Ada was recommend by Horace Mann, husband of Mary Tyler Peabody Mann, sister of Sophia Peabody Hawthorne. Horace was president of the co-ed Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio where Ada was a student.
Read my article on GenealogyBank blog "Writer Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Real-Life ‘Ghost Story’"
Susan D Abele (1904-1999), granddaughter of Ada notes in her essay, "Ada Shepard and her Pocket Sketchbooks, Florence 1858,"
that "scholars have pigeonholed Ada as the governess, using her correspondence to illuminate her famous employer's European experiences. But Ada was more than a governess. Her education was unusual for the time and her later work as an educator gained the respect of her peers." Susan Abele's assertion is quite accurate. Ada attended speeches and lectures given by women's right advocate Lucy Stone and abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison
|In Memories of Hawthorne, Rose Hawthorne Lathrop (1851-1926) "Last evening Miss Ada Shepard and I went to a neighboring villa to see some table-turning, which I have never seen, nor anything appertaining to spirits," Miss Shepard then took a pencil and paper for the spirits to write Photo from Sundry Thoughts|
|Aunt Ingersoll Julian Hawthorne wrote to regarding Mary Rondel.|
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1860), Robert Browning (1812-1889) and their son, Robert "Pen" Wiedeman Barrett Browning (1849-1912), Margret Fuller
William Wetmore Story (1819-1895), his wife Emelyn Story (1820-1895).
Ada married Henry Clay Badger (1832-1894) son of Joseph Badger (1792-1852) and Eliza Mehitable Sterling (1799-184) .
One account of Ada's death was published by Henry's brother, William Whittlesey Badger (1835-1898) who it an "over-sensitive constitution resulting in nervous prostration and loss of reason."
|Henry Clay Badger Photo from Andover-Harvard Theological Library Special collections Unitarian Ministers bms 1446 |
The Newbury Street School. [A Circular.] 1874 The school year announcement to reopen after Ada passed
|Lucretia Peabody Hale (1820-1900) daughter of Nathan Hale and Sarah Preston Everett|
|William Wetmore Story--Cleopatra (1858) was described and admired in Nathaniel Hawthorne's romance, The Marble Faun, or The Romance of Monte Beni. The replica in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Henry M. Bateman (78.3) see William Story and Cleopatra by Albert T Gardner|
- Giles Badger and his Descendants, First Four Generations by a Descendant John Cogswell Badger, Manchester, N.H.
- A History of the Dorchester Pope Family. 1634-1888: With Sketches of Other Popes in England and America, and Notes Upon Several Intermarrying Families
- Ralph Shepard, Puritan published in Massachusetts 1893 Ralph Hamilton Shepard
- Ada Shepard and Her Pocket Sketchbooks, Florence 1858 Susan D, Abele http://www.999info.net/Family/Susan/Ada.pdf
- Nathaniel Hawthorne and His Wife, Volume II Julian Hawthorne, 1884
- A Volume of Records Relating to the Early History of Boston, Volume 36
- Letter http://enews.antiochcollege.org/2013/05/songs-stacks/ada-shepard-mary-richardson
- The Brownings Correspondence https://www.browningscorrespondence.com/
- The Salem World of Nathaniel Hawthorne 2001 Margaret B. Moore
- Hawthorne and his circles Julian Hawthorne
- Mary Peabody and Horace Mann http://www.womenhistoryblog.com/2016/02/mary-peabody-mann.html
- Julian Hawthorne's Contributions to the "Pasadena Star-News", 1923–1935
- Tea, Strawberries, and Spirits: A History of Spiritualism and the Occult in Salem: The Rise of Witch City Maggi Smith-Dalton (Charleston, SC: History Press, 2012)
- Hawthorne's mad scientists: pseudoscience and social science in nineteenth-century life and letters
|Joseph Badger the first missionary of the Western Reserve published by Ohio Archeological and Historical publication Byron R Long|
|Jonathan PHELPS, father of Rachel Phelps Hawthorne from "The New England Journal of Medicine, Volume 104"|