Ellen Browning Scripps

November 21, 2013 by  

Ellen Browning Scripps, Ellen Browning Scripps (October 18, 1836 – August 3, 1932) was an American philanthropist who was the founding donor of several major institutions in Southern California.

James Mogg Scripps (1803-73) was the youngest of six children born to London publisher William Armiger Scripps (1772-1851) and Mary Dixie (1771-1838).:p.14 :p.2 He was apprenticed to Charles Lewis, the leading bookbinder of London where he learned the trade. :p.2 James married his cousin Elizabeth Sabey in 1829 :p.6 and had two children, only one of whom lived to maturity, Elizabeth Mary (1831-1914).:p.2 Elizabeth Sabey died the day after the latter’s birth.:p.2 Two years later James Mogg married Ellen Mary Saunders. They had six children, five of whom lived to adulthood: James Edmund (1835-1906), Ellen Browning (1836-1932), William Arminger (1838-1914), George Henry (1839-1900) and John Mogg (1840-63).:p.2 Ellen Browning Scripps was born on October 18, 1836, on South Moulton St in St. George Parish, London.:p.2 Her mother died of breast cancer in 1841. :p.2 After the failure of his bookbinding shop, James Mogg emigrated to the United States with his six children in April 1844.:p.2 They headed to Rushville, Illinois, where the Scripps family owned property.:p.3 James Mogg married his third wife Julia Osborn in November 1844.:p.4 They had five children: Julia Anne (1847-1898), Thomas Osborn (1848-53), Frederick Tudor (1850-1936), Eliza Virginia (1852-1921), and Edward Wyllis or E.W. Scripps (1854-1926), the well-known newspaper tycoon and founder of The E.W. Scripps Company.:p.4

Ellen Browning Scripps was an imaginative, independent thinking child. An enthusiastic reader, she studied Latin in elementary school and taught her younger brother E.W. through recitations of Shakespeare, Tennyson, and Scott.:p.7:p.8

Along with her brothers and sisters, Ellen worked on the family farm in Rushville. She carried the milk from the milking barn to the cellar and followed the goslings to make sure none drowned in the pond.:p.4 Ellen helped her stepmother run the household. She cooked, cleaned, sewed, and washed from age ten until the day she left home for Detroit.:p.18

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