March 17, 1821, Kingsville, Ohio.

1895, Tennessee.

Daughter of physician Dan­iel M. Spen­cer, Adelia showed her gift for po­et­ry very young, writ­ing verses as ear­ly as age nine. She married Zuing­li­us Cal­vin Graves, president at the time of the Kings­ville Acad­e­my (where she taught drawing and French), and later president of Mary Sharp Col­lege, Win­che­ster, Ten­nes­see.

She served at the college first as a professor of Latin and Belles-Lettres, then as Matron and Professor of Rhetoric. She contributed poems and stories to various periodicals, and for a number of years edited the Children’s Book.

  1. Annunciation, The
  2. He Giveth His Beloved Sleep
  3. John Has Lost It
  4. Prayer for the New Year
  5. Thanksgiving Song
  6. Why Stand Ye Here Idle?