Julia Abigail Fletcher Carney

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Julia Abigail Carney
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Born Julia Abigail Fletcher
(1823-04-06)April 6, 1823
Lancaster, Massachusetts
Died November 1, 1908(1908-11-01) (aged 85)
Nationality American
Occupation educator
Known for "Little Things".
Spouse(s) Thomas J. Carney

Julia Abigail Fletcher Carney, born Julia Fletcher (April 6, 1823, Lancaster, Massachusetts – November 1, 1908, Galesburg, Illinois) was an American educator and poet. She wrote the poem "Little things".[1]

Educated at Lancaster Academy, Julia Fletcher achieved fame in 1845 for her poem "Little Things".[2] In 1849 she married Thomas J. Carney, a Universalist minister; four of the couple's nine children died in infancy.[3]

Julia Fletcher Carney wrote for Universalist and other periodicals; many of her poems were set to music and published in school text-books or as hymns.[4]


  1. ^ Herringshaw, T. W., Herringshaw's national library of American biography, 5 vols, 1909-14
  2. ^ For different accounts of the publishing history of this poem, see Gardner, Martin, Famous Poems from Bygone Days, 1995, p. 35
  3. ^ Litvin, Martin. Papers re: Julia Fletcher Carney, 1843-1988 at Andover-Harvard Theological Library
  4. ^ "Mrs. T. J. Carney". Hymnary. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 

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