~ Patience Worth
Pearl Lenore Pollard Curran
Pearl Pollard Curran
is best known for
with Patience Worth.
in the early 1900's,
they wrote several
best selling novels,
short stories, &
hundreds of poems.
However it is the
unusual way that
they partnered that
made them famous.
Patience Worth was a
17th century spirit
that dictated to
Pearl Curran by
channeling through a
The contact began in
1913 when the spirit
stated, "Many moons ago I lived. Again I come.
Patience Worth my name. If thou shalt
live, so shall I..........". When asked when
she lived, the dates 1649 - 94 were given
and that her home was "Across the sea."
Patience indicated that she was from
England, had lived in rural
Dorsetshire with her father John and mother
Anne. Patience Worth was later
to indicate that after coming to America she
was eventually killed by the Indians.
Pearl Lenore Pollard was born in
Mound City, Illinois in 1883 & was the daughter of Mary E. & Geo. G.
Pollard. Her family moved to Texas when Pearl was
still an infant but eventually returned to Missouri residing
in St. Louis. About 1898 her family moved to
Palmer, Harmony Township, Washington County, Missouri
where the family lived in a rented house & her father worked
as a bookkeeper for a lead mining company.
The Pollard family lived
between the Alice & Hooker E. Blount family &
the Mary & William League family. Other families on the
same 1900 census page were: Benjamin & Myrtle Maxwell,
William & Ada Jarvis, Mary Jinkerson, Edward & Anna
Wilkinson, Thomas & Martha Skaggs, James & Martha Jinkerson,
Stephen & Eliza Conway, John Mallow.
Pearl eventually took up residence in
where she studied voice & music but would come home to visit
her family in Missouri. She gave several recitals at
the Potosi Opera House (now the Masonic Lodge).
1848 this was possibly the first opera house west of the
Mississippi River. Miss Pearl Pollard, author of the
Patience Worth books, gave music recitals here. It was
later purchased by Potosi Masonic Lodge. For pics of
click here. Photographed: 2 May 1999