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Julia Colt Emmet (Pierson)

Death: September 26, 1908 (78-79)
New Rochelle, Westchester, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Josiah Gilbert Pierson and Julia Boudinot Pierson
Wife of William Jenkins Emmet
Mother of Colonel Robert Temple Emmet, 9th U.S. Cavalry; William Le Roy Emmet; Richard Stockton Emmet; C. Temple Emmet; Jane Emmet de Glehn and 3 others
Sister of John Colt Pierson

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About Julia Colt Emmet


Julia Colt Pierson Emmet (1829-1908) was an American illustrator and painter.

Early life

Julia was born in Ramapo in Rockland County, New York. She was the daughter of Josiah Gilbert Pierson (1797–1845) and Julia Boudinot (née Colt) Pierson (1795–1830). Among her siblings was brother was J. Gilbert Pierson, and sister Sarah Colt, who was killed with her husband, the Rev. Robert McMullen, in the rebellion in Cawnpore during the 1857 uprising, by order of Nana Sahib. Her father was an inventor who established the iron works firm of J. G. Pierson & Brothers in Ramapo.

Her maternal grandparents were Hon. Peter Colt, the Connecticut State Treasurer, and Sarah (née Lyman) Colt and her maternal uncle was Roswell Lyman Colt. Her paternal grandparents were U.S. Representative Jeremiah H. Pierson and Sarah (née Colt) Pierson. Through her father, she was seventh in descent from Abraham Pierson, the first president of Yale University. The first American Pierson, Abraham Pierson the Elder, came to Boston in 1639 from Yorkshire, England and helped found Southampton, New York, Stamford, Connecticut, and Newark, New Jersey. Among her large extended family was uncle Eleazar Lord (wife of her aunt Elizabeth Pierson), and cousins: Brigadier General John Frederick Pierson, and Helen Maria Pierson, who married William Gaston Hamilton (son of John Church Hamilton and grandson of first U.S. Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton).


She studied art with Daniel Huntington. Emmet was known as a painter and illustrator.

Personal life

Julia was married to William Jenkins Emmet (1826–1905), a son of Judge Robert Emmet and Rosina (née Hubley) Emmet, and grandson of New York Attorney General Thomas Addis Emmet. Two of Emmet's brothers, Richard Stockton Emmet and Christopher Temple Emmet, were married to sisters, Katharine "Kitty" Temple and Ellen James Temple, both first cousins of Henry James, with whom Julia corresponded. Together, the couple had ten children, including a daughter Julia Colt Emmet died young. Their children who lived into adulthood were:

Robert Temple Emmet (1854–1936), who served in the army and was awarded the Medal of Honor.

Rosina Hubley Emmet (1854–1948), who was a painter and the mother of playwright Robert E. Sherwood.

William LeRoy Emmet (1858–1941), who was an electrical engineer and the leading advocate of the electrical propulsion of ships by turbine.

Devereux Emmet (1861–1934), who was a pioneering golf course architect and amateur golfer.

Richard Stockton Emmet (1863–1961)

Lydia Field Emmet (1866–1952), who was a prominent portraitist.

Jane Erin Emmet (1873–1961), who was also a prominent portraitist and married British impressionist painter Wilfrid de Glehn.

Christopher Temple Emmet (1868–1957), who married Alida Beekman Chanler, daughter of John Winthrop Chanler. They lived at The Mallows.

Thomas Addis Emmet (1870–1886), who died aged fifteen.

Julia died in New Rochelle, New York on September 26, 1908. Her funeral was held at Christ Church in Pelham Manor, New York.

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Julia Colt Emmet's Timeline

December 13, 1854
December 13, 1854
July 10, 1859
New Rochelle, Westchester County, New York, United States
December 11, 1861
Pelham, Westchester, NY, United States
November 27, 1863
January 23, 1866
New Rochelle, Westchester, New York, United States
July 8, 1868
Village of Pelham, Westchester County, New York, United States
September 26, 1908
Age 79
New Rochelle, Westchester, New York, United States