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The renowned author, Jane Kirkpatrick, is writing a historic-fiction novel about my kindred, Eliza Hart Spalding, who is kin the Ann Hart, who married my great, great, grandfather, Commodore Isaac Hull, one of the Captains the U.S.S Constitution. Eliza may be kin to the Signer, John Hart. For sure she is kin to the late Princess Diana, and thus, the Windsors.

A month ago I went to Brownsville and talked with local historian, Linda McCormick, who is authoring a purely historic novel of Eliza. I have yet to talk to Jane, who also writes Christian novels. Not the definition below.

With my kinship to Senator Thomas Hart Benton, my family plays a big role in the history of Oregon, and one of New England’s most premiere family that was full of Belles, and brave women who made much of our nation’s history.

Above is the Hart and McCurdy house in Saybrook and Old Lyme. Jessie Benton helped author the journals of her husbands search for a better trail across the Rockies. Eliza was the first women to cross the Rockies in 1837.

John Gregory Presco

President: Royal Rosamond Press

Copyright 2014

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Eliza Hart was born August 11, 1807 to Levi Hart and Martha Hart (they were first cousins) in Kensington, Connecticut. In 1820 the family moved to Oneida County, New York. She was introduced to Henry Spalding by a mutual acquaintance who said that Henry “wanted to correspond with a young lady.” The couple were pen pals for about a year, and the relationship quickly deepened after they met in the fall of 1831. Eliza was as interested in participating in missionary work as was Spalding. They married on October 13, 1833 in Hudson, New York.

Eliza Hart was born at what is now Berlin, Connecticut, on August 11, 1807, the oldest child of Levi and Martha Hart. There were two other daughters and three sons in the family. The Hart family be- longed to pioneer stock. Stephen Hart, the progenitor of the American line, came to the colonies in 1652. Eliza’s father had the title of “Captain” which may have referred to some connection with the state militia. He was described by Gray in his History of Oregon as being “a plain substantial farmer.” In 1820, when Eliza was thirteen years old, the Hart family moved to a farm near Holland Patent, Oneida County, New York. There Eliza’s parents made their home until they died.

A descendant of Stephen HART is
Diana Spencer, the Princess of Wales.
Here is the way:
1.Stephen Hart 1602/3-1682/3
2.Mary Hart abt 1630-1710 +John Lee 1620-1690

THE HARTS COME TO AMERICA
[1] Stephen HART
Stephen HART. Born ABT 1568, ENG. He married a woman whose name is unknown but records indicate she was, born ABT 1572 in Ipswich, Suffolk, ENG
A descendant of Stephen HART is
Diana Spencer, the Princess of Wales.
Here is the way:
1.Stephen Hart 1602/3-1682/3
2.Mary Hart abt 1630-1710 +John Lee 1620-1690
3.Tabitha Lee 1677-1750 +Preserved Strong 1679/80-1765
4.Elizabeth Strong 1704-1792 +Joseph Strong Jr 1701-1773
5.Benajah Strong 1740-1809 +Lucy Bishop 1747-1783
6.Joseph Strong 1770-1812 +Rebecca Young 1779-1862
8.Ellen Wood 1831-1877 +Frank Work 1819-1911
9.Frances Ellen Work 1857-1947 +James Boothby Burke-Roche 1851-1920
10.Edmund Maurice Burke-Roche 1885-1955 +Ruth Sylvia Gill 1980-
11.Frances Ruth Burke-Roche 1936- +Edward John Spencer 1924-
12.Diana Spencer HRH The Princess of Wales 1961- + Charles HRH
The Prince of Wales 1948-
Source:Gen History of Deacon
Stephen Hart and his descendants – Andrews and a book by
Gary Boyd Roberts, through Nancy Bainter

Eliza Hart Spalding (and her traveling companion, Narcissa Whitman) were the first white women to cross the Rocky Mountains.  Leonard J. Arrington wrote in his book, History of Idaho: “what Plymouth Rock was to New England, the Spalding Mission was to Idaho.”  She changed the history of the West by blazing the trail for women to migrate by land over the Rocky Mountains and helping form the first white settlement in Idaho.

John C. Frémont – Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, 1843

John C. Frémont’s official report on the 1842 expedition he led to the Rocky Mountains reads like a great adventure story. Frémont’s father-in-law, Thomas Hart Benton, a powerful senator from Missouri and strong proponent of western expansion, was a major supporter of the expedition, whose purpose was to survey and map the Oregon Trail to the Rocky Mountains. The senator hoped it would encourage Americans to emigrate and develop commerce along the western trails.

