Montgomery County, Maryland
Obituaries and Death Notices
Mrs. Dorcas Bowie
Died: on Dec 28, after a severe illness of 8 days, Dorcas Bowie, consort of Mr Peter Bowie, of Montgomery Co, Md. [Daily National Intelligencer, JAN 16, 1821 - Sub. by K. Torp]
Died: on Jan 24, in Washington City, Miss Eliz Carroll, of Montgomery Co, Md, at an advanced stage of life. She was the youngest sister of the late Dr Carroll, Archbishop of Baltimore, & bore a strong resemblance to him in moral & intellectual excellence. [Daily National Intelligencer, JAN 26, 1821 - Sub. by K. Torp]
Died on Jan 16, 1821, near Charlotte Hall, Md., at the residence of Mrs. Mary Sothoron, Nell Courcey, a Negro woman, aged 130 years. She had been deaf and totally blind for the last 16 years of her life, but enjoyed good health. Also, at the residence of the late John Chapellier, Sarah, a Negro woman, aged 105 years. Both these old women were born in St. Mary's County, Md, where their births are on record, and generally known. [National Intelligencer, Feb 13, 1821 - Contributed by K. Torp]
Dr. Thomas J. Davis, died 11 July in Montgomery Co., Md., aged 23. (National Intelligencer, 19 July 1828, sub. by K. Torp)
Mary Dyer, eldest daughter of Aaron DYER, formerly of Montgomery Co., Md., deceased, died Feb. 4, in the 48th year of her age. (Feb. 14, 1831, National Intelligencer, as pub. in the NGSQ, vol 55, No. 1, March 1967, submitted by K. Torp)
September 11 1788. Died on Thursday, 31 July, Mrs. Elizabeth Jones, wife of Mr. Charles Jones of Montgomery Co. ["MARYLAND GAZETTE", Annapolis, MD - reprinted in Maryland Historical Magazine, Volumes 17-18, 1922 -- Sub. by K.T.]
Dr. Claiborne H. Mannar. Rockville, aged 59, died April 13 from cerebral hemorrhage. ["Southern Medical News", 1921 - submitted by Tina Easley]
Helen J. Lamb Hoke Watts
Obit: Helen Hoke, who wrote nearly 100 children's books and set up and ran children's book divisions in five publishing companies, died of bronchial pneumonia on Monday [March 26, 1990] in a nursing home in Bethesda, Md. She was 86 years old and lived in Chevy Chase, Md.
Humor, natural history, the supernatural and witchcraft were the subjects of many of Ms. Hoke's books. She also specialized in anthologies of ghost stories, one of which she wrote with her grandson, Franklin Hoke.
Among her other books for young readers were "The Horse That Took the Milk Around," "Too Many Kittens," "Factory Kitty" and "Grocery Kitty."
In the late 1930's, Ms. Hoke inaugurated and managed children's book departments at several publishing houses, including Henry Holt, Reynal & Hitchcock and Julian Messer. In the 1940's, Ms. Hoke, whose first marriage, to John Hoke, had ended in divorce, married Franklin Watts, founder [sic] the New York publishing company that bears his name. She became the company's vice president and director of international projects.
She and her husband established Franklin Watts Ltd. in London in the 1960's, and Ms. Hoke worked there into the 1970's before returning to the United States. Ms. Hoke also organized Helen Hoke Associates, which represented authors, and oversaw publication of books from inception to marketing. Her son, John Hoke, said she was "awfully good at finding new authors."
In the 1970's she began naming her books with what she called "Terrific Triple Titles." Among these books were, "Witches, Witches, Witches," "Jokes, Jokes, Jokes" and "Nurses, Nurses, Nurses," an anthology of short stories, poems and exerpts from biographies and novels.
Jean Vestal of Franklin Watts said one of Ms. Hoke's contributions to children's book publishing was her early support of the Bologna International Children's Book Fair in Italy, which has become an important element in the industry.
Ms. Hoke and her son, a photographer and writer, wrote "Music Boxes: Their Lore and Lure" in 1957. It was her 32nd book and her first nonfiction work.
Ms. Hoke was also executive director of the Julia Ellsworth Ford Foundation, which conducted annual children's book competitions.
Surviving are her son, who lives in Bethesda, and four grandchildren.
[New York Times, March 30, 1990 - Submitted by Allen Bankson]
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