No, I'm not talking about the country song! Nathaniel Hawthorne's wife and daughter were disinterred from their graves in England and reunited with Hawthorne
in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Massachusetts. I have read that Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter
was inspired by one of the wives of Stephen Bachiler (or Batchelder), one of my ancestors. Disclaimer: The alleged "Hester Prynne" was not my maternal descendant, and I have not been able to verify this claim. This article claims that Hawthorne's own wife's independence can be seen in Hester. Maybe he had multiple inspirations for Hester?