The Chace Family

The Daileys and Chaces were an essential part in Sarah Helen Whitman’s final chapter, her last comfort, and her legacy.

Their mother, Charlotte Burr Field Dailey, was one of Whitman’s close friends. Charlotte’s daughters, Lottie (who is interred at the North Burial Ground with the rest of the Dailey Family) and Maude, took care of Whitman during her final months of life in their home on Bowen Street. Whitman showed her gratitude to the Dailey daughters by leaving each girl $2,500 in her will. The Daileys became the executors of Whitman’s estate after her death, and are responsible for getting many of her materials in the right hands for posterity.

Maude Dailey went on to marry Henry Richmond Chace and had two daughters, Maude and Louise. Louise (having never even met Whitman) continued the poetess’ legacy by compiling scrapbooks and other materials from her mother Maude, that are now in the collection of Brown University at the John Hay Library.

The Chaces, Henry Richmond and Maude Dailey, and their children, Maude and Louise, rest together in Swan Point Cemetery.