Friday, February 3, 2017

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: February 3, 1819 - Amelia B. (Coppuck) Welby

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From The Kentucky Encyclopedia –
Amelia B. (Coppuck) Welby, poet, daughter of William and Mary Coppuck, was born in St. Michael's, Maryland, on February 3, 1819. She went to school in Baltimore, where her family had moved shortly after her birth. In 1833 they moved to Lexington, Kentucky, and in 1834 to Louisville. Her poetry was published in the Louisville Journal in 1837, and under the tutelage of the paper's editor, George D. Prentice , her popularity grew. In 1845 Poems By Amelia was published, and by 1860 it had reached its seventeenth edition. This collection touched on a variety of topics: love, death, children, nature, religion, and brides. Her best-known poem was " The Rainbow." In June 1838 Amelia Coppuck married George Welby, a Louisville businessman, and in March 1852 she gave birth to a son. She died on May 3, 1852, and was buried in Louisville's Cave Hill Cemetery.

William Ward, A Literary History of Kentucky (Knoxville, Tenn.,1988).

Selected Sources from UK Libraries:

Amelia. Poems. Boston: A. Tompkins, 1845. Print.
PS3158.W3 P6 1845, Special Collections Research Center

Amelia. Poems. 2d Ed., Enl.. ed. New-York, Philadelphia: D. Appleton ; G. S. Appleton, 1846. Print.
PS3158.W3 P6 1846, Special Collections Research Center

Amelia. Poems. A New Enl. Ed. Illus. with Original Designs by Robert W. Weir.. ed. New York: D. Appleton &, 1850. Print.
811 W441a, Special Collections Research Center

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