Letter to Sarah Tarbox from schoolmate Hannah Heal, 1837

Contributed by Westport Island History Committee


A letter to Sarah Tarbox, age 14, from Hannah Heal, age 9, when both girls lived and attended school on Westport Island. This letter was written during Sarah's last year of schooling on Westport Island before she went away to boarding school in Topsham. In this letter, Hannah invites Sarah to her last day of school which is two weeks away.

Sarah Tarbox, born on January 7, 1823, was the eighth of 12 children of Mary "Polly" Brown and Samuel Tarbox, a Westport Island gentleman farmer, investor and land trader.

Hannah Heal's family owned a sawmill on the west side of the island and, like the Tarboxes, were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

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About This Item

  • Title: Letter to Sarah Tarbox from schoolmate Hannah Heal, 1837
  • Creator: Heal, Hannah A.
  • Creation Date: 1837-02-06
  • Subject Date: 1837
  • Town: Westport
  • County: Lincoln
  • State: ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 30.5 cm x 18.7 cm
  • Local Code: TarSar.Doc.3-1.1837
  • Collection: Sarah Tarbox Letters
  • Object Type: Text

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Westport Island History Committee
6 Fowles Point Road, Westport Island, ME 04578
(207) 882-8477

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