The party that included some twenty Creole and Canadian voyageurs and the legendary Kit Carson, started out just west of the Missouri border, crossed the present-day states of Kansas, Nebraska, and Wyoming, and ascended what the men believed to be the highest peak in the Wind River region of the Rockies. Frémont’s report provided practical information about the geology, botany, and climate of the West that guided future emigrants along the Oregon Trail; it shattered the misconception of the West as the Great American Desert.

Upon his return home to Washington, DC, Frémont dictated much of the report to his wife, Jessie Benton Frémont, a gifted writer. “The horseback life, the sleep in the open air,” she later recalled, “had unfitted Mr. Frémont for the indoor work of writing,” and so she helped him. Distilled from Frémont’s notes and filtered through the artistic sensibilities of his wife, the report is a practical guide, infused with the romance of the western trail.

http://www.geni.com/people/Eliza-Spalding/6000000012492491572

http://records.ancestry.com/Levi_Hart_records.ashx?pid=20887015

http://archive.org/stream/genealogicalhist00inandr/genealogicalhist00inandr_djvu.txt

http://hackerscreek.com/norman/HART/JOHN.htm

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John Hart was a New Jersey farmer. His exact date of birth is not known. His father had moved from Connecticut to a farm near Hopewell New Jersey. He helped to build, and later inherited, that very successful farm and was a leading member of his community.

Historical fiction writer to visit Brownsville club
BROWNSVILLE — Historical fiction writer Jane Kirkpatrick will visit the the Brownsville Women’s Study Club from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. Read more
Oregon author turns to pioneer-era Brownsville women to inform next title
BROWNSVILLE — History books highlight the deeds of men, but the women carry stories of their own.
Those stories are what drives Oregon author Jane Kirkpatrick, who is researching the lives of pioneer-era Brownsville residents Eliza Hart Spalding and her daughter, Eliza Spalding Warren, for her next novel.
An internationally recognized author with more than 25 books and dozens of other publications to her credit, Kirkpatrick and her husband, Jerry, spent Monday in Brownsville collecting material.
She worked with Linda McCormick, who manages social media for Brownsville’s Chamber of Commerce. Both women are researching the Spalding family and are helping each other with their finds.
The two spent Monday morning reading documents at Altavista House outside Brownsville, the former home of Eliza Hart Spalding’s younger daughter Amelia. They spent the afternoon at the Linn County Historical Museum for Kirkpatrick to get a better feel for pioneer life in the area.
Kirkpatrick plans other visits as her work progresses. The novel is to be released in September 2015, and has a working title of “The Two Elizas.” The marketers at Kirkpatrick’s publishing house will make the final title decision.
The senior Eliza worked with her husband, Henry, as a missionary to Northwest Nez Perce tribes. They are credited with creating a written version of the Nez Perce language and using it to translate the gospel of Matthew. At age 10, little Eliza, studying at the Whitman mission about 100 miles away, barely escaped with her life after Cayuse Indians murdered 12 people there in 1847.
The Spalding family relocated first to Oregon City, then to Forest Grove before moving to Brownsville, where the elder Eliza died in 1951. The younger Eliza married in Brownsville and spent part of her adult life there before moving to Idaho, where she is buried. Historians say Spaulding Street in Brownsville, in spite of the different spelling, is named for the family.
Kirkpatrick said she’s long been intrigued with the story of the two. But it was an earlier visit to Brownsville that cemented her decision to build her next book around the mother and daughter.
McCormick had invited Kirkpatrick to speak to her women’s study group in 2011, the group’s centennial year. McCormick told her about the Spaldings and her own research, which will be for a nonfiction work. She suggested Kirkpatrick take on the women’s stories, because of her passion for the often-forgotten portions of women’s lives.
“I just thought, this is a fascinating story,” Kirkpatrick said. “Maybe it was thinking about our own parents as they get older. I’m also intrigued by how a very traumatic experience can affect someone over time.”
Kirkpatrick bases her historical novels on what’s known of the characters, but working in fiction allows her to also explore the kind of people they might have been.
“I’m hung up on relationships,” she said with a smile.
The book is not yet finished, but Kirkpatrick is interested in exploring how connections circulate from mother to daughter and back again. She is fascinated by the way bits and pieces from long ago become woven into the fabric of who we become.
Kirkpatrick said she hopes readers take a message from each book she publishes, something that says, “This was worth my time.”
With this one, she said, she hopes, “that they might choose to be reflective about their own family relationships and how stories get told, generation to generation.”
“But that could change,” she added. “That’s the story I convinced my publisher I could write.”

