Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

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Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr.jpg
Barr circa 1915
Born Amelia Edith Huddleston
(1831-03-29)March 29, 1831
Ulverston, Lancashire, England
Died March 10, 1919(1919-03-10) (aged 87)
Richmond Hill, Queens, New York
Nationality British-American
Spouse(s) William Barr (m. 1850–67) his death
Parent(s) William Huddleston

Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr (March 29, 1831 – March 10, 1919) was a British novelist.[1]


Amelia Edith Barr

She was born on March 29, 1831 in Ulverston, Lancashire, England as Amelia Edith Huddleston to Reverend William Huddleston.[1]

In 1850 she married William Barr, and four years later they migrated to the United States and settled in Galveston, Texas where her husband and three of their six children died a sad death from yellow fever in 1867.[1]

With her three remaining daughters, Mrs. Barr moved to Ridgewood, New Jersey in 1868. She came there to tutor the three sons of a prominent citizen, William Libby, and opened a school in a small house.[1] This structure still stands at the southwest corner of Van Dien and Linwood Avenues. Amelia Barr did not like Ridgewood and did not remain there for very long. She left shortly after selling a story to a magazine.[2] In 1869, she moved to New York City where she began to write for religious periodicals and to publish a series of semi-historical tales and novels.[1]

By 1891, when she achieved greater success, she and her daughters moved up the Hudson River to Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, where they renovated a house on the slopes of Storm King Mountain and named it Cherry Croft.[3] The name has been applied to that period of her career, the most productive and successful. She remained there until moving in with her daughter Lilly in White Plains in her last years.

She had a sunstroke in July 1918 and never fully recovered. She died on March 10, 1919 in Richmond Hill, Queens, New York. She was buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Tarrytown, New York near her friend, Louis Klopsch.[1][4][5]


Amelia Barr in 1889, and her signature


  • Romance and Reality (1872)
  • Jan Vedder's Wife (1885)
  • A Daughter of Fife (1886)
  • A Bow of Orange Ribbon (1886)
  • A Border Shepherdess (1887)
  • Remember the Alamo (1888)
  • Between Two Loves (1889)
  • Friend Olivia (1891)
  • A Rose of a Hundred Leaves (1891)
  • The Bow of Orange Ribbon (1893)
  • Birds of a Feather (1893)
  • The Lone House (1894)
  • Bernicia (1895)
  • A Knight of the Nets (1896)
  • Trinity Bells (1899)
  • The Maid of Maiden Lane (1900)
  • Souls of Passage (1901)
  • The Lion's Whelp (1901)
  • Thyra Varrick (1903)
  • The Black Shilling (1903)
  • Cecilia's Lovers (1906)
  • The Man Between (1906)
  • The Belle of Bowling Green (1908)
  • The Strawberry Handkerchief (1908)
  • The Hands of Compulsion (1909)
  • The House of Cherry Street (1909)
  • A Reconstructed Marriage (1910)
  • Sheila Vedder (1911)
  • The Measure of a Man (1915)


  • All the Days of my Life (1913).


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Famous Novelist, Amelia E. Barr, Dies. Author of Eighty Works of Fiction Ends Career at 87 at Richmond Hill Home. Tragedies In Early Life. To be Buried in Sleepy Hollow, Near Louis Klopsch, Her Old Friend, According to Agreement". New York Times. March 12, 1919. Retrieved 2012-12-01. Mrs. Amelia Edith Barr, the novelist, died Monday night at her home, 445 Bedford Avenue, Richmond Hill, L.I. She lacked only a few weeks of being 88 years old. Mrs. Barr had never completely recovered from a heat stroke ... 
  2. ^ Caldwell, William A.,et al.,"The History of a Village, Ridgewood, N.J.," State Tercentenary Committee, c. 1964, p. 32
  3. ^ "Amelia Barr To Sell Home. Novelist Is [nearing] 90, and Is Writing the Story of Her Life.", New York Times, 30 December 1911, Amelia E. Barr, the novelist, whose large estate on the north side of Storm King Mountain, at Cornwall, overlooking the Hudson, has been the admiration of visitors for years, is about to sell the property. ... nearly ninety years of age, and she wants to settle her estate before she dies. ... 
  4. ^ "Amelia E. Barr Dies In Her 88th Year. Author of 63 Novels After She Reached Age of 50". Boston Globe. March 12, 1919. Retrieved 2012-12-01. Mrs. Amelia E. Barr, the author, died last night at her home in Richmond Hill, this city. Mrs Barr passed the first half of her life in comparative obscurity. She ventured upon her first novel when she was ... 
  5. ^ "Amelia E. Barr, Novelist, Dead". Hartford Courant. March 12, 1919. Retrieved 2012-12-01. Amelia E. Barr, the authoress, died last night at her home in Richmond Hill, this city. She was within a few days of being 88 years of age. She suffered a sunstroke last July and never completely rallied from its effects. Mrs. Edward Munro, a daughter, was... 


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