Cynthia Thoreau

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Cynthia Thoreau (Dunbar)

Birthdate: (84)
Birthplace: Keene, Cheshire Co., NH
Death: March 12, 1872 (84)
Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Asa Dunbar and Mary Dunbar
Wife of John Thoreau
Mother of Helen Louisa Thoman; John Thoreau, Jr.; Henry David Thoreau and Sophia E. Thoreau

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About Cynthia Thoreau

Cynthia Dunbar, b. May 28, 1787, Keene, N.H.; moved to Concord Massachusetts with mother and stepfather in 1798; d. March 12, 1872; now bu. at Author's Ridge in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.


  • Cynthia was outspoken, opinionated and sociable. She was known as a good homemaker and hostess. In addition to taking in boarders for income, she often brought the less-fortunate into her home for meals. She was active in the Concord Ladies Anti-slavery Society and made her Concord home a stop on the Underground Railroad.
  • As a boy Thoreau was often called upon to drive his mother's cows to and from their grazing pastures and developed an early love of solitude and communion with nature.
  • Cynthia outlived all her children but the youngest, Sophia, dying in 1872 just two months short of her 85th birthday.


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Cynthia Thoreau's Timeline

May 22, 1787
Keene, Cheshire Co., NH
October 22, 1812
Age 25
Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
Age 27
Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
July 12, 1817
Age 30
Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
June 24, 1819
Age 32
Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
March 12, 1872
Age 84
Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA