Mary Hartwell Catherwood

Mary Hartwell Catherwood

Mary Hartwell was born in Luray, Ohio, and later moved to Illinois. Within a year of this move her father died and a few months later, her mother died. The children's maternal grandfather became guardian of Mary and her two younger siblings, Roxana and Marcus. They moved to Hebron, Ohio, to live with him, and attended the local public school. When Mary was thirteen, she received her teaching certificate, and she started teaching the following year.

She was later accepted to Granville Female College in Ohio. She  put herself through the four-year course in only three years, finishing in 1868. During this time her work began to be published, and she was able to support herself with her writing. She married James Steele Catherwood in December of 1877, and they moved to Indiana. She was quite involved in literary circles in Indianapolis, and was fairly prolific while living there. She later moved to Chicago, Illinois where she died in 1902.

Source: "Mackinac and lake Stories"