Alice Rollit Coe

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Alice Rollit Coe

Alice Sarah Rollit

Sarah Alice Rollit
September 20, 1858
Rawdon, Quebec, Canada
Died December 8, 1940 December 8, 1940(1940-12-08) (aged 82)
Seattle, Washington
Pen name May B. Knott
Occupation housewife, author, Writer
Language English
Nationality Canadian
Citizenship immigrated to U.S. in 1866; naturalized U.S. Citizen
Genre poetry
Notable works Lyrics of Fir and Foam (1908)
Chimes Rung by the University District Herald
Spouse Alfred Byron Coe (m. 1889ׂ)
Children Charles Rollit Coe, Winnifred Elizabeth Coe, Algernon Sydney Coe, Constance Mary Coe
Relatives John Charles Rollit (father), Elizabeth Spooner Rollit (mother)

Alice Rollit Coe (1858–1940) was a Canadian emigrant to the United States, Seattle housewife and author.[1][2] She wrote Lyrics of Fir and Foam (1908) and Chimes Rung by the University District Herald (1921).[1]


She was born Alice Sarah Rollit in Rawdon, Quebec, Canada on September 20, 1858 to John Charles Rollit and Elizabeth (née Spooner) Rollit.[2][3] Her father was an Episcopal Minister, who moved his family to the United States and was living in Minneapolis with them in 1880.[4] She had at least two sisters growing up.[4]

She married Alfred Byron Coe on November 14, 1889 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and had four children with him: Charles Rollit Coe (born 1890), Winnifred Elizabeth Coe (born 1892), Algernon Sydney Coe (born 1894), and Constance Mary Coe (born 1901).[3] In the 1920 census in Seattle she was listed as being a teacher. In the 1930 census in Seattle she was a private tutor.

She died in Seattle, Washington on December 8, 1940.[3]


Cover of the 1908 publication of Lyrics of Fir and Foam by Alice Rollit Coe, published by Alice Harriman.

Poems in magazines and anthologies[edit]

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  1. ^ a b "The Online Books Page". Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
  2. ^ a b 1910 United States Federal Census, 1910; Seattle, Ward 10, District 0181, King County, Washington; roll T624_1661, page 10B, line 81 , enumeration district 0181 , Family History film 1375674 . Retrieved on 2012-02-19.
  3. ^ a b c One World Tree. "Personal Information". Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  4. ^ a b 1880 United States Federal Census, 1880; Lexington, Fayette, Kentucky; roll 621, page 77A, line 48 , enumeration district 231 , Family History film 1254621 . Retrieved on 2012-02-19.