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George & Caroline Robertson Talbot "best citizens"

George Butler Talbot (1820-1898)

Caroline Robertson Talbot (1832-1864)

Elizabeth A. Dickey Talbot (1830-1907)

Ella M. Talbot Ferrin (1855-1905)


George Butler Talbot was born in 1820. His parents were Joel Talbot (1785-1878) and Hannah Fuller Talbot (1791-1877) (lot 76). Joel Talbot was a veteran of the War of 1812.


George married Caroline Robertson, daughter of James and Betsey Atkinson Robertson (lot 50). They had one daughter, Ella Murin Talbot, born on July 16, 1855. When Ella was only nine, Caroline Robertson Talbot died on December 5, 1864 of consumption. She was 32 years old.


George Talbot then married Elizabeth A. Dickey on February 1, 1866. George and Elizabeth had one child, Arthur W. Talbot, born in 1868.


A furniture finisher by trade, George Talbot worked for both the Everett Furniture Company and Haley, Morse & Boyden for many years. In his later years, he became a farmer.


In 1863, George B. Talbot, along with Joseph Day and Lyman Smith, formed a committee to sell the original Universalist Society building and erect a new meeting house at the corner of Washington and Nahatan Streets. In 1871, Talbot was among the first to sign a petition to form a new town and deliver it to the Legislative Committee on Towns at the State House in Boston.

The "new" Universalist Society Meetinghouse.

George Talbot serves on committee to bring electric light to Norwood in 1891.


George Talbot was described as “one of Norwood’s oldest and best citizens” at the time of his death on January 26, 1898 at his home on Neponset Street. He had been in poor health for several years and had suffered greatly from rheumatism. The cause of death was “old age and general debility.”


After his death, his widow and son moved from the farm on Neponset Street to a house on Guild Street, in the center of town. In 1894, Ella Talbot had married Eugene Ferrin. She died of pneumonia in 1905 in Chelsea, Massachusetts.


George Butler Talbot was interred in the Talbot plot at Old Parish Cemetery along with his first wife, Caroline Robertson Talbot, their daughter, Ella Talbot Ferrin, and Talbot’s second wife, Elizabeth Dickey Talbot, who died on May 16, 1907 of old age with a contributing cause of chronic bronchitis.


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