|Birth: ||Feb. 2, 1849|
|Death: ||May 9, 1926|
Married Lionel Edward Foley Hodges on June 27, 1895 at York, York County, Ontario.
Biography of Frances M. Owston Smith
A Woman of the Century, Fourteen Hundred-Seventy Biographical Sketches Accompanied by Portraits of Leading American Women in all Walks of Life Frances Elizabeth Willard and Mary Ashton Rice Livermore, eds., Buffalo, NY: Charles Wells Moulton, 1893.
SMITH, Miss Frances M Owston, poet, was born in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. She is of mixed English and Irish blood. Her father, Ralph Smith, was a native of King's county, Ireland and her mother was a daughter of Captain William Owston of the Royal Navy, Yorkshire, England. She was reared and educated in Peterborough and her home has for some years past been in Lucan in the western part of the Province of Ontario. She has written verses since her childhood and her poems have been published in the Irish Monthly, Ireland; in the Canadian Monthly; and in several leading Canadian weeklies. Her poetry runs in the religious vein principally. Her work shows culture earnestness and purity of thought and aspiration and she is ranked with those other Canadian singers who are aiding powerfully to create and glorify a Canadian literature. She is known for her charitable deeds as well as her literary achievements.
Biography of FRANCES M. O. SMITH
by Thomas O'Hagen
The Magazine of Poetry, Vol. 5
Charles Wells Moulton, ed.
Buffalo, NY: 1893
IT is indeed worthy of note that among the many who have contributed to the building up of a Canadian literature during the past quarter of a century not a few of the brightest names are those of women. Some of the best verse written to day in Canada is from the pens of such writers as Agnes M. Machar, Mrs. S. Frances Harrison, Mrs. Sarah Anne Curzon, and Ethelwyn Wetherald. Poetic inspiration is not a monopoly and comes more frequently to those whose heart music is born of the virtues of home than of those whose dreams are inlaid with gain and glory. One of the latest acquisitions to the goodly company of Canadian poets is Frances M Owston Smith. Miss Smith is of Irish and English extraction her father being Ralph Smith a native of King's County Ireland and her mother a daughter of Captain William Owston of the Royal Navy, Yorkshire England. It will be seen therefore that this admixture of Saxon strength and Celtic fervor lends to the poetic gifts of Miss Smith a union of power and grace which is manifest in nearly all her poems. Miss Smith's childhood days were spent in the town of Peterboro, Ont. which nestles like a dream mid sylvan lakes and forests great and streams both wide and bold. For a number of years past, Miss Smith has been a resident of the little town of Lucan in western Ontario.
Ralph Smith (1807 - 1857)
Mary Ann Margaret Owston Smith (1819 - 1909)
Comet Lodge Cemetery
Created by: Dr. James M. Owston
Record added: Jan 01, 2009
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