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r, Nov. 25, 1811, and Horace, Aug. 12, 1813. Mr. Brooks met with reverses in business, and at his dewer to inquiries concerning his mother, Maria Gowen Brooks, by Zadel Barnes Gustafson.—Harper's Monst Point in 1831, and graduated in 1835. Mrs. Brooks lived with him at West Point, when he was LLieutenant Brooks, from 1836 to 1839. In 1840 she was with him at Fort Hamilton, N. Y. She sailelf-brother, son of her sister, Lucretia. Mrs. Brooks' son Edgar became a planter in Cuba, and dices in the Mexican War. He died in 1894. Mrs. Brooks' first publication was made during the lifeished in 1833-4. In 1843 Idomen appeared. Mrs. Brooks' baptismal name was not Maria, but Abigail.a del Occidente, and signed her prefaces Maria Gowen Brooks. The romantic temperament indicated by a nearer and more personal introduction to Mrs. Brooks, through a letter from Miss Lucy Osgood. Se at odd seasons, and of being told she was Mrs. Brooks, of the Gowen family, a poetess. She and h[1 more...]
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 11., Medford fifty-four years ago. (search)
upon myself. The limitations of my subject as implied in my promise did not once occur to me. The whole history of the town seemed back of me, and I had vague visions at the moment of the references I should be able to make to eminent citizens of the past; to the great captains of industry in the way of ship-building, who had laid the foundations of the town's prosperity; to the leaders of public thought, and, in the purely intellectual line, to those two famous daughters of the town, Maria Gowen Brooks and Lydia Maria Child, who years before had shed a permanent literary flavor over the place. Surely there was an embarrassment of riches in the way of material for such a talk. It was not until after many weeks, and when the date assigned me was growing near, that I sat myself seriously to the task of preparation. Then the truth first dawned upon me. I realized, to my consternation, that up to that time I had been living in a state of delusion, and that instead of the free and unlim
ion, essays, history, biography, domestic science. A further list of her books are Philothea, 1836; A Brief History of the Condition of Women in Various Ages and Nations, two volumes, 1854; Fact and Fiction; Aspirations of the Spirit; The Freedmen's Book, 1865; Progress of Religious Ideals Through Successive Ages, three volumes, 1869; Romance of the Republic, 1867; Autumnal Leaves, 1857; Looking Toward Sunset, 1865; Biographies of Good Wives; and Letters, collected after her death. Maria Gowen Brooks was born in Medford in 1794. She went abroad, met many famous people, and achieved an international reputation for her poetry—Judith, Esther, and Other Poems, 1820; Zophiel, 1825; and an Ode to the Departed. Robert Southey was said to have given her the name Maria del Occidente, which she used as a nom de plume. She wrote a novel in 1843 called Idomen, supposed to have been autobiographical. Many believed her to have been the original of the Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins. Dr.
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 15., Some notes from my Scrapbook. (search)
It was bounded on the north by Brickyard pasture, a portion of which is now the site of the High School house. This estate passed through several ownerships until, in the year 1783, it came into the possession of William Gowen, father of Maria Gowen Brooks (Maria del Occidente) who had a high reputation as a poetess. She is supposed to have been born in this old house in the year 1794 (see Historical Register, Vol. 2, page 150). In the year 1796 the estate came into the possession of Joseph This five hundred acres of land was afterwards divided among the purchasers, and the Shepard house came into the possession of John Hall and Stephen Willis. There was not a house, at that date, between the Shepard house and Marble brook. When Brooks and Wheeler purchased their estate (1660) they also acquired a right in the landing at the Rocks, next to Thomas Marrable's (Marble's) house. The Rocks are now know as Rock hill, and Thomas Marrable's house must have stood on the east side of M