Buried: Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Rockland, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Buried alongside: Maria Louise Pool
Maria Louise Pool was an American writer. She tended to write about the human character in mundane situations, usually in a New England setting; dogs also had a prominent role in many of her stories. She often travelled around the country, and had lived in various places far from her birth but toward the end of her life she returned to her hometown to care for her elderly mother and frail sister. Her work was reviewed extensively, as by the New York Times, but has lapsed into obscurity. She was an influence upon the young Canadian-American writer Mary MacLane (May 1, 1881 — August 1929), who became friends with Pool's companion Caroline M. Branson. When Pool died, the Rockland newspaper, named, among the survivors of Pool, Caroline, her "literary companion.” Branson and MacLane lived together from 1902 to 1908 in the house Branson and Pool had lived in. Pool and Branson are buried together in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Rockland, Massachusetts. Their house still stands on Liberty Street in Rockland, near the corner of East Water Street, and next to the 1770's cape where she was born. A Boston School portrait of Pool hangs in Rockland's Memorial Library.
Together from 1866 to 1898: 32 years.
Caroline M. Branson (March 12, 1837 – January 10, 1918)
Maria Louise Pool (August 21, 1841 – May 19, 1898)
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The cottage at 306 Liberty Street, Rockland, was the Daniel Lane Jr. House, presumibily built by young Daniel about the time he married Hannah Andrews in 1774.
Address: 306 Liberty St, Rockland, MA 02370, USA (42.1319, -70.90751)
Type: Private Property
Built about 1774 or 1775
One room was used as a temporary meeting place for religious services in time of the smallpox epidemic of 1775-76. Around 1820 Daniel Lane Jr. served as a justice of the peace, and he probably convened courts in the main room of the house. Maria Louise Pool, the Victorian novelist, was born here. She was a grand-daughter of Daniel Lane Jr., her parents, Elias Pool and Lydia Lane, having come into possession of the homeplace about the time Daniel Lane Jr. died in 1831. Later in her life, Pool built the house next door at 300 Liberty Street. She was more interested in ecology than society. She was a great lover of dogs and was given to solitary strolls with her pets, especially in the earliest morning hours. After Pool’s death in 1898, Judge George W. Kelly bought her new house.
Who: Maria Louise Pool (August 20, 1841 – May 18, 1898) and Caroline M. Branson (March 12, 1837 – January 10, 1918)
Maria Louise Pool was an influence upon the young Canadian-American writer Mary MacLane (1881-1929), who became friends with Pool’s "literary companion" Caroline M. Branson. Branson and MacLane lived together from 1902 to 1908 in the house Branson and Pool had lived in. Caroline M. Branson and Maria Louise Pool are buried together in Mount Pleasant Cemetery (Rockland, MA 02370).
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