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Virginia lived in a salt box house in Old Lyme across the river from Saybrook where the McCurdy and Hart family lived. This is the most desirable property in America, yet Ann Hart Hull could not give her father’s home away. I suspect it was because Jeanette McCurdy Hart aborted General Simon Bolivar’s baby after seeing him with his mistress. The baby was brought home in a wine casket and buried in Saybrook.

The Hart, Hull, and McCurdy families are kin to the mother of the late Princess Diana, and thus the Windsors. I descend from Isaac Hull and Ann Hart whose children abandoned their legacy that many felt was cursed.

When Virginia and I get married we will be the most illustrious family from this most historic place by the sea.

Jon Presco

Copyright 2014

Elisha HART, fifth son of Rev. William HART, born in 1758, married Jeannette MCCURDY, of Lyme, and had seven daughters but no sons. They were distinguished for their beauty and accomplishments, and moved in the highest circles of wealth and honor. The eldest daughter, Sarah MCCURDY, married Rev. Dr. Samuel F. JARVIS, of Middletown, from whom she was divorced. Her remains lie in the burial ground on Saybrook Point. The second daughter, Ann MCCURDY, married Commodore Isaac HULL, U. S. N., who distinguished himself in the war of 1812 while in command of the frigate Constitution by capturing the British frigate Guerriere. After the war Commodore HULL was a frequent visitor at Saybrook, and with his wife spent a few weeks at the old mansion nearly every summer for several years till his death in Philadelphia, in 1843. Elizabeth, the fifth daughter, married Hon. Heman ALLEN, formerly member of Congress from Vermont, and minister plenipotentiary to Columbia, South America. He died in 1844, at Burlington, Vermont, where his wife also died. Amelia, sixth daughter, married Captain, afterward Commodore Joseph HULL, U. S. N., a nephew of Commodore Isaac HULL. Three of the daughters died unmarried. One of them, Jeannette M. McCurdy HART, in 1860, gave a handsome iron fence for the front of the ancient cemetery on Saybrook Point.* (*It is said that in the latter part of her life she embraced the Catholic faith. It was by her direction, and at her expense, that one of the inscriptions on the tomb of Lady Fenwick was cut. A simple inscription was well enough, but when she added a huge cross, an offense against good taste was committed, which the descendants of the Saybrook Puritans are not likely to forget or forgive.) Capt. Elisha HART died in May 28th 1842, aged 84. He was also a merchant in Saybrook. His store is still standing on the east side of Main street, and is owned and occupied by T. C. ACTON jr., as a grocery. The post office is also kept in it. Captain HART lived in a large old-fashioned mansion, on the west side of Main street, a little north of his store, which is still standing, though it has recently passed out of the possession of the family. It is surrounded by large shade trees, and is one of the finest locations on the street. After Captain HART’s remains were carried out of the front door of the house, the door and blind were closed and a bar nailed across it, which was not removed, nor the door opened till after it passed out of possession of the family-a period of about 40 years. Rev. William HART’s house stood very near the spot where this was built, and was moved to the corner opposite the ACTON Library, on what are now the grounds of Mr. T. C. ACTON, and was used for many years by Captain William CLARK as a paint shop. The house of Rev. William HART’s son-in-law, Rev. F. W. HOTCHKISS, is still standing, and is nearly opposite Captain Elisha HART’s, and is owned and occupied by Mr. Charles W. MORSE, a son of Prof. S. F. B. MORSE, the inventor of the telegraph. Gen William HART built and lived in the house north of the present Congregational church, now owned and occupied by Misses Hetty B. and Nancy WOOD. Captain John HART, another of Rev. William HART’s sons, resided in Massachusetts for several years, and then returned to Saybrook, where he lived in the Captain Samuel SHIPMAN house which stood a few rods south of the Congregational parsonage. He died in 1828, aged 78.

After Captain HART’s remains were carried out of the front door of the house, the door and blind were closed and a bar nailed across it, which was not removed, nor the door opened till after it passed out of possession of the family-a period of about 40 years.

Following the auction the house was closed and deteriorated. School children called it the haunted house.

Of the seven sisters, Ann Hart Hull lived the longest and when she died in 1874 was buried alongside Isaac in Laurel Hill. She willed the house to the town with the stipulation that it be demolished and the land used for a town park.

Fearful of the expense of upkeep, the town declined the gift and the estate passed to the heirs who lived elsewhere and were not interested in keeping the place.

