Stepping Heavenward - Lucy D. Waterman

Lucy D. Waterman

Biography

Lucy D. Waterman (1866-1931)

Lucy Dwight Waterman was born on 14 January 1866 in Gorham, Cumberland County, Maine to John Anderson Waterman, owner of a law office, and his first wife, Evelina Lewis Pierce.

John and Evelina had a total of five children: Eva Lewis, Fanny Anderson, Margaret Payson, John Anderson Jr., and Lucy. Following Evelina’s death in 1881, John remarried Mary Ellen Smith and they had one daughter together, Caroline Fox Waterman.

In 1897, at the age of 31, Lucy received a diploma from library school, presumably somewhere in New England. After working in several positions, she wound up becoming the librarian of the New York Law School from 1898 to 1901. According to the 1901 City Directory of New Bedford, Massachusetts, Lucy had relocated from New York and taken up a position as a clerk.

In 1904, Lucy became the first librarian of Benson Memorial Library in Titusville, Pennsylvania. She remained there until at least 1909, possibly until 1915. From 1916 to 1917, she was employed as an assistant at Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and likely stayed there until 1920, when she moved to Providence, Rhode Island.

Censuses show that Lucy was an assistant at Providence Public Library for the last decade of her life. Sadly, she passed away on 8 July 1931, due to a brain tumor. She is buried at Eastern Cemetery in her hometown of Gorham, Maine. There are no records to suggest that she ever married or had any children.

UPEI’s Provenance Collection’s copy of Stepping Heavenward, by Mrs. Elizabeth Prentiss, is signed on the inside cover by the author’s husband, Dr. George L. Prentiss, to “Lucy D. Waterman, from Dr. Prentiss--1890”. Evidently, Lucy had introduced Dr. Prentiss’s speech at the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Gorham, Maine in 1886.


Sources:

1870 United States Federal Census. Census Place: Gorham, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: M593_540; Page: 307B; Image: 169235; Family History Library Film: 552039. NARA microfilm publication M593, 1,761 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration.

1880 Tenth Census of the United States. Census Place: Gorham, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: 478; Family History Film: 1254478; Page: 318C; Enumeration District: 035. (NARA microfilm publication T9, 1,454 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.

1920 Fourteenth Census of the United States. Census Place: Providence Ward 4, Providence, Rhode Island; Roll: T625_1677; Page: 15A; Enumeration District: 216. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA. Note: Enumeration Districts 819-839 are on roll 323 (Chicago City).

1930 Fifteenth Census of the United States. Census Place: Providence, Providence, Rhode Island; Roll: 2175; Page: 12A; Enumeration District: 0131; Image: 249.0; FHL microfilm: 2341909. United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls.

Lucy D. Waterman. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995. New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA.

Evelina Lewis Pierce, Descendants of Robert Waterman of Marshfield, Massachusetts through seven generations : Volume 1.

John Anderson Waterman, Descendants of Robert Waterman of Marshfield, Massachusetts through seven generations : Volume 1.

Lucy Dwight Waterman, Descendants of Robert Waterman of Marshfield, Massachusetts through seven generations : Volume 1.

“Lucy D. Waterman”, Find A Grave Memorial# 121448465, Accessed June 2017

Lucy Dwight Waterman, Death Records. RootsWeb.

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