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NY Times Death Notices Fox Sisters Empty NY Times Death Notices Fox Sisters

Post by Admin Thu Jan 01, 2009 12:54 am

I notice even in those days Accuracy in Reporting was an optional trait.

Spot the deliberate or accidental mistakes.



Margaret Fox Kane. the youngest of the once celebrated Fox sisters, through whose agency the "Rochester rappings" were developed, died early Wednesday morning at the house of Mrs. Emily B. Ruggles, 492 State Street, Brooklyn. Funeral services will be conducted tonight in Bradbury Hall. 292 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, at 8 o'clock, by Titus Merritt of this city, one of Mrs. Kane's oldest friends, Mrs. Mary A Gridley of Brooklyn, the Rev. Dr. Charles Hicks 'of this city, and other prominent Spiritualists will make addresses.
Margaret Fox was one of three daughters of John D. Fox, a sporting man or some consequence in his day, and the sisters, Anne, Katha­rine, and Margaret, lived with their parents on a small farm near Hydesville, N.Y. in a house which was said to be haunted. The sisters pro­fessed to have certain peculiar powers which they alleged made it possible for disembodied spirits to communicate with them and other human beings. While In this house Margaret Fox received a message - so she said - by means of rappings from the uneasy soul of a Jewish peddler who had been murdered some years before. The sisters became notorious by the séances they gave in Rochester, and then they came to New York, and afterward went abroad. Their unexplained manifestations created great excitement, and many noted men went to', the Séances and took keen interest in things Spiritualistic for some time. William Cullen Bryant, the novelist Cooper, George Bancroft, and Horace Greeley were among Margaret Fox's clients.
It is still related by Spiritualists that Fennimore Cooper said on his deathbed: "Tell the Fox girls they have prepared me for this very hour..
In 1856 Margaret Fox married Dr. Elisha Kent Kane, the arctic explorer, by the Quaker rite, although the Kane family never acknowledged her as his wife. After Dr. Kane's death Mrs. Kane published a book called "The Love Life of Dr. Kane" in which she adduced evi­dence of her marriage. In recent years public interest in Mrs. Kane's powers has declined, and she has lived in poverty and obscurity. She died, wholly destitute of means, in the home of her faithful friend, Mrs. Ruggles. Her last public appearance was on last Christmas Day, in the Carnegie Music Hall. The other Fox sisters are dead and only one brother, David now lives, His home is near Rochester, and he is utterly incredulous about Spiritualism.

Published: March 10, 1893 The New York Times



Mrs. Kate Fox Jencken, whose alleged spirit­ual manifestations were at one time the sub­ject of widespread interest, died at her home, 609 Columbus Avenue yesterday afternoon. A complication of kidney and heart troubles was the cause of death assigned by the physicians.
Mrs. Jencken had been sick for nearly a week, but did not think it necessary to have medical attendance until yesterday afternoon, when the symptoms became very alarming. A physician was then hastily summoned, but he arrived too late to be of any assistance to the patient.
Mrs. Jencken was the daughter of John D. Fox or Wayne County, N. Y. At an early age she and her sister Margaret attracted attention as mediums and baffled all Investigators who sought to trace their mysterious power to physical agencies. In the house where the family resided heavy bodies would be moved apparently without agency and in the various experiments tried it was found that the mysterious power refused to act except in the presence of the sisters, The family moved to Rochester, where, in 1849, the sisters gave their first public exhibition. The following year the girls came to New York, where the same phenomena were freely manifested. Horace Greeley was one of the number who became deeply interested in the "spirit mediumship," and within a short time they had numerous followers throughout the country. .
The sisters went to Europe and gave séances in London, Berlin, Paris, and St. Petersburg. It is said that the present Czar had so much faith in the two exponents of Spiritualism that he fixed the date or his coronation by their advice. In 1873 Kate was married to Henry D. Jencken an English barrister. The ceremony took place in St. Paul's Cathedral, London, Canon Irons officiating. Mr. Jencken died eight years ago. For the last three years Mrs. Jencken has discontinued her séances.
It has not yet been decided when or where the funeral will be. Mrs. Jencken leaves two sons, Ferdinand and Henry. Her sister Margaret Fox Kane, is the widow or Dr. Kane, the arctic explorer.

New York Times
Published: July 3, 1892"

Now how many of the errors have you found?

Actually their whole lives are in many ways quite tragic. Their are many excellent books written about them not least Barbara Weisbergs recent one "Talking to the Dead", "Kate and Maggie Fox and the Rise of Spiritualism". I understand that in some other work she may have upset some US Spiritualists but her research and writing in this work is excellent. This book is easy to obtain and a worthwhile read.

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