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and Cynthia was one of the females invited to 
sing. Perhaps this is where they met.  They had 
five children - Nancy, Charles, Benjamin, James, 
and Cynthia Jane. 

     Cynthia Jane (1828-1910), oldest and subject 
of the third painting, was born on the corner of 
Moody and Prince Streets.  The family moved to 
16 Appleton Street, where the first gas 
illumination in Lowell was exhibited.  As a little 
girl Cynthia Jane attended school at the "little old 
red schoolhouse" which stood on Chapel Hill. 
As a student, she was a member of the Cold 
Water Army, a temperance society formed in the 
Lowell schools.  One of Cynthia Jane's clearest 
recollections was in 1835 of the first train of steam 
cars that ever ran from Lowell to Boston. 

     In 1854, Cynthia Jane married Albion Jones of 
Pownal, Maine, and shortly after, moved to 
Illinois.  Widowed, Cynthia Jane returned to 
Lowell with her daughter, Minnie, in 1875.  In 
Lowell, she was very active in the Educational 
Club and a prominent member of three choral 
societies.  In addition, she sang in the choir of the 
Presbyterian Church.  For many years, Cynthia 
Jane was featured in the Lowell Newspaper as 
one of the oldest residents of the city. 

     The subject of the fourth painting is 
unknown but there is speculation that it might 
possibly be the sister of James V. Atkinson. 

James V. Atkinson

 

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