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HOMES, Mary Sophie Shaw, author, born in Frederick, Maryland, about 1830. She removed with her mother to New Orleans after the death of her father, Thomas Shaw, when a mere child, and was educated there. Her first husband, Norman Rogers, died in the second year after their marriage, and in 1864 she became the wife of Luther Homes. She first attracted public attention in 1851 as a writer of essays, sketches, and poems under the pen-name of "Millie Mayfield," and afterward published a volume of verse, entitled "Progression, or the South Defended" (1868). A collection of her fugitive poems has also appeared, with the title "A Wreath of Rhymes" (Philadelphia, 1870).
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