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Blake, Lillie Devereux Umsted.

Lillie Devereux, daughter of George Pollok Devereux, a wealthy gentleman of Raleigh, N. C., was born in that city August 12, 1835. Her father died in 1837, and her mother removed to New Haven, Connecticut, where Lillie attended Miss Apthorp's School for Girls and later was tutored by various Yale professors. In 1855 she was married to Frank G. Q. Umsted, a Philadelphia lawyer. She wrote for the Atlantic Monthly and also published a novel, "Southwold," in 1859. Her husband died the same year and left her with two children to support. She then took up writing seriously and published two novels in the New York Mercury, "The Orphan; or, The Mystery of Maple Cottage" and "Ireton Standish; or, The False Kinsman." In 1863 she published "Rockford; or, Sunshine and Storm." She wrote for the Galaxy under the pen name "Tiger Lily,"(1) and for a time was the Washington correspondent for the New York Evening Post. She contracted a second marriage in 1866 with Grenfill Blake, a New York merchant, and afterwards lived in that city, where she became interested in "Woman's Rights" and lectured and wrote voluminously on that subject. She also continued to write for the magazines for many years. She died December 30, 1913, in †Englewood, N. J.

REFERENCES: Who's Who, volumes for 1899 to 1912; Nat. Cyc. Amer. Biog., XI, 1909, 61, with portrait; Lamb's Biog. Dict., I, 320-21; Scribner's Dict. Amer. Biog., II, 343-44; Appleton's Cyc. Amer. Biog., I, 285; Willard and Livermore, American Women, 1897, 96-97; Book News, XX, 1901-1902, 879-80, with portrait; New York Times, December 31, 1931; New York Tribune, December 31, 1931; Biographical Magazine, I, March, 1884, 13-14, with portrait; Katharine D. Blake, Champion of Women, New York, 1943. †"The Writer (Boston), XXVI, January, 1914, 16."

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† Correction made as per Volume 3.


1 Kunitz and Haycraft, American Authors, New York, 1938, 82.

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