This book is the realization of a dream held for forty years by Charlotte Wheaton Wells, the chief editor. Her primary purpose was to transcribe the personal papers of Margaret Worthington, inherited by Margaret's great-grandson, Winston Mansfield Dudley, Mrs. Wells's husband. She later decided to publish some of Margaret's early papers which furnish a special perspective on the social life and culture of southern Ohio in the 1830s. They also reveal an intimate knowledge of the Worthington family in Chillicothe, Ohio and at Adena, the mansion built by Margaret's father, Thomas Worthington, a statesman acclaimed as "The Father of Ohio Statehood."
Charlotte Wheaton Wells
Charlotte Wells was born in Montclair, New Jersey, attended public schools in New Jersey and New York State, and graduated with honors from Wellesley College in 1935, with a major in English Composition. She and Winston Dudley raised three children and later moved to California where Winston died in 1973. Following her remarriage in 1977 and the death of her second husband in 1986, she moved east to be near her children. Starting in 1991 she lived in a retirement community in Walpole, Massachusetts. Here she had the opportunity to work on her cherished files of historical manuscripts concerning the Mansfield and Worthington families and worked with a succession of able research and editorial associates to produce Daughter of Adena. Mrs. Wells was a member of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars.

Sadly, Charlotte passed away in December, 2013, at age 100.

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