Robert Lee FROST

(1874 - 1963)
Father*William Prescott (Jnr.) FROST b. 1850, d. 1885
Mother*Isabella MOODIE b. 1844, d. 1900
Robert FROST
(1874-1963)
Frost's father, William Prescott Frost, Jr., was a journalist with ambitions of establishing a career in California, and in 1873 he and his wife moved to San Francisco.1 Robert Lee FROST was born in San Francisco, San Francisco Co., California, on 26 March 1874.2,3,4,5
The siblings Robert and Jeanie were listed in the 1880 US census at 729 California St in San Francisco, San Francisco Co, California, with their parents, William Prescott (Jnr.) FROST and Isabella MOODIE.6

His father's death from tuberculosis in 1885 prompted his mother to take her two children, Robert and Jeanie, to Lawrence, Mass., where they were taken in by the children's paternal grandparents. While their mother taught at a variety of schools in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, Robert and Jeanie grew up in Lawrence, and Robert graduated from high school in 1892. A top student in his class, he shared valedictorian honours with Elinor White, with whom he had already fallen in love.1

Robert and Elinor shared a deep interest in poetry, but their continued education sent Robert to Dartmouth College and Elinor to St. Lawrence University. Meanwhile, Robert continued to labour on the poetic career he had begun in a small way during high school; he first achieved professional publication in 1894 when The Independent, a weekly literary journal, printed his poem "My Butterfly: An Elegy." Impatient with academic routine, Frost left Dartmouth after less than a year.1

He married Elinor Miriam WHITE at Lawrence, Essex Co., Massachusetts, on 19 December 1895.5

Frost resumed his college education at Harvard University in 1897 but left after two years' study there. From 1900 to 1909 the family raised poultry on a farm near Derry, N.H., and for a time Frost also taught at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry. Frost became an enthusiastic botanist and acquired his poetic persona of a New England rural sage during the years he and his family spent at Derry. All this while he was writing poems, but publishing outlets showed little interest in them.1

He was listed in the 1910 US census as head of the family in Derry, Rockingham Co., New Hampshire, with his wife Elinor; he was working as a teacher and the household included Elinor's parents Edwin WHITE and Henrietta A COLE. Their children Lesley, Carol, Irma and Marjorie were listed as living with them.7

By 1911 he was fighting against discouragement. Poetry had always been considered a young person's game, but Frost, who was nearly 40 years old, had not published a single book of poems and had seen just a handful appear in magazines. In 1911 ownership of the Derry farm passed to Frost. A momentous decision was made: to sell the farm and use the proceeds to make a radical new start in London, where publishers were perceived to be more receptive to new talent. Accordingly, in August 1912 the Frost family sailed across the Atlantic to England. Frost carried with him sheaves of verses he had written but not gotten into print. English publishers in London did indeed prove more receptive to innovative verse, and, through his own vigorous efforts and those of the expatriate American poet Ezra Pound, Frost within a year had published 'A Boy's Will' (1913). From this first book, such poems as "Storm Fear," "Mowing," and "The Tuft of Flowers" have remained standard anthology pieces.

'A Boy's Will' was followed in 1914 by a second collection, 'North of Boston', that introduced some of the most popular poems in all of Frost's work, among them "Mending Wall," "The Death of the Hired Man," "Home Burial," and "After Apple-Picking." In London, Frost's name was frequently mentioned by those who followed the course of modern literature, and soon American visitors were returning home with news of this unknown poet who was causing a sensation abroad. The Boston poet Amy Lowell traveled to England in 1914, and in the bookstores there she encountered Frost's work. Taking his books home to America, Lowell then began a campaign to locate an American publisher for them, meanwhile writing her own laudatory review of 'North of Boston.1'

The outbreak of World War I brought the Frosts back to the United States in 1915. By then Amy Lowell's review had already appeared in 'The New Republic', and writers and publishers throughout the northeast were aware that a writer of unusual abilities stood in their midst. The American publishing house of Henry Holt had brought out its edition of 'North of Boston' in 1914. It became a best-seller, and, by the time the Frost family landed in Boston, Holt was adding the American edition of 'A Boy's Will'. Frost soon found himself besieged by magazines seeking to publish his poems. Never before had an American poet achieved such rapid fame after such a disheartening delay. From this moment his career rose on an ascending curve

