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Marie Bonafonte (#46532310)
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Lorraine Bieringer & Elizabeth Underhill
I cared for Elizabeth S. Underhill, who was a lifelong friend of Lorraine Bieringer. I remember ESU telling me that when Lorraine married her German husband, during WWI, she, temporarily, lost her American citizenship.

Lorraine's nicknames for ESU were 'Sliz' and 'Elizabeth, the Virgin Queen.'

I attended Lorraine's 100th birthday and presented her with proclamations from various elected officials from the President on down.

This is an article I wrote on ESU. By the way, her oldest sister, Dr Ruth Murray Underhill (1883-1984) was a noted Anthropologist. Her memoirs have just been published.

The 1997 mega-hit motion picture, TITANIC, evokes fond memories of a beloved Ossining resident, who we had the great pleasure to know. Elizabeth Underhill, who at the age of 19 could have played the real life version of the character played by Kate Winslet. She, too, was traveling with her parents through Europe in the late winter of 1911-12 when they booked passage on the Titanic. Fate intervened when her father, because of a last minute change of itinerary, postponed their journey home. Days later, the impressionable young woman watched the chillingly poignant scene when the captain of her vessel tossed a wreath over the side in memory of those who had perished. Elizabeth knew she could have been one of them. At that moment, she resolved to make the most of her life. True to her word, Elizabeth set out on a course that would see her transcend the role of the American woman of her time. The rebellious daughter of an aristocratic family, Elizabeth was born on November 21, 1892 in what was then the Village of Sing Sing. Her father's family could trace their American roots to Captain John Underhill who settled in the New World in 1630. The fashionable and trendy 'Murray Hill' in New York City was named after her mother's family. Elizabeth graduated from the Ossining School for Girls in 1911. In 1917, she was appointed the Ossining Suffrage President and campaigned, along with Narcissa Cox Vanderlip, for its passage in New York State. She represented her hometown in two marches along New York City's famed Fifth Avenue. This experience prompted Elizabeth to enroll in law school and in 1921, she received her L.L.D. from New York University. After the death of her mother in 1919, Elizabeth became the lady of the house, dividing her time between accompanying her father on his travels and taking part in a host of organizations. By World War II, Elizabeth had crossed the Atlantic Ocean some 49 times and circumnavigated the globe three times. At home, she was involved in the Ossining Women's Club, Ossining Historical Society, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the First Presbyterian Church of Ossining and the New York State Republican Club. She broke tradition by becoming the first woman bank director in Westchester County history when she was named to the governing board of the (then) First National Bank (across from the Municipal Building). She led a rich and fulfilling life, proving that a woman could find happiness outside marriage and the home. Elizabeth was well into her eighties when she read an article written by her minister's wife who categorized all 'unmarrieds' as 'disappointed.' Elizabeth was incensed and fired off a saucy letter: "My dear Mrs. Bollinger: I have traveled extensively in my lifetime and have met people you could only dream about. Please be assured that I am, and never was, disappointed as a result of my unmarried state!" With a devilish wink in her eye, she acknowledged she had 'fun in her life.' It was this author's pleasure to know this remarkable lady who died on November 7, 1982, two weeks shy of her 90th birthday. As I sit and watch my home video of 'TITANIC,' my thoughts turn to Elizabeth and how she almost became a part of that tragedy. I will be forever grateful to her father for changing his plans. PS -- Elizabeth's brother, Dr. Robert Lindlay Murray Underhill, 1889-1983 (a professor of Philosophy at Harvard) was married to the daughter of Robert Lincoln O'Brien (1865-1955), who, at one point was Secretary to President Grover Cleveland during his second term, and later was Editor of the Boston Herald newspaper.

William Joseph Reynolds
Added by presidential historian on Dec 17, 2014 2:14 PM
I see that you have added Cronin's that were buried in Saint John's Cemetery in Middlesex, Conn. I was wondering where you got your info. (I did not see photos of the headstones). I may have a connection to these Cronin's.

Saint Johns Cemetery
Middlesex County
Connecticut, USA
Added by MWeakley on Dec 10, 2014 2:30 AM
Jill McCarthy
RE: William M. Hall
Hi Marie,

First, thank you for your help with William and Jennie Hall! I had put out a request for a photo of Aaron and Anna Hall (related) I guess not realizing that they were also your creations. One generation is on one side, and the next on the opposite side of the same monument. You were so kind as to transfer the younger generation and I wondered if you would be willing to transfer Anna and Aaron as well?

Jill McCarthy
Added by Jill McCarthy on Dec 05, 2014 5:28 PM
Frey #29416834 Duplicate
I have deleted my duplicate. Sorry to say that I am unable to transfer photo as I deleted it once had posted it. I will try to obtain another photo for you in the Spring.
Added by msimonds on Dec 02, 2014 8:35 PM
Jill McCarthy
The Hall Family in White Plains
Hi Marie,

I am back again... you had recently taken photos of Jennie Gregory and William Moses Hall headstones for me and I thank you so. This is the next generation back - at your leisure, would you be able to add or send to me photos of the headstones of Anna and Aaron Hall, and sister, Edith? I am on the other coast and doubt I will make it there in person anytime in the near future...thank you for whatever you are able to do for me. Many thanks, Jill McCarthy
Added by Jill McCarthy on Dec 01, 2014 12:25 AM
shannon wallace
Thank you so much
Thanks for taking wonderful photos of the Wallace and Walker memorials in Sleepy Hollow. I hope to visit in person someday.
Added by shannon wallace on Nov 29, 2014 5:11 PM
Jill McCarthy
Photo request....
Thank you so much for taking the time to do this for me. The very best wishes to you and yours for a wonderful holiday.

Added by Jill McCarthy on Nov 26, 2014 2:54 PM
Pat Coleman
Rochette Family
Thank you so much for the transfer.That was a nice thing you did.Thank you for all of your hard work and God Bless You on all of your journeys.Have a blessed day.Pat
Added by Pat Coleman on Nov 24, 2014 12:20 PM
RE: Caleb G Wildey
I don't think you need new glasses. Some of those stones are really in bad shape and even looking at them live it's difficult to tell dates and/or names.

I was taking notes as my wife was taking the pictures and as we're going through them, we still have absolutely no idea who they belong to or what they say.

Thanks for all you do.
Added by wharfrat on Nov 23, 2014 10:16 PM
Ann K. King Tebow
Tiebout Adams Family
Hello! Thank you so much for making the Tiebout Adams transfers.

Please stay safe and warm.

Added by Ann K. King Tebow on Nov 23, 2014 8:31 PM
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