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Marianne Hearn

Farningham, Sevenoaks District, Kent, England
Death 16 Mar 1909 (aged 74)
Burial Northampton, Northampton Borough, Northamptonshire, England
Memorial ID 81635861 · View Source
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Marianne Hearn was the daughter of Joseph and Rebecca (Bowers) Hearn. She was a poetess, author, editor and lecturer. She wrote under the pseudonym, Marianne Farningham. She died Barmouth, Wales.
In Sept. 1897 she wrote: "I believe our name used to be written with an e at the end, though my father wrote it Hearn, and I do the same. He was Joseph Hearn, of Farningham, Kent, the postmaster of the place, and a Deacon of the Baptist Church in the next village, Eynoford. His father was Thomas Hearn, and I believe that he belonged to the Town of High Wycombe, and that some of his people were lace-manufacturers. My father married in 1833, Rebecca, daughter of George Bowers, a Baptist workingman preacher of considerable force and originality; and on December 17, 1834, I was born at Farningham. I was the oldest of five children, two of whom died young, and I am sorry to say that I am the last survivor of my family. My brother, died in South Africa ten years ago. He left one son, Geoffrey, and one daughter, Margaret, a girl with a very beautiful voice, and these, who live with their widowed mother, at 248 Woodbury Road, Nottingham, are after myself, the sole representatives of the Hearn family with whom I am connected, for I have never known of cousins or other relatives on my father's side. I believe that he had two brothers, and that one or both went abroad. My sister Hepzibah married Thomas MacGregor Sheerwood. She died four years ago, leaving nine children, and four of her girls live with me and are of great comfort to their aunt. I was eighteen years old when I began to write verse and prose. The first publisher of the Christian World was the minister of the Baptist church at Eynoford, of which I was a member. He had seen some of my poetry and asked me to write for the first number, and I have written for that journal ever since, only missing to contribute to about forty of the 2, 108 numbers that have been published to this date (September 2, 1897). I have also written for the Sunday School Times from its commencement, thirty-eight years ago, and have been the editor of this journal for about twelve years. As these papers are very widely circulated, my name, 'Marianne Farningham, is pretty well known. I have remained faithful to the firm of Messrs. James Clark & Sons, 13 and 14 Fleet Street, London, the proprietors of the Christian World and Sunday School Times, and all my books have been published by them. I have lived in Northampton for more than thirty years, and for a quarter of a century have conducted a Bible class of young women in connection with the College Street Baptist Church. The class numbers about two hundred, all over seventeen years of age. Besides my poem "Waiting and Watching for Me,' many have been republished in America. Among my books are 'Lays and Lyrics of the Blessed Life,' 'Songs of Sunshine,' 'Leaves from Elim' (volumes of poems), 'Girlhood,' 'Nineteen Hundred, 'In Evening Lights,' and many others. If I can, I mean to write my 'Reminiscences'' before I go, as I have lived in most interesting times and played my little part in them, for about ten years as a lecturer, and always as a writer."

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