Henrietta Nesmith Greely – Military Spouse

The wife of Adolphus Washington Greely and the mother of Adolphus W. Greely and John Nesmith Greely, she is buried with the family in Section 1 of Arlington National Cemetery.  Also see Otto Andrea Nesmith, Captain, United States Army.

Henrietta Hadson Nesmith married Lieutenant Adolphus Washington Greely in June of 1878 in San Diego, and shortly afterward moved to Washington, D.C., where Lieutenant Greely was in the Signal Service. Earlier Mr. Greely had fought in the Civil War. Mrs. Greely returned to live in San Diego, sometime before 1884, when she left for Washington to join her husband, who had been found by a search party in West Greenland. Her twin brothers Loring and Otto accompanied her. The Greely Relief Expedition had been launched to look for survivors of the Lady Franklin Bay Expedition which he led from 1881 to 1884.

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