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Collection Betty Herndon Maury Maury Papers


A chronology of key events in the life of diarist Elizabeth “Betty” Herndon Maury Maury (1835-1903).

  • 1835, June 25

    Born Elizabeth Herndon Maury, in Fredericksburg, Va., the oldest of eight children born to Matthew Fontaine Maury (1806-1873) and Ann Herndon Maury (1811-1901)

  • Ca. 1842-1857

    Resided with family in Washington, D.C., while Matthew F. Maury served in the Navy Department as superintendent of the Depot of Charts and Instruments (1842-1844) and subsequently the Naval Observatory and Hydrographic Office (1844-1861). Betty and her sister Diana ("Nannie") often assisted their father by transcribing his dictated correspondence.

  • 1853, July-Oct.

    Accompanied her father, sister Diana, and two cousins to Europe, where Matthew F. Maury attended the first International Maritime Meteorological Conference in Brussels, Belgium

  • 1857, Feb. 24

    Married William Arden Maury (1832-1918), son of John Walker Maury (1809-1855) and Isabel Foyles Maury (1813-1889), at the Naval Observatory, Washington, D.C.

  • 1857-1861

    Lived in Washington, D.C., with husband William A. Maury

  • 1858, Jan. 24

    Daughter Nannie Belle Maury born (d. 1939) in Washington, D.C.

  • 1861, June

    Left Washington, D.C., for Fredericksburg, Va. The Maurys boarded at the home of John Minor at 214 Caroline Street in Fredericksburg, Va. Betty Maury lived in the Fredericksburg area until the summer of 1862, with periodic visits to family members nearby, like her sister Nannie Corbin at "Farley Vale." William Maury was often in Richmond while employed by the Confederate government.

  • 1862, Aug.

    Temporarily lodged at "Old Mansion," Bowling Green, Caroline County, Va.

  • Ca. 1862-1863

    Resided in Richmond, Va.

  • 1863, Mar.

    Evicted from lodgings in Richmond; relocated to Charlottesville, Va., to stay with relatives.

  • 1863, June 7

    Daughter Alice Woolfolk Maury Parmalee born (d. 1940) in Charlottesville, Va.

  • Ca. 1863-ca. 1876

    Family resided in Richmond, Va.

  • 1877-1903

    Resided in Washington, D.C., where her husband William resumed his legal career, first as a partner in the firm Phillips, Maury & Phillips, then as assistant attorney general of the United States

  • 1903, Jan. 8

    Died, Washington, D.C., and interred there in Rock Creek Cemetery.

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