Ada Clare McElheny

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Ada Clare McElheny

Also Known As: "Alastor", "Jane McElhenney", "Agnes Stanfield", "Ada Agnes McElhenney"
Birthplace: Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, United States
Death: March 04, 1874 (39)
Albany, Albany County, New York, United States (Rabies)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of James McElhenney and Joanna Caroline McElhenney
Wife of Louis Moreau Gottschalk and J. Franklin Noyes
Mother of Aubrey C. Noyes

Occupation: Actress, Writer
Managed by: Judith Berlowitz
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About Ada Clare McElheny

Biographical information:

Biographical information: "Ada Clare (1836-1874) was the pseudonym and later legal name of Jane McElhenney, a journalist, writer, actress, poet, and feminist, of Charleston, S.C., and New York, N.Y.; nicknamed "The Queen of Bohemia," she changed name from McElhenney to Ada Clare in 1857; author of book, Only a Woman's Heart (published 1866); daughter of James McElhenney and Joanna Caroline Wilson McElhenney; wife of J. Franklin Noyes; mother of Aubrey (Clare) Noyes (1859-c.1868), who was the son of pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869)."

Marriage to J. Franklin Noyes 9 SEP 1868

Biographical and genealogical research on Ada Clare (1834-1874). South Carolina Historical Society. . Electronic Source Available. Abstract: File folder contains miscellaneous biographical and genealogical research notes. Includes family photograph.

Passport applications, 1795-1925 ; Indexes, 1830-1831, 1850-1852, 1860-1923 Vol. 131 November 6 - December 31, 1856. Vol. 132 January 2 - February 18, 1857. (NARA Series M1372, Roll 59) "United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 10 December 2015), (M1372) Passport Applications, 1795-1905 > Roll 59, vol 131-132, 1856 Nov-1857 Feb > image 833 of 1322; citing NARA microfilm publications M1490 and M1372 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.)

Passenger lists of vessels arriving at New York, 1820-1897 ; index to passenger lists of vessels arriving in New York, 1820-1846 Passenger lists 10 Nov 1858-18 Jan 1859 (NARA Series M237, Roll 189)

Relationships of Ada Clare

"...Louis Moreau Gottschalk ... may have been the father of her son Aubrey."

"Clare arrived in New York in 1858 and scandalized the populace as an unwed mother preaching the doctrine of free love and introducing herself and Aubrey as "Miss Ada Clare and Son" (Lalor, "Whitman" 136)"

"On Wednesday night last, Mrs. Ada Agnes Noyes, known as Ada Clare, of Bohemia, died in Now York, of hydrophobia." Fort Wayne Daily Sentinel - Fort Wayne, Indiana - Mar 10 1874

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Ada Clare McElheny's Timeline

July 1834
Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, United States
New York, New York, United States
March 4, 1874
Age 39
Albany, Albany County, New York, United States