Writer. Born– Talladega, Ala., October 31, 1843. Parents– General William B. and Martha (Robey) McClellan. Married–(1) Albert W. Plowman, 1873 (died 1878) ; (2) M. V. Moore, 1892 (died 1900). Children– One. Education– Centenary Institute, a Methodist academy located at Summerfield, Alabama. Began her career by writing humorous dialect pieces under the pseudonym Betsy Hamilton for The Alabama Reporter, a local Talladega newspaper; later wrote for The Sunny South, an Atlanta paper, and for some years for The Atlanta Constitution. Wrote pieces for Harper’s Weekly. Performed public readings of her writing all over the country. Founding member of Alabama Writers Conclave. The Conclave created the “Betsy Hamilton Collection of Alabama Writers” in her honor in the library at the University of Montevallo. Died February 26, 1929.
American Authors and Books and Southern Character Sketches.
Jones, Virginia K., “Betsy Hamilton,” Alabama Librarian, XIII (1962), 13-15.
Christmas on an Old Time Plantation. S.l.; s.n., 19–?. (Written by request of, and read to, the Highland City Book Club of Talladega, Alabama.)
Betsy Hamilton: Southern Character Sketches. Atlanta, Ga.; The Dickert Co., 1921.