A descendant of Stephen HART is
Diana Spencer, the Princess of Wales.
Here is the way:
1.Stephen Hart 1602/3-1682/3
2.Mary Hart abt 1630-1710 +John Lee 1620-1690
3.Tabitha Lee 1677-1750 +Preserved Strong 1679/80-1765
4.Elizabeth Strong 1704-1792 +Joseph Strong Jr 1701-1773
5.Benajah Strong 1740-1809 +Lucy Bishop 1747-1783
6.Joseph Strong 1770-1812 +Rebecca Young 1779-1862
8.Ellen Wood 1831-1877 +Frank Work 1819-1911
9.Frances Ellen Work 1857-1947 +James Boothby Burke-Roche 1851-1920
10.Edmund Maurice Burke-Roche 1885-1955 +Ruth Sylvia Gill 1980-
11.Frances Ruth Burke-Roche 1936- +Edward John Spencer 1924-
12.Diana Spencer HRH The Princess of Wales 1961- + Charles HRH
The Prince of Wales 1948-

Source:Gen History of Deacon Stephen Hart and his descendants – Andrews and a book by Gary Boyd Roberts, through Nancy Bainter
on the net bainter@esdsdf.dnet.ge.com

ANNE LORD She married JOHN MCCURDY.
Children of ANNE LORD and JOHN MCCURDY are:
i. LYNDE6 MCCURDY, m. (1) URSULA GRISWOLD; b. 13 Apr 1754; m. (2) LYDIA LOCKWOOD.
ii. ELIZABETH MCCURDY, m. ALEXANDER STEWART.
iii. ANNA/NANCY MCCURDY, m. NATHAN STRONG.
iv. SARAH/SALLY MCCURDY, m. HENRY CHANNING.
v. JEANNETTE MCCURDY, m. ELISHA HART.
vi. JOHN MCCURDY.

https://rosamondpress.wordpress.com/2013/02/01/sleeping-beauty-heart/

http://rjohara.net/gen/notable/diana

http://freepages.family.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~odyssey/hart.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Saybrook,_Connecticut

http://www.katharinehepburntheater.org/blog/tag/1938-hurricane/

http://gohistoric.com/places/old-saybrook-south-green-new-milford

http://open.salon.com/blog/mean_mr_mustard/2009/06/30/a_ghost_story_or_love_story_elisha_benton_jemima_barrows

After her death, some 40 years after meeting Bolivar, the contents of the old Hart house were auctioned by James Tread way of Saybrook. Among the items sold from her room was a miniature painting on ivory of General Simon Bolivar. Scratched onto the back were the words: “Mr. Bolivar liberator, S.A. 1824.” There being no bidders, Mr. Treadway purchased the item and later presented it to members of the Hart family. Its whereabouts today is unknown.

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Jeannette was torn between her feelings and her family. She traveled to Chile to be with her sister Elizabeth and her husband Heman Allen. While there, a premature baby was born to Elizabeth and Heman. The birth seriously endangered Elizabeth’s health. Local physicians refused to treat the foreigner and she was saved only by the care and skill provided by her beloved slave, Leah.

Strong anti-American feelings were also expressed by destroying the graves of foreigners. Fearful of burying her baby there Elizabeth wanted to send the body back to Connecticut. To do this she placed the fetus in a cask of brandy to preserve it.
Jeannette took the cask back to Peru where she planned to put it aboard Commodore Hull’s ship and have it returned home for proper interment.

When the story reached Bolivar he believed that it was a baby born to Jeannette and he accused her of being immoral and unfit to be his wife.

He later found out what happened. “I know too much to expect forgiveness,” he wrote to Jeannette. “But I do plead with you to try to understand that the depth of my rage and bitterness was the measure of my passion for you. Had I loved you less madly, I had not been so insane with jealousy, so blinded by it was to believe for a moment what seemed at the time incontrovertible evidence of clay feet on the idol I had set up in my heart.…”
Eventually, the baby was sent to Saybrook and buried in the Hart family plot at Cypress Cemetery. Leah is also buried there in the Hart family plot, against the wishes of many local residents.
Eventually, Jeannette left Chile to return to the American Consulate in Lima, Peru. Soon after arriving, Bolivar and his army rode through the streets in triumph. Bells rang out, people threw flowers and kneeled before them. Following the Liberator was an attractive young woman in white trousers with thick black hair, pulled back in a bun. It was Bolivar’s mistress, Manuela Saenz.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frances_Shand_Kydd

Frances Shand Kydd (20 January 1936 – 3 June 2004) was the mother of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Shand Kydd was born Frances Ruth Roche in Park House, on the royal estate at Sandringham, Norfolk, on 20 January 1936.[2][3] Her father was Edmund Roche, 4th Baron Fermoy, a friend of King George VI and the elder son of the American heiress Frances Work and her first husband, the 3rd Baron Fermoy.[3] Her mother, Ruth Roche, Baroness Fermoy, DCVO, was a confidante and lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth (later the Queen Mother).[4] In her own right since birth she held the style of The Honourable as the daughter of a baron.

