Charles F. and Lucy Hartt
Charles Frederick Hartt was the eldest son of Jarvis William and Prudence Brown. He was born, on August 23, 1840, in Fredericton, New Brunswick, educated at Horton Academy, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, and at Acadia College, Nova Scotia. He also taught a year at the Young Ladies High School in St. John. Later, he went to Cambridge to study in the Agassiz Museum, (Geology).
Charles married Miss Lucy Cornelia Lynde of Buffalo, New York, in 1869. They had two children, Mary and Rollin. Both children became writers. Rollin wrote at least seven articles for Atlantic Monthly, between 1899 and 1900, that are available on the Cornell Library web site.
Charles Frederick Hartt was a man of unusual abilities. From an early
age, C. Fred Hartt (as he was usually known) manifested geology and
paleontology, and he made extensive collections in both Nova Scotia and
Charles Frederick Hartt faced many personal versus professional decisions in his short geological career. Torn between his perceived professional career advancement and the well-being of his family, Hartt chose his career each time. Hartt's career focus began when he accompanied his teacher, Louis Agassiz, on the Thayer Expedition to Brazil in 1865. In 1868, he became the first geologist at the new Cornell University, and married Miss Lucy Cornelia Lynde of Buffalo, New York; a son was born and then a daughter. At Cornell, Hartt organized the Morgan expeditions to Brazil in 1870 and 1871, and letters written at this time illustrate the dilemma facing him and his difficult decisions. Letters to Lucy emphasized his love for her and their family and mentioned the dangers and hardships he was facing. Yet the public writings about the trips give a picture of great adventures, science in the making, etc.
For a brief time, his family joined him at Rio after he organized the Brazilian Geologic Commission in 1875. Lucy then became pregnant with twins and wanted to leave. Hartt would not or could not leave his work, so Lucy took the children and left. Upon her return to Buffalo, she lost the babies. Lucy never again contacted her husband directly -- his decision to put geology first had cost him dearly. This final blow came during the last years of his life, and no doubt contributed to his early death. Yet, had he not chosen to go to Brazil, would we be writing about him?
interesting biography, written in 1874, of Charles Frederick Hartt
can be viewed at the following link: Virtual American Biographies
Children born to Charles Frederick Hartt and Lucy Lynde Hartt:
|Rollin Lynde Hartt||Born||November 20, 1869||Ithaca, New York||Married twice. He is listed as a writer.|
|Died||June 17, 1946|
|Mary Bronson Hartt||Born||March 23, 1873||New York City, New York||Unmarried; living with her mother in Buffalo according to the 1910 census. A writer and a correspondent for the Boston Transcript.|
According to the Copyright office, a son, John F. Hartt, renewed the copyright on one of Charles F. Hartt's books in 1950. [Information on the living deleted]
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