Tuesday, June 27, 2006

He'd Given Them Up for Dead

Forty descendants of author Nathaniel Hawthorne gathered in Concord, Mass., on Monday to witness the return of his wife and daughter from England.

Hawthorne, author of The Scarlet Letter and The House of the Seven Gables, died in New Hampshire in 1864. His wife, Sophia Peabody Hawthorne, moved to England with their three children and died there six years later. She and their daughter Una were buried at Kensal Green cemetery in London.

Hawthorne's daughter Rose returned to the United States and started a Catholic order dedicated to caring for cancer patients. The Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne, based in Hawthorne, N.Y., paid to maintain the Hawthorne graves in England.

When cemetery officials told the nuns that the grave site needed costly repairs, the order arranged to have [the] remains reburied in Concord instead. [Link]

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