Shand Kydd was of Scottish, English and American ancestry, her paternal grandmother being Frances Ellen Work, an heiress and socialite from New York City. Besides this she also had very distant and partial Indian ancestry, as her great-great-great-grandmother was the half-Indian Eliza Kewark, who married Theodore Forbes and had a daughter in 1812.[5]

Shand Kydd’s aristocratic and royal roots are related to a Prince, who was Donal MacCarthy Reagh, 9th Prince of Carbery, but also to James de Barry, 4th Viscount Buttevant, to Murrough O’Brien, 1st Earl of Thomond, to Gerald FitzGerald, 8th Earl of Kildare through Donal IV O’Donovan who is descended from all these. It also happens that O’Donovan was Edmond Roche, 1st Baron Fermoy’s maternal great-great grandfather.[6]

Major Richard William HART, the only child of Gen. William and Esther BUCKINGHAM, was born at Saybrook, January 15th 1768, and married Miss Elizabeth BULL, of Newport, Rhode Island. Major HART inherited from his father a large fortune, which increased by the rise in value of the land purchased by Gen. HART in the Western Reserve, so that at his death he left an estate valued at half a million dollars, which was divided between his widow and two daughters. He was much esteemed and respected in his native State, and used his means liberally for the good of those about him. He built a large house on the west side of Main street, near the corner of the road leading to New Haven, where he resided till his death. He was for many years a merchant, his store standing for a long time on the corner near his house, but he afterward moved it across Main street, nearly opposite, where it still stands. Major HART died of apoplexy in 1837. He was a man of unusually fine personal appearance and handsome features. His only son died in early youth, but he left two daughters, the oldest of whom, Elizabeth M., married at Saybrook, in 1825, the Rev. William JARVIS, son of Hezekiah JARVIS, of Norwalk, and for a time resided in Saybrook. The second daughter of Major HART, Miss Hetty B. HART, died in Hartford unmarried, aged 76.

Elisha HART, fifth son of Rev. William HART, born in 1758, married Jeannette MCCURDY, of Lyme, and had seven daughters but no sons. They were distinguished for their beauty and accomplishments, and moved in the highest circles of wealth and honor. The eldest daughter, Sarah MCCURDY, married Rev. Dr. Samuel F. JARVIS, of Middletown, from whom she was divorced. Her remains lie in the burial ground on Saybrook Point. The second daughter, Ann MCCURDY, married Commodore Isaac HULL, U. S. N., who distinguished himself in the war of 1812 while in command of the frigate Constitution by capturing the British frigate Guerriere. After the war Commodore HULL was a frequent visitor at Saybrook, and with his wife spent a few weeks at the old mansion nearly every summer for several years till his death in Philadelphia, in 1843. Elizabeth, the fifth daughter, married Hon. Heman ALLEN, formerly member of Congress from Vermont, and minister plenipotentiary to Columbia, South America. He died in 1844, at Burlington, Vermont, where his wife also died. Amelia, sixth daughter, married Captain, afterward Commodore Joseph HULL, U. S. N., a nephew of Commodore Isaac HULL. Three of the daughters died unmarried. One of them, Jeannette M. McCurdy HART, in 1860, gave a handsome iron fence for the front of the ancient cemetery on Saybrook Point.* (*It is said that in the latter part of her life she embraced the Catholic faith. It was by her direction, and at her expense, that one of the inscriptions on the tomb of Lady Fenwick was cut. A simple inscription was well enough, but when she added a huge cross, an offense against good taste was committed, which the descendants of the Saybrook Puritans are not likely to forget or forgive.) Capt. Elisha HART died in May 28th 1842, aged 84. He was also a merchant in Saybrook. His store is still standing on the east side of Main street, and is owned and occupied by T. C. ACTON jr., as a grocery. The post office is also kept in it. Captain HART lived in a large old-fashioned mansion, on the west side of Main street, a little north of his store, which is still standing, though it has recently passed out of the possession of the family. It is surrounded by large shade trees, and is one of the finest locations on the street. After Captain HART’s remains were carried out of the front door of the house, the door and blind were closed and a bar nailed across it, which was not removed, nor the door opened till after it passed out of possession of the family-a period of about 40 years. Rev. William HART’s house stood very near the spot where this was built, and was moved to the corner opposite the ACTON Library, on what are now the grounds of Mr. T. C. ACTON, and was used for many years by Captain William CLARK as a paint shop. The house of Rev. William HART’s son-in-law, Rev. F. W. HOTCHKISS, is still standing, and is nearly opposite Captain Elisha HART’s, and is owned and occupied by Mr. Charles W. MORSE, a son of Prof. S. F. B. MORSE, the inventor of the telegraph. Gen William HART built and lived in the house north of the present Congregational church, now owned and occupied by Misses Hetty B. and Nancy WOOD. Captain John HART, another of Rev. William HART’s sons, resided in Massachusetts for several years, and then returned to Saybrook, where he lived in the Captain Samuel SHIPMAN house which stood a few rods south of the Congregational parsonage. He died in 1828, aged 78.

