MARY MARTHA BUTT (1775–1851) was born in Worcester, England. Her father was a chaplain to King George III. She was well educated at home and attended the Abby School in Reading. In 1803, she married Captain Henry Sherwood. His regiment was ordered to India in 1805 and they remained 11 years. She established schools for the regiment children and took care of orphans. She wrote hundreds of books, stories, and tracts.
- The Little Woodman and His Dog Caesar.
- Duty Is Safety or Troublesome Tom.
- Little Henry and His Bearer.
Father George was a Vicar.
Mother Martha - Daughter of London silk merchant.
Sister Lucy - Mary’s younger sister was Lucy Lyttelton Cameron (1781–1858), who wrote many stories under the name Mrs. Cameron. She also attended school in Reading. Her husband was Rev. Charles Cameron. They had twelve children but many died young.
Daughter Sophia - Mary’s youngest daughter was Sophia, who married Dr. R. J. Nicol Streeten, and wrote stories under the names: Miss S. Sherwood, Streeten Butt, Mrs. Streeten, and Mrs. Kelly (from her second husband, Dr. Hubert Kelly). Dr. Streeten was sister Emily’s widower.
Daughter Mary Henrietta - first child.
Mary Martha's 15 volumes of Works:
Vol. I. The History of Henry Milner, parts I, II, III.
Vol. II. Fairchild Family.—Orphans of Normandy.—The Latter Days.
Vol. III. Little Henry and his Bearer.— Lucy and her Dhaye.—Memoirs of Sergeant Dale, his Daughter and the Orphan Mary.—Susan Gray.—Lucy Clare.—Hedge of Thorns.—The Recaptured Negro.—Susannah; or, the Three Guardians.—Theophilus and Sophia.—A Abdallah, the Merchant of Bagdad.
Vol. IV. The Indian Pilgrim.—The Broken Hyacinth.—The Little Wood- man.— The Babes in the Wood of the New World.—Clara Stephens.—The Golden Clew.—Katharine Seward.— Mary Anne.—The Iron Cage.—The Little Beggars.
Vol. V. The Infant's Progress.—The Flowers of the Forest.—Juliana Oakley.— Ermhia.— Emancipation.
Vol. VI. The Little Female Academy.—The Little Momiere.—The Stranger Home.—Pere la Chaise,—English Mary.—My Uncle Timothy.
Vol. VII. The Nun.—Intimate Friends.— My Aunt Kate.— Emmeline.— Obedience. — The Gipsy Babes.—The Basket-maker.—The Butterfly.—Alune.—Procrastination.—The Mourning Queen.
Vol. VIII. Victoria. —Arzoomund. —The Birthday Present.—The Errand Boy.— The Orphan Boy.—The Two Sisters.—Julian Percival.—Edward Mansfield. — The Infirmary. — Mrs. Catharine Crawley. — Joan; or, Trustworthy.—The Young Forester. —The Bitter Sweet.
Vols. IX., X., XI., and XII. The Lady of the Manor.
Vol. XIII. The Mail-coach.—My Three Uncles.—The Old Lady's Complaint. —The Hours of I n fancy.—The Shepherd's Fountain.—Economy.—"Hoe Age."—Old Things and New Things. — The Swiss Cottage. —Obstinacy Punished.—The Infant's Grave.—The Father's Eye.—The Red Book.— Dudley Castle. — The Happy Grandmother.—The Blessed Family. —My Godmother.—The Useful Little Girl.— Caroline Mordaunt.— Le Fevre.—The Penny Tract.—The Potters' Common.—The China Manufactory.—Emily and her Brothers.
Vol. XIV. The Monk of Cimies.-The Rosary; or, Rosee of Montreux.— The Roman Baths.—Saint Hospice—The Violet Lear.—The Convent of St. Clair.
Vol. XV. The History of Henry Milner, part IV.—Sabbaths on the Continent. —The Idler.