Robert Frost

Robert Lee Frost (1874 - 1963)

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Robert Lee "Robbie" Frost
Born in San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married 19 Dec 1895 in Lawrence, Essex, Massachusettsmap
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Died in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
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Biography

Robert Frost was born on 26 March 1874 in San Francisco, California.

His mother, Isabelle (Moodie) Frost, was of Scottish descent; his father William descended from colonist Nicholas Frost from Tiverton, Devon, England who had sailed to New Hampshire in 1634.

Robert's family were Swedenborgians, and he was raised in that religious tradition, but did not remain as an adult. He wrote: “I was brought up a Swedenborgian. I am not a Swedenborgian now. But there’s a good deal of it that’s left with me. I’m a mystic. I believe in symbols.”[1]

William had hoped that Robert would become an editor in San Francisco, like William was. However, when William died in 1885 the family moved east back to Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Frost's first poem was published in his high school newspaper.

After graduating from high school, Frost attended Dartmouth College. He returned home to teach and work various labor jobs. He hated these jobs and felt his true calling was poetry.

Although he is known for his rural poetry, Frost spent his childhood in the city.

Frost's first paid poem was My Butterfly: An Elegy, published on 8 November 1894. He received $15 for the poem.

He soon proposed to Elinor Miriam White, who said she first wanted to finish college. Frost, a bit dismayed, traveled to the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia and, upon his return, asked Elinor again. This time, she agreed.

Frost then went on to attend classes at Harvard for two years, where he did very well.

His grandfather purchased a farm for the couple in Derry, New Hampshire. Frost worked the farm for nine years while he wrote many of the poems which would later make him so famous.

He was unsuccessful as a farmer and returned to teaching English at Pinkerton Academy from 1906 to 1911.

In 1912, Frost took his family to Great Britain and settled in Beaconsfield, near London. His first book of poetry, A Boy's Will, was published only a year later.

A Boy's Will includes the poems Into My Own, My November Guest, Stars, To the Thawing Wind, A Prayer in Spring, Flower-Gathering, Rose Pogonias, A Dream Pang, In Neglect, The Vantage Point, Mowing, Going For Water, Revelation, The Tuft of Flowers, The Demiurge's Laugh, Now Close the Windows, In Hardwood Groves, October, Reluctance, The Trial by Existence, Pan With Us, A Line-Storm Song, My Butterfly, Ghost House, Love and A Question.

Some of Frost's most memorable work was written while he was in England.

Frost returned to America in 1915 when World War I began. He purchased a farm in Franconia, New Hampshire and launched his career in writing. This home would serve as his summer home until 1938 and it is maintained even today as "The Frost Place", a museum and poetry conference site. However, in 1920 he moved from New Hampshire to Vermont. His stated reason was "to seek a better place to farm and especially grow apples."

Frost also spent a great deal of time teaching at many schools an universities. He emphasized public speaking and the voice used when reciting poetry.

Although Frost's poems are beautiful, his life was filled with grief and loss. When his father died of tuberculosis in 1885, the family was left with only $8. His mother died of cancer in 1900. Also in 1900, Frost's son Elliot died of cholera before his 4th birthday. In June, 1907, his daughter Elinor died shortly after her birth. In 1920, Frost committed his younger sister, Jeanie, to a mental institution. She would die only 9 years later. Frost himself suffered from depression, something which ran in his family. His son, Carol, committed suicide in 1940 at age 38. Frost would have to commit another loved one to a mental hospital in 1947 when his daughter Irma succumbed to schizophrenia. Frost's wife, in addition to suffering from depression, developed breast cancer in 1937 and died of heart failure in 1938. Of their six children, only daughters Lesley and Irma outlived their father.

Robert Frost died on January 29, 1963, in Boston, of complications from prostate surgery. He was buried at the Old Bennington Cemetery in Bennington, Vermont. The epitaph on his gravestone reads, "I had a lover's quarrel with the world."

Robert Frost planned to recite a poem at the inauguration of president John F. Kennedy. He called the poem Dedication.

Robert Frost was 87 at the time. He claimed that the bad glare from the sun prevented him from reading his poem. He stumbled over his words and his flow was off due to his unfamiliarity with the poem. He quickly gave up and instead recited The Gift Outright.

Robert Frost-Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Robert Frost [selected poems pg 63]
The Poems Of Robert Frost (1946)

New York, Passenger Lists

Name: Robert Frost
Arrival Date: 20 Nov 1928
Birth Date: 26 Mar 1875
Birth Location: California
Birth Location Other: San Francisco
Age: 53
Gender: Male
Port of Departure: Southampton, England
Port of Arrival: New York, New York
Ship Name: Olympic

Source Citation: Year: 1928; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: T715, 1897-1957; Microfilm Roll: Roll 4386; Line: 22; Page Number: 161. Source Information:Ancestry.com. New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.

