Posted By:Victor Styles
Subject:Re: Mrs Michael PYM (Marie Louise PIMM)
Post Date:August 14, 2011 at 11:13:14
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Hi Prisilla again

Excellent stories, should you think of any more please let me know

Ithought you may be interested in her CV I have done.

Vic Styles

Born on the 19th of October 1889 at 2 The Mall, Park Road, Hampstead London NW, she was in Antwerp during WW1 with his brother Harry, after the Great War she emigrated to America to Florida, then to Oakton Virgina, she wrote a book called the Power of India, she was a correspondence for the Washington Post, and she was known (AKA) as Mrs Michael Pym. She died in 1983. She inherited a fortune from the Merritt family from New York, this was contested in court, she won, she gave a lot a money to charities.

March 22, 1983; Page B4
Section: Metro; Obituaries
Word Count: 228
Michael Pym, 93, the honorary life president of the Japanese Chin Club of America and a former journalist and farmer, died March 16 at Commonwealth Doctors Hospital in Fairfax. She had cancer.Miss Pym, who lived in Oakton, Virginia., was born in London. In World War I, she was a volunteer with the British Red Cross and also worked with the American Expeditionary Force in Paris. She came to this country about 1920 and worked for the Milwaukee Journal and other newspapers and later reported from

Mary Louise Pim "Squeaker". "Michael". "Micky", "Mieka", (1889-1983). the eldest child of William & Mary Louise lived in her grandparents' house in Staines Middx, from her birth and was brou~bt up as a member of that family. She was nearly the same age as the youngest of her uncles and took part in their boyish games. Many have speculated that this environment explains her later lifestyle, when she showed a decided preference for a male role. In Miami she was known as Michael (even Mrs. Michael) Pym (note the reversion in spelling). "Micky" or "Mieka" was as close as her father could, bring himself to acceptance of this appellation. She was articulate, witty, and the "life of the party".

At some time Mieka went to India on a commission from the N.Y. Times, where she "partook of some years of study and observation". Using this experience, she wrote "The Power of India", which was published in 1930 by G.P. Putnam's Sons.

Mieka inherited property in Easton, Maryland, from her close friend of 30 years, Ethel Merritt. However, when Gordon visited her not long before her death on March 16, 1983, she was living in Oakton, Virginia, on the site of the Manassás (Bull Run) battlefield. She named her house "Brymore", evidence, along with adoption of the PYM spelling, that she either believed in, or pretended, a relationship to John Pym of Brymore (see Appendix I). Her principal activity was then the breeding and showing of Chin dogs, on which she was considered an authority.

More info on Ethel Merritt - Post World War I Years Following World War I, there were many changes to the church interior. Douglas Merritt donated a bell to the church as a thank offering for the safe return of his daughter, Ethel D. Merritt, from war service in France. Miss Merritt went to France before the United States entered World War I, and served as a nurse with the French army. The bell, made by the Meneely Company of Troy, NY, pitched in B flat, is delicate and graceful in shape. Info Website The Church of the Messiah
6436 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 – (845) 876-3533