Suffolk Street NOT Chestnut Street

A correction to the previous post. A Crumpler Fund donor, Robert M., suggested that the reference to 72 Chestnut Street be checked because it likely was not the home of Dr. Rebecca Lee.  From records Robert forwarded, it appears that Rebecca Lee at #72 was a wealthy, property-owning widow.   Dr. Lee had no money, resulting in Wyatt Lee being buried in a grave for an indigent person.

Further investigation located a Rebecca Lee living at 73 Suffolk Street, now  Shawmut Avenue in the South End.   Dover Street is now East Berkeley.   In fire insurance maps, red/pink buildings are brick, and yellow are wood framed.

#73 would have been opposite the word Suffolk. Plan of the City of Boston, Publisher Boston: Prang & Co. Lith., 1861, Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library
D.A. Sanborn, Insurance map of Boston : volume 1 (1867). Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library.

It’s  possible that Dr. Lee lived on Suffolk Street after medical school and before she went to Virginia to work for the Freedmen’s Bureau.  She may have also lived there during her medical training. As you can see on the map, it would have been an easy walk to the medical school on Stoughton Street between Albany and Harrison Avenue in the South End.

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Atlas of the county of Suffolk, Massachusetts plate X,  1874, Publisher : G.M. Hopkins & Co., Boston Public Library, Norman B. Leventhal Map Center

A’Llyn Ettien, the Collections Management Librarian at Boston University, Alumni Medical Library wrote that the 1860 Annual Report stated that  “Board can be had in the city for $4 to $6 a week, according to accommodations. Students, who desire it, will be assisted in obtaining suitable boarding-places.”

If any other information in these posts needs correction, please let us know.  Of course, we also look forward to new bits of information about the lives or Rebecca and Arthur Crumpler.




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