Odd Brothers !
|Lafcadio Hearn's Brother and Extended Family|
|James Daniel Hearn's Family|
the fascinating world of two brothers,
separated at youth yet thrived in their virtually separate worlds.
|In Connecticut 1876||
Wedding Photo 1885
|This is the picture of James Daniel Hearn that was in Grandma Hearn's album. It says Connecticut on the back. So we suppose this was taken when Grandpa [James Daniel] Hearn came to America the second time and went to Connecticut to learn about growing tobacco. In the January, 1923, Atlantic Monthly is an article written by Henry Tracy Kneeland called "Lafcadio Hearn's Brother", an interview with Grandpa.||
the wedding picture of James Daniel and Cora Belle
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|Excerpt -- "After being in Wisconsin nearly five years, --I was now twenty-one, -- I went back to England. I intended to go out to India to enter a tea business. Dr. Stewart had a son who was a civil engineer for a tea company, and I expected to go in with him. But young Stewart got another idea--for me to return to the United States and get a knowledge of tobacco-growing in||
before I went to India. So I came over again and stayed with a Mr. Smith
at Poquonock. I had worked for him several years when I heard that young
Stewart had died; so I gave up the tobacco scheme and came West. When
I was twenty-four years old I went into the milling business at Gibsonburg,
|Viola tells about
him always reading with strong glasses. But there are no pictures I know
of that shows him wearing glasses. It is a condition that was passed down
to many of his grandsons and great grand sons. It passes through the females
to some of their sons. There are three grandsons in my mother's family with
extreme near-sightedness. I've often wondered if it was passed through the
Hearn line or the Cassimati line."
- Margery Bebow - cousin
and Daughter Grace
was delighted to receive
the photograph of your
wife and baby. I like your
wife's face: full of serious
kindness and gentleness;
but the baby! I can scarcely
believe it is your baby: I
could almost swear it was
my baby! It has the eyes,
sure enough - you will have
to be very careful, I fear,
with Miss Gracie's eyes."
-- Lafcadio Hearn.
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