Frost bought a small farm at Franconia, N.H., in 1915, but his income from both poetry and farming proved inadequate to support his family, and so he lectured and taught part-time at Amherst College and at the University of Michigan from 1916 to 1938. Any remaining doubt about his poetic abilities was dispelled by the collection 'Mountain Interval' (1916), which continued the high level established by his first books.1

He was listed in the 1920 US census as head of the family at Mason St in Amherst, Hampshire, with his wife Elinor; he was a teacher at Amherst College. Their children Lesley, Carol, Irma and Marjorie were listed as living with them.8

His reputation was further enhanced by 'New Hampshire' (1923), which received the Pulitzer Prize. That prize was also awarded to 'Frost's Collected Poems' (1930) and to the collections 'A Further Range' (1936) and 'A Witness Tree' (1942).1

He was listed in the 1930 US census as head of the family at Brier Hill in Shaftsbury, Bennington, Vermont, with his wife Elinor; he gave his occupation as Professor.9

His other poetry volumes include 'West-Running Brook' (1928), 'Steeple Bush' (1947), and 'In the Clearing' (1962). Frost served as a poet-in-residence at Harvard (1939-43), Dartmouth (1943-49), and Amherst College (1949-63), and in his old age he gathered honours and awards from every quarter.1

He was listed in the 1940 US census as Head of Household at Main St in Shaftsbury, Bennington, Vermont; he gave his occupation as writer/lecturer. His son Carol was listed as living with him, along with his wife Lillian and their son William Prescott FROST.10

Robert died on 29 January 1963 in Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts, at age 88.11,4,5 He was buried at Old Bennington, Bennington, Vermont. This gravestone also carries the names of his wife, Elinor Miriam WHITE, and their children Marjorie Frost Fraser, Carol Frost, Elliot Frost and Elinor Bettina Frost. It is unclear if they are all buried here but Robert Frost did purchase 2 plots at this site.4
Grave - Robert FROST family, Old Bennington Cemetery, Vermont, USA
Grave - Robert FROST family, Old Bennington Cemetery, Vermont, USA

Family

Elinor Miriam WHITE (1873 - 1938)
Children
ChartsThomas Mudie (Moodie) (1776-?) descendancy
Robert Frost pedigree

Citations

  1. [S589] Book - Dale Hollis Hoiberg (editor), Encyclopaedia Brittanica.
  2. [S247] Government Publication - US SSDI, SSN 015-26-1987 issued Masschusetts.
  3. [S450] Book - William A Sutton, Newdick's Season of Frost, p13.
  4. [S451] Cemetery Marker - Robert Lee Frost and family, Old Bennington cemetery, Vermont, USA.
  5. [S1005] Book - Elinor Frost Robert Frost, Family Letters of Robert and Elinor Frost, Frost Family Chronology, p.xvii ff.
  6. [S250] Census - 1 Jun 1880, US Census, San Francisco, California, Roll T9-74, Page 689.2000, ED 54, image 300.
  7. [S259] Census - 15 Apr 1910, US Census, Derry Twp, Rockingham, New Hampshire, Roll T624-865, Page 86B, ED 239, Part 2, Line 31.
  8. [S245] Census - 1 Jan 1920, US Census, Amherst, Hampshire, Massachusetts. Roll T625-704, Page 2B, ED 137, image 632.
  9. [S251] Census - 1 Apr 1930, US Census, Shaftsbury, Bennington, Vermont, Roll T626-2426, Page 1B, ED 24, image 983.0.
  10. [S844] Census - 1 Apr 1940, US Census, Shaftsbury, Bennington, Vermont, Roll T627-4229, Page 8A, ED 2-29.
  11. [S247] Government Publication - US SSDI, SSN 015-26-1987.

Robert Lee FROST1

(1952 - 2011)
Father*William Prescott FROST1 b. 1924, d. 1989
Mother*Phyllis Marie GORDON1 b. 1927, d. c 1995
Robert Lee FROST was born on 25 October 1952.1

Robert died on 26 March 2011 at age 58.1
ChartsThomas Mudie (Moodie) (1776-?) descendancy

Citations

  1. [S1003] Email - D Wilber, email to D Ferguson, Nov 2014 onwards.

William Prescott FROST

He married Judith COLCORD in USA.

Family

Judith COLCORD
Child
ChartsRobert Frost pedigree

William Prescott FROST1,2

(1924 - 1989)
Father*Carol FROST1 b. 1902, d. 1940
Mother*Lillian Edna LABATT1 b. 1905, d. 1995
William Prescott FROST was born in Shaftsbury, Bennington, Vermont, on 15 October 1924.1,2
He was listed as grandson of Robert Lee FROST in the 1940 US Census at Main St in Shaftsbury, Bennington, Vermont, with his parents Carol FROST and Lillian Edna LABATT.1

William married Phyllis Marie GORDON in 1947 in Dade Co., Florida.3

William died on 7 January 1989 in Ashland, Jackson, Oregon, at age 64.4

Family

Phyllis Marie GORDON (1927 - c 1995)
Child
ChartsThomas Mudie (Moodie) (1776-?) descendancy

Citations

  1. [S844] Census - 1 Apr 1940, US Census, Shaftsbury, Bennington, Vermont, Roll T627-4229, Page 8A, ED 2-29.
  2. [S418] Ancestry.com - misc sources, at http://www.ancestry.com/, Vermont Birth Records, 1909-2008.
  3. [S418] Ancestry.com - misc sources, at http://www.ancestry.com/, Florida Marriage Index, 1927-2001. Florida Department of Health, Jacksonville, Florida, Vol 1129, certificate 10915.
  4. [S418] Ancestry.com - misc sources, at http://www.ancestry.com/, Oregon Death Records, 1898-2008.
  5. [S1003] Email - D Wilber, email to D Ferguson, Nov 2014 onwards.

William Prescott (Jnr.) FROST

(1850 - 1885)
Father*William Prescott FROST
Mother*Judith COLCORD
William Prescott (Jnr.) FROST was born in Kingston, Rockingham Co., New Hampshire, on 27 December 1850.

He married Isabella MOODIE, daughter of John MOODY and Amelia CHRISTIE, at the home of George W Elder in Lewistown, Mifflin Co., Pennsylvania, on 18 March 1873.1

He was listed in the 1880 US census as head of the family at 729 California St in San Francisco, San Francisco Co, California, with his wife Isabella; he was working as a journalist and the household included two lodgers. Their children Robert and Jeanie were listed as living with them.2

William died on 5 May 1885 in San Francisco, San Francisco Co., California, at age 34 of tuberculosis.3

Family

Isabella MOODIE (1844 - 1900)
Children
ChartsThomas Mudie (Moodie) (1776-?) descendancy
Robert Frost pedigree

Citations

  1. [S450] Book - William A Sutton, Newdick's Season of Frost, p11.
  2. [S250] Census - 1 Jun 1880, US Census, San Francisco, California, Roll T9-74, Page 689.2000, ED 54, image 300.
  3. [S450] Book - William A Sutton, Newdick's Season of Frost, p19.

Susan FULLER1,2

(c 1806 - 1892)
Susan FULLER was born circa 1806 in Watton, Hertfordshire.1

She married Richard FIELD at St Andrews in Holborn, London, Middlesex, on 14 September 1829.1,2

She was listed in the 1841 census in Watton, Hertfordshire, with her husband Richard; he was a butcher. Their children John, George, William, Sarah and Caroline were listed with them.3

She was listed in the 1851 census at Watton St in Watton, Hertfordshire, with her husband Richard; he was a Master butcher, employing one man (probably his son John). Their children John, George, Sarah, Caroline, Susan, Emma and William were listed as living with them.1

She was widowed on the death of her husband Richard between January 1855 and March 1855.4

She was listed in the 1861 census as Head of Family at Watton village in Watton, Hertfordshire; she was a butcher employing ten men. Her children John, Caroline and Emma were listed as living with her.5

She was listed in the 1871 census as Head of Family at Watton village in Watton, Hertfordshire; she was now an annuitant. Her children John and Emma were listed as living with her, as was her grandson Augustus James FERGUSSON.6

She was listed in the 1881 census as Head of Family at Watton village in Watton, Hertfordshire; she now said she was a retired butcher. Her children John and Emma were listed as living with her, as was her granddaughter Susan Christina FERGUSSON.7

She was listed in the 1891 census as Head of Family in Watton, Hertfordshire; she was living on her own means. Her children John and Emma were listed as living with her.8

Susan died on 17 April 1892 in Watton, Hertfordshire.9

Her will was probated in London on 27 July 1892 with William FIELD appointed executor of effects valued at £502/10/-.9