By Tedd Levy
Special to the Times

“Mrs. Isaac Hull in her Wedding Veil,” unknown artist, c. 1833, Wadsworth Atheneum; photo courtesy Tedd Levy

When Capt. Elisha Hart (1758-1844), the wealthy Saybrook merchant and trader, married Janet McCurdy (1765-1815), of the well-known and well-off Lyme family, he looked forward to having sons to carry on his thriving businesses but fate, and “x” chromosomes, provided one daughter after another:

First there was Sarah born in 1787, then Ann in 1790, then Mary Ann in 1792, then Jeanette in 1794, Elizabeth in 1796, Amelia in 1799, and finally Harriet Augusta in 1804 – the seven beautiful Hart sisters.

The girls enjoyed the pleasant and pampered life of their prominent family. They were sent to “finishing schools,” including the highly respected Miss Pierce’s School in Litchfield, and their exposure to the ways of the world expanded beyond small town Saybrook. Lively, attractive, charming and sophisticated, they attracted many suitors.

When Ann attended school in Philadelphia she and her classmates visited the ship commanded by Isaac Hull. He showed them about and Ann had many questions and displayed an unusual knowledge in seafaring life which she gained from her father.

She commented on the neatly coiled rolls of tarred ropes and how she enjoyed the odor of tar. A few days later she received a delicate chain made from tarred rope that was sent by Hull. She wrote thanking him for the gift and so began a correspondence that led to their marriage in 1813.

Hull was born in Derby, the second of seven sons, and grew up along the shores of the Housatonic River. He developed a flair for the sea and signed on to a coastal schooner when he was 14. He studied navigation and by 20 was a master in the merchant service. In 1798 he entered the U.S. Navy.

When the War of 1812 began, 39-year-old Hull was placed in command of the frigate U.S. Constitution. Receiving orders to seek and destroy British warships between Nantucket and Halifax, he set sail. Spotting the English frigate Guerriere, he ordered all hands to prepare for action. When he was almost alongside the Guerriere, Hull gave the order: “Now boys! Pour it into them.”

In less than an hour, the British ship was badly damaged and began to sink and British Captain James Richard Dacres was forced to surrender. When the U.S. Constitution returned to Boston with the captured British crew, the country went wild with pride.

Hull was a national hero, showered with gifts, given a large sum of money for the capture, and promoted to commodore. A year later he married Ann Hart of Saybrook, 17 years younger.

In 1824 he was appointed commander of the Pacific squadron. At about the same time President James Madison appointed Heman Allen of Vermont to be America’s first minister to the new republic of Chile. Continued…

Allen called upon Commodore Hull to make arrangements for his passage to South America. While doing so he met Mrs. Hull’ sister, Elizabeth and in two weeks they were married.

Soon thereafter, Commodore Hull and his wife Ann, Heman Allen and his wife Elizabeth, and Jeanette Hart left on the frigate United States bound South America. Throughout their marriage, Ann traveled with Isaac when he went to sea. They had no children and were almost constantly accompanied by members of his or her family.

In Peru, Commodore Hull hosted a gala reception to which the Liberator of South America, Simon Bolivar was invited. Bolivar was captivated by Jeanette Hart who was also strongly attracted to him. Their relationship grew closer and Bolivar asked Jeanette to marry him which she agreed to do. But this never happened as they became entangled in misunderstandings, different religions, Bolivar’s involvement with his mistress, and objections by Jeanette’s family.

After completing the South American assignment, Hall was given the honor of overseeing the restoration of his old ship now referred to as “Old Ironsides.” At about this time Ann injured her foot and spent most of the next two years confined to her room. Hull resigned his command and took her to Europe to recuperate.

