Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sunday's Obituary - Miss Mary Cabot

 For this Sunday's obituary, I am posting that of Miss Mary Rogers Cabot, who was the aunt of my grandmother, Grace Ware (Holbrook) Haskell.

Member of Family Long Prominent in Town
Compiled Annals of Brattleboro-- Although in Ill Health, Prepared Additional Material.
     Miss Mary R. Cabot, 75, member of one of Brattleboro's most prominent families, and who perhaps will be best remembered as the author of Annals of Brattleboro, in two volumes, which she compiled and edited in 1921, died at 7.30 o'clock Saturday morning in her Terrace street home after a lingering illness. For the past month, she had been confined to her bed, and previous to that time she had sat up most of each day and had done a good amount of writing. She possessed a keen intellect and retained her faculties almost to the end.
     Mary Rogers Cabot, the oldest of the four children of the late Norman Franklin Cabot and Lucy T. (Brooks) Cabot, was born in Brattleboro Aug. 20, 1856, in the so-called Felton house, which formerly stood near the corner of Main street and Harris place. Her father was treasurer over 29 years, or until his 82d birthday, of the Vermont Savings bank. He build the present home on Terrace street in October, 1878, and this had since been Miss Cabot's home. It had been her custom until recently, to close the house during the winter months, and during that time she traveled extensively.
     The four children born to her parents were: Mary R.; Horace E., who died at the age of three years; William Brooks Cabot of Boston, who has been for some months with his sister in Brattleboro; and Grace (Cabot) Holbrook, who died Feb. 9, 1929, and who was widow of Frederick Holbrook. Mr. Holbrook bought Naulahka, the home of Rudyard Kipling, which is now the property of his son, F. Cabot Holbrook, and Miss Cabot spent some time there. Norman F. Cabot died in Brattleboro May 6, 1913, in the 93d year of his age and his wife who was a daughter of Capt. William Brooks, died April 5, 1912.
     Miss Cabot leaves her brother, William Brooks Cabot, and several nieces and nephews, among them being F. Cabot Holbrook of Brattleboro and Mrs. Grace (Holbrook) Haskell, wife of Merrill Haskell of Portland, Me. She also leaves several cousins.
     Miss Cabot has been president of the Brattleboro Mutual Aid association since July 8, 1907, the year it was organized, and was deeply interested in its welfare. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and of the Colonial Dames of Vermont. She joined the Centre Congregational church in 1877 and later united with the Episcopal church, but never lost her affection for the Centre church.
     For some time Miss Cabot had been gathering material, as yet unpublished, as an additional contribution to Annals of Brattleboro.
     A set of the Annals is in the Brattleboro Free library. A set in the offices of The Phoenix is considered very valuable for reference purposes. The Annals are by far the most important history of Brattleboro ever published.
© 2010, copyright William C. Haskell

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