Elizabeth Ingersoll Fisher

(1813-1872)

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Elizabeth Ingersoll, from the Diary of Sidney George Fisher, pg. 570. Collection of the Library Company of Philadelphia

In addition to the following biographical information, the Diary of Sidney George Fisher (1834-1871) was cross referenced at the Library Company of Philadelphia. The entries from his diary are in blue text.

Biographical Information:

Childhood Home: 130 Walnut Street above 5th Street.

Home after marriage: 57 S. 7th Street.

1863 Philadelphia City Directory: Elizabeth Fisher, gentlewoman, 337 N. 8th Street.

Married Sidney George Fisher May 28, 1851

The childhood home of Elizabeth Ingersoll Fisher, 512 Walnut St. (From the Diary of Sidney George Fisher, pg. 547, Collection of the Library Company of Philadelphia).

Alverthorpe, a place the Ingersolls visited in Germantown. (From the Diary of Sidney George Fisher, pg. 580, Collection of the Library Company of Philadelphia).

Map of Fisher-relevant places in Germantown. From the inside cover of the Diary of Sidney George Fisher, Collection of the Library Company of Philadelphia.

Diaries 1855-1863 Historical Society of Philadelphia Call Number: MS.Coll.1850B.

Places mentioned in diaries:

Mount Harmon

From the Diary of Sidney George Fisher, pg. 602, Collection of the Library Company of Philadelphia.

Forest Hill

From the Diary of Sidney George Fisher, pg. 582, Collection of the Library Company of Philadelphia

Correspondence letters in collection file:

Address of Miss Elizabeth Ingersoll: 130 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA

Address of Mrs. S.G. Fisher: 11 Samson Street, Philadelphia, PA (Jan. 22, 1854)

Sidney George Fisher's Diary

A Philadelphia Perspective: The Diary of Sidney George Fisher Covering the Years 1834-1871. Ed. by N.B. Wainwright, 1967.

Library Company of Philadelphia Call No. UZ 7864Q

Thomas Sully painting, 1833. From the Diary of Sidney George Fisher, pg. 567, Collection of the Library Company of Philadelphia.

May 27, 1851: "Today is the last day of my bachelorhood. Tomorrow at 4 o'clock I am to marry Elizabeth Ingersoll, the object of a long attachement. We go in the afternoon to Forest Hill, there to spend the summer. Too many emotions and ideas crowd on me for me to express them. Time only can reveal results. Our prospects are not very bright. We are neither young nor rich, but neither old nor absolutely poor...We hope that love will make us indifferent to some privations and give us happiness in a humble fortune. At any rate we have determined to take the chances of life together...I leave this old house, No. 57 S. 7th Street with some regret. It suits me and I have lived in it since October 1833."

June 16, 1851: " I was married on Wednesday, the 28th of May at Mr. C.J. Ingersoll's house No. 130 Walnut Street above 5th by the Rev'd Mr. Dorr, pastor of Christ Church at 4 o'clock pm. I am happier than I ever was, a great want of my nature is supplied. I possess the affections and enjoy the society of a woman whom I have long loved and in whom I find charm and attractions greater even that I imagined. I have an object and purpose in life...I could not find a house that would at all suit us, so we determined to remian here at old 57 S. 7th Street for another year."

Epilogue: Sidney George Fisher died at the age of 63 on July 25, 1871, 3 days after making his final diary entry. For a while, his widow and child lived with the Edward Ingersolls, but Mrs. Fisher...soon moved to lodgings in Germantown, where she survivied her husband by less than a year, dying in May 1872.