Sunday Aug 31st Went to meeting and at noon Henrietta & Mrs
Stevens came home with us. Mrs Stevens came with
us from church at night and Alson carried Orinthia
home Mrs Stevens & self called at Mr Torreys
The boys went to Dr Swans & Augustus’ to call on
Miss Eddy who is stopping there Oliver & wife & George
and family to Mr Lothrops & Pauline went into to stay
with Helen & talk about Warren
Socializing continued today after church, with Evelina welcoming her sister-in-law Henrietta Williams Gilmore and a mutual friend, Mrs Stevens, back to the house. She and the latter went to call on Col John Torrey while the Ames sons rode south to Dr. Caleb Swan’s to call on a Miss Eddy, who must have been special to warrant all three boys coming to visit.
Not forgetting that the Lothrop family had just been through the loss of Sarah Ames’s brother Clinton Lothrop, houseguest Pauline Dean called on young Helen Angier Ames, niece of the deceased. Evelina was certain that Pauline only went to talk about a new love interest, however. Oliver Jr and Sarah Ames, meanwhile, went with another brother, George Van Ness Lothrop, and his wife Almira to call on their parents and their brother’s widow.
George Van Ness Lothrop, a North Easton son who had moved west a decade earlier, was, in 1851, serving his adopted state of Michigan as State Attorney General. Active in Democratic politics and a general counsel of the Michigan Central Railroad for nearly three decades, he ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Representative and U.S. Senate. He was a great supporter of Stephen Douglas, which would certainly have put him at odds with his brother-in-law, Oliver Jr., who was a Lincoln man. In 1885, he was appointed by Grover Cleveland to be U.S. Minister to Russia.
He died in 1897, and was honored with a road in his name in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, just outside of Detroit.
* George Van Ness Lothrop (1817-1897)