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Published in Rhode Island Roots, vol. 42, no. 2 (June 2016).


Hermione Pelham, descendant of Gov. Benedict Arnold, married well, raised two boys, and enjoyed the lifestyle of a wealthy woman with a grand house, orchards, and servants. It was a life made possible by her landed inheritance and the hard work of her colonial merchant husband. Wealth does not guarantee health, as both died at a relatively young age.



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