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1903. “Mrs. ’” The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 27 (4): 436–440. Chapter Two Abigail Adams: The Life and the Biographers* Margaret A. Hogan In the summer of 1777, John Adams wisely commented to his wife, Abigail: I think I have sometimes observed to you in Conversation, that upon examining the Biography of illustrious Men, you will generally find some Female about them in the Relation of Mother or Wife or Sister, to whose Instigation, a great Part of their Merit is to be ascribed.
The first attempt to document Adams’s life was made by her grandson Charles Francis Adams. The only son of John Quincy and Louisa Catherine Adams to survive into later adulthood, Charles Francis assumed the role of family historian, taking over from his father responsibility for organizing the family’s papers and beginning the long‐term process of editing them for publication. abigail adams: the life and the biographers His initial effort in this direction appeared in 1840, with the publication of Letters of Mrs.
Jacky died in 1781. The First First Lady After the passing of Jacky Custis, her sole remaining child, Mrs. Washington adopted his two youngest children and raised them as her own. This was not an uncommon practice at the time, especially in families such as the Washingtons’, who had the financial means and the space available to raise the children at home. The older two Custis children remained with their mother, who eventually remarried. Although Mrs. Washington was delighted to finally have her husband back home at Mount Vernon with the war over, the quiet retire ment she longed for was not to be.
A companion to first ladies by Katherine Amelia Siobhan Sibley