A Beaded Collar as Autobiography**

John Lean, mustered into the military service of the United States on the 30th of August, 1862 (Civil War).

  • Treated for a wound at Fort Worth, Virginia, October 23-27, 1863.
  • Treated at Battery Rogers next Alexandria, Virginia several times during the period January 1864 and October 1864.

John Lean, mustered out of the military service of the United States on the 26th of June, 1865.  

John Lean was Ed’s great grandfather.  He was born on Bradford Farm,1839, in Blisland, Cornwall, on the edge of Bodmin Moor.  We have visited Blisland and the farm a number of times. John came to the United States as a 9-year-old in June 1848 via Quebec on the vessel Clio.

We have in our possession the beaded collar he made during those wartime hospital stays — for his bride-to-be, Hannah Hooper Burton.  John and Hannah were married on November 13, 1866.

 

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A very early example of occupational therapy!   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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**Title borrowed from an article in a recent New York Times Magazine, written by Alice Gregory, titled “Objects as Autobiography.”

2 thoughts on “A Beaded Collar as Autobiography**

  1. Dear Betty,
    I love this story. I recall finding among my father’s things after he died a partially completed weaving project that I was told he worked on while in the hospital following a serious accident. I’m not sure what happened to it. I hope my older sister has it. Only later when I was in OT school that it occurred to me that he must have worked on it in OT.
    Sue

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