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Helena Willett Alger Farrand
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Birth: Nov. 27, 1870
Frostburg
Allegany County
Maryland, USA
Death: May 3, 1929
Upper Montclair
Essex County
New Jersey, USA

She was one of the three daughters of Charles Alger and Helena Willett Freeland. They also had a son Charles Francis Alger, the youngest child, who was about 1 and 1/2 years old when his mother died.

Helena was born in Frostburg, Maryland on November 27, 1870 where her father was managing an iron producing plant. Soon afterwards, her father was employed at Albany, New York where her sister Sarah Palmer Alger was born on January 10, 1875. The family then moved to Hudson, New York and lived in the house purchased in 1876 by the mother of Charles Alger in 1876. It was there that the fourth child of Charles and Helena Willett (Freeland) Alger was born in October of 1877. That last child was Charles Francis Alger. Helena's mother would tragically die of pneumonia at age 32 on February 5, 1879 at the house of her mother-in-law. The widower Charles Alger never remarried.

Helena was confirmed at Christ Episcopal Church in Hudson on April 4, 1887 at the age of 16.

Helena married Frank Farrand at same church on October 14, 1896. They had three sons. The oldest son was known as Charles Francis Farrand at birth but by age of two was referred to as Carl Alger Farrand. He was born July 1, 1897. The second son was Palmer Chatterton Farrand, born in 1903 and the youngest son was Frank Freeland Farrand, my father, born June 3, 1908 at Manhattan, New York.

The first two sons were born in Hudson, New York at the Alger house on Allen Street, but my father was born in New York, New York at a hospital since the pregnancy was considered high risk.

The family spent time both in the Dominican Republic where my grandfather Frank Farrand managed sugar plantations and time in New York and then New Jersey.

My grandparents owned at one time a fine house at 222 Roseland Avenue in Essex Fells, Essex County, New Jersey which now has the #228. My father adored his mother and I'm not sure if he ever forgave his father for leaving her before her death because he had fallen in love with a much younger woman whom he married after my grandmother's death in 1929. My grandmother died at Upper Montclair, Essex County, New Jersey at the house where her two sisters were living. Carl Alger Farrand had died suddenly and unexpectedly in 1923 at age 26 at the Roseland Avenue House of a heart problem. Helena was survived by her husband and her sons Palmer and Frank.

Helena was buried at the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn in a plot purchased by her husband's father, Joseph Steevens Farrand, Sr. Her oldest son's body had been moved there in 1924 and later her son Palmer and her husband Frank would also be buried there. Her youngest son, Frank Freeland Farrand, my father, was buried at a cemetery at White Sulphur Springs, Sullivan County, New York 
 
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 Parents:
  Charles Alger (1836 - 1897)
  Helena Willett Freeland Alger (1846 - 1879)
 
 Spouse:
  Frank Farrand (1866 - 1957)*
 
 Children:
  Carl Alger Farrand (1897 - 1923)*
  Palmer Chatterton Farrand (1903 - 1939)*
  Frank Freeland Farrand (1908 - 1984)*
 
 Siblings:
  Grace Coffey Alger Groat (1867 - 1942)*
  Helena Willett Alger Farrand (1870 - 1929)
  Sarah Palmer Alger (1875 - 1949)*
  Charles Francis Alger (1877 - 1930)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Green-Wood Cemetery
Brooklyn
Kings County (Brooklyn)
New York, USA
Plot: Old Lot 12369, Section 28
 
Created by: Barbara Doxey
Record added: Nov 06, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6908607
Helena Willett <i>Alger</i> Farrand
Added by: Barbara Doxey
 
Helena Willett <i>Alger</i> Farrand
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Added by: Russ Dodge
 
 
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- Jim Bradley
 Added: Jun. 5, 2013

- Hey Marie
 Added: Feb. 22, 2004
Your son Frank absolutely adored you and thought about you many times after your death. He also greatly missed his two older brothers, Carl Alger Farrand and Palmer Chatterton Farrand, who died at early ages as adults.
- Your grand-daughter Barbara
 Added: Nov. 21, 2002
 
 
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