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Thomas Dowd-Claire Dreiser marriage


Theodore Dreiser’s sister Clara Clothilde Dreiser (1868-1918) was known as Claire. She married Thomas Dowd, a mine supervisor, in Phoenix, Arizona on  April 12, 1898.

Claire married secondly Henry V. Gormley; she was his second wife.

Claire Gormley died on May 30, 1918 in Schenectady, NY.


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The Arizona Republican, Thursday, April 14, 1898

Mr. Thomas P. Dowd, superintendent of the Crown Point mine, and Miss Claire Dreiser were married in this city on Tuesday night [April 12, 1898]. They will remain in town for a few days after which trey will return to the northern part of the territory. Mr. Dowd is expected to leave for the Klondike shortly.


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Arizona Weekly Journal, April 27, 1898

Thomas Dowd, formerly foreman of the Crown Point mine, has gone to the Klondike with his bride.



“Dies Saving Wheel” (Theresa Dreiser Davis killed by train, 1897)



Theresa Dreiser Davis (1864-1897; born Mary Theresa Dreiser) was Theodore Dreiser’s sister.

She was married to Edwin Davis, a scenic artist, and lived in Chicago.

The attached article about her death at a train crossing is from the Chicago Daily Tribune of October 23, 1897.




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Gertrude A. Hopkins death certificate



Gertrude Amelia Hopkins (1894-1973) was Theodore Dreiser’s niece. Below is an image of her death certificate.



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Note: The late Harold J. Dies gave me a copy of Gertrude Hopkins’s death certificate. I would not have been able to obtain one otherwise, since only relatives can obtain such a record from the state of New York. It is an invaluable document. Gertrude was Theodore Dreiser’s favorite niece and knew Dreiser and his second wife Helen well.  See my article


“Lorenzo A. Hopkins, Emma Wilhelmina Dreiser, and Family”


posted on this site at



— Roger W. Smith




Lorenzo A. Hopkins death certificate



Lorenzo A . Hopkins (d. 1897) was the first husband (perhaps common law husband) of Dreiser’s sister Emma Wilhelmina Dreiser.

Hopkins and Emma were the real life prototypes of Hurstwood and Carrie Meeber in Dreiser’s Sister Carrie.




























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Herman [Theodore] Dreiser – Helen E. Richardson marriage certificate, June 13, 1944




Theodore Dreiser - Helen Richardson marriage license