|Birth: ||Sep. 21, 1809|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Jan. 11, 1899|
First husband was Butler Denham who died in 1841.
Eunice Lovejoy was a remarkable woman in her own right, but her place in history is overshadowed by her more public husband, Owen Lovejoy.
Eunice Storrs was born in Trenton, near the city of Utica, New York in 1809. Her parents were Joshua and Mary Perkins Storrs, and her grandfather, Rev. John Storrs of Mansfield, Connecticut, was a chaplain in the Continental Army. Eunice married Butler Denham when she was twenty-six years old, and came to Princeton in 1838 where she lived the rest of her life.
Butler Denham died in 1841, and Eunice married Owen Lovejoy two years later. The Denham's land and other assets always remained the property of Eunice—the title never passed to Owen Lovejoy, even though the farm became known as the Lovejoy Homestead after Owen and Eunice were married. (The three Denham girls also went by the name of Lovejoy, although Owen never legally adopted them.) Butler Denham's will required that his estate be used to support his daughters, and as early as the 1850s, the estate was forced to sell some parcels of land to pay for the daughters' school expenses.
By all accounts, Eunice Lovejoy was a congenial and sensible woman. She successfully handled the business of the farm during her husband's absences in Washington, D.C., and was also a good parent to her children.
After Owen Lovejoy's death, Eunice remained at the farm with several of her daughters and her son. She died in January 1899 at the age of 89 and is buried in Oakland Cemetery in Princeton, Illinois.
Butler Denham (1805 - 1841)
Owen Lovejoy (1811 - 1864)
Lucy Storrs Denham (1837 - 1907)*
Mary B Denham (1840 - 1913)*
Sarah Moody Lovejoy French (1844 - 1881)*
Owen Glendower Lovejoy (1846 - 1900)*
Ida Taylor Lovejoy (1848 - 1909)*
Sophia Lovejoy Dickinson (1849 - 1938)*
Elijah Parish Lovejoy (1850 - 1931)*
Charles Perkins Lovejoy (1852 - 1914)*
Note: She and Owen are actually buried in Block OP, lot 64; the Lovejoy lot is 77 next to it. the large monumnet is on lot 77
Plot: Block OP, lot 64
Created by: Har37x
Record added: Jan 15, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 83462388
Added: Jul. 17, 2015