Woman of the Century/Lillian Adele Tourtillotte
TOURTILLOTTE, Miss Lillian Adele, author, born in Maxfield, Penobscot county. Me., LILLIAN ADELE TOURTILLOTTE. 28th April, 1870. She is the youngest of three daughters of Franklin and Mary Bryant Tourtillotte. The Tourtillottes are of French descent, and the family is first mentioned in this country in 1682, when Gabriel Tourtillotte came from Bordeaux and settled in Rhode Island Miss Tourtillotte's maternal ancestors were English. Her mother is a relative of the family to which William Cullen Bryant belonged. The daughter's schooling was obtained at home and in Foxcroft, Me Her talent for poetical composition showed itself very early, in the singing of improvised songs to her dolls and the production of poems before she could write. Her first published attempt in verse appeared in 1885, since when she has written both poetry and prose. In 1887 she taught school, but recently, having learned the art preservative of all arts, she has been doing editorial and other work in a printing-office. Her home is now in Boston, Mass.