Born in Thomaston, ME in 1838. Elizabeth's father was a distant relative of Ralph Waldo Emerson and a successful ship builder and sea captain. Elizabeth was raised in affluence and received a well-rounded education, including art and languages. The Emersons later lived in Texas on extensive lands worked by slaves. When civil war was brewing, about 1860 the family moved to Half Moon Bay, CA where her father became justice-of-the-peace. She wed William Keith in 1864 and settled into a home on Clay Street in San Francisco. She taught her husband to paint in watercolor and encouraged his interest in pursuing an art career. Although content as a housewife, she exhibited locally and was active in the art scene. Mrs. Keith died of heart f
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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