Freeman Family

In the early Wilderness novels Galileo and Curiosity Freeman are main characters.

They were born into slavery in Pennsylvania on the same farm. In their young adulthood a concerned Quaker purchased their freedom, and arranged employment with Alfred Middleton, newly married to a Quaker,  in a new settlement on the edge of the New York frontier.

Galileo and Curiosity have three young adult children in the first novel: Almanzo (called Manny), Polly, and Daisy.  Daisy is present in all the novels, but it is Manny whose story arc expands.

The Bonner, Savard and Freeman families intermarry over the generations, as can be seen here.

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[[Genealogy]]

Conrad Belmont

Summary

The head of the Belmont family, a veteran of the Civil War who lost his sight in battle. Raised his nephew Cap Verhoeven. Well respected attorney with a practice on Wall Street.

 

Full Name | Also Known AsText“a quote worth quoting”
RolePrimary, Secondary, TransientAppears in Which NovelsW1, W2, W3, W4, W5, W6, GH
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Biography

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Incident A

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Incident B

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Mysteries

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 Notes

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Continuity Issues

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Sophie Savard

Summary

Sophie  Elodie Savard is the daughter of Simon Savard,  born in Paradise to Ben and Hannah Savard. As a young man Simon relocated to New Orleans to study medicine, where he met and married Selah Freeman, the daughter of a New Orleans apothecary and  great granddaughter of Curiosity Freeman.

Selah’s father Galileo  was born on the New York frontier and raised in Albany and Johnstown. He apprenticed as a cooper, but had aspirations to study medicine, an opportunity not available to black men at that time. Through his connections to the Savard family in Paradise he was offered the opportunity to move to New Orleans, where he took up the study of pharmacology. There he met and married Danae Anne Martin, a Free Woman of Color. Of their three children only Selah survived into adulthood.

Selah and Simon Savard met soon after he arrived in the city. They married within a year. Simon was a staff physician at the Savard clinic Dispensaire de Bienfaisance on the rue Dauphine; his wife, trained by her father as an apothecary, was also employed by the clinic. Both died in the last year of the Civil War.

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Sophie Elodie Savard

 

Sophie, born 8 July 1855 in New Orleans, was orphaned at age ten. At that time she was taken in by her Aunt Quinlan  and moved to New York to be raised in her home on Waverly Place. Also in the household is her half cousin Anna Savard. The two girls grow up together with a strong bond.

Sophie and Anna attend first grammar school and then enroll at the Rutgers Women’s College. Finally they go to the Woman’s Medical College. Sophie specializes in obstetrics and gynecology. As a woman of mixed race many professional and social avenues are shut to her, but she is a talented practitioner and is often called on by her male colleagues. She works primarily among the poor women and children of the city.

 

 

 

Anna Savard

Summary

 

Full Name | Also Known AsLiliane Mathilde Savard
RolePrimary
Appears inGH
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Birth Date & Place
Race/Ethnicity
EducationElementary school for children of faculty at the Cooper Union, Rutger’s Female College, Woman’s Medical School, post graduate work in Vienna, Berlin and London
OccupationPhysician and surgeon
DescriptionPhysically, Anna was inspired by Beatrice Offer, a British artist, and Maria Spartalli Stillman, another British painter of Greek descent who many consider to be arguably the greatest female artist of the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Stillman and Offer were advocates for artistic dress.

Notes

Liliane Mathilde Savard, called Anna by friends and family, is 27 years old when the story opens in 1883. She is the first daughter and second child of Henry and Curiosity (Birdie) Savard, both physicians. Anna is orphaned at age three. Her Aunt Quinlan takes her into her home on Waverly Place in Manhattan to be raised.

The Civil War takes a terrible toll on the Savard, Bonner and Quinlan families. Among the fallen are Anna’s brother and her Uncle Quinlan. The war has also orphaned Sophie Savard, a second cousin from New Orleans. Sophie comes to live with Aunt Quinlan, and a strong bond is formed between Anna, Sophie, and Anna’s close friend, Cap Verhoeven.

Offor was a British painter. She is one of the primary visual references for Anna.
Offor was a British painter. She is one of the primary visual references for Anna.

The three children attend elementary school in a special class for the children of Cooper Union faculty. Anna and Sophie go on to study at the Rutgers College for Women on Fifth Avenue, and then enroll as students at the Woman’s Medical College. They both come from many generations of doctors and healers, and medicine is the only future they can envision for themselves. Cap studies as Columbia College, and then enters Yale Law School.

At age 24 Anna is fully qualified as a physician, but she studies another year to qualify as a surgeon. By the summer of 1883 she is well established on the staff of the New Amsterdam Charity Hospital.

Anna’s costume for the Vanderbilt costume ball was inspired by the portrait below.

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