Phelps, Elizabeth Wooster Stuart

Also called H. Trusta, which is an anagram of Stuart.

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Elizabeth Wooster Stuart Phelps (1815–1852) was born in Andover, Massachusetts. Her mother's family line traces back to Governor John Winthrop, the Puritan leader. Her father, Moses Stuart, was a minister and professor at Andover Theological Seminary. She was educated at Mount Vernon School and lived with and was taught by Jacob Abbott. There she developed her narrative writing. She is thought to have written many books not attributed to her. She would create stories to tell her sisters. The story called The Peep at No. 5, she regarded as her best production.  She wrote ten books, listed below.


Her favorite recreation was painting. She loved to visit the Boston Athenaeum to look at the paintings. She was an emotional woman. She had a cerebral disease for 20 years. Physical suffering was made the instrument of mental and religious growth. She was given to melancholy at times, testing her faith. Her mind struggled how the usefulness of art and spiritual discipline relate, and also how physical suffering relates to theology.


She married Austin Phelps, a Congregational minister and professor at Andover, in 1842. After her death, her daughter, Mary Gray, took her name, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, as a pseudonym, and later became Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward after marrying Herbert Dickinson Ward, a journalist.


  • Father—Moses Stuart D.D. (1780-1852), Professor at Andover Theological Seminary, author, wrote commentaries on books of the Bible.
  • Mother—Abigail Clark (1783-1855). She is said to have descended from the Winthrop family.
  • Sister—Sarah Stuart Robbins, author, Win and Wear Series, married Prof. R. D. C Robbins.
  • Sister—Mary Stuart (1822-1856) - Austin Phelps second wife.
  • Sister—Abby Stuart, married Rev. George H. Anthony.
  • Brother—Professor Isaac Stuart, author.
  • Brother—James Clark Stuart – Physician.
  • Brother—Moses Stuart, died young after college.
  • Husband—Austin Phelps – Professor at Andover Theological Seminary.
  • Daughter—Mary Gray, author, renamed Elizabeth Stuart Phelps after her mother died. Became Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward after she married Herbert Dickinson Ward, a journalist.
  • Son—Moses Stuart
  • Son—Amos



  • Harriet Newell Woods Baker (Harriet Baker), author of over 200 Sunday school books. Married Rev. Abijah R. Baker, D. D.
  • Dr. Leonard Woods—Harriet's father, professor at Andover Theological Seminary. Married Abigail Wheeler.
  • Jacob Abbott – author, writer of Rollo books, Lucy books and many others. Instructor at Mount Vernon School. Elizabeth lived with him for two years. 


 Books by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps: