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Martha Hearns Boston

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Martha Hearns Boston as a young lady

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Martha Boston and Edward Williams

Martha Boston and Edward Williams

Dates alive: 
1909–2005
Family: 
Hern
Residence (at time of interview): 
Glenside, PA

Martha Boston, who carried on the Hern/Hearns family tradition of a belief in the importance of education, was the youngest of eight children of Bernard Clinton Hearns and Clara Jones Hearns.  Her father, “a very progressive man” in her eyes, worked on the railroad to save money to buy the family farm.  Her mother, “seeking the best for her children,” sent her as a child to Baltimore to live with a sister, so she would have the opportunity for better schooling. She and her six sisters all became teachers.  A graduate of West Virginia State University in Education and Home Economics, she pursued graduate studies at Temple University and taught school in Albemarle County and elsewhere.

Interview Information: 

2 May 2001, Philadelphia, PA
Interviewee: Martha Boston
Also present: Lillian Miles

Excerpts: 
Ancestry: 
  • David Hern 1755–post 1827 Isabel Hern 1758–1819
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  • Moses Hern 1779–post 1832
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  • David Hern 1803–post 1829
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  • Lewis Hern 1832–post 1900
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  • Martha Hearns Boston 1909–2005
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