Born: January 22, 1855, Walden, Vermont.
Died: March 27, 1934, Portland, Oregon.
Buried: Rose City Cemetery, Portland, Oregon.
She was the daughter of Stephen Thompson Ellis and Elizabeth Naomi Boynton Coburn, and wife of Frank A. Breck (married 1884).
Carrie was a descendant of Colonel Timothy Ellis, who won distinction in the Battle of Ticonderoga in the American revolution.
Her family moved from Vermont to Vineland, New Jersey, and she spent most of her life in southern New Jersey. She and Frank moved to Oregon between 1910 and 1920.
She had no sense of pitch, and could not carry a tune, but had the gift of poetic rhythm, and wrote over 2,000 poems.
She was not particularly robust in health, and had to take frequent rests while doing chores. At such times, she would sit in her favorite rocking chair, take up a notebook, and write poetry, often with a baby on her knee or playing at her feet.
Way and the Truth and the Life