1831, Washington, DC.

January 28, 1890, Washington, DC.

Mary was the daughter of Andrew Harper and Mary McDermott-Roe (daughter of Cornelius McDermott-Roe, a laborer who worked for George Washington). Mary’s father died young, possibly of malaria, while Mary and her sister Virginia were children. Mary and Virginia moved together to Carroll County, Ohio, and in 1843 Mary married Gabriel Kail (1814–88). By 1878, Mary was editor of the Connotton Valley Times in Carroll County. In the late 1880s, she was a clerk for the United States Treasury Department; she lost that job in September 1885 due to a change in administration. Her works include:

  1. After the Harvest, Golden Sheaves
  2. Always Cheerful Through the Night
  3. Christmas Bells Are Softly Chiming
  4. Come, Let Us Sing of That Sweet Land
  5. From the Path of Sin and Sorrow
  6. Go Work, for the Harvest Is Near
  7. Grandly Our Armies Are Rising
  8. Harvest Work Is Truly Great, The
  9. Have You Heard the Good News?
  10. Joyfully, Cheerfully
  11. Lo the Royal Harvest Ripens
  12. Morn Is Breaking o’er the Hills
  13. My Home Is in the Heavenly Land
  14. Never Give Up the Savior
  15. Open Wide the Golden Portal
  16. Sinner, Come to the Cross
  17. Sinner, the Blessed Gospel
  18. Sinner, Wilt Thou Not Relent?
  19. There’s Not a Cloud That Floats on High
  20. We’ll Soon Be There in That Bright Land
  21. We Are a Little Pilgrim Band
  22. We Gather in the Sabbath School
  23. When Mid Storms of Life
  24. When Mid the Darkness of the Night
  25. When Shall I Wear a Golden Crown
  26. When We Cross the Crystal River
  27. Who Will Go and Work for Jesus?
  28. Will You Come to the Cross?
  29. World Is a Warfare, The