At about this time, Isaac’s nephew Joseph Hull, and Ann’s sister Amelia, became engaged and eventually married.

In 1838 Isaac rejoined the Navy but suffered strokes in 1840 and 1841 and after completing his mission returned with Ann to settle in Philadelphia.

Knowing his end was near, Isaac made arrangements for his burial and funeral. His last words were: “I strike my flag.” He died in Feb. 13, 1843 and is buried in the Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia.

After his death, Ann and Jeanette continued to live in Philadelphia but returned each summer for a few weeks in Saybrook. They did not live in the old house but stayed with Capt. James Rankin, a former lighthouse keeper, at his house at Saybrook Point.

Of the seven sisters, Ann Hart Hull lived the longest and when she died in 1874 was buried alongside Isaac in Laurel Hill. She willed the house to the town with the stipulation that it be demolished and the land used for a town park.

Fearful of the expense of upkeep, the town declined the gift and the estate passed to the heirs who lived elsewhere and were not interested in keeping the place.

The heirs returned to place the remaining contents up for auction. The auction lasted several days and disbursed antiques, a large library, silk dresses, bonnets, china and furniture.

Following the auction the house was closed and deteriorated. School children called it the haunted house.

The old Elisha Hart house was located next to St. John’s Church on Main Street and was shaded by three giant elms known as Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob… there must have been times when Elisha must have looked at those trees and thought they would be fine names for sons.

Jane Kirkpatrick attended University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she initially majored in English before switching to social work, eventually earning a master’s degree. She went on to work in this field for three decades. When visiting Oregon while looking for a job, she fell in love with the area and moved to Bend in 1974.
After selling several freelance articles, she quit her job and moved with her husband to a 160 acre ranch near the John Day River. When the ranch required more money than anticipated, she found a part-time job in social work at the reservation of Warm Springs where she worked for 17 years. It was a two hour commute, so she would live in a trailer for a few days a week at the reservation. There, she would write every night. Back at the ranch, she wrote from 5 to 7 o’clock in the morning before chores. In 1991 she wrote her first book, Homestead about her experience building the ranch.
While at the reservation, she heard a story about a woman and her husband who started a hotel along the Deschutes River and sought out to write a biography of the woman, Jane Sherar. When she couldn’t find enough original source material, she decided to write a novel instead. Sweetness to the Soul was the result. Published in 1996, it was named the outstanding Western novel of 1996 by the Oklahoma-based Western Heritage Center. Since then, she has researched and written at least one book a year.
In 2010, her husband Jerry had a stroke, and although he recovered, they had to move back to Bend where they currently reside. In addition to writing, she continues to promote her books, often up to three weekends a month.[2]
Writing philosophy[edit]
Historical fiction[edit]
Kirkpatrick describes the factual history in a book as “the spine of the book” and dialogue as “approximate speech”. Characters who are based on real people are “enhanced”, while others are created.
When she gets an idea or suggestion for a book, she puts it in storage files. Sometimes she spends years collecting information before she writes her books. Once she has settled on an idea, she spends months researching. This can take her to rural libraries, museums, and even interviewing relatives of the people she is writing about. Often she will stumble across something that will give her an idea for another book. What she collects goes into binders and files in boxes she keeps in a bedroom closet.
Right before beginning to write, she asks herself three questions: “What is the story about; what is my attitude toward the story; and what is my purpose for writing it?” Then, she comes up with a theme statement in three sentences that is attached to her computer screen. After that, she writes a timeline and plans characters. When she finally gets to writing the book, she says, “I have an idea for the start and end and then I just start writing.” [2]
Religious fiction[edit]
“I am a Christian, but I’m hopeful that anyone can read these and find inspiration,” Kirkpatrick says about her books. Her original editor, Dudley Delffs, attributes her popularity to being different from other Christian fiction authors by focusing on her story rather than the message.[2]
Published works [3][edit]
Series[edit]
Dreamcatcher[edit]
A Sweetness to the Soul (1995)
Love to Water My Soul (1996)
A Gathering of Finches (1997)[3]
Kinship And Courage[edit]
All Together In One Place (2000)
No Eye Can See (2001)
What Once We Loved (2001)[3]
Tender Ties[edit]
See also: Marie Aioe Dorion
A Name of Her Own (2002)
Every Fixed Star (2003)
Hold Tight the Thread (2004)[3]
Change And Cherish[edit]
A Clearing in the Wild (2006)
A Tendering in the Storm (2007)
A Mending At the Edge (2008)
Emma of Aurora: The Complete Change and Cherish Trilogy (omnibus) (2013)[3]
Portraits of the Heart[edit]
A Flickering Light (2009)
An Absence So Great (2010)[3]
Stand-alone novels[edit]
Mystic Sweet Communion (1998)
A Land of Sheltered Promise (2005)
The Daughter’s Walk (2011)
Barcelona Calling (2011)
Where Lilacs Still Bloom (2012)
One Glorious Ambition (2013)[3]
Omnibus[edit]
The Midwife’s Legacy (2012) (with Rhonda Gibson, Pamela Griffin and Trish Perry)[3]
Collection[edit]
A Log Cabin Christmas (2011) (with Margaret Brownley, Wanda E Brunstetter, Kelly Eileen Hake, Liz Johnson, Debra Ullrick and Erica Vetsch)[3]
Non-fiction[edit]
Homestead (1991)
The Burden Shared: Words to Encourage Your Days (1998)
When the Stars Danced (2001) (with Crying Wind)
A Simple Gift of Comfort (2002)
Aurora: An American Experience in Quilt and Craft (2008)
Promises of Hope for Difficult Times (2013) [3

