Think “Kept Women of the Gilded Age” and you will probably come up with the unfortunate Evelyn Nesbit Well, everyone loves a murder story, don’t they?
Emilie Grigsby – name probably doesn’t ring a bell. Pity, really. Of the two lives, her’s is quite as scandalous and yet has a far happier ending.
Unlike Ms Nesbit, she came from something. Her great grandfather was James Fisher Robinson (Governor of Kentucky 1862-1863), her father Lewis Braxton Grigsby a colonel in the Union Army. By the end of the war, he had station but no money and was not very good at getting it. He died after his wife Susan gave birth to a son and daughter, leaving her to get by as best she could.
Staying home, proud but poor, was one solution. It wasn’t Susan’s. She was more of a Scarlett O’Hara type.