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Lydia Jane Totten Aitkins
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Birth: Nov. 1, 1827
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Mar. 8, 1852
Rural Valley
Armstrong County
Pennsylvania, USA

The source for Lydia Jane's birth and death dates is her parents' family Bible. The stone is very worn and difficult to read.

According to family legend, Lydia Jane's health was delicate; she may have had a bad heart. Doctor William Aitkins fell in love with her and wanted to marry her, despite her poor health, and despite the fact that he was almost as old as her parents. He built a house in Rural Valley for her that was entirely on one story, so she would not have to climb stairs.

Lydia and William Aitkins had two sons:

- John Lysander Aitkins, born about 1848, and
- William Totten Meigs Aitkins, born about 1851.

There are three small, badly worn stones next to Lydia's memorial:

- Isabella, relationship unknown, perhaps a daughter or stepdaughter.
- Jennie, relationship unknown, perhaps a daughter or stepdaughter.
- Emma Aitkens (about 1858-?), child of Dr. William Aitkins and his second wife, Rebecca Carothers.

 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Hamlet Totten (1802 - 1891)
  Mary C Craig Totten (1798 - 1866)
 
 Spouse:
  William M Aitken (1807 - 1872)
 
 Children:
  William Totten Meigs Aitken (1851 - 1918)*
 
 Siblings:
  John C Totten (1825 - 1923)*
  Lydia Jane Totten Aitkins (1827 - 1852)
  Sarah Ann Barrett Totten Ewing (1833 - 1898)*
  Elizabeth Christy Totten Hill (1836 - 1889)*
  Mary Craig Totten Stewart (1840 - 1910)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: This stone is very worn and hard to read. It is next to her parents' memorial.
 
Burial:
Rural Valley Cemetery
Rural Valley
Armstrong County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
Created by: Sara Stewart
Record added: Oct 14, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 78414142
Lydia Jane <i>Totten</i> Aitkins
Added by: Sara Stewart
 
Lydia Jane <i>Totten</i> Aitkins
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Added by: Kelly Marshall
 
 
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- Dana Caruthers Norton
 Added: Jul. 7, 2013

- Dana Caruthers Norton
 Added: Jun. 20, 2012
With love.
- Sara Stewart
 Added: Oct. 14, 2011
 
 
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