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Eliza "Ada" Earle Hacker
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Birth: Jun. 8, 1807
Worcester County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: May 23, 1846
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA

Educator. Poet. Abolitionist. She was the principal of the Mulberry Grove Boarding School, in Leicester, Massachusetts. She later moved to Philadelphia and contributed articles to periodicals under the pseudonym "Ada," a pseudonym she shared with Sarah Forten. She also wrote poetry on an abolitionist theme published in The Liberator and the Pennsylvania Freeman.

While the following may not be strictly "kosher" in terms of FAG guidelines for biographies, it does capture the "flavor" of a nineteenth century funeral. Among the mourners are James and Lucretia Mott.

Letter to Sarah H. Earle, Care of J. M. Earle, Worcester, Massachusetts, from her husband, J. M. Earle, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 28, 1846.

Philada 5 Mo 28, 1846

My Dear Wife,

I arrived in New York yesterday morning in good season for the early train for this city, and found sister Lucy on board. We arrived here at about past 12, and just after we had started in a carriage for Thomas's were hailed by L. Mifflin, who came with a message for us to go to Brother Hackers, but we did not think best to change our course. Pliny came with a carriage for us & we went immediately after dinner.
Our meeting with Brother H. was deeply affecting. The corpse had a quiet and pleasant expression on the countenance, similar to that which Eliza had when her friends were about her. It was exceedingly natural, with the exception of the lower jaw & under lip, which appeared to be slightly more fallen in than were in life. The funeral was very large, the house being literally filled with people, and something like 25 coaches accompanied the remains to their final resting place in Laurel Hill cemetery where William has taken a lot between those of Isaac and Henry. The graves of our dear sister and of Lucy Hacker are side by side - that of Nancy Shoue a short distance from them.
Among the kind and sympathizing friends who accompanied us to the grave, I noticed Cousin J. & L. Mott & E. Yarnall, Mary Brown & one of her sons, E Davis & wife etc. In the evening, Wm. spoke very feelingly, in conversation with me, on the subject of his trials, how, whenever he had fixed matters to his mind, so that he might be at ease and enjoy the good things of this life, something had always occurred to break in upon his arrangements and destroy his hopes.
Isaiah Hacker came & sat by me and expressed very strongly the deep attachment which every branch of the family had formed for Eliza and passed a eulogium on her character, such as nothing but strong conviction and heartfelt sincerity could dictate But I must close or be too late for the mail I cannot be at home before next week & Lucy will come with me.
Thine affectionately J. M. Earle
Laurel Hill Cemetery
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Section M Lot 6
Created by: rjschatz
Record added: Jan 20, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13074715
Eliza Ada <i>Earle</i> Hacker
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