Fannie Ellsworth Newberry

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Fannie Ellsworth Stone Newberry (1848–1942) wrote a long series of books, many of them stories for girls, of which the best seller was The Wrestler of Philippi.[1]

Newberry was born in Monroe, Michigan on 7 May 1848, the daughter of Hiram and Sophia Stone.[1] When Newberry was five, she moved to Chicago. She attended the Young Ladies Seminary of Monroe, Michigan. At age 17 she graduated from a school in Brookline, Massachusetts.[2] In August, 1867 she married attorney Frank D. Newberry (23 Jun 1840 - 28 Dec 1912) of Rochester, Michigan. He died in San Jose, California.[3] They had four children: Max, Perry, Roy, and Grace. She is buried in Coldwater, Branch County, Michigan.[4]


  • Impress of a Gentlewoman (1891)
  • Sara, A Princess (1892)
  • The Odd One: a Story for Girls (c1893)
  • The Wrestler of Philippi: A tale of the early Christians (1896)
  • A son's victory; a story of the land of the honey-bee (c1897)
  • Strange conditions (1898)
  • All Aboard (1898)
  • Joyce's Investments (1899)
  • Not For Profit
  • Bubbles
  • Mellicent Raymond
  • The House of Hollister
  • Bryen's Home
  • The Young Housekeeper


  1. ^ a b Class of Sixty-Three Williams College Fortieth Year Report. Boston: Thomas Todd (printer). 1903. 
  2. ^ Burke, Bridget Ellen (1909). Literature and Art Books (Book 5). Boston: Educational Publishing Company. p. 15. 
  3. ^ May, George F. (compiler) (1965). "Michigan Civil War Monuments". Retrieved 30 Dec 2010. 
  4. ^ "Fanny Newberry". Find a Grave. 2004. Retrieved 30 Dec 2010. 

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