She had copies of some of her aunt"s unfinished works and, in 1850, remembering Austen"s proposed plot, she wrote The Younger Sister, a completion of Jane Austen"s The Watsons. In the next thirteen years, she completed nine more novels. She emigrated to California, United States of America in 1870.
In the autumn of 1876 she removed to Gainesville, Prince William Company, Virginia, where she died in 1877.
Her novels, which enjoyed some popularity in their time, are no longer well-known. Her most important contribution is to literary history where she, and later family, perpetuated Austen family history.