Josephine P Felton d 9 December, 1877

Josephine P Felton was born 29 August 1857, in Haverhill, MA. I have not been able to find a copy of her birth record, but calculated the date from the age on her death record. She was the daughter of Andrew P and Lydia Ann (Lord) Felton.  I have not been able to determine what the “P” stands for in her name or her father’s, but Andrew’s mother’s name is Eliza Pastor, Andrew was a Civil War soldier.  The Lords were very early settlers in Ipswich. 

Josephine’s mother died when Josephine was only a year and a half old. The 1859 Haverhill directory lists Andrew Felton, but I have not been able to find him or Josephine in the 1860 census. With her father off to fight in the war, Josephine was raised by relatives.  In 1865, she was living with her mother’s parents in Ipswich.  In 1870, she lived with her uncle Frank Lord and his wife Cora in Ipswich. 

On 15 January 1877, Josephine married George William Smith, in Ipswich.  Their daughter Josie was born eleven months later.  Sadly, Josephine died 9 December, 1877, when her daughter was just two weeks old.  She was buried in the Smith plot at the top of the hill at Old North Burial Ground.  When we visited the cemetery, we found that her headstone had toppled face down.  We set it back up, and hopefully it is still standing.


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