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Name: Alice Daly
Birth: 1 August 1842, Boston, Massachusetts
Occupation: Secretary to Richard Harrington, English telegrapher and owner of the Harrington Electric Company, a small telegraph company located in Boston
Residence: Mt Vernon Street, Charlestown, Boston, Massachusetts
Loyalties: Union
Father: Robert Daly, Irish immigrant and doctor
Mother: Virginia Portsmouth, anti-slavery person and daughter of a southern plantation holder of English heritage
Siblings: John Daly, Union soldier under General George B. McClellan; Thomas Daly, Union soldier under Major Robert Anderson

Robert Daly came to Boston as a well-educated doctor seeking greater business opportunities in the United States. His position, as well as the coin that he brought with him, has spared the Dalys of any spoken prejudice, allowing a comfortable life. His business prospered, and four years later he met a young Southern woman on a visit to Boston. He became quite taken with Virginia as he treated her for a stomach-sickness, noticing an attitude unknown to the Southerns had previously encountered. They married in a small, secret wedding, angering Virginiaís father, who had wanted her to marry the son of a fellow plantation owner.

The first child of the Portsmouth-Daly marriage was John, a healthy brunette boy baring a great resemblance to his father. Robert had hoped that his eldest son would follow in his footsteps as a doctor, but John desired to enter the military, saying that he might consider life as a doctor when dismissed from service. The second Daly child was another healthy brunette boy resembling his father named Thomas, who, much to Robertís dismay, wished to follow his brother as a soldier. Both John and Thomas are graduates of West Point.

The third and last Daly child was a daughter named Alice, who was a striking resemblance to her mother, having her long, blond hair, blue eyes, and a fair complexion.

All three Daly children were well-educated, and were raised in the anti-slavery idea.

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May 29, 2015 01:36 pm

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