October 8, 1794, Boston, Massachusetts.
September 15, 1888, Washington, DC.
Unitarian Church Cemetery, Charleston, South Carolina.
Caroline was the daughter of Boston shipwright Samuel Howard (one of the
Indians from the 1773 Boston Tea Party), and wife of Samuel Gilman (married 1819)
Despite a poor formal education, she taught herself and was granted access to the personal library of her neighbor, Governor Elbridge Gerry (from whose name comes the term
After marriage, she and her husband and moved to Charleston, South Carolina.
In 1832, she founded The Rose Bud, one of the first American weeklies for young people. It was renamed The Southern Rose Bud in 1833, The Southern Rose in 1835, and ceased publication in 1839.
After her husband’s death in 1858, she stayed in Charleston during the American civil war, and later lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, then in Tiverton, Long Island, New York.
Howard wrote several tales, ballads, and poems.
Her works include: