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 Alice Durand “Allie” Field

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Alice Durand “Allie” Field

Birth
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 1 Aug 1900 (aged 56)
New York, USA
Burial Stockbridge, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot David Dudley Field Sr. plot
Memorial ID 37999715 View Source
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The 1870 census would indicate she was born in 1840 instead of 1843, but this was an enumerator error. She was found on the 1870 and 1880 census living with her parents as an adult. She was found on June 1900 census living at the Bloomingdale Asylum for the Insane, where she was listed under "insane patients." She never married.
From a book about her father, Cyrus West Field, is the following: Alice (called Allie by family) had a failing mental problem for some years. No doctor in America had been able to help her and she was in 1877 with friends in London under the care of an English neurologist with her sister, Fanny, with her. She returned to America, but not any appreciably better and in 1878, her father took her on a quick trip to Europe. The voyage on the "Bothenia" was uncomfortable and Alice was so ill when they reached Liverpool that she had to be carried on a stretcher from the boat and a special train was arranged to take them both on to London. Fanny again came from Menton, France to look after Alice, while their father went about his cable business. By 1886, Alice was hovering on the fringes of schizophrenia. In one of her frequent periods of lucidity she wrote a small volume called "Palermo, A Christmas Story" published by G. P. Putnam in 1885; it was a revealing mixture of fact and fancy, romance and poetic imagery. She also wrote "Christmas at Greycastle."


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On top of the base of the cross:
When I awake up after in
thy likeness I shall be satisfied
Across the bottom of the base of the cross:
Alice Durand Field
November 7, 1843 - August 1, 1900


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