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Charlotte Augusta Southwick Waddell  ~ 1891


Charlotte Augusta Southwick was the daughter of Jonathan Southwick a successful merchant of New York City. She is descended from some of the distinguished families of the early period of Colonial history, the Washingtons and Elys. Richard Ely came to America in 1660. John Ely was a colonel in the Revolutionary Army and a celebrated physician. In 1770 he commanded Fort Trumbull, having raised and equipped his regiment at his own expense. The eldest son of John and Sarah Worthington was Worthington Ely, the grand-father of Charlotte Southwick. His wife was Miss Bushnell, of Connecticut. Their youngest daughter, Lucretia, was the mother of Charlotte Augusta Southwick, afterward Mrs. Coventry Waddell.

Soon after leaving school Miss Southwick married Mr. McMurray who lived but a few months, and later she married Mr. William Coventry Waddell, who was connected with some of the noble families of England. Mr. Waddell held many important trusts under the government and was at the time of their marriage, in an official position. Their residence was at the comer of Fifth Avenue and Forty-Seventh Street, called Murray Hill and occupied an entire block. Their summers were passed at Saratoga. Mrs. Waddell's graceful manners, good humor and kindness of heart, added to her intellectual charms and brilliant conversation gave her supremacy in the social circles of New York City and at Saratoga Springs, the fashionable resort of the times.

In the monetary crisis of 1857 Mr. Waddell lost his fortune and he was compelled to sacrifice his beautiful home on Murray Hill and they removed to a residence two miles north of Newburg on the Hudson.

Women of America

Source: The Part Taken by Women in American History, By Mrs. John A. Logan, Published by The Perry-Nalle Publishing Company, Wilmington, Delaware, 1912.


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