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It isn't known what happened to Harriet and her brothers when their widowed mother died, but they were all still children. As with many women up to the 20th century, biographical details apart from her husband and children aren't known. In a family rich with photographic records, she and Jonas are not represented, further leaving Harriet a mystery. It would be interesting to know her perspective on the family's immersion in the culture of Manhattan's Bowery while Jonas was proprietor there of several hotels. She died of typhus at 150 Union Street. in the Cobble Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn. She had been sick with the disease for 3 weeks. The attending doctor was their co-resident and possibly their landlord at 150 Union Street. Harriet is buried with Jonas and many of their children and grandchildren at a plot in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn.


children of Harriet Smith Holbrook and Jonas Bartlett:

i. Sarah Holbrook b. 10 June 1834, m. Addison B. Gates
ii. Jay or Jonas Jarvis b. 5 July 1836, d. 15 January 1841
iii. Lucy Olivia b. 10 July 1838, m. Alvin L. Holmes
iv. Harriet Emma b. 22 December 1841, m. Leander Story Risley
v. Henry Clay b. 30 December 1844, m. Kate Lillie Daumgold
vi. Mariana b. 22 July 1846
vii. Ada Perdue b. 24 September 1850, m. Luther Jenney Briggs, Jr., 25 October 1873




vital records sources: Harriet's birth, marriage and death are recorded in various family sources, including her brother's manuscript on the Holbrook family. Brooklyn death certificate #8965. Age 55 years, 5 months, housekeeper, b. Providence, RI, resident of (Brooklyn) 5 years, both parents b. Providence, d. 150 Union St., 6th Ward, doctor Samuel H. Olmstead, last saw her 11/23/189, d. of typhoid fever, abt. 3 weeks, bur. Greenwood 11/26.

1. 1869 Brooklyn death certificate #8965. Age 55 years, 5 months, housekeeper, b. Providence, RI, resident of (Brooklyn) 5 years, both parents b. Providence, d. 150 Union St., 6th Ward, doctor Samuel H. Olmstead, last saw her 11/23/189, d. of typhoid fever, abt. 3 weeks, bur. Greenwood 11/26.

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