Maria Louisa Charlesworth (1819–1880) was born near Ipswich, England. She was the daughter of Rev. John Charlesworth, a well-known rector of a London church. She was taught early to care for the poor of her father’s parish. After her father’s death her home became Elmsett in Suffolk. Ministering Children was her best-selling book.
Father – Rev. John Charlesworth (1782-1864).
Brother – Rev. Samuel Beddome Charlesworth of Limehouse. His daughter Maud, married into the Booth family (Salvation Army).
Brother – Edward Parker Charlesworth, physician.
Brother – Rev. John Charlesworth, ordained but died early.
Sister – Elizabeth (Libby) Susan Charlesworth. She married Edward Byles Cowell, professor of Sanskrit. She wrote Leaves of Memory.
Maria Charlesworth Booklist:
Africa's Mountain Valley; or, The Church in Regent’s Town, West Africa
Beautiful Home, and Other Letters to a Child
Blind Basket-maker and His Little Daughter (The)
Blind Man’s Child (The)
Book for the Cottage (A); or, The History of Mary and Her family.
Broken Looking Glass (The); or, Mrs. Dorothy Cope's Recollections of Service
Charley and Edith; or, How Two Selfish Children Were Made a Blessing to a Lame Boy
Cottage and Its Visitor (The)
Eden and Heaven
England’s Yeomen: from Life in the Nineteenth Century
Female Visitor to the Poor (The); Records of Female Parochial Visiting
Heavenly Counsel in Daily Portions: Readings on the Gospel of St. Matthew: Being Notes from Bible Classes
Herbert; or, True Charity
India and the East; or, A voice from Zenana
Last Command (The) before He Suffered: Plain Teaching on the Lord’s Supper
Letters to a Child
Letters to a Friend Under Affliction
Light of Life (The)
Little Jane; and Other Tales
Little Sue and Her Friends
Ministering Children: A Sequel
Ministering Children: A Tale Dedicated to Children.
Ministry of Life (The)
Nurse Brame: or, How a Cold Heart Was Warmed by Learning to Care for Others.
Old Looking-Glass (The); or, Mrs. Dorothy Cope's Recollections of Service
Oliver of the Mill: A Tale
Rose, the Ministering Child
Ruth and Little Jane; or, Blossoms of Grace
Ruth and Patience
Sabbath Given (The); The Sabbath Lost
Sailor’s Choice; or, Little Lenny’s Friends on Shore
Sunday Afternoons in the Nursery, or Familiar Narratives from the Book of Genesis
They Two, or, Elijah and Elisha
Where dwellest Thou? or, The Inner Home