Mary Canfield Ballard
Mary Canfield Ballard
"A woman of the century"
|Born||June 22, 1852|
Troy, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Died||September 7, 1927(aged 75)|
|Resting place||Saint Johns Cemetery, Troy, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|Pen name||Minnie C. Ballard|
|Alma mater||Pennsylvania State Normal School|
|Notable works||... Idle Fancies|
Mary Canfield Ballard was born in Troy, Pennsylvania, June 22, 1852. Her parents were Orrin Porter Ballard and Eliza Ann Spalding Ballard. On her mother's side, Ballard was related to Colonel Ethan Allen, of Revolutionary fame. Her father was a self-made man and accumulated considerable property in Bradford County, Pennsylvania.
Her early literary efforts were very ambitious ones. When she was only thirteen years old, she wrote a continued story about a hair-pin, managing to introduce an elopement, an angry father, tears, repentance and forgiveness. She also wrote an essay on Sappho. She began to write poems at the age of sixteen.
She was devoted to painting, music and literature and was a prolific contributor to periodicals under the pen name "Minnie C. Ballard" ever since she sent her first poem to William Cullen Bryant, who gave it a place in the Evening Post. Her first published productions made their appearance when she was twenty-one years old. Since her appearance in the poets' corner of the Evening Post, she contributed occasionally to some thirty periodicals. Ballard published Idle Fancies (Troy, Pa., 1883), for private circulation, and a new edition for the general public (Philadelphia, 1884). Ballard contributed to the Philadelphia Times, The Cincinnati Enquirer, the Louisville Courier-Journal, Godey's Lady's Book, Peterson's Magazine, and the St. Louis Magazine.
She wrote the lyrics for the hymns, "Easter Hymn" (first published in The International Lesson Hymnal (Chicago, Illinois: David C. Cook, 1878), number 108., music by E. B. Smith, 1878) and "Shall It Be You or I?".
She died September 7, 1927, and is buried at Saint Johns Cemetery, Troy, Pennsylvania.
- ... Idle Fancies, 1884
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Moulton, Charles Wells (1894). The Magazine of Poetry and Literary Review. 6 (Public domain ed.). Charles Wells Moulton.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Willard, Frances Elizabeth; Livermore, Mary Ashton Rice (1893). A Woman of the Century: Fourteen Hundred-seventy Biographical Sketches Accompanied by Portraits of Leading American Women in All Walks of Life (Public domain ed.). Moulton.