Actions
Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Chiverses in:
 • Decatur Cemetery
 • Decatur
 • DeKalb County
 • Georgia
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Sponsor This Memorial!
Thomas Holley Chivers
Learn about sponsoring this memorial...
Birth: Oct. 18, 1809
Washington
Wilkes County
Georgia, USA
Death: Dec. 18, 1858
Decatur
DeKalb County
Georgia, USA

Poet. He was born on a plantation in Georgia, today marked by a state historical marker. He trained as a physician at Transylvania University in Kentucky but practiced medicine only for a short time before turning to writing. His poetry and literary reviews were published in Philadelphia, New York, and elsewhere. He published eleven volumes of poetry, plays, and pamphlets and wrote a biography of Edgar Allan Poe, his friend, which was not published until the 20th century. His poetry collections include "The Path of Sorrow" (1832), "Eonchs of Ruby" (1851) and "Virginalia" (1853). One of his most successful was "The Lost Pleiad," which was published in New York in 1845. Chivers offered to financially support Poe while the latter ventured into starting his own literary journal, but only if he moved to Georgia. After the death of Poe, Chivers worked to defend him from his critics. However, he soon accused Poe of plagiarizing from his own works, even going so far as to say "The Raven" was based on one of his own poems. Today, scholars agree that each was influenced by the other in some way. In his personal life, Chivers was left by his first wife (a cousin he married when he was 18) while she was pregnant. He was never granted a divorce but the state of Georgia voided the marriage after five years of being estranged. He later married Harriet Hunt of Springfield, Massachusetts, but all four of his children with Harriet died within six years of one another. Many of his poems focus on loss, particularly on the loss of children, and some are still being anthologized in modern poetry collections today, including his well-known "Lily Adair." Chivers is noted as among the earliest American writers to depict the culture and folklore of Native Americans. Writers Rudyard Kipling, Charles Algernon Swinburne, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti cited Chivers as an influence and Margaret Mitchell, author of "Gone with the Wind," intended to write a biography of him shortly before her death. 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Harriet Hunt Chivers (1819 - 1888)*
 
 Children:
  Thomas Holley Chivers (1853 - 1892)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Here Lie The Remains Of Thomas H. Chivers, M.D.
Of His Excellence As A Lyric Poet
His Works Will Remain A Monument For Ages
After This Temporary Tribute Of Love
Is In Dust Forgotten.
This Soul Winged Its Flight Heavenward
December 19th, 1858
Aged 52 Years
 
Burial:
Decatur Cemetery
Decatur
DeKalb County
Georgia, USA
 
Maintained by: Midnightdreary
Originally Created by: Scott and Priscilla Butl...
Record added: Oct 06, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 30376409
Thomas Holley Chivers
Added by: Midnightdreary
 
Thomas Holley Chivers
Cemetery Photo
Added by: Eric Cross
 
 
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.


- Terrance Crooms
 Added: Dec. 20, 2012
You are remembered today.
-Anonymous
 Added: Dec. 18, 2009
Your poetry is haunting yet beautiful. "The flowers, they were radiant with glory,And shed such perfume on the air,That my soul, now to want them, feels sorry,And bleeds for my Lily Adair—For my much-loved Lily Adair—For my long-lost Lily Adair—For my bea...(Read more)
- Midnightdreary
 Added: May. 29, 2009
 
 
 Advertisement

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service