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Ellen A. Pond (1845-1919)

Ellen Augusta Pond was born on May 7, 1845 in South Dedham. She was the daughter and only child of John C. Pond (1814-1906) and Mary E. Lewis Pond (1818-1896).

According to a friend’s diary, in February of 1880, Ellen was hospitalized and her foot amputated; she returned home on May 6, 1880. The 1880 Census also makes note of her disability. She did not work outside the home. After the deaths of her parents, Ellen boarded in various homes, chiefly along Walpole Street including 129, 143, and 347 Walpole Street.

Two of Ellen Pond's Norwood homes as they appear in 2020.

Ellen Pond was a faithful member of the Congregational Church and a charter member of the Norwood Women’s Club. A lady of fine character, she had a great many friends who held her in high esteem. An active member of the community, Ellen was especially fond of music and attended most of the concerts held in town, often at Village Hall and, later, the bandstand at Guild Park.

Jubilee Singers perform in Norwood, MA in 1879
Ellen Pond likely attended Jubilee Singers performance in Norwood's Village Hall in 1879

Village Hall Norwood ca. 1879

The Jubilee Singers still perform 150 years after their 1871 founding.

In 1879 Village Hall occupied the Cottage & Washington Sts. corner.

She died on November 26, 1919 at the age of 74; the cause of death was a cerebral hemorrhage. Her funeral service was held at the Congregational Church and burial took place in Old Parish Cemetery alongside her parents.

Ellen Pond's grave stone with simple yet descriptive epitaph.

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