|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
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.