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Henrietta Sturdevant Colburn

Henrietta Sturdevant Colburn[1]

Female 1841 - 1892  (51 years)

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  • Name Henrietta Sturdevant Colburn 
    Nickname Nettie 
    Born 1841  Bolton, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Female 
    FindaGrave 103240753 
    _AMTID 390151093026:1030:116238515 
    Died 27 Jun 1892  White Plains, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried White Plains, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    White Plains Rural Cemetery 
    Person ID I13898  Puffer Genealogy
    Last Modified 28 Feb 2017 

    Father Amasa Colburn,   b. 1823, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 May 1894, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother Charlotte E.,   b. CA 1823, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Apr 1858, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 35 years) 
    Family ID F1875  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Capt. Alfred Edson Puffer,   b. Aug 1839, Bennington, VT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jul 1918, Fall River County, SD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years) 
    Married 7 Apr 1859  Pittsfield, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4
    Divorced 1861  Washington, DC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 13 Apr 2018 
    Family ID F6553  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 William Porter Maynard,   b. CA 1841, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 14 May 1867  [5
    Last Modified 13 Apr 2018 
    Family ID F16894  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1841 - Bolton, CT Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    alfred edson puffer marriage.jpg
    alfred edson puffer marriage.jpg

    Headstones
    henrietta sturdevant colburn.jpg
    henrietta sturdevant colburn.jpg

  • Notes 
    • She was the personal spiritualist for Mary Todd Lincoln and held 'circles' (seances) with President Lincoln in attendance.

      "She visited Washington in spring 1862 in order to see her brother, then in the Federal Army hospital. Lincoln's wife had a sitting with Maynard and was enormously impressed. The next day she sent a carriage to bring the medium to see the president. In a state of trance, the medium delivered a powerful address relating to the forthcoming Emancipation Proclamation, forcefully urging Lincoln "not to abort the terms of its issue and not to delay its enforcement as a law beyond the opening of the year; and he was assured that it was to be the crowning event of his administration and his life," even though he was being strongly counseled by certain individuals to defer the matter. According to reports, President Lincoln acknowledged the pressures upon him and was deeply impressed by the medium's message."


  • Sources 
    1. [S1210] Descendants of George Puffer of Braintree, Massachusetts 1639-1915, 160.

    2. [S1549] _1900 United States Federal Census.

    3. [S1685] _1880 United States Federal Census.

    4. [S2060] Massachusetts Marriage Records, 1840-1915.

    5. [S2105] Obituary.