WESTCOTT Edward Noyes

WESTCOTT Edward Noyes[1, 2]

Male 1846 - 1898  (51 years)

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  • Name WESTCOTT Edward Noyes 
    Born 27 Sep 1846  Syracuse, Onondaga, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Census 12 Jun 1880  Syracuse, Onondaga, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Address:
    172 James Street 
    • (age 35; broker.)
    _UID CEA00D38EB9ED5118A06444553540000E23A 
    Died 31 Mar 1898  Syracuse, Onondaga, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 7
    Buried Aft 31 Mar 1898  Syracuse, Onondaga, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Address:
    Oakwood AKA Morningside Cemetery 
    Westcott family gravestone
    Westcott family gravestone

    WESTCOTT


    Plot:
    Sect 13 plot 55

    Edward Noyes Westcott gravestone
    Edward Noyes Westcott gravestone

    EDWARD NOYES
    WESTCOTT


    Plot:
    Sect 13 plot 55

    Notes 
    • Edward Noyes Westcott
      1846-1896
      Author of "David Harum"


      Edward N., was the third child of Dr. Amos Westcott, who was a prominent dentist in Syracuse, N.Y., and Clara Babcock Westcott. Dr. Amos was mayor of Syracuse during the Civil War. He was also the first President of the New York State Dental Society.

      Edward N. attended school until he was 16. He then went into clerking in a bank. In 1880 he organized the firm on "Westcott and Abbott", Bankers and Brokers. A series of adversities wiped out his business and ruined his health. He became secretary to the Syracuse Water Commission. Previous to this, he had been Captain of a Syracuse Militia Company and, while staging an exhibition drill at the Old Weiting Opera House, he fell into the orchestra pit. He landed on the back of his head and never fully recovered from the fall. In failing health, he retired in 1895.

      Suffering from tuberculosis, he spent the summer of 1895 near Naples, overlooking the bay. In spite of his illness, he began to write for his own amusement. He set down the adventures of a droll old rascal who practiced banking with horse dealing on the side--the start of "David Harum: A Story of American Life"--the book for which he is chiefly known. He completed the book near the end of 1896. "David Harum" was refused by six well-known publishers. One publisher said, "It's vulgar and smells of the stables."

      After revisions, the book was accepted by D. Appleton & Co. on January 17, 1898. Edward Noyes Westcott died on March 31, 1898--not suspecting that appreciation and fame were near.

      Six months later, "David Harum" was published. Its popularity was immediate and prolonged. By January 1, 1899, the book was in its sixth large printing. By February 1901, after two years at or near the top of the lists of best sellers, over 400,000 copies had been sold. Thirty-five years after its appearance, more than a million copies had been sold; and, for books published in America, it stood second in popularity only to "Quo Vadis".

      Edward N. also wrote "The Tellers". His avocation was music. He was an excellent singer and composed the words and music for several songs.

      Edward married Jane Dows on June 11, 1874. They had three children: Harold, Philip and Violet who inherited the profits from their father's book. Violet married Victor Morawitz who became a millionaire New York Corporation lawyer.

      Lineage: Amos 7 Westcott, Gorton 6, Reuben 5, Amos 4, William 3, Jeremiah 2, Stukely 1
    Person ID I18213  Noyes Family Genealogy
    Last Modified 5 Jan 2018 

    Father Dr. WESTCOTT Amos,   b. 28 Apr 1815, Newport, Herkimer, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jul 1873, Syracuse, Onondaga, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Mother BABCOCK Clara,   b. 5 Apr 1819, Truxton, Cortland, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Feb 1855, Syracuse, Onondaga, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years) 
    Married BY 1843  Truxton, Cortland, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 8
    Family ID F7013  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family DOWS Jane,   b. 7 Dec 1843, Jersey City, Hudson, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jan 1890, Syracuse, Onondaga, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years) 
    Married 11 Jun 1874  Syracuse, Onondaga, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
     1. WESTCOTT Harold E.,   b. 29 Mar 1875, Syracuse, Onondaga, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Aug 1904, Loon Lake, Franklin, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years)
     2. WESTCOTT Violet,   b. 31 Jul 1878, Syracuse, Onondaga, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Dec 1918, Manhattan, New York, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years)
     3. WESTCOTT Philip Noyes,   b. 23 Apr 1884, Syracuse, Onondaga, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jun 1926, San Francisco, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years)
    Last Modified 2 Apr 2018 
    Family ID F22611  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 27 Sep 1846 - Syracuse, Onondaga, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 11 Jun 1874 - Syracuse, Onondaga, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Address:
    172 James Street - 12 Jun 1880 - Syracuse, Onondaga, New York
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    Link to Google MapsDied - 31 Mar 1898 - Syracuse, Onondaga, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Address:
    Oakwood AKA Morningside Cemetery - Aft 31 Mar 1898 - Syracuse, Onondaga, New York
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  • Photos
    Edward Noyes Westcott
    Edward Noyes Westcott
    Edward Noyes Westcott 1897
    Edward Noyes Westcott 1897
    Edward Noyes Westcott
    Edward Noyes Westcott

    Documents
    'David Harum' by Edward Noyes Westcott
    "David Harum" by Edward Noyes Westcott
    'The Teller' by Edward Noyes Westcott
    "The Teller" by Edward Noyes Westcott

  • Sources 
    1. [S103] Book-Noyes-The Noyes Descendants, Vol. II, p.111.

    2. [S106] Internet Online Homepage, http://www.westcottsociety.com/Archives/People/Bios/Westcott_Edward_Noyes_Bio.htm.

    3. [S3919] Internet-Database-ancestry.com-U.S. Passport Applications, Roll 175 - 15 Jul 1871-14 Aug 1871.

    4. [S7261] Book-Babcock Genealogy, p.442.

    5. [S7263] Book-DOWS-The Dows or Dowse Family in America, p.163.

    6. [S7262] Census-1880-NY-Onondaga-Syracuse, Roll: 907; Family History Film: 1254907; Page: 198A; Enumeration District: 209.

    7. [S3808] Internet-Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial #6591264 9/15/2011.

    8. [S3808] Internet-Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial #71935648 10/22/2012.