1835-1889

June 17, 1835, Hartland, Vermont.

June 28, 1889, Brooklyn, New York.

Brattleboro, Vermont.

Daughter of Hampden and Mary P. S. Jarvis Cutts, Anna was born in on the 60th anniversary of the American revolutionary Battle of Bunker Hill. Her parents, formerly of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, lived on a farm owned by Governor Paul Spooner of Vermont.

Her gifts in music, art, literature and the sciences were evident at an early age. Her earliest literary production was at age 10, a memoir of lady living near by who had recently died. She easily learned vocal and instrumental music, drawing and painting. For instruments, she preferred the violin, but was much more proficient on the piano. Between 18 and 20 years of age she wrote both prose and poetry, as well as instrumental music.

She studied Latin and French, rhetoric and history, and graduated from an academy in Thetford, Vermont, in 1855. Before graduation, she taught in a neighboring district school, and in the fall of 1856 went to Warsaw, Virginia, to teach, staying there one year. On her return, she became in interested in the movement to purchase George Washington’s estate, Mount Vernon, and the piece she wrote about it, under the pseudonym of Ernest, was printed in the Vermont Chronicle.

In 1859, when visiting Hanover, New Hampshire, she met Abel Trumbell Howard, a student at Dartmouth College and native of West Hartford, Vermont. They were engaged the following year, and married in August 1861. The earlier part of their married life the two of them taught in Walpole, New Hampshire; Brattleboro, Vermont; Brooklyn, New York; and Chester, New Jersey. After this they were for seven years principals of a large boarding school in Matawan, New Jersey. In the fall of 1873, they returned to Brooklyn, which became their long term home.

During this period Anna wrote little. Only after their last move to Brooklyn, where she spent two thirds of her married life, did she begin to publish extensively. Papers for which she wrote frequently include The Nursery, the Church Union, The Christian at Work, Mother’s Magazine, The Woman’s Journal, The Household, and Our Home Magazine. Besides literary endeavors, she found outlets for her energy in the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, the Woman’s Suffrage Association, the Brooklyn Woman’s Indian Association, and the Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

In the last few years of her life, she took up musical composition again, and wrote several hymns.

  1. By and By
  2. Christ Stilling the Tempest
  3. Ministering Spirits
  4. Way of the Cross, The
  5. Would I Might Love Thee More

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