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 Abigail May “Abba” <I>Alcott</I> Nieriker
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Abigail May “Abba” Alcott Nieriker

  • Birth 26 Jul 1840 Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death 29 Dec 1879 Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
  • Cenotaph Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Memorial ID 7396211

Literary Figure, Artist. Mainly known as "May", she was the fourth and youngest Alcott daughter. Most know her as the model for the beautiful and artistic Amy in "Little Women". Dubbed "Little Raphael" by her family, she taught art and sold decorative pieces. Studying abroad in Europe, one of her pieces was admitted into the prestigious French salon in 1877. She was quoted as saying: "Who would have imagined such good fortune and so strong proof that Lu does not monopolize the Alcott talent. Ha! Ha!, sister, this is the first feather plucked from your cap!" The following year in 1878, she married Swiss businessman and musician Ernest Nieriker. They lived in Meudon, a suburb of Paris, where she gave birth to Louisa May (Lulu) in 1879. She died six weeks later, and had requested that Lulu be sent to live with Louisa May, who would care for her. Although she is buried in Paris, the Alcott family placed a cenotaph for her alongside her sister Elizabeth, who was buried at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in 1858.

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  • Originally Created by: Abigailworm
  • Added: 29 Apr 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7396211
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Abigail May “Abba” Alcott Nieriker (26 Jul 1840–29 Dec 1879), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7396211, citing Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .