Frances M. Berry Whitcher (c.1811-1852)

A writer and artist, Miriam Berry displayed talent for satire and caricature from a young age. In 1846, "Neal's Saturday Gazette and Lady's Literary Museum" published Berry's "Widow Bedott's Table-Talk," satire using dialect and rustic humor. The prestigious "Godey's Lady's Book" published "Aunt Magwire"s Experience," another rambling series (1847-49). Berry wed Reverend Benjamin Whitcher in 1847 and continued to write Bedott and Magwire satires of women in village society, which infuriated the local townspeople. Berry Whitcher also wrote the obligatory hymns and religious poetry, perhaps to please her husband. In 1856 her "Widow Bedott Papers" appeared posthumously and sold 100,000 copies. An unidentified artist rendered this crayon portrait, photographed by J. D. Westervelt of Muskegon, Michigan.

1860 circa 5 years
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Carte de Visite
J. D. Westervelt
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