Albertina May <I>Allen</I> Forrest

Albertina May Allen Forrest

Birth
Akron, Summit County, Ohio, USA
Death
27 Apr 1904 (aged 31)
Seabreeze, Volusia County, Florida, USA
Burial
Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA GPS-Latitude: 39.8186861, Longitude: -86.1703944
Plot
Section 25, Lot 230, Sub-lot 1
Memorial ID
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The 1880 census does not have a record for Albertina Allen. However, it does seem to have her listed, but as Mary E. Allen. The other information seems too coincidental for it not to be her. On page 20 of the District 169, Coventry, Summit County, Ohio census, starting with line 1 the following entries can be found:

Allen, Levi Jr, age 56, farmer
Allen, Cornelia, age 51, wife
Allen, Cora, age 9, daughter
Allen, Mary E, age 8, daughter

All of them were born in Ohio. Cora would have been short for Cornelia who was named after her mother.

Albertina was listed in the 1900 census in Irvington, Marion County, Indiana, with her husband, Jacob D. Forrest. He was 33. She was 28. They had been married for seven years but had no children. They were both indicated in the census as being teachers. They were professors at Butler College [now University].

Albertina died while she and Jacob were vacationing in Florida. He was completely brokenhearted when she died. It is absolutely telling in the monument he had prepared for the love of his life.

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The gravestone monument is recorded by the Smithsonian Institution as the Forrest Monument, Woman in Repose, sculpted by Rudolf Schwarz (1866-1912) in bronze on a granite base installed in 1904. Their description:

A bronze figure of a kneeling woman in Classical dress is centered in a three-sided, Greek-temple style granite structure, under a pediment supported by Ionic columns. She holds a palm leaf symbolizing victory over death. Her head is lowered on her clasped hands in mourning. She leans forward against a block with a relief of a wreath, her proper right knee forward on a step and her proper left foot extends from beneath her hem. Benches are along the side walls of the structure. There is a stairway in front. The monument also contains a quotation about grief from "In Memoriam," by Alfred Lord Tennyson.
The 1880 census does not have a record for Albertina Allen. However, it does seem to have her listed, but as Mary E. Allen. The other information seems too coincidental for it not to be her. On page 20 of the District 169, Coventry, Summit County, Ohio census, starting with line 1 the following entries can be found:

Allen, Levi Jr, age 56, farmer
Allen, Cornelia, age 51, wife
Allen, Cora, age 9, daughter
Allen, Mary E, age 8, daughter

All of them were born in Ohio. Cora would have been short for Cornelia who was named after her mother.

Albertina was listed in the 1900 census in Irvington, Marion County, Indiana, with her husband, Jacob D. Forrest. He was 33. She was 28. They had been married for seven years but had no children. They were both indicated in the census as being teachers. They were professors at Butler College [now University].

Albertina died while she and Jacob were vacationing in Florida. He was completely brokenhearted when she died. It is absolutely telling in the monument he had prepared for the love of his life.

***

The gravestone monument is recorded by the Smithsonian Institution as the Forrest Monument, Woman in Repose, sculpted by Rudolf Schwarz (1866-1912) in bronze on a granite base installed in 1904. Their description:

A bronze figure of a kneeling woman in Classical dress is centered in a three-sided, Greek-temple style granite structure, under a pediment supported by Ionic columns. She holds a palm leaf symbolizing victory over death. Her head is lowered on her clasped hands in mourning. She leans forward against a block with a relief of a wreath, her proper right knee forward on a step and her proper left foot extends from beneath her hem. Benches are along the side walls of the structure. There is a stairway in front. The monument also contains a quotation about grief from "In Memoriam," by Alfred Lord Tennyson.

Inscription

In Memory of
Albertina Allen Forrest
A Loss Forever New.
A Void Where Heart On Heart Reposed,
And, Where Warm Hands Have Prest And Closed,
Silence.

Albertina Allen Forrest
Born
Akron, Ohio, May 14, 1872
Died
Sea Breeze, Florida, April 27, 1904

Gravesite Details

The year of her birth was taken from the 1900 census as the year on the stone is almost completely gone. Interred June 3, 1904.



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