Born in Salem, Massachusetts on September 21, 1809, Sophia Amelia Peabody was the daughter of Nathaniel and Elizabeth Peabody. Sophia had three brothers and two sisters. Her sister, Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, taught Sophia geography, science, literature and both American and European history; Sophia also learned to read Latin, French, Greek and Hebrew. Sophia suffered from poor health and suffered migraines. She went to Cuba in 1833 with her sister, Mary, to improve her health..
Sophia met Nathaniel Hawthorne through her sister, Elizabeth. They became secretly engaged on New Year’s Day, 1839.Before her marriage, Sophia, was a painter and illustrator. They were married on July 9, 1842. They were married at the Peabody bookstore at 13 West Street, Boston. They rented and moved into The Old Manse in Concord, Massachusetts.
The Hawthornes’ daughter, Una was born March 3, 1844.They were financially strained. For a while they lived in Salem while Nathaniel waited for a government job. Pregnant with her second child, Sophia moved to 77 Carver Street in Boston so that she would be closer to family and her doctor. A son, Julian, was born on May 22, 1846. The Hawthorne Family moved to Lenox where their third child, Rose, was born on May 20, 1851.
Nathaniel died in May, 1864. Sophia moved with her children to England four years later, where the cost of living was lower.
While in England, Sophia became ill and died on February 26, 1871 . She was buried in Kensal Green Cemetery, London. Six years later, Una died in September 1877. She was 33 years old.. She was buried alongside Sophia.
In 2006, Sophia and Rose were reburied in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery next to Nathaniel. . After more than 100 years, they were reunited in death