- She and her adoptive parents are the reason why the Freeland records are at Essex. According to the letter dated Nov. 10, 1926 to Aunt Jig (Miss Alice Waters), she says that she was adopted by Robert and Maria Freeland. She was the natural daughter of Samuel H. Freeland, Robert's brother. In the 1880 census she is described as living in Baltimore, age 19, the neice of Robert and Maria.
Later in life, after 1900, she was a constant correspondent with Kitty ________, and her many letters from Europe during a trip of 1905 are preserved at Essex. She also preserved many tax receipts from Deer Island, Maine?
See the diary entry for JL Sr. for Nov 12, 1926, where he refers to taking care of an inheritance matter for her, concerning "her part of the estate of her uncle the late Jas E. Douglas. She will receive about $16,000 and there is a payment of about 998.00 now due and payable." This is also the time when the letters about the portraits were written. I don't know of James Douglas, but he must be from her mother's family. I also don't think that I have receipts from Essex for that time period?