Posts Tagged ‘parents’

The Shadow of Death

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

In 1864, Lily’s father, Alexander Trotter, became ill. He died in 1866, after struggling with his illness for two short years. It was a terrible blow for his wife Isabella. It was very difficult for her to be a widow at the age of 50, with three young children and others still living at home.  This awful shadow of death cast a dark shadow over the whole family, including 12 year old Lilias. She deeply loved her father. His death shook her to the core of her being.

A union of contrasting personalities

Monday, July 14th, 2008

Lily’s parents were opposites in many ways. Alexander Trotter was inclined to be melancholy and introspective. Isabella Trotter was full of joy and enthusiasm. Together they created a well balanced home for Lily Trotter to grow and develop into a passionate personality.  Alexander looked at the fine details of objects. Isabella looked at the big picture, ignoring “minor” details.

The Trotter family was full of faith, passion and intelligence, creating a fertile landscape for Lilias to grow and mature in her unique personality.

A man of personal faith

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Lilias’ father, Alexander Trotter, was a man of deep personal faith. His religion was more than a Sunday morning event. He was a member of the Church of England. During his months of travel in the USA, he made a point to encourage others in their personal faith. His faith in Christ motivated him to help ministries like the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA). Through the YMCA, Alexander shared his faith in prisons, schools, and even insane asylums.

Alexander Trotter was also very interested in the revival movements of the 1850s. He attended meetings of the Great Awakening, examining their Biblical basis and conduct. Lilias learned of all these events through the letters her mother sent her.

A man of strong character

Sunday, June 22nd, 2008

Lilias’ father, Alexander Trotter, shared many of the same passions that Lilias enjoyed during her life.

He loved people. He made it obvions to all that he would never say a negative word about another person. Even when provoked, he refused to criticize the actions of others.

He respected others. It was of no importance to him if the other person was a slave, land owner or high society politician. He diligently listened to their point of view.

He bravely sought new experiences. He lived life to the fullest extent possible.  He climbed mountains. He drove a train. He stood on the deck of a ship to see teh force of an Atlantic Ocean hurricaine.

He passionately studied the wonders of nature. He observed the awesome power of Niagra Falls from a ship. He studied the wonders of nature from his armchair, through sientific journals and popular magazines.

Sketchbook: Lily-Sept. to Dec. 1858

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

Lilias’ artistic talent was already blooming at only 5 years of age. Her mother left a sketchbook with Lilias to draw important events during her parent’s absence. The first drawings were of the docks, with people and ships drawn in perspective and detail uncommon in a child her age.

Other drawings that fill the sketchbook include women and men in their beautiful clothes, a castle, a tree house, kittens, cats and toys.

Toward the end of the sketchbook we find drawings of Advent and Christmas.

4 months separation

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

October 1858 – January 1859

Lilias greatly influenced by her parents and their 308 pages of letters home during this 4 month period. Her parents and her brother traveled to the USA. 5 year old Lilias learned objectivity and balance from these letters from America. Her mother wrote about her experiences, emotions and observations, while traveling through free and slave states, prior to the American Civil War.

Birth of Lilias Trotter

Friday, May 16th, 2008

July 14, 1853

Lilias was born 14 July 1853 in London to Alexander and Isabella Trotter. The couple was married in 1851. They attended the St. Marylebone Parish Church of the Church of England. Alexander was a stockbroker.