October 17, 1834, New York City.

August 15, 1892, New York City.

New York Marble Cemetery, Manhattan, New York.


One of seven children of architect Calvin Pollard and his wife Electra, Josephine attended the Springler Institute, an exclusive girls’ school. She was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church, and attended the North Presbyterian Church on Ninth Avenue. She worked as an editor for the Sunday School Times, and worked for the Methodist Book Concern, where she edited a magazine intended for African Americans. Pollard also wrote for children’s magazines such as The Little Corporal. Her poetry was published in a number of magazines, including Harper’s and Scribner’s, and in the New York Ledger. Some of her children’s poetry was collected in the book Elfin, published in 1882.

Pollard was a founding member of the professional women’s club Sorosis. She never married. Her works include:

  1. Beyond the Sunset
  2. I Stood Outside the Gate
  3. Joy-Bells Ringing, Children Singing
  4. Let the Savior In
  5. Starry Crown, The