Nancy Kingsbury Wollstonecraft - Early Painter of Cuban Flora

A short biography of my fifth cousin

Nancy Kingsbury Wollstonecraft (1781-1828) was a botanical artist active in the 1820’s. She painted in Mantanzas, Cuba, at an American expat convalescent colony. Her work was lost for almost two hundred years, safely kept by the library system at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, and rediscovered in 2018.

I created this presentation to fulfill the requirements for a botanical art history class I took through Phipps Conversatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While picking a topic, I ran a list of American botanical artists. The Kingsbury name jumped out at me. It’s a family name on my mother’s side. I’m a direct ancestor of a Henry Kingsbury, a young man who traveled to the Massachusetts Bay Colonies in 1830, two years after his older brother, Joseph, who was Nancy Kingsbury’s direct ancestor. Nancy and I are apparently fifth cousins, many times removed, which pushes our relationship deeply into the “distant cousins” category.

I’ve been a family historian in a serious and dedicated sense since 1990, when I bought my first home computer. This will be the first of a series of projects I plan to share that has origins within my family. I hope you enjoy!





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