|Death: ||Jul. 14, 1841|
Port Saint Joe
Star of Florida.
Tallahassee, Middle Florida, Wednesday, August 16, 1841.
Died at St. Joseph, on the 14th July, Mrs. Nancy Duval, wife of Governor Duval of this city. Mr. Duval was on a visit to a beloved daughter, intending to spend the summer months, in the absence of Gov. Duval at Washington, and anticipating benefit to her health, (which had been somewhat impaired) from the influence of sea air, and sea bathing. But a mysterious Providence had ordered otherwise. A few days later after her arrival, the fatal malady broke out, by which she fell one of its first victims. It is an event which has wrapped this whole community in mourning. Where Mrs. Duval has been long known, she was beloved by all, and her loss will be wept by all; for she was truly the mother of our society at Tallahassee.
When the seat of the Territorial Government was located in 1824, this was an unbroken wilderness, inhabited only by the native sons of the forrest. Governor Duval was among the first settlers, and being exofficio Indian agent, the Indians looked up to him for protection and support. His influence and control over them, at that period, is matter of history. But Mrs. Duval was not less effectual. -- In her they met with a kindness and condescension which inspired in their ruggid bosoms, an impression, that she was a being of superior order. They were devoted to her service, and to be permitted to furnish her with game and to teach her sons to hunt, and practice their wild manner of living was deemed a great privilege; and such was the estimation of some of the chiefs for her, that it is believed, her presence at any time during the present Seminole war, would have awed and controlled them, and insured a protection to herself and any of her family.
When the Indians were removed further to the south, and emigration from the States began to assume a more polished and fashionable caste, Governor Duval's house was in a measure head quarters. His purse and stores were open to the needy; his hospitalities to all and thus from the position of Mrs. D. a state of society grew around her, receiving a tone and impulse from her example, which will long characterize it, above all other newly settled countries.
To a mind of superior order, Mrs. Duval had added by a long course of well selected and judicious reading, particularly history and travels, for which she had a great fondness, a fund of useful and entertaining information, which rendered her a like an agreeable companion of the old and young; and such was the simplicity of her manners that the young, often forget ting the distance which age had a placed between them, sought her as a friend and confidant. As a neighbor, she was kind, sincere and charitable, always cheerful and uniform in her temper and deportment, and never permitting her mind to be disturbed by any of the little untoward incidents in the chequered path of life.
But it was in the quiet domestic circle of her amiable family, that all her virtues were shewn to her best advantage, and when she should be seen to be known and properly appreciated. -- Her religion was a deep and abiding principle of the soul, breathing through her every action. Not in an ostentatious display of great piety, relations of life. She was devoted and untiring in the performance of all the duties of wife and mother -- kind, considerate and forbearing towards servants -- doing good to all, speaking evil of none, and with a contented and well disciplined mind, acknowledging the providence of an all gracious and beneficent God, receiving his blessings with cheerfulness, and submitting to his dispensations with a murmur. She was not a member, in communion, with any organized Church; her Bible was her creed, her closet her altar. She was gone to the society of Angels in Heaven, whilst on earth a large circle of friends will long mourn her loss. To her bereaved children, she has left her virtuous and useful example, which, when time shall worn off the poignancy of their grief, they will delight to contemplate and follow. -- But what consolation can we offer to the husband, who had learned for thirty six years, to contemplate her as his chief good, whose existance was interwoven with every fibre of his heart, and who was not permitted, in the last hour, to watch over her dying pillow, and catch her parting words? We can feel -- we can sympathize -- but for consolation to "Him who tempers the winds to the shorn lamb," we commit him. B.
Andrew Hynes (1750 - 1800)
Elizabeth Warford Hynes (1754 - 1803)
William Pope Duval (1784 - 1854)*
Elizabeth Ann Duval Beall (1807 - 1881)*
Burr Harrison Duval (1809 - 1836)*
John Crittenden Duval (1816 - 1897)*
Mary Hynes DuVal Hopkins (1817 - 1911)*
Marcia Pope DuVal Paschal (1819 - 1865)*
Laura Harrison Duval Randolph (1820 - 1907)*
Florida G. DuVal Howard (1826 - 1909)*
Elizabeth Hynes Harrison (1780 - ____)*
Thomas Hynes (1782 - ____)*
Nancy Hynes DuVal (1786 - 1841)
Abner Hynes (1792 - 1830)*
Mary Hynes (1793 - 1874)*
Alfred Warford Hynes (1798 - 1870)*
Sarah Hynes Churchill (1798 - 1806)*
Saint Josephs Cemetery
Port Saint Joe
Created by: Nahm
Record added: Oct 02, 2006
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