Lock of hair & obit from Elizabeth Hand
Curatorial DescriptionElizabeth Hand's lock of hair, wrapped in note paper with her printed Obit notice and a handwritten epitaph, possibly by Daniel’s Hand, “If loveliness of person, amiable disposition, gifted intellect, or her friends most tender affection could have retained her, she would still be with us.”
2 years after his wife died from Yellow Fever in the South, and hoping to protect his surviving daughter, Daniel Hand sent Elizabeth north to live with her maternal grandparents. But, at the age of 11, she contracted Scarlet Fever and died in December 1841. Grief stricken, Hand carried a letter from her and this lock of her hair with him for the rest of his life.