SPOONER, Elizabeth Colton

SPOONER, Elizabeth Colton (née Elizabeth Swester Colton). 1851? — Oakland, Calif. 1927?. U.S. Oriental Scholar. Studied Sanskrit at Harvard under Lanman. In 1911 married her former co-student —> D. B. Sp. and lived with him in Patna. After husband’s death apparently returned to the U.S.A., said to be still living in 1935 in Easthampton MA. Genealogy pages (findagrave.com, geni.com) claim that she was born in 1851 or 1852, married 1911 or 1912 and died 1927. The early birth seems right: In Andover Phillips Academy (https://archive.is/qBwV0#selection-6605.17-6605.24) graduate list she is given under 1868. She is said to have known many languages.

Publications: “The Fravashi of Gautama”, JRAS 1916, 497-504.

Sources: Stray notes in Internet.

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