|Birthplace:||New Haven, CT, USA|
|Death:||Died in New Haven, CT, USA|
|Managed by:||Michael Reid Delahunt, art teacher & lexicographer|
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About Aurelia Hooker (Dwight)
Aurelia Dwight, b. July 31, 1816, at New Haven, m. July 15, 1846, Rev. Richard Hooker, b. April 10, 1808 (son of Judge John Hooker of Springfield, Mass., and Sarah Dwight, dau. of Col. Josiah Dwight of that place: see page for No. 5851, iv.), grad. at Yale in 1827. He studied theology at Princeton, N. J., and Columbia, 8. C, and settled in the South in the ministry, for the improvement of his health which was indifferent: see page for No. 5991, x. The latter part of his life (1852-7) he spent at New Haven with his family, where he preached, as opportunity offered, almost constantly, being unable to accept of any parochial charge. He was a man of vigorous powers of mind, good judgment, cultivated taste and thorough independence in thought, word and deed. His disposition was generous: his views were broad; and his heart and life were rich with the proofs of his communion with God. He extemporized in his pulpit ministrations with great ease to himself, and with like finish of style to that which the compositions elaborated with his pen exhibited. He d. at New Haven, Dec. 19, 1857, aet. 49.
She d. there, Jan. 25, 1874, aet. 57. She was of like energy of character with her mother, and had superior intellectual tastes, and was both earnest in her moral convictions and very sprightly in her ordinary moods of feeling. The following "In Memoriam," written by Prest. Noah Porter, of Yale College, concerning her, appeared in "The New Haven Palladium," shortly after her death:
"To all who knew her, her unlooked for removal is a shinning blow, which will be followed by prolonged sorrow. Though very sensitive and retiring in disposition, her strength of mind and of character made their impress in every circle in which she moved. She was eminently intelligent from reading, thought and observation, and as eminently upright, frank and fervent. Her humor was exhaustless, and with her frankness made her the delight of the friends whom she trusted, and to whom she was free to express her thoughts and feelings. She was true to her convicticms, and frank in expressing them, and unselfish in feeling, act and sacrifice. In the experiences of a checkered life, in which she had a fair share of bereavement, change and sorrow, she was ever the generous friend of the destitute and friendless. To her own family and relatives she was a wise and sympathizing counsellor, and a pillar of strength. As daughter, sister and mother, she was faithful and affectionate. She was an ardent friend and liberal benefactor of the College, in which she had an hereditary interest and pride. Her last years have been consecrated to unceasing and excessive labors and cares for private and public charity; and her generous and ardent sympathies for others were such at times, as to drink up the very springs of life. The sharp and sudden attack which brought on her death was made sharper by her intense sympathy with the bereavement of a neighboring household. All the thought and strength which she could command, during a week of distressing struggle for life, were given to others. No one can doubt, that she has found an open and abundant entrance into the eternal kingdom, for which she aspired rather than hoped; and that its rest and peace are none the less welcome, because to her timid and humble faith they are in some sort a surprise." They had one son
182. 1. Thomas Hooker, b. Sept. 3, IS49, at Macon, Ga., grad. at Yale in 1869, and tutor there since Sept. 1871.
Source: The history of the descendants of John Dwight, of Dedham, Mass., Volume 1 (Google eBook), Benjamin Woodbridge Dwight, J. F. Trow & son, printers and bookbinders, 1874, pages 200-01. Downloaded 2011.