Monday, May 25, 2009
Francis Lithgow Payson
I always visit cemeteries a few days before Memorial Day to honor and remember relatives. This year I made my usual trip to Ashtabula County to cemeteries at Lenox, Rays Corner and Edgewood. But I also went to Arlington Cemetery thanks to the Dillow family. Francis Lithgow Payson married the youngest child of Senator William Morris Stewart (my great-grandfathers's brother) on May 16, 1896. The wedding took place at the Stewart Castle. The New York Times reported that the presents were numerous and principally diamonds and silver. The groom died forty years later after an illustrious military career. After some searching we found the grave. Here you see it pictured with three little girls. The bride of so long ago, Maybelle (Mary Isabelle) had two sisters - Anna and Elizabeth.