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date: 14 April 2021

Pember, Phoebe Yates Levylocked

(18 August 1823–04 March 1913)
  • Marli F. Weiner


Pember, Phoebe Yates Levy (18 August 1823–04 March 1913), hospital administrator and writer, was born in Charleston, South Carolina, the daughter of Jacob Levy, a businessman, and Fanny Yates. Pember was the fourth of seven children in a prosperous Jewish family. Nothing is known of her schooling, although she was evidently well educated and widely read. Sometime in the 1850s, the family moved to Savannah, Georgia; sometime before the Civil War, Phoebe married Thomas Pember of Boston. After her husband died of tuberculosis in July 1861 in Aiken, South Carolina, the childless Pember returned to her parents in Savannah. Dangers associated with the Civil War led the family to seek refuge in Marietta, Georgia, around 1862....

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