1 May 1751
Judith Sargent (later JSM) was born in Gloucester
, the eldest of eight children, only half of whom seem to have survived.
Judith Stevens (later JSM) composed her earliest-dated extant writing (published in June 1794 in the Massachusetts Magazine
): "Reflections in the Manner of Hervey
—Occasioned by the Death of an Infant Sister".
JSM's The Gleaner
was collected in three volumes, by subscription (759 subscribers for 824 sets at a dollar a volume), as a money-raising venture.
The year after her husband's death, JSM completed, edited, and published, as Records of the Life of the Rev. John Murray
, the autobiography which he had left unfinished. It was her final literary work.
6 July 1820
JSM died in Natchez
, which, apparently, she still thought of not as her home but as a place of exile from Boston.