Death

Death: Date: 29 Jan 1963
Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States[2]

Burial

Old Bennington Cemetery, Bennington, Bennington, Vermont

Residence

Residence:
Date: Abt. 1928[3]

Sources

  1. Swedenborg’s Cultural Influence, Swedenborg Foundation website, accessed 26 March 2019.
  2. Source: #S-1404403643 Page: Ancestry Family Trees Quality or Certainty of Data: 0 Note:
  3. Source: #S-1404334258 Page: Year: 1928; Arrival: , ; Microfilm serial: T715; Microfilm roll: T715_4386; Line: 22; List number: . Quality or Certainty of Data: 0 Note: Data: Text: Birth date: 26 Mar 1875 Birth place: California Residence date: abt 1928 Residence place: Arrival date: 20 Nov 1928 Arrival place: New York, New York Departure date: Departure place: Southampton, England APID: 1,7488::2005539938
  1. Find A Grave: Memorial # 371

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Note: Robert Frost Farm in Derby,New Hampshire
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Note: Postal Service Welcomes Frost
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Note: Robt Frost grae
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Note: Robt Frost cem
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Note: Circa 1910
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Note: Robt Frost sign
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Note: Robt Frost -4
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Note: Robyt Frost farm Derry, NH
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Note: Robert-Frost-Life
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Note: Robert Lee Frost
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Note: Great American Poet
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Note: Roby Frost stone
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Note: ROBERT LEE FROST
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Note: Robt Frost -3
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Note: Roby Frost farm NH
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Note: Robt Frost -2
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Note: Robert Frost's works
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Note: Robert Frost bio
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Note: Frost family grave in Bennington Old Cemetery
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Note: Robert Frost
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Note: Robt Frost Cem -2
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Note: Roby Frosy Stamp
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Note: Robt Frost 1941
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Note: Robt Frost 910
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duplicate Sources-- it is also right under the Sources line..................
  • Source: S-1404334258 Repository: #R-1573912236 Title: New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 Author: Ancestry.com Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.Original data - Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1820-1897; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M237, 675 rolls); Records of the U.S. Customs Service, R Note:
  • Repository: R-1573912236 Name: Ancestry.com Address: http://www.Ancestry.com Note:
  • Source: S-1404403643 Repository: #R-1573912236 Title: Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Note: This information comes from 1 or more individual Ancestry Family Tree files. This source citation points you to a current version of those files. Note: The owners of these tree files may have removed or changed information since this source citation was created.

Acknowledgements

  • WikiTree profile Frost-3170 created through the import of Oct 14 2012.ged on Nov 10, 2012 by Pam Carter. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Pam and others.
  • WikiTree profile Frost-2892 created through the import of Skolyak-Homer Family Tree(3).ged on Mar 4, 2012 by Michelle Skolyak. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Michelle and others.


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The Carol Frost in Panama City in 1965 is the daughter of William Prescott Frost (1924-1989), who was the son and only child of Carol Frost (1902-1940), the son of Robert Lee Frost, the poet.

William Prescott Frost was Robert Frost's grandson. He and his family lived in Panama City, Florida as part of Bill's career as a naval architect. Robert "Bob" Frost (1952-2011) was his son and a professor at the University of Michigan. William Prescott Frost had one other son, but not one named "Bill."

posted 29 Aug 2014 by Douglas Wilber II   [thank Douglas]
A little further net reserch reminded me that I also knew Bill Frost. The Panama City connection is already known information and further family information can be found by entering a search for Carol Frost, Panama City, Fl. If you don't find it go to www.ns.umich.edu/MT/96/Win96/mta4w96.html. The info in the article would indicate that the man I met was William Prescott Frost. Apparently Bob was the younger brother of Bill and Carol, both schoolmates of mine.
posted 7 Mar 2010 by Gerald Mixon
Around 1965 I was a high school student in Panama City,Fl. A casual friend was a lovely young lady named Carol Frost. While I was in the hospital she dropped by and told me that she was there visiting her father and she mentioned that her father was the son of the poet Robert Frost. I made a point of meeting him and he verified this although I don't recall his name. I never met him again or talked to her about her family or why they were living in Panama City. I have since read that Robert's son, Carol, died in 1940 so this could not be the man that I met. Possibly I misunderstood and he was the grandson of Robert?
posted 7 Mar 2010 by Gerald Mixon
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In the Reminisce magazine there is a article written by someone that spent two days at a University in Ohio in 1960 with Robert Frost. The August September 2017 issue. I just read the article and thought it brought out the person Robert Frost was.
posted by April Rarick
Beautifully organized and maintained, can we also have the Notables Project designated as a Profile Manager? Just a request, thanks!
I believe that Ancestry Tree quoted so often has been removed.
posted by Laura (Braun) Scott

Rejected matches › Robert Richards Frost (1874-)

Robert is 19 degrees from Donald Howard, 15 degrees from Julia Howe and 16 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.