Lilian Mary Beckwith Maxwell (1877-1956) was born in Fredericton, the daughter of Charles Beckwith and Mary Helen Glasier. She graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 1898 with a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in English. She attended Wellington Teachers' Training School in Massachusetts and the Provincial Normal School in Fredericton, and taught in Ludlow and Saint John. She married James Brown Maxwell, an engineer. After living in the United States for a short time, they, with their three children, settled in Fredericton. Lilian Maxwell was a charter member of the York-Sunbury Historical Society, and wrote for the Society as well as for newspapers and magazines. She had several books published including The History of Central New Brunswick and The River St. John and Its Poets. She was a member of the Senate of the University of New Brunswick and received an honorary Doctorate of Laws from that Institution. She was also a charter member of the Society for the prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and of the Governor Carleton Chapter of the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire. Her other interests included art and antiques.