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 Mary Louise <I>Edes</I> Alfred

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Mary Louise Edes Alfred

Birth
Charlestown, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 27 Jul 1899 (aged 46)
Newport, Orleans County, Vermont, USA
Burial Newport, Orleans County, Vermont, USA
Memorial ID 169531836 View Source

She was the first wife of Frank Edward Alfred
Mary Louise Edes' mother, Priscilla Pierce Rice Edes wrote a book titled Reminiscences of Old Concord, about life in 19th century Concord Ma is in the Library of Congress; she was
a neighbor of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne, and a school mate of Louisa Mae Alcott. I know very little about Mary Louise Edes' father and Priscilla's husband,
Robert Ball Edes (1821-1868), except that his father was a sea captain and his great granduncle was Benjamin Edes (1732-1803, publisher of the Boston Gazette and political agitator. Benjamin Edes along with business partner John Gill hosted the Sons of Liberty meetings on the second floor of their Boston print shop that led to the Boston Tea Party. Their
meeting the night of the Tea Party took place in Benjamin Edes' living room. Mary Louise Edes (originator of the University Extension Course) is a direct descendant of the Ball family (ship captains) and a direct descendant of Josiah Barker, naval constructor for 34 yrs at Charlestown Navy Yard, who was responsible for the first rebuilding of the USS Constitution after the last time she saw war duty in the War of 1812. Josiah Barker built the first Ship of the LIne (USS Independence) for the young US Navy. Mary Louise Edes is also
descended from at least two Mayflower passengers.


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