Lucy Addison <I>Sprigg</I> Dos Passos


Lucy Addison Sprigg Dos Passos

Cumberland, Allegany County, Maryland, USA
Death 15 May 1915 (aged 59)
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Burial Kinsale, Westmoreland County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 177377238 View Source
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Married first Ryland Randolph Madison on February 12, 1872 and had with him one child, a boy named James Madison.

After Ryland began drinking and abandoned her, she obtained a divorce on February 14, 1877.

On June 21, 1910, she married John Randolph Dos Passos, in Wilmington, Delaware. According to the (October 1910) newspaper announcement of their marriage, they met in Europe. According to modern sources, they met as early as 1883 in Washington, DC.

Lucy was the mother of John Roderigo Dos Passos (1896-1970), the popular writer. According to her will dated September 19, 1910, his given name was Madison. According to a book on the writer's life, John Randolph Dos Passos refused to acknowledge him as his son until around 1912 (see Virginia Spencer Carr's Dos Passos: A Life (1984)).

By late 1910, her son James Madison was a well-known lawyer living in New York City. He married Mildred Purcell Mitchell, daughter of William Tell and Lutie Pannell Mitchell, on April 11, 1931.

* National Republican, February 15, 1877
* The Washington Times, October 28, 1910
* Alexandria Gazette, October 28, 1910
* Evening Star, July 13, 1915
* Evening Star, May 16, 1915
* Dos Passos: A Life, by Virginia Spencer Carr

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  • Created by: K. White
  • Added: 15 Mar 2017
  • Find a Grave Memorial 177377238
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lucy Addison Sprigg Dos Passos (9 Jan 1856–15 May 1915), Find a Grave Memorial ID 177377238, citing Yeocomico Episcopal Churchyard, Kinsale, Westmoreland County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by K. White (contributor 47604138) .