Family

Richard FIELD (c 1804 - 1855)
Children

Citations

  1. [S118] Census - 30 Mar 1851, UK census, ED5 HO107-1711 Folio 108 p30 GSU roll 193619.
  2. [S581] London Metropolitan Archives, at http://www.ancestry.co.uk, Guildhall, St Andrew Holborn, Register of marriages, 1827 - 1832, P69/AND2/A/01/Ms 6672/6.
  3. [S117] Census - 6 Jun 1841, UK census, ED 12 HO107-437-8 Folio 24 p12 GSU Roll 288826.
  4. [S190] Index - GRO and Office of National Statistics, England & Wales Civil Registration Qtrly Indexes, Death: District of Hitchin, Vol 3a, p182, 1Q1855.
  5. [S340] Census - 7 Apr 1861, UK census, ED 7 RG9-822 Folio 100 p10 GSU roll 542706.
  6. [S367] Census - 2 Apr 1871, UK census, ED 7 RG10-1371 Folio 104 p19 GSU roll 828461.
  7. [S116] Census - 3 Apr 1881, UK Census, ED 7 RG11-1422 Folio 93 p9 GSU roll 1341346.
  8. [S178] Census - 5 Apr 1891, UK census, ED 7 RG12-1109 Folio 85 p12 GSU Roll 6096219.
  9. [S677] Index - England High Court of Justice, England & Wales National Probate Calendar, probate granted in London to William FIELD, carpenter.

Julius Herbert FULTON

(1901 - 1973)
Julius Herbert FULTON was born in New Zealand on 28 January 1901.1

He married Dorothy May LAW, daughter of James Alexander LAW and Charlotte Blomfield (Lotta) MACDONALD, in Waimate, Canterbury, on 19 March 1930.2

Julius and Bob Hogan formed a partnership and began trading as J.H. Fulton & Co in 1933, however it wasn’t until December 30, 1935 that Fulton Hogan Ltd was officially created. The company is now a major trans-Tasman civil contracting company, offering customers services in civil contracting, construction, infrastructure maintenance, quarrying and asphalt production and surfacing.3

Julius died on 20 May 1973 at 8 Claremont St in Dunedin, Otago, at age 72.4,5 He was cremated on 22 May 1973 in Dunedin.6

Family

Dorothy May LAW (1899 - 1973)
ChartsAlexander Macdonald (1813-1888) descendancy
Samuel Forsaith (c1702-1751) descendancy
Stephen Blomfield (c1750?-1809) descendancy

Citations

  1. [S542] Index - New Zealand BDMs online, at http://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/, Birth Reg. No. 1901/6464, and Death Reg. No. 1973/29092 gives this birthdate; son of Herbert Valpy and Emily Zoe.
  2. [S443] CD - NZ Marriages, CD - NZ Marriages 1836-1956 V2, NZ Registrar General's Folio 2453.
  3. [S594] Fulton Hogan company website - history section, at http://www.fultonhogan.com/NewZealand/AboutUs/History/…
  4. [S420] Dunedin City Cemeteries database, at http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/facilities/cemeteries/…
  5. [S542] Index - New Zealand BDMs online, at http://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/, Death Reg. No. 1973/29092.
  6. [S420] Dunedin City Cemeteries database, at http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/facilities/cemeteries/…, Original reference C19730552.

Edward FUNNEL1,2

He married Ann BELL in Thornage, Norfolk, on 13 October 1720.1,2

Family

Ann BELL
Child
ChartsMacdonald pedigree

Citations

  1. [S871] FamilySearch, at https://familysearch.org/, England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975, FHL film 1657227, batch 107523-1, item 1, p23; parents E FUNNELL and Ann.
  2. [S530] Find My Past website, at http://www.findmypast.com/home.jsp, Norfolk Record Office, Ref. PD 507/1, p29.

Alice Ann FUNNELL1

(1846 - )
Father*Richard Weeds FUNNELL1 b. 1813, d. 1847
Mother*Sarah WADE1
She was baptised in Stody, Norfolk, in July 1846.1

Citations

  1. [S345] Email - A Cox, email to D Ferguson, 30 Apr 2003.

Anne FUNNELL1

(1769 - )
Father*Richard FUNNELL1 b. 1726, d. 1813
Mother*Martha BECK1
She was baptised in Hunworth, Norfolk, on 9 April 1769.1

Citations

  1. [S345] Email - A Cox, email to D Ferguson, 30 Apr 2003.