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Lesley FROST

Female 1899 - 1983  (84 years)


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  • Name Lesley FROST 
    Born 28 Apr 1899  Lawrence, Essex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Social Security No. 579-14-7324 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 9 Jul 1983  Fairfield, Fairfield County, CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Old Bennington Cemetery, Bennington, Bennington County, VT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • (1) Source: "Park Family," a Public Member Tree on Ancestry.com.

      (2) http://www.izaak.unh.edu/specoll/mancoll/lfrost.htm#bio:

      BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

      Lesley Frost Ballantine, or Lesley Frost, as she always liked to be known, was the second child of Robert and Elinor Frost. She was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts on April 28, 1899. The Frosts moved to a farm in Derry, New Hampshire in the fall of 1900 when she was sixteen months old, and her early childhood there is documented in New Hampshire's Child: The Derry Journals of Lesley Frost (1969). She attended Wellesley College in 1917, but left after one year, finding college life regimented and pointless, and did wartime work in an airplane factory instead. She later briefly attended Barnard College and the University of Michigan, but again did not adjust well to academic life. By the spring of 1924 she was managing a bookstore, The Open Book, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts with her sister Marjorie. There she met, and in 1928 married, James Dwight Francis, son of a wealthy industrialist, but the marriage lasted only a few years. The couple had two daughters, Elinor, born in 1929, and Lesley Lee, born in June of 1931.

      In the 1930s Lesley Frost taught at Rockford College in Illinois and at the King-Smith Studio for Girls in Washington, D.C. From 1945 to 1947 she was cultural officer and director of the United States Information Library in Madrid ("Casa Americana"), operated by the Office of War Information. The Library later became the American Library in Madrid with Frost in charge. She was the first woman sent to Latin America by the State Department to lecture on American literature (1948). In 1967 she founded La Escuela de la Tahona, a summer language school, in La Granja, near Madrid, where she had a home. In 1952 she married Dr. Joseph W. Ballantine, head of the State Department's Far Eastern Division under Secretary of State Cordell Hull. Ballantine died in 1973.

      Lesley Frost gained an international reputation for her correspondence with her father's friends and for her articles and lectures on his work. She also wrote several children's books, including Really Not Really and Digging Down to China, a novel, Murder At Large, and a book of poems Going On Two. She served as the first chairman of the Robert Frost Foundation and oversaw the restoration of the Frost farm in Derry, New Hampshire.

      Lesley Frost died July 9, 1983 in Fairfield, Connecticut aged 84.

      (3) Social Security Death Index:

      Name: Lesley Frost
      SSN: 579-14-7324
      Last Residence: 06430 Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States of America
      Born: 28 Apr 1899
      Died: Jul 1983
      State (Year) SSN issued: District of Columbia (Before 1951)

      (4) www.findagrave.com:

      Lesley Frost Ballantine
      Birth: Apr. 28, 1899
      Death: Jul. 9, 1983

      Family links: Spouse: James Dwight Francis (1897 - 1988)

      Burial: Old Bennington Cemetery, Bennington, Bennington County, Vermont, USA

      Created by: Spydergal 2011
      Record added: Jul 14, 2011
      Find A Grave Memorial# 73346947
    Person ID I15251  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2021 

    Father Robert Lee FROST,   b. 26 Mar 1874, San Francisco, San Francisco County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1963, Boston, Suffolk County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Mother Elinor Miriam WHITE,   b. 25 Oct 1873, Acton, Middlesex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Mar 1938, Gainesville, Alachua County, FL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Married 28 Dec 1895  Lawrence, Essex County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • (1) Source: Anna Kasper .
    Family ID F6827  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 James Dwight FRANCIS,   b. 13 Jan 1897, Pittsfield, Berkshire County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1988, Edgartown, Dukes County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 1928 
    Divorced Abt 1932 
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Living
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2021 
    Family ID F6834  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Joseph William BALLANTINE,   b. 30 Jul 1888, Ahmadnagar, Maharashtra, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1973, Fairfield, Fairfield County, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 23 Aug 1952 
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2021 
    Family ID F6835  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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