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JAMES , MARIA ( 1793 - 1868 ), poet ;

b. 11 Oct. 1793 , possibly in north Wales . In 1800 she emigrated with her parents to U.S.A. The family settled in Clinton , New York , and she spent most of her life, from the age of 10 onwards, as a maid servant . She exhibited considerable skill at composing poetry , and a collection of her works was edited by A. Potter and published in New York in 1839 under the title, Wales and other Poems . She d. 11 Sept. 1868 at Rhinebeck , New York .

Sources:

  • NLW MS 9261;
  • Eminent Welshmen: a short biographical dictionary of Welshmen ... from the earliest times to the present , 1908 ;
  • Y Brython , v, 158;
  • Geirlyfr Bywgraffiadol o Enwogion Cymru , 1870 ;
  • Cardiff Free Libraries, Catalogue of Printed Literature in the Welsh Department , 1898 .

Author:

Griffith Milwyn Griffiths, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001