Theodate <I>Pope</I> Riddle

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Theodate Pope Riddle

  • Birth 2 Feb 1867 Salem, Columbiana County, Ohio, USA
  • Death 30 Aug 1946 Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
  • Burial Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
  • Memorial ID 38805170

Born Effie Brooks Pope.

Architect. Designed what is now the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, Connecticut, and was the founder and designer of Avon Old Farms School in Avon, Connecticut. Survived the sinking of RMS Lusitania off the coast of Ireland on May 7, 1915.

RIDDLE, THEODATE POPE (Mrs. John Wallace Riddle), known in artistic circles by her maiden name, Theodate Pope, architect of the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial House in New York City, and the Westover School for Girls in Connecticut, is constructing the Pope or Avon School for Boys at Avon, Connecticut, in memory of her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Armore Pope.

Her father, was born at North Vassalboro, Maine, July 4, 1842, son of Alton and Theodate (Stackpole) Pope. His earliest American ancestor was Joseph Pope, son of Robert Pope, of Yorkshire, England, who came to America in 1634 and settled at Salem, Massachusetts. From him the line of descent is traced through his son Samuel and his wife, Exercise Smith; their son Samuel, second, and his wife, Sarah Estes; their son Robert and his wife, Phebe Leveret; their son Elijah and his wife, Phebe Winslow, and their son John and his wife, Lydia Tuber, who were the grandparents of Alfred Armore Pope.

Mrs. Riddle was a passenger on the last voyage of the Lusitania. She herself was rescued, and brought to life after much effort; but her maid and her fellow investigator in psychic research, Professor Edwin W. Friend, were drowned. She is especially fond of children, and having none of her own, has adopted two boys. She married, May 6, 1916, John Wallace Riddle, former American Ambassador to Russia.

Family Members

Gravesite Details Although her gravestone gives a birth year of 1868, all other sources seem to say 1867.





  • Created by: ap387
  • Added: 27 Jun 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 38805170
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Theodate Pope Riddle (2 Feb 1867–30 Aug 1946), Find A Grave Memorial no. 38805170, citing Riverside Cemetery, Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by ap387 (contributor 47129965) .