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Elizabeth Covington DuFief
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Birth: Sep., 1814
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Death: Mar. 16, 1909
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

Elizabeth du Fief was the second child of Cherubim and Mary Margaret (Fowler) du Fief. She was the sister of Mary Margaret (duFief) Fowler Dodds, John L. Dufief and Jane (duFief) Fowler. Her oldest sister is buried in Rockville. Her brother and youngest sister are buried, with their families, at Oak Hill Cemetery. Her mother was buried in the Pettit Family vault at Holy Rood cemetery. The burial site of her father is unknown.

"There died In Washington the other day a Miss Elizabeth Du Fief, aged 96, who had had an eventful career, or, rather, she lived in an eventful period, but she herself lived above the storm clouds. She lived in the house in which she was born and died peacefully there. A year ago the site was selected for a school house, and the Government tried to buy the land at a fabulous sum, but the old lady said she would not sell. Then the land was condemned, and she was given $33,000 for the site, but she would not move, and they could not pull the house down with her in it. She said she wanted to see the flowers bloom in the old-fashioned garden once more, and they let her remain, but the flowers are not blooming yet and she is gone. The house and grounds, quaint, low, rambling buildings with a tangle of an old garden with lilacs, syringas, honeysuckles, wisteria and all the old fashioned vines, stand at least 15 feet above the grade of the asphalted street. The street was graded 20 years or more ago and asphalted, but the old house toppling on top of the mound has stood till now. It will be torn down soon. Miss Du Fief was not an old maid. She married and didn't live happily so she went back to her old home and took back her maiden name. Although she was in sight of three street car lines she never rode on one in her life. She abominated them and gas and electricity. She said a carriage and horses with candles and sometimes coal oil were good enough for her." ---the National Tribune, April 1, 1909, Washington News, p.5, column 1

"Funeral rites for Miss Elizabeth Du Fief, who died at her home, 1030 Twelfth street northwest, Tuesday night, will be held this morning at 10 o'clock. Services will be conducted by Rev. Father McGuigan, of St. Patrick's church, and interment, which is to be private, will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Miss Du Fief was ninety-five years old, and had spent most of her life in Washington. For half a century she lived in the old house known as Rose Cottage, at Twelfth and L streets north-west." --The Washington Herald, March 19, 1909, p.5, column 5.
Family links: 
  Mary Margaret Fowler Dufief (1780 - 1865)
  Mary M DuFief Dodds (1812 - 1891)*
  Elizabeth Covington DuFief (1814 - 1909)
  John L. Dufief (1815 - 1877)*
  Jane Susan Dufief Fowler (1819 - 1904)*
*Calculated relationship
Mount Olivet Cemetery
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Created by: Tracy Family
Record added: Jul 09, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 54733767
Elizabeth Covington DuFief
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Elizabeth Covington DuFief
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