Betsey Doane Brace

Other Name:
Elizabeth Doane; Elizabeth Doane Brace
October 23, 1795
July 12, 1881
Later Residences:
Catskill, NY
Abel Brace (April 18, 1817)
Biographical Notes:
Betsey Doane Brace was the daughter of John Doane and Eunice Tuttle Doane. Born on October 23, 1795 Betsey was the first of John Doane's fourteen children. She later married Dr. Abel Brace of Catskill, New York. According to family tradition, Betsey attended the Litchfield Female Academy as a young woman. In 1817 she was married to Abel Brace, a Doctor practicing in Catskill, NY, and a nephew of Sarah Pierce and brother of John Pierce Brace. During their marriage Abel and Betsey had several children. Following Abel's death in 1863 Betsey lived with her brother George in Catskill for a time. She passed away in Catskill on July 12, 1881.
"We went from Albany to Catskill a week ago last Wednesday a most dreadful day - the newspapers stated that it was the coldest morning that has been known for these many years, and had I known it was so very cold I should have suffered most amazingly - but as it was we got along very comfortably. We found all our dear friends in Catskill very well - my new sister [Bestey Doane Brace] is a dear sweet creature, I lover her very much - she and my brother [Abel Brace] stay with my Aunt this winter, but they will go to housekeeping the first of May - how I long to have you become acquainted with her and my brother. I know you will love her."

- Anna Brace Loring to Charles Greely Loring, Litchfield, 23 February 1818 (Private Collection)
Additional Notes:
Betsey Brace is buried in the Catskill Village Cemetery.

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