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 Elizabeth Welles “Lizzie” Perkins

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Elizabeth Welles “Lizzie” Perkins

  • Birth 5 Feb 1848 Brookline, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death 3 Feb 1928 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Burial Brookline, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Memorial ID 84047059

Lizzie's mother sadly died four days after her birth. She was her mother's only child and inherited her mother's wealth. She was her father's only daughter and joined three half brothers by her father's first wife, who also died tragically young.

When she was very little, Lizzie lived with her father and her three half-brothers in Brookline in her grandfather Samuel Gardiner Perkins' house. (He had died two years before her birth.) But when she was three, her father Stephen moved his family to Europe in hopes of improving his youngest son Richard's health. While on board the ship on the way over, her father met an attractive Miss Ellen Blacker, who in a year or two would become Lizzie's father's third wife and her stepmother.

Once in Europe the family settled in Florence near the Brownings, both famous poets, whom they knew quite well. By 1860 the family had returned to Milton to live in the Malcolm Forbes Cottage, where Lizzie attended a school taught by a Miss Emma Ware.

After the Civil War in which claimed one her half brother, her father, stepmother and Lizzie returned to live in Italy. From there Lizzie went to school in Zurich for at least three years.

She eventually returned to Boston and settled on Commonwealth Ave. in an apartment filled with antiques from Europe. She continued to travel, and built an impressive summer-house built around an open atrium in Beverly Farms right next to West Beach, and just a short walk from her niece Bessie Cabot's summer house. Lizzie's house was inspired by houses she had visited on a trip to Morocco.



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ELIZABETH WELLES PERKINS
BORN FEBRUARY 5, 1848
DIED FEBRUARY 3, 1928
SARAH SULLIVAN PERKINS
BORN FEBRUARY 7, 1864
DIED AUGUST 30, 1939


  • Created by: Nanny
  • Added: 26 Jan 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 84047059
  • Nanny
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elizabeth Welles “Lizzie” Perkins (5 Feb 1848–3 Feb 1928), Find A Grave Memorial no. 84047059, citing Walnut Hills Cemetery, Brookline, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Nanny (contributor 47179467) .