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Mary Ann (Chisholm) Painter (1870 - 1901)

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Mary Ann Painter formerly Chisholm
Born in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Daughter of and [mother unknown]
Wife of — married in Cuyahoga, Ohio, USAmap
Died in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 4 Mar 2014
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Date: Wednesday, May 24, 1893 Paper: Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH) Page: 4
Mary Ann Chisholm and Kenyon Vickers Painter
Mary Chisholm was born January 1, 1870, in Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois. She was the daughter of William J Chisholm (1843 – 1905) and Mary Henrietta Stone (1846 – 1915). Mary moved to Cleveland with her parents in 1880. She married Kenyon Painter May 23, 1893[1] in Cuyahoga, Ohio. She was a prominent member of the Second Presbyterian church. She was involved with several charities, Mary also had a great interest in educating the poor children of the city. She was a tireless worker in bringing free Kindergarten and day nurseries to the city.
Children at Rainbow Cottage

Date: Thursday, July 1, 1897 Paper: Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH) Page: 5
Rainbow Cottage. Seventh Annual Tea

Date: Tuesday, June 24, 1902 Paper: Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH) Page: 5
Rainbow Cottage Opened

Mary Painter was one of the founders of the Rainbow Cottages. In 1887, nine young women from wealthy families came together, calling themselves the Rainbow Circle of King’s Daughters, they discussed how they could help poor children in Cleveland. The idea of the Rainbow Circle was to provide a place for sick children to convalesce. The young women began making plans and raising money through charity balls and bed subscriptions. The Rainbow Cottages was finally opened in 1891, where Mary was one of the most active workers, many children were saved through her time, effort and money which she gave freely .
Thursday, June 27, 1901
Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH)
Page: 7
Thursday, June 27, 1901
Cleveland Leader (Cleveland, OH)
Page: 10
Saturday, June 29, 1901
Cleveland Leader (Cleveland, OH)
Page: 10

Cleveland Leader (Cleveland, OH)
She was only 31 at the time of her passing[2] and is interred in the Lake View Cemetery , Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA[3]


1870 Illinois, United States[4]
1900 Precinct A (incl. Nurses Home) Cleveland City Ward 12, Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States[5]


  1. FamilySearch ( : accessed 18 Dec 2013), Kenyon Vickers Painter and Mary A. Chisholm, 23 May 1893; citing Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States, reference p 327; FHL microfilm 877928.
  2. "Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 13 December 2014), Mary Chisholm Painter, 26 Jun 1901; citing Death, Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States, source ID v 13 cn 52414, County courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 879,248.
  3. Find a Grave - Burial:Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA Plot: Section 9 Lot 4-0 Find A Grave Memorial# 78142717
  4. "United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 17 October 2014), Mary Chisholm in household of William Chisholm, Illinois, United States; citing p. 237, family 1717, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 545,699.
  5. "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 17 June 2017), Mary A Painter in household of Kenyon Painter, Precinct A (incl. Nurses Home) Cleveland City Ward 12, Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 46, sheet 1B, family 9, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,241,253.

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