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Caulkins, Frances Manwaring (26 April 1795–03 February 1869), author, was born in New London, Connecticut, the daughter of Joshua Caulkins, a seagoing trader who died in Haiti before her birth, and Fanny Manwaring. Her mother married Philemon Haven in 1807. Caulkins attended schools in Norwichtown and Norwich, Connecticut. She was a voracious reader and began early in life to collect information about history and genealogies. She lived with a maternal uncle in New London, where she began to publish essays in local newspapers about people and events of regional interest....

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Ellet, Elizabeth F. (Oct. 1812 or 1818–03 June 1877), historian and poet, was born Elizabeth Fries Lummis in Sodus Point, New York, the daughter of Dr. William Nixon Lummis, an early and wealthy settler of Lake Ontario’s shores, and Sarah Maxwell. Elizabeth was educated at Aurora Female Seminary under the direction of an English Quaker, Susanna Marriott. She became fluent in French, German, and Italian. Her first book was a translation of Silvio Pellico’s tragedy ...

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Skinner, Constance Lindsay (07 December 1877–27 March 1939), poet, novelist, and historian, was born Constance Annie Skinner in Quesnal, British Columbia, Canada, the daughter of Robert James Skinner, a factor for the Hudson Bay Company, and Annie Lindsay. In Quesnal, an isolated fur-trading post northeast of Vancouver, Constance played with Native American children; these early experiences influenced her writing, particularly her poetry. The Skinners lived in a large cedar house, 500 miles from the railroad, so Constance was tutored by her parents from their extensive library. She loved to read and often ran off into the forest to peruse the books that fascinated her. When Constance was fourteen, the family moved to Vancouver, where she attended a private school, her only formal education....

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Warren, Mercy Otis (25 September 1728–19 October 1814), poet and historian of the American Revolution, was born in Barnstable, Massachusetts, the daughter of Colonel James Otis, a farmer and militia officer, and Mary Allyne. Although she received no formal education, Warren was allowed to participate in some of the lessons in history and literature given to her brother, ...