Edith Hill <I>Bayles</I> Ricketson

Edith Hill Bayles Ricketson

Birth
Playa de Fajardo, Fajardo Municipality, Puerto Rico, USA
Death 11 Jul 1976 (aged 76)
New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Dungeness, Camden County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 87404894 View Source

Edith's parents went to Puerto Rico as newly weds seeking their fortune. They survived the trip from San Juan to Fajardo where Edith was born. She was the gold they had sought.

Edith's father was a mining engineer and mine superintendent from Virginia and West Virginia to Colorado and back. However he made sure Edith went to the best girls schools, no coeducational schools for his daughters.

She was graduated from Smith College (1921)and traveled to Europe with her mother before marrying Oliver August 1st 1925. Together they explored Guatemala, conducting excavations and cataloging Mayan artifacts for The Carnegie Institution of Washington. One such work was the compilation of the book "Uaxactun, Guatemala Group E- 1926 -1931". With part one by Oliver describing the Excavations and part two by Edith describing the Artifacts. The book was published in Washington in 1937.

Time took it's toll and they were divorced March 31st 1941.

Together the had three children; Mary Bayles Ricketson, Margaret Carnegie Ricketson, and Oliver Garrison Ricketson, III.

Edith's later years were spent in Santa Fe, NM after academic work in New Orleans. Her ashes were in an urn, that her Grand son Ben placed in the vault at the Carnegie cemetery on Cumberland Island, GA



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