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HANAFORD, Phebe Anne, author, born in Nantucket, Massachusetts, 6 May, 1829. Her father, Captain George W. Coffin, was a ship owner and merchant. Phebe was educated in the schools of her native town, and under the Reverend Ethan Allen, rector of St. Paul's Episcopal church there. In 1849 she married Joseph H. Hanaford, a teacher. After teaching several years in Massachusetts, she edited in 1863-'8 the "Ladies' Repository" and "The Myrtle," and in February, 1868, began regular ministerial work, having been ordained the first woman minister in the Universalist church. Since that time she has been pastor of churches in Bingham and Waltham, Massachusetts, New Haven, Connecticut, and Jersey City, New Jersey, and made preaching tours throughout the middle states, Ohio, and Illinois. She is now (1887) pastor of the Church of the Holy Spirit, New Haven, Connecticut In 1870-'2. She was at various times chaplain of the Connecticut legislature. She has been grand worthy chaplain of the Good Templars, and represented the grand lodge in the right worthy lodge at Detroit in 1867. Besides poems, addresses, and contributions to current literature, she has published "Lucretia, the Quakeress" (Boston, 1853); "Leonette, or Truth sought and Found" (Philadelphia, 1857); "The Best of Books, and its History" (1857); "Abraham Lincoln" (Boston, 1865); "Frank Nelson, the Runaway Boy" (1865); "The Soldier's Daughter" (1866); "The Captive Boy of Tierra del Puego" (New York, 1867); "Field, Gunboat, Hospital, and Prison " (Boston, 1867); "The Young Captain" (1868); "George Peabody" (1870): "From Shore to Shore, and Other Poems" (1870);" Charles Dickens" (1870); "Women of the Century" (1877); and "Ordination Book" (New Haven, 1887).
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