dentist, and the young widow Mary Ann Merrill came to his office needing some teeth fixed. Mr. Draper was absolutely smitten with the beautiful Mary Ann, and after following her to her home was able to arrange for a proper introduction. They were eventually married in Boston on 1 May 1847, and in his diary Draper made this entry for his wedding day: "A Beautiful day. I picked my May flower in Winter St. Church at 11 oclock. Went to Springfield with her."
The Drapers had four children, one of whom died as a youngster, and the other three growing to adults and marrying. Her youngest child, Ella, was born when Mary Ann was 44 years old. Though Draper was successful in his profession, he suffered from lung disease during his life. The Drapers made frequent trips to Florida for health and entertainment, and were living in Jacksonville (Duvall Co.) when the 1880 census was taken.
Alford Merrill (1811 - 1843)
Daniel Fisher Draper (1822 - 1874)
Mary Adeline Draper Cobb (1848 - 1932)*
William Burgess Draper (1852 - 1939)*
Daniel Francis Draper (1853 - 1856)*
Ella Frances Draper Rockwood (1861 - 1952)*
Mount Auburn Cemetery
Created by: Stan Arnold
Record added: May 11, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 110349291