Ella M. Talbot was born in South Dedham on July 16, 1855 to George and Caroline (Robertson) Talbot and grew up in the village. George Talbot was a farmer. Ella’s mother died in 1864 when Ella was only 9 years old. A few years later, on February 1, 1866, her father married Elizabeth A. Dickey.
In the 1870 U.S. Census, Ella, at 14, has an occupation – “sewing straw” – a cottage industry then popular among girls and young women in South Dedham.
On February 24, 1894, Ella married Eugene T. Ferrin in Boston. The couple was living in Chelsea when she died of a pulmonary hemorrhage and tuberculosis on October 15, 1905. Her funeral was held at the home of her stepmother, Mrs. Elizabeth Talbot on Guild Street.
Ella M. Talbot Ferrin was interred in the family plot with her parents, George B. Talbot (1820-1898) and Caroline Robertson Talbot (1832-1864). She was survived by her husband, a brother, Arthur, and her stepmother. Elizabeth Dickey Talbot died two years later in 1907. She is interred in the family plot as well.