© Stanley Burns Collection
New York Times, August 5, 1862
ALLEN. — At Glen Cove, on Monday morning, Aug. 4, MARY D.H. ALLEN, of this City, relict of the late Major John M. Allen, of Texas, in the 48th year of her age.
Notice of funeral will be given.
BROWN. — Accidentally drowned, while bathing, at New-Canaan, Conn., on Saturday, Aug. 2, CHARLES W. BROWN, son of Truman B. and Eliza B. Brown, aged 18 years, 7 months and 10 days.
The friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, from the residence of his parents, No. 227 Adelphi-st., Brooklyn, on Wednesday afternoon, at 3 o’clock.
CONRAD. — On Sunday, Aug. 3, BLANDINA TAPPAN CONRAD, widow of Henry Conrad, formerly of Kingston, Ulster County, N.Y., aged 75 years.
The relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral, at the residence of her son-in-law, Henry P. Marshall, No. 115 East 17th-st., this day, (Tuesday,) the 5th inst., at 3 1/2 o’clock P.M.
DANA. — In Stamford, Conn., on Friday, Aug. 1, Mrs. NANCY, widow of the late Samuel Dana, Esq., of Boston, aged 65 years.
GRAHAM. — In Brooklyn, on Saturday, Aug. 2, MARY BROWN, daughter of the late Wm. W. Graham.
The relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend her funeral, from her late residence, No. 54 Ryerson-st., Brooklyn, on Tuesday, the 5th inst., at 2 P.M., and from St. Mark’s Church, New-York, (10th-st. and 2d-av.,) at 4 P.M., without further invitation.
HUGHSON. — In this City, on Sunday, Aug. 3, at No. 255 West 22d-st., HELEN AUGUSTA, second daughter of Frederick and Anna J. Hughson, aged 5 years, 2 months and 10 days.
LEAVITT. — In this City, on Sunday, Aug. 3, ANGELICA P., widow of the late Jonathan Leavitt.
The friends of the family, and of her sons, Geo. A. Leavitt and Henry M. Leavitt, and of her son-in-law, W.A. Ransom, are invited to attend the funeral, from her late residence, No. 146 2d-av., this day, (Tuesday,) Aug. 5, at 2 o’clock.
LYND. — At St. Croix, West Indies, on Monday, June 9, WM. M. LYND, of County Tyrone, Ireland.
LACY. — In Beaufort, S.C., on Saturday, July 19, of typhoid fever, WILLIAM SEYMOUR LACY, eldest son of George W. and Elizabeth Lacy, a member of Company I, Sixth Regiment Connecticut Volunteers, aged 18 years, 5 months and 5 days.
MEADE. — In Richmond, Va., on Sunday, June 29, CATHERINE VOSS, youngest daughter of Drayton G. and Annie B. Meade, and grand-daughter of the late Joseph Sands, Esq., of Brooklyn.
MELLICK. — At Fortress Monroe, Va., on Wednesday, July 30, of typhoid fever, Capt. SIMEON A. MELLICK, Troop B. First New-York Mounted Rifles, son of A.D. and Elizabeth D. Mellick, of Bergen Point, N.J.
The funeral services will take place from the house of his father, on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 4 1/2 P.M. His relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral, without further notice. The boats of the Central Railroad Company, Pier No. 2, North River, at 11:20 and 3:20 P.M. Those wishing to return to the City can do so by boat or by carriages that will be in attendance.
ROSE. — In Brooklyn, on Sunday morning, Aug. 3, suddenly, IDA LOUISA, youngest daughter of Thomas L. and Sarah A. Rose, aged 4 years, 6 months and 29 days.
The relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, at the residence of her parents, No. 19 East Baltic-st., Brooklyn, on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 2 P.M.
SMITH. — In this City, on Sunday, Aug. 3, HARRY B. SMITH, youngest son of Chancy and Hannah M. Smith, aged 6 months and 4 days.
The friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, this (Tuesday) afternoon, at 3 o’clock, from the residence of his father, No. 120 East 46th-st., New-York.
STILES. — In Utica, N.Y., on Saturday, Aug. 2, Mr. ALEXANDER STILES, of Flushing, L.I., of heart disease, in the 62d year of his age.
The relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral, at the M.E. Church, in Flushing, this (Tuesday) morning, at 10 1/2 o’clock, without further invitation. Persons from the City desiring to attend, may take the trains on the Flushing Railroad, connecting with the ferries from James-slip and 34th-st., at 9 o’clock.
TOWNSEND. — On Sunday morning, Aug. 3, LOUISA MICKLE, wife of Theodore Townsend, of Albany, in the 30th year of her age.
The friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend her funeral, from the residence of her father, S.H. Mickle, Bay Lawn, Flushing, Long Island, on Wednesday, at 12 1/2 o’clock P.M. Trains leave James-slip and 34th-st. ferries at 11 A.M.
TURNER. — In Newport, R.I., on Friday, Aug. 1, of fever contracted near Richmond, Va., Capt. THOMAS ELWYN TURNER, Fourth Infantry, United States Army, son of Capt. Thomas Turner, of the United States Navy, aged 25 years.
VAN ALLEN. — In this City, on Saturday evening, Aug. 2, Mrs. MARY VAN ALLEN, in the 87th year of her age.
Her friends, and those of her son, William Van Allen, are requested to attend her funeral, from her late residence, No. 82 Franklin-st., on Tuesday afternoon, at 3 o’clock, without further invitation.
WESLEY. — In White Plains, N.Y., ELWIN, youngest son of A.C. and Sarah E. Wesley, aged 1 year and 1 month.
I selected the obituaries from the week of August 5, 1862 because I thought it was the appropriate circumstance to reflect upon the Victorian Hair Jewelry class I took yesterday. I enjoyed it immensely. It was not so much what I produced in those 4 hours, but the inspiration it gave me for future work. I did make some incredible loopy loops with horse’s hair and practiced making delicate little bows out of my own hair and that of a generous friend who cut off some of her beautiful locks for me to take to class. I have always believed that someone else hair is a precious possession, deceased or not, and it means a great deal to have this physical marker that is so emblematic of who they are.
In the 19th century, the popularity of hair jewelry was due to the belief that when one wore the hair of the deceased, that person was still with them. People not only wore the hair of the dead, but of those who would be absent from their lives for a long while.
Quite extraordinarily, hair lives on.
Monday, August 4, 1862
Extremely hot. Went to Fall River to Carrie Dodge’s clam bake. Had a splendid time. (TOM).
Tuesday, August 5, 1862
Hot. Felt miserably all day. Went to ride twice. Went up to the DeWolf farm in the evening to hear Mr. Hoffman Jelay on the piano.
Wednesday, August 6, 1862
Very warm. William went off to Boston. Came home at 7. Went to the DeWolf farm to hear Hoffman play in the evening.
Thursday, August 7, 1862
Started for Newport at 7. Arrived there about 10. Had a very nice time.
Friday, August 8, 1862
Very warm. Went out with William in the morning, up to Providence in the afternoon. He went to New York.
Saturday, August 9, 1862
Went up to see Ruth. Took tea with her. Came home in a heavy shower.
Sunday, August 10, 1862
Went to Church in the morning, up to the Smith’s after tea and then to Mrs. Doringh’s. Miss (…) a very interesting display of (…).
Simply stated, Sylvia had a nice week. She seems balanced and at peace. This is all I want from her, so her words make me feel very happy this week.