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Abby Maria Hemenway
Birth: Oct. 7, 1828
Ludlow
Windsor County
Vermont, USA
Death: Feb. 24, 1890
Chicago
Cook County
Illinois, USA

Author and publisher. She attended Ludlow's Black River Academy, became a teacher, and decided to publish Vermont literature. Refused backing from established sources, in 1858 she accomplished her initial venture on her own, producing "Poets and Poetry of Vermont", and this success encouraged her to publish "the Vermont Quarterly Gazetteer". She planned to produce histories of every Vermont town, which advanced history as a social science by pioneering the concept of using local authors to chronicle events in their cities and towns and compiling their work for publication. From 1867 to 1882 Hemenway published four volumes of the "Vermont Historical Gazetteer", and her sister published a fifth in 1891, but the material Hemenway collected for planned sixth and seventh volumes was later destroyed in a fire. The five published volumes of the "Vermont Historical Gazetteer", which include local histories on 11 of Vermont's 14 counties, are still used as the primary historical reference on Vermont in the 18th and 19th Century. Hemenway's unique place as a groundbreaking female publisher and her innovative contributions to the field of history have been recently rediscovered due to a biography, "The Passion of Abby Hemenway", by Deborah Pickman Clifford. (bio by: Bill McKern) 
 
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 Parents:
  Daniel Sheffield Hemenway (1795 - 1870)
  Abigail Dana Barton Hemenway (1798 - 1866)
 
 Siblings:
  Rufus Nelson Hemenway (1823 - 1881)*
  Abigail D. Hemenway (1826 - 1828)*
  Abby Maria Hemenway (1828 - 1890)
  Carrie Elizabeth Hemenway Page (1834 - 1919)*
  Daniel D Hemenway (1840 - 1917)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Pleasant View Cemetery
Ludlow
Windsor County
Vermont, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Bill McKern
Record added: May 17, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19422334
Abby Maria Hemenway
Added by: Bill McKern
 
Abby Maria Hemenway
Added by: Bill McKern
 
Abby Maria Hemenway
Added by: Bill McKern
 
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Thank you for your valued contribution to Vermont History. You will always be remembered.
- Ruth Anne
 Added: Mar. 31, 2014

- Mellissa Lake Co. Illinois
 Added: Oct. 7, 2013
I appreciate your hard work despite much adversity.
- Stephen Payne
 Added: Jun. 20, 2013
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