Birth Name: Emily Elizabeth Dickinson
Date of Birth: December 10, 1830
Place of Birth: Amherst, Hampshire, Massachusetts, U.S.
Date of Death: May 15, 1886
Place of Death: Amherst, Massachusetts, U.S.
Ethnicity: English, as well as distant Scottish
Emily Dickinson was an American poet. She wrote nearly 1800 poems, almost all unpublished during her life.
Emily was the daughter of Emily (Norcross) and Edward Dickinson. Although part of a prominent family with strong ties to its community, she lived much of her life highly introverted. Her father, a Whig politician, was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts, from March 4, 1853 to March 3, 1855.
Emily’s paternal grandfather was Samuel Fowler Dickinson (the son of Nathan Dickinson, Jr. and Esther Fowler). Samuel was born in Massachusetts. Nathan was the son of Nathan Dickinson and Thankful Warner.
Emily’s paternal grandmother was Lucretia Gunn (the daughter of Nathaniel Gunn III and Hannah Montague). Lucretia was born in Massachusetts. Nathaniel was the son of Nathaniel Gunn, Jr. and Dorothy Marsh. Hannah was the daughter of Richard Montague and Lucy Cooley.
Emily’s maternal grandfather was Joel Norcross (the son of William Norcross, Jr. and Sarah Marsh). Joel was born in Massachusetts. William was the son of William Norcross and Lydia Wheeler. Sarah was the daughter of Seth Marsh and Rachel Ellis.
Emily’s maternal grandmother was Elizabeth “Betsey” Fay (the daughter of Jude Fay and Sarah “Sally” Fairbanks). Emily’s grandmother Elizabeth was born in Massachusetts. Jude was the son of Ebenezer Fay and Thankful Hyde. Sarah was the daughter of Eleazer Fairbanks III and Prudence Crary.