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Guide to the Abigail Belden Whelpley Papers
1807-1921, undated
 MS 3067

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Biographical / Historical

Abigail Belden Whelpley was born in Hartford, Connecticut on 19 June 1817, to parents Rev. William Belden and Abigail Frances Hatch. Whelpley lived in New York City with her parents for most of her life, though she later moved to New Jersey and then Massachusetts to live with her brother and nephew. In 1841 she married Rev. Samuel Waldo Whelpley, who came from a family of clergymen similar to hers, and gave birth to her first and only son, Henry Belden Whelpley, in 1842. Though she spent some time working as a housekeeper, Abigail Belden Whelpley spent most of her time writing and contributing to various periodicals, including The Christian Family Annual, The Family Circle and Parlor Annual, and   Youth's Parlor Annual. She died in 1880, and is buried in Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery.