Katherine Adelia Foote

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Biography

Katherine Adelia Foote, was born 27 September, 1845, to Charles A. Foote [jr.] and Adelia Johnson, of Delhi, New York. “Active in local affairs, and with a large social acquaintance outside Delhi. Member of D.A.R. and County Regent for a number of years. Secretary of State Charities Aid for 25 years. Secretary for Columbian Exposition, etc.” [Abram Foote, Foote Hist;338].

She died in 1941 and is buried in Woodland Cemetery, Delhi, New York.

Known as "Kitty" Katherine Adelia Foote was active locally in various communities of Delhi, New York and a well-known writer, genealogist, and all-around history buff, who wore hoop skirts and promoted all aspects of the Colonial Revival in the late 1800s and the first quarter of the 20th century.

Utilizing the collections of local public libraries, files of the Delhi New York newspaper, The New York Historical Society, The New York Biographical Record Center, The Library of the Daughters of the American Revolution (Constitution Hall, Washington, D.C.), The Huguenot Society, Colonial Dames and other archives, she edited the papers of her great grandfather, Ebenezer Foote and published a book, Ebenezer Foote the Founder, being an Epistolatory Light upon his Time.... EFtF
She lived Delhi, visited Manhattan every opera season during which time she would stay in a hotel just around the corner from the (old) Metropolitan Opera House [jpf;90].

Dedication in Ebenezer Foote, the Founder...

Morituri Salutamus

With time and eyes and strength beginning to fail me, I seem to find the quotation used by Longfellow at the Commencement exercises of Bowdoin in 1875 a fitting phrase to put at the beginning of my attempts (before they are lost) to get into some form accessible to those who come after me, such a part of the voluminous correspondence of my great-grandfather, Judge Foote, as I possess, hoping that some fragments may have some faint interest for those who have belonged in any way to his village and mine.
Therefore, not to Caesar, but to any who can be found to care to look them over, the letters and I say "Morituri Salutamus".
Katherine Adelia Foote.

Excerpts

  • Judge Josiah Ogden Hoffman...was related to Mr. David Colden Murray, as well as to Mr. Murray Hoffman, a descendant, who was at the Murray house a great deal and made one of the many parties which Mrs. Murray (a most delightful woman) led to her box at the opera, to balls, concerts, and everything that was gay, when I was in my girlhood, but had the great happiness to be included when I was stopping at the house. My grandfather, Charles, was in Judge Hoffman's office in New York a number of years, after his graduation from Union, and in the law school of Judge Van Schaack, until his father's pleas prevailed, and he came back to Delhi to live. —kaf [48]
  • I much regret to say that I have nothing from this one of April 8, 1809, until the one following from Governor Clinton, March 4,1818. Although differing in politics, Dewitt Clinton, at this time Governor of New York, and Ebenezer were very good friends, as see the extract from one of the many small memorandum books kept by Judge Foote, all now lost, except one to which I am denied access. But one leaf I have is interesting in connection with Governor Clinton's letter, as it was he who made one of the appointments. —kaf [190]

Why was Kitty [Katherine Adelia Foote] denied access to memorandum books belonging to her ancestor?

Letter from ___ to C.A. Foote:

Delhi, Feb. 28, 1851

Dear Sir
As I have a little spare time I thought I would us it in writing a few lines to you, and have it ready by the time an opportunity offers to send it, which I understand will be in a few days Our friends are mostly well, except had colds, which is quite prevalent here now.

Kitty fell down

New York State Library, Manuscripts and Archives. 11640, 1851