The Hubbs


My family on my mom’s first settled in Massachusetts in 1639, with Richard Lippincott arriving from England. He was jailed for his religious beliefs-later known as Quaker-and after his release, had a son who he fittingly named “Freedom.” Richard then became part of the Quaker movement.

Generations later, my great grandfather, William Hubbs, married Louisa Fredericka, both in this photo. Louisa was also an immigrant, traveling by ship from Germany to the United States as a child. She is the one who intrigues me. I don’t know much about her, but my grandmother kept a chest that Louisa had brought with her on the voyage, and I always wondered about what she was like. One thing I am almost certain of, however, is that she was one strong woman. All of Louisa’s daughters were strong women, who passed that on to their family members, like my mother. These women work hard, are independent, know how to have a good time, and are the hearts of their families.

This story was told by Liz Miller

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