Wednesday, 6 February 2008

Mary Lemist Titcomb

Mary Titcomb was the first librarian at Washington County Free Library and the person who originated the idea of a county-wide delivery of books.
Mary Lemist Titcomb, 1857-1932, was born in New Hampshire, worked in the Concord, Massachusetts, Public Library, later became librarian of the public library in Rutland, Vermont and secretary of the first Vermont Library Commission.
She arrived in Hagerstown, Maryland in 1902 to organize the county's library. She was concerned that the library was not reaching all of the people it could, that to be a county library, as the name implied, it should reach everyone in the county. The bookmobile served to extend the role of the library outside the county seat. She said:
No better method has ever been devised for reaching the dweller in the country. The book goes to the man, not waiting for the man to come to the book.
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Monday, 4 February 2008

Titcomb Families 1891

Titcomb Families Living in England and Wales in 1891.

Mary Bradish Titcomb

Painting called Sunday morning by Mary Bradish Titcomb
Oil on Canvas 1920 - 1927
Sold at Sotheby's New York: Wednesday, December 1, 1999
Mary was born in Windham, NH 1856. Attended Massachusetts Normal Art School, Boston where she later became Director of Drawing. She Traveled to Europe in 1895
Attended School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from 1902-1909
She died in Marblehead MA in 1927
See more of her work at artnet

Sunday, 3 February 2008

Titcomb Manor

Titcomb Manor, Marlborough, Wiltshire UK

Earliest Titcomb's

The name Titcomb is Anglo-Saxon in origin a variant of the village name of Tidcombe in Wiltshire England. The Domesday Book refers to 'Titicome'.
Among the early recordings of the name in Wiltshire is the marriage of Elizabeth Titcumb and William Putman on April 26th 1611 in Salisbury, and the christening of Betty Titcumb on January 27th 1750 at Chippenham.
A Coat of Arms granted to the family in 1693 in the county of Wiltshire has the blazon of a gold shield thereon a blue bend between two foxes' heads erased gules. The crest being an arm and hand couped grasping a broken lance gules. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Agnes Titcomb, which was dated February 2nd 1548, at St Andrew's, Ogbourne, Wiltshire, during the reign of King Edward V1, known as 'The Boy King', 1547 - 1553.
From the internet surname database