|Birth: ||Oct. 3, 1830|
|Death: ||Aug. 13, 1896|
BICKNELL, AMELIA D., youngest of five children of Christopher and Chloe (Carpenter) Blanding, was born at the Blanding homestead in Rehoboth, Oct. 3. 1830. Her home education was that of a farmer's daughter. Her school education was primarily in the district school of the neighborhood, supplemented by academic studies at Attleboro Academy and Norton Female Seminary, all of which, coupled with excellent natural abilities, fitted her for teaching, to which she devoted herself very successfully for at least five years in the district schools of Rehoboth and Norton. She joined the Congregational Church of Rehoboth in 1855.
Miss Blanding married Thomas W. Bicknell, Principal of the High School at Rehoboth Village, Sept. 5, 1860. They resided four years at Bristol, R.I., where Mr. Bicknell was Principal of the High School and where their daughter Martha Elizabeth was born. After residing for some years at Providence and West Barrington, R.I., the home of the family was at Harvard St., Dorchester, Mass., from 1875 to 1894.
Mrs. Bicknell died at the family summer home at Linekin, Maine, Aug. 13, 1896. Her life was fruitful in good works; gen- erous by nature, she gave herself and her possessions to help all in her power. As a teacher she was faithful and thorough. As a Bible teacher she was a winning instructor, having large classes at Bristol, Barrington and Dochester. She was deeply interested in Foreign Missions and was President of the Dorchester Branch of the W. B. F. M. She instructed classes of young ladies in mission studies and cheered the hearts of missionaries in China and Africa by sending them letters and boxes of useful articles. At home no needy cause or person went from her door unaided. In the founding of the Harvard Congregational Church at Dorchester she gave generously of time, labor and money, and her home was the center of many charitable undertakings.
A memorial rose window in the Harvard Street Meeting-house was her contribution in honor of her daughter Martha, dying at the age of five years. The Blanding Public Library in Rehoboth was founded by Mrs. Bicknell in honor and memory of her parents. She was buried in the Bicknell family ground at Princes Hill, Barrington, R.I.
Christopher Blanding (1783 - 1873)
Chloe Carpenter Blanding (1792 - 1872)
Thomas Williams Bicknell (1834 - 1925)
Princes Hill Burial Ground
Rhode Island, USA
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