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Nancy Andrews (Cummings (Thayer))

Birthplace: New York, New York County, New York, United States
Death: August 11, 2006 (86)
New York, New York County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of E.E. Cummings and Elaine Thayer
Wife of Roy Kevin Andrews
Ex-wife of Joseph Willard Roosevelt
Mother of Simon Willard Roosevelt; Private; Private; Ioanna Andrews; Alexis Andrews and 1 other
Half sister of Brian Hugh Dermot MacDermot

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Birth: Dec 20 1919 - NY

Death: Aug 11 2006

Parents: Edward Estlin "e. E." Cummings, Elaine Orr

Ex-husband: Joseph Willard Roosevelt Ex-husband: Kevin Andrews

Children: Simon Willard Roosevelt, Elizabeth F. Aldred (born Roosevelt), Alexis Andrews, Ioanna Andrews


A Memorial: Nancy T. Andrews, Daughter of E. E. Cummings by Michael Webster

THIS IS DIFFICULT, but see if you can follow. On June 12, 1916, Scofield Thayer married Elaine Orr (who became Elaine Thayer, her first marriage). One of Thayer's best friends, Harvard classmate Estlin Cummings (later the poet, painter, and novelist e. e. cummings) wrote an epithalamion, a poem to celebrate nuptials, at Thayer's behest. The Thayers went to Chicago; Cummings went to World War I France to serve in the Ambulance Corps, but instead spent almost four months in a French detention camp for anti-war sentiments. March of 1918, Cummings arrived in New York City. The Thayers had settled into two separate residences on Washington Square. Scofield Thayer, now part-owner and soon to be publisher of the literary journal The Dial, became Cummings's patron, purchasing his paintings and championing his poetry. Thayer's stated reason for living apart from his wife was so he could concentrate on his work. Cummings knew from Elaine, however, that Thayer had lost interest in her, and at first set out to comfort her, but soon he and Elaine were lovers. When Thayer found out his best friend and his wife were having an affair, he was unperturbed. Cummings was then drafted into the infantry that November, just four months before the war ended.

By February 1919 Cummings was back in New York, and resumed his affair with Elaine. Then in May--and here's the important part for our purposes here--Elaine announced she was pregnant with Cummings's child. Cummings, frankly, acted terribly. He dropped Elaine and was relieved when his friend Thayer accepted paternity even though everyone knew the truth. Elaine, who was no saint as you will see, was twice abandoned--first by her husband, then by the father of her child.

Cummings showed little reaction to the December 20, 1919 birth of his daughter Nancy Thayer. His work was always more important. It wasn't until October 1920 that Cummings had any involvement with his daughter. Thayer and Elaine were planning to divorce, and so Cummings and Elaine renewed their relationship. They saw each other on a daily basis, which meant time with daughter Nancy, who he called Mopsy. By summer of 1921, the little family was living in Paris, although at separate establishments. Elaine led a wealthy life, and the poor Cummings refused to live off of her or Thayer's money. Still, he began to play with Nancy, taking her on walks and to the park. His relationship with Elaine grew ever closer, even though they continued to live and travel separately. And he told Nancy stories.


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Nancy Andrews (née Cummings)'s Timeline

December 20, 1919
New York, New York County, New York, United States
September 14, 1945
Age 25
August 11, 2006
Age 86
New York, New York County, New York, United States