A Digital Essay on the Life of Frances Davis Plaisted


“I believe in hands that work, brains that think, and hearts that love.” -Frances Plaisted

Welcome to the story of my grandmother, Frances Davis Plaisted, as revealed by her handwritten memoir, scrapbook, and photo albums. Together they create the coming-of-age story of a woman in the early part of the 20th century in Sanford, Maine — offering glimpses into an era, a region, and a woman’s knowledge.


About Beth Taylor

Dr. Elizabeth S. (Beth) Taylor is a Distinguished Senior Lecturer in the Nonfiction Writing Program in the Department of English at Brown University. She teaches creative nonfiction -- literary journalism, historical narrative, and memoir. She earned her PhD in American Literature from Brown in 1989, then taught at Harvard before returning to Brown. A former feature writer and book reviewer for the Providence Journal, she has published flash nonfiction, columns, and essays, including a reflection on Brown's Nonfiction Writing Program in Composition Studies; "Apprenticing Nonfictionists" in The Journal of Teaching Writing; and "Itches and Scratches" in Brown Alumni Magazine. Her essays on the Vietnam War era include a Pendle Hill pamphlet, "Quaker in Vietnam: Rick Thompson (1949-1973)"; "Fighting Pacifism" in Friends Journal; "Crossing the Line: Finding Butch," in War, Literature, and the Arts; "Lost to Vietnam: Choices and Impact" in the anthology, Friends and the Vietnam War and on the web site "Writing Vietnam;" and "Conflict and Loss" in NPR's "This I Believe" series. The final publication in this series is her book, The Plain Language of Love and Loss: A Quaker Memoir, published by the University of Missouri Press in April, 2009.
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  1. Mr WordPress says:

    Hi, this is a comment.
    To delete a comment, just log in, and view the posts’ comments, there you will have the option to edit or delete them.

  2. Dear Beth, I came across your website while researching the Plaisted’s in my family line. I absolutely love what you have created. I have been thinking of a way to tell the story of my gggrandmother who left Ireland with her ten children during the Famine; you’ve inspired me. Thank you for the nice work. Sincerely, Will

    • Beth Taylor says:

      Wonderful, Will! I did find WordPress fairly straightforward. And my Plaisted cousins helped gather and donate family materials to the Sanford-Springvale, Maine Historical Society. Perhaps we too are cousins :). Best wishes, Beth

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