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Re: Dahlgren/Kuprion of Princeton,NJ
Posted by: Pamela Rhett Molzan Date: July 13, 2001 at 16:24:17
In Reply to: Re: Dahlgren/Kuprion of Princeton,NJ by David Gordon Dahlgren Hecht of 195

Do you know who Etha Dahlgren, wife of Dr. Henry Johns RHETT was? She was supposedly the granddaughter of RADM John A. Dahlgren. Henry (the youngest brother of my great-grandmother, Helen Rhett Pearson) attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, graduating in 1890. I thought perhaps they met while he was a student there, but that is merely a guess. The Rhetts, who remained childless, resided in Washington, DC and traveled between their family homes in Philadelphia, PA; Boston, MA; Newport, RI; and Baltimore, MD. Do you have any idea whether Etha was the daughter of your Charles Bunker Dahlgren (making her the sister of Joseph Francis Dahlgren)? Henry's "orphaned" nieces and nephews (the Pearson children) were raised in Boston and Newport by their step-mother, Marion (Francis) Pearson and Henry's mother, Eliza Parkman Eckley Rhett. The Francis family and the Rhetts were apparently close. Before my great-grandmother died when my grandfather, George Rhett Pearson (her youngest child) was six years old, Helen made her dearest friend, Marion Francis and my great-grandfather, Rev. William Osgood Pearson promise to marry. They kept their promise to Helen, though William died three short years later. Although William's last marriage was childless, Marion and her spinster sisters (Medora and Louisa Francis) remained with Helen's children throughout their lives. I remember hearing stories of Aunt Etha and Uncle Henry from various family members, but everyone is now gone and I am trying to tie up some loose ends. Henry Rhett died in 1912 (in either Newport or Washington) and Etha died in 1959. Can you help? Thanks for your time. I look forward to hearing from you. Pamela Rhett Molzan, Charleston, SC.


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