In the mid to late nineteenth century the town of Coventry was home to a female artist named Phebe Ann Low Hammett. She was the daughter of Alexander R. Hammett and Eunice Ledyard and was born in Coventry around 1821. The Rhode Island American newspaper published the marriage of Alexander and Eunice on Feb. 27, 1820, in Warwick.
Some of Phebe's ancestors were the founding families of Coventry and Warwick, such as the Hammett, Stone and Gorton families. Her father owned a large farm and was a member of the Coventry Town Council. The wealth and status of her parents gave her the opportunity to become better educated than other women of her generation. She and her brother would have attended the district school located across the street from her family home. Phebe's education as an artist was most likely taught to her at home by either a tutor or her parents.
According to the 1860 census she was unmarried, lived in the village of Potterville and worked as a landscape artist and in 1862 she had a personal tax worth $1,200. She lived in the village until 1900 when she moved to New Hampshire and continued working as an artist. By 1910 she moved to Summer Street in Somerville, MA, to live with her brother and died in West Somerville, MA, on July 15, 1911, at the age of 90.
Her funeral was held at the Waterman Chapel, 2326 Washington Street, Roxbury, MA, on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. and her body was transported by train to Coventry Centre and interred in the family cemetery, Coventry Historical Cemetery# 34, The Stone-Hammett Lot, where you can still see her stone today.
Her house was located along Town Farm Road and Hammett Road, which was named for her family, near the old Town House and school building that are no longer standing.