Woman of the Century/Frances Campbell Sparhawk
SPARHAWK, Miss Frances Campbell, author and philanthropist, born in Amesbury, Mass., 28th July, 1847. She will be remembered by posterity as one who was associated with efforts in In-half of the American Indians. She is of distinguished ancestry, descended on her mother's side from a Highland baronet, a Jacobite, who, through his adherence to the Stuarts, lost both his title and estate. On her father's side she is related to a branch of the Sir William Pepperell family. Her father was an eminent physician, a graduate of Dartmouth College and of the Harvard Medical School, and studied in the Massachusetts General Hospital under Dr. Janus Jackson. FRANCES CAMPBELL SPARHAWK. When a child, Frances was ill a great deal and was kept away from school. She drove about with her father, when he went to visit his patients, imbibing his thought and spirit. which was of the tinest mold. Another strong formative influence in those early days was her friendship with their neighbor, the poet, John Greenleaf Whittier. She was graduated in the young ladies' seminary in Ipswich, Mass., in 1867. the valedictorian of her class. Soon after leaving the seminary she began to write for the press, contributing stones and sketches to various papers and magazines, and published her first book. "A Lazy Man's Work," in 1881. That was followed by "Elizabeth, A Romance of Colonial Days," a story of the siege of Louisburg. It was brought out as a serial in the "New England Magazine" in 1884. In 1886 "Gladys Langdon" came out in the "Christian Union " as a serial. The same paper published her other articles, and from time to time the greater number of the stories in "Little Polly Blatchley," afterward collected in book form (Boston, 1887}. She then published "Miss West's Class" (1887); "The Query Club" in "Education," "A Chronicle of Conquest" (1890); "Onoqua," her last novel (1892). These last two stories deal with Indian life, with which Miss Sparhawk is thoroughly familiar, having spent some time in the Carlisle Indian School, where she edited the "Red Man," and having also visited other Indian schools and reservations. She is a member of the Woman's National Indian Association and puts much time, strength and enthusiasm into her great life-work. Her present home is in Newton Center, Mass. where she lives with two sisters, all who are left of her immediate family.