Frozen in a Snowbank - The Sad Fate of Sally Duget

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Michael Hinsley

Today in Hanover and Dartmouth College History February 26, 1854.

Here Lies The Mortal Wreck of Sally Duget

Sally Duget was born in New Hampshire. The 1830, 1840 and 1850 US Census record her as a resident of Hanover. The 1850 US Census records that she is unable to read and lists her occupation as "Insane".

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In the midst of society, Sally Duget may have lived alone, but she rest in the Dartmouth Cemetery near Dartmouth's founder Eleazar Wheelock and other early leaders and luminaries of Dartmouth and the Town of Hanover.

Sally Duget's Headstone February 26, 1854. Dartmouth College Cemetery, Hanover NH

Here lies the mortal wreck of Sally Duget.

In the midst of society she lived alone beneath the mockery of her cheerfulness.

She had deep woes in the ruins of her intellect.

The kindness of her hart survived.

She perished in the snow in the night of Feb 26, 1854.

The need for community and protection of the neediest members of our communities remain as important today as they were when an elderly Hanover resident perished, frozen in a snow bank.

Last thought.. If one is going to inscribe for eternity, the "ruins of her intellect" on a poor woman's gravestone..

Learn how to spell HEART...

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