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Sarah (Sarita) Gore Flint, 1886
1874 - 1924; parents:Edward Austin Flint and Lucy Whitwell Parker; married, 1919, Charles Wendell Townsend (Harvard College, 1881); lived at Carlton St., 205 Walnut St., and 35 Allerton St.

Sarah is the sister of John and Gertrude Flint who also appear in this album. She was an artist, pyrographer, and Assistant in Charge of the Textile Collection of the MFA where she worked from 1905 - 1923. She lived with Gertrude and Gertrude's husband, Charles Wendell Townsend, on Marlborough St. in the Back Bay and was the maid of honor at their 1891 wedding (First Parish Church, Walnut St.) at which Roger Tileston and Henry Ware, also included in this album, were ushers. When Gertrude died in 1917, Sarah and Dr. Townsend married. The Flintís grandfather was a prominent physician in Boston. Their father started as a second lieutenant in the civil war with the First Massachusetts Cavalry and was a major when he mustered out. He was a civil engineer who worked on projects around the world. Both John and Sarah were born in Peru, Gertrude in Oregon when he was working for the Northern Pacific Railroad.

Prior to 1886, Edward Austin Flint and Lucy Whitwell Parker, their four children, Lucy's mother, and two of Lucy's siblings lived together on Carlton St. In 1886, Edward Flint died suddenly, of pneumonia. The oldest Flint child, William P., was starting at M.I.T., the three youngest are pictured in this album. The family moved to 205 Walnut St. and lived there from approximately 1886 to 1892. (The city directories of 1880s Brookline often listed addresses without house numbers. We are choosing 205 Walnut St. as the most likely location for "Walnut St. nearly opposite Walnut Place").