Charles Henry Ellingwood's page
(watercolor by Doug Sinclair based on a daguerreotype - where is it now??)
above: Eveline flanked by "Gran Brady" on her right and "Gran Hoyt" on her left, according to her own label
Eveline was born and raised in Manhattan. Letters passed down in the family suggest she had a more than modest education. In addition to her family background, circumstances make it very reasonable that she was the "Evaline" A. Hoyt mentioned at the graduation ceremonies of Rugers Female Institute in the Spring of 1858. She won a gold medal for her essay "Nature's Beauties."(1) Referred to as of the "Third Department," this was likely the same as the "Preparatory Department," followed by the Academic and Collegiate Departments. No indication has been found yet of the ages of the girls and women in each department. Eveline was 15 at the time. She was 19 when her father died and she may have helped her mother when she took over the store on Eighth Avenue.
Eveline likely met her future husband Charles when he rented rooms in the Hoyt house on West 22nd Street. They were married by Rev. Thomas Jagger at Anthon Memorial Chapel on West 45th Street (needs to be double checked). The chapel either was or was part of All Soul's Episcopal Church. They lived with Eveline's mother on West 22nd Street into the 1870s, then moved to Upper Montclair, New Jersey. Charles died in 1876 when he was 38, but Eveline, who was 35, didn't remarry. She and her son "Charlie" moved to her aunts' house on St. Felix Place in Brooklyn. Although her Aunt Louisa was a staunch Methodist, Eveline and Charlie apparently attended the Church of the Redeemer at Pacific Street and 5th Avenue, Brooklyn. Aunt Louisa, who owned the St. Felix Place property, willed it to Eveline. She and Charlie had been living at 83 St. James Place, Brooklyn. She likely sold the house and moved back to Montclair. A 1906 map shows Eveline's name on two properties. Charlie had married and Eveline lived with him and his family at both addresses at different times. There are Letters of Administration of Charles' estate given to Eveline, but no other probate documents were found. This leaves to question what Eveline's financial circumstances were after he died, but the evidence, especially that she owned multiple pieces of real estate, suggests she continued to live in comfort. She was also able to enroll Charlie in the prestigious Trinity School in Manhattan.
The larger property is at the corner of Gates and Clinton Streets, and the Ellingwoods were living there by 1910. In the upper right are the houses of the Ellingwoods and Cunninghams. The Ellingwoods were there in 1900, and the Cunninghams must have bought their house soon after. They apparently weren't neighbors when Charles and Horatia met and married, but may have met at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Montclair.
Eveline's diary near the end of her life mentions the activities of the family and letters to and from family and friends. Other family letters refer to her as having (memory problems?), which may explain the appearance of a diary so late in life. The Evergreens Cemetery has an abridged copy of her death certificate and gives her cause of death as chronic myocarditis and senility. Her granddaughter Virginia Smith recalled that her "Granna Ellingwood" taught her how to play the piano, although she had the more specific and child-like memory of Eveline's fingernails clicking on the keys. She died at 169 Wildwood Avenue, Montclair.
Child of Eveline Amelia Hoyt and Charles Henry Ellingwood:
Charles Hoyt Ellingwood, b. 7 July 1867
vital records sources: Eveline's birth date comes from family records. She was very likely born in New York City, but there is no municipal record of it. Her marriage was reported in several local papers including The New York Herald and The New York Times (issue of 9 December, p. 8), and is included in family records. There is no municipal record of it. Her death is noted in The New York Times (issue 24 July 1931, p. 13) and in family records.
1. The New York Tribune, 2 July 1858, p. 7.
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