Christian novels have a rich tradition in Europe, which goes back several centuries, and draws on past Christian allegorical literature, such as Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy and John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress. Twentieth century proponents of the Christian novel in English include J.R.R. Tolkien, G. K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, and Madeleine L’Engle. Aslan in Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe allegorically represents Christ, for example, while L’Engle’s A Live Coal in the Sea explicitly references the medieval allegorical poem Piers Plowman.[3]
Many novels with Christian themes also fall into specific mainstream fiction genres. For example, J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings is viewed as mainstream fantasy, while Julian May’s Galactic Milieu Series is viewed as mainstream science fiction, in spite of the references to the work of Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Similarly, G. K. Chesterton’s Father Brown stories are mainstream detective fiction, even though the main character is a Catholic priest.

Durante degli Alighieri, simply referred to as Dante (UK /ˈdænti/, US /ˈdɑːnteɪ/; Italian: [ˈdante]; c. 1265–1321), was a major Italian poet of the Middle Ages. His Divine Comedy, originally called Comedìa and later called Divina by Boccaccio, is widely considered the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language and a masterpiece of world literature.[1]
In Italy he is known as il Sommo Poeta (“the Supreme Poet”) or just il Poeta. He, Petrarch and Boccaccio are also known as “the three fountains” or “the three crowns”. Dante is also called “the Father of the Italian language”.

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1 Life
1.1 Education and poetry
1.2 Florence and politics
1.3 Exile and death
2 Works
3 References
4 Sources
5 Further reading
6 External links
Life[edit]
Dante was born in Florence, Italy. The exact date of birth is unknown, although it is generally believed to be around 1265. This can be deduced from autobiographic allusions in La Divina Commedia. Its first section, the Inferno, begins, “Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita” (“Halfway through the journey of our life”), implying that Dante was around 35 years old, since the average lifespan according to the Bible (Psalms 89:10, Vulgate) is 70 years; and since his imaginary travel to the nether world took place in 1300, he was most probably born around 1265. Some verses of the Paradiso section of the Divine Comedy also provide a possible clue that he was born under the sign of Gemini: “As I revolved with the eternal twins, I saw revealed, from hills to river outlets, the threshing-floor that makes us so ferocious” (XXII 151–154). In 1265, the sun was in Gemini between approximately May 11 and June 11.[2]

Portrait of Dante, from a fresco in the Palazzo dei Giudici, Florence
Dante claimed that his family descended from the ancient Romans (Inferno, XV, 76), but the earliest relative he could mention by name was Cacciaguida degli Elisei (Paradiso, XV, 135), born no earlier than about 1100. Dante’s father, Alaghiero[3] or Alighiero di Bellincione, was a White Guelph who suffered no reprisals after the Ghibellines won the Battle of Montaperti in the middle of the 13th century. This suggests that Alighiero or his family enjoyed some protective prestige and status, although some suggest that the politically inactive Alighiero was of such low standing that he was not considered worth exiling.[citation needed]
Dante’s family had loyalties to the Guelphs, a political alliance that supported the Papacy and which was involved in complex opposition to the Ghibellines, who were backed by the Holy Roman Emperor. The poet’s mother was Bella, likely a member of the Abati family.[3] She died when Dante was not yet ten years old, and Alighiero soon married again, to Lapa di Chiarissimo Cialuffi. It is uncertain whether he really married her, since widowers were socially limited in such matters, but this woman definitely bore him two children,

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