Looking for any information on Antionette Aiken and her sisters and/or brothers and parents.My gg-grandmother was her her sister, Mary Ann Aiken who married James Finley.Any info will be greatly appreciated.Below is a copy of a newspaper article I have on Antionette.
PIONEER BEAUTY and BELLE
Mrs. Antionette Aiken Hearin was the eighth daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Aiken and was educated at Nazareth Convent, Bardstown, KY.She was distinguished for her unusual grace, rare beauty of person and her many accomplishments.
It was customary for the Aiken family to attend French opera in New Orleans every now and then.Antionette delighted in rare laces and rich and costly fabrics which set off her graceful beauty.One night when Italian Opera, then in the zenith of its glory in Europe and America, was being performed in the French Opera House in New Orleans, as they entered their box, all eyes were turned to fast on the chaste beauty of Antionette, arrayed in a lace creation from Paris.
The painter Byrd painted a large portrait of Antionette and he always claimed that this portrait was his masterpiece of portrait painting.The portrait is now a prized possession of her only granddaughter, Mrs. Nettie Quill Parker of New York City (2001 now in possession of Nettie Quill Parker's son).
The following comment was made in the Democrate Union Newspaper of El Dorado Arkansas, printed on November 5, 1885, W.H. Hines, publisher:
"One of the most pleasing ceremonies of the mass meeting, on the 20th Ult., was a presentation of a flag to the Democracy of Union by Mrs. Antionette Aiken Hearin, in the name of the ladies of that stronghold of democracy, Johnson Township. The flag, in richness of material and beauty of construction, was worthy of the hands of the fair donors and the organ selected by them to present it.
Upon the following was inscribed: 'No Proscription--Liberty of Conscience, Unrestrained, Our Dearest Right'.
"Made and presented to the Democracy of Union County, by Mrs. Antionette Aiken Hearin, as her high appreciation of their defense of civil and religious freedom.October 20th, A.D. 1855"Mrs. Hearin concluded a beautiful little speech, which she delivered with imitable grace and feeling, with a quotation from the Star Spangled Banner, the Marsclaise Hymn of the people of the United States, which its author, Mr. Key composed while gazing through prison bars upon the glorious stars and stripes.As Mrs. Hearin said in clear, distinct and sonorous tones -
'--and long may it wave, o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!'
The whole crowd appeared to be electrified, and as the flag was passed to Mr. Lacy, greeted her as if prompted by a single spirit, with vociferous applause.
This flag was presented to Company E First Arkansas Regiment, made up of Hillsboro and Champanolle boys with Albert Rust, Colonel and Thomas Noland, Captain.
Mrs. Frank Betts of East Fualkner Street, City, says she remembers very clearly this company leaving by boat and as they passed out of sight around the bend of the river the waving of this flag and boys singing!
"We have been given a flag of which we can brag, presented by Mrs. Antionette Hearin,Ye Ho, Boys! Ye Ho".