Annie Sherwood Hawks

HAWKS, Annie Sherwood (née Sherwood). b. Hoosick, New York,  25 or 28 May 1835 or 1836; d. Bennington, Vermont, 3 January 1918. According to Taylor (1989) there is uncertainty about her date of birth. Annie Sherwood married Charles Hawks; for many years she was a member of the Hanson Place Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York, where her pastor, Robert Lowry*, encouraged her to write verse. After her husband’s death in 1888, she lived with her daughter in Vermont, though she was buried beside her husband in New York. Many of her 400 hymn texts were written for Sunday-school use, although her text, ‘O rouse ye, Christian women’ was an early feminist response to ‘Rise up, O men of God’*. Of...

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