Willa Cather was born in Back Creek Valley near Winchester

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Willa Cather was born in Back Creek Valley near Winchester, Virginia, on December 7, 1873. She  was the first of seven children born to Charles F. and Mary Virginia Boak Cather. Her family had  emigrated to the United States shortly after the Revolutionary War from Ireland by way of Wales. The  combination of unsuccessful sheep farming and a family history of tuberculosis prompted the family  to move nine years later to Nebraska. The family traveled west by train to homestead in Webster  County. Her father moved the family from the homestead farm to the town of Red Cloud, where he  pursued a career in insurance. Although Red Cloud could claim only 2,500 inhabitants, Cather received a public education as well  as the benefit of her German neighbor's extensive library. In addition, she took Latin and Greek  lessons from an English immigrant and music lessons from a Norwegian woman.
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