Julia Carter Aldrich

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Julia Carter Aldrich
BornJulia Carter
January 28, 1834
Liverpool, Ohio, US
DiedAugust 26, 1924(1924-08-26) (aged 90)
Wauseon, Ohio
Resting placeWauseon Union Cemetery
Pen namePetresia Peters
Occupationauthor, editor
Notable worksHazel bloom
Joseph Aldrich
(m. 1854; died 1889)


Julia Carter Aldrich (pen name, Petresia Peters; January 28, 1834 – August 26, 1924) was a 19th-century American author and editor from Ohio.

Early years and education[edit]

Julia Carter was born in Liverpool, Ohio, January 28, 1834. She was the fifth in a family of seven children. Her paternal ancestors were New Englanders of English descent. Her mother's parents, born in Richmond, Virginia, were of Scotch and German descent. Carter began to write at a young age, first publishing at the age of fourteen.[1]

Her school-days were marked by thorough and rapid proficiency.[2]


When Aldrich was seventeen, she began to teach in a large village school. She continued teaching for four years. During this period of study and teaching, she frequently wrote verse and prose, which were published in various periodicals.[1]

In July, 1853, Aldrich's brother, Jabez William Carter, of Medina County, Ohio, came to Ottokee, Ohio and bought the printery but recently established there, and commenced the publication of the Fulton County Union, a business he very much enjoyed, having been connected with a printing office since his boyhood. He was then twenty-six years old. He wrote his mother, a widow, his father having died in 1852, to shut up the house and come with the family == Charles, Julia, Julius and Margaret—to Ottokee for the winter. they arrived early in November and were taken to the Henry Taylor Hotel until their goods arrived.[3]

In the spring of 1854, Joseph Aldrich was engaged to teach in Springhills, Ohio and Julia Carter in Ottokee. Her brothers, Charles and Julius Carter, assisted her brother Jabez in the printing office. Everyone in the family liked Ottokee, and all had employment, so none cared to go back to Medina County. The mother went back and sold the place, and returning to Ottokee, she bought a home there.[3]

During the early years of her married life, she did not write much. Eventually, she did return to writing. When writing for The Home Circle, she did so under various pen names, "Petresia Peters" being the best known.[1]

Aldrich was one of the first contributors to the press in Fulton county. She and her husband were among the first school teachers. While Aldrich was an occasional contributor to various publications, she also had a volume of verse from her earlier writings, entitled Hazel Bloom.[3]

Personal life[edit]

On October 3, 1854, she married Joseph D. Aldrich, and they lived in their own home in Ottokee. In 1858, they sold the Ottokee property and bought the Quaker Wright Farm on the north line of Clinton Township. Their three sons. Amos Eugene, Fred Hampson and Benjamin F. Aldrich, were born there; and Joseph died there in 1889.[3]

She was the Ohio vice-president of the Western Association of Writers, and one of the editors of the National Grange, a paper connecting her with readers all over the United States.

Personal life[edit]

Aldrich was the mother of three sons.[1] She associated herself with reformatory measures.[2]

Her husband died in 1889, at their country place, "Maple Grove Home," near Wauseon, Ohio.[2] She died August 26, 1924, in Wauseon and is buried at Wauseon Union Cemetery.

Selected works[edit]

Hazel Bloom


  1. ^ a b c d Willard & Livermore 1897, p. 16-17.
  2. ^ a b c Moulton 1894, p. 210.
  3. ^ a b c d Lewis Publishing Company 1920, p. 327.


  • This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Lewis Publishing Company (1920). A Standard History of Fulton County, Ohio: An Authentic Narrative of the Past, with an Extended Survey of Modern Developments in the Progress of Town and County. 2 (Public domain ed.). Lewis Publishing Company.
  • This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Moulton, Charles Wells (1894). The Magazine of Poetry and Literary Review. 6 (Public domain ed.). C.W. Moulton.
  • This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Willard, Frances Elizabeth; Livermore, Mary Ashton Rice (1897). American Women: Fifteen Hundred Biographies with Over 1,400 Portraits : a Comprehensive Encyclopedia of the Lives and Achievements of American Women During the Nineteenth Century. Mast, Crowell & Kirkpatrick.

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