Per Chris Yoder:  "...born April 5, 1825 in Essex to Joseph H. HAYDEN and his first wife Elizabeth PRATT.  She attended the Hill Academy, named after her grandmother's brother, Joseph HILL, where she [met] and fell in love with one of her teachers Hugh Miller THOMPSON of Colrain, Mass (1822 - 1910).  They married on Feb. 20, 1845 in Essex.  This portrait is one of a pair done of the couple in 1845 by Obadiah DICKINSON.  The second had damage to the face due to age and was disposed of in the late 1950s.  They had two children... my great grandmother Elizabeth Elvira in 1846 and Jerusha Aurelia in 1850.  Jerusha Hill Hayden THOMPSON died May 29, 1850 of consumption (not long after the painter died of the same disease) and is buried in the Grove Street Cemetery with other family members."

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