Woman of the Century/Mary E. Ireland
IRELAND, Mrs. Mary E., author, born in the village of Brick Meeting House, now called Calvert, Cecil county, Md., 9th January, 1834. She is a daughter of the late Joseph and Harriet Haines. MARY E. IRELAND. In the old homestead of her parents she grew to womanhood, became the wife of John M. Ireland, of Kent county, in the same State, and lived there for several years, when they removed to Baltimore, where Mr. Ireland was engaged in business. They now reside in Washington, D. C. They are the parents of three children, one of whom died in infancy. The others, a son and daughter, are now grown to man's and woman's estate. Mrs. Ireland was educated in the ladies' seminary of Jamaica, Long Island, and has talent for music and painting. In the last few years literary work, particularly translating from the German, has been her favorite pastime. She has written several serials and many short stories, which have been published in different magazines, two of them taking prizes. One of her first sketches was "The Defoe Family in America," published in " Scribner's Magazine" in 1876, which was widely copied into other periodicals. Her first book was a collection of her short published stories, which she wove into a continuous narrative, entitled "Timothy: His Neighbors and Friends." Her translations published in book form are: "Red Carl," treating; of the labor question, "Lenchen's Brother," "Platzbacker of Plauen,", "The Block House on the Shore," "Erna Stark" and "Betty's Decision."