Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Dandridges in:
 • Mount Hebron Cemetery
 • Winchester
 • Winchester City
 • Virginia
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Sponsor This Memorial! Advertisement
Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Taylor Dandridge
Learn about sponsoring this memorial...
Birth: Apr. 10, 1824
Kentucky, USA
Death: Jul. 25, 1909
Frederick County
Virginia, USA

"Mrs. Dandridge was in the eighty-sixth year of her age, having been born at what is now Fort Snelling, on the Mississippi River, in Minnesota, on April 20, 1824. She was the third daughter of President Taylor. Mrs. Dandridge's mother was Margaret Mackall Smith, a member of a distinguished Maryland family. Her first husband was Col. William Wallace Bliss, whom she married in 1848. Colonel Bliss died near New Orleans on August 5, 1853.
"As Mrs. Bliss Mrs. Dandridge presided over the White House at Washington during the 16 months her father was president, her mother being an invalid. She was noted for her grace and charm and the elegance of her entertainments.
"Some years after the death of Colonel Bliss she married Philip Pendleton Dandridge, member of the prominent Virginia family of that name and came to WinChester to live in 1858. Her second husband died in 1882.
"The elder sister of Mrs. Dandridge, Sarah Knox Taylor, was the first wife of Jefferson Davis. Another sister was the wife of Dr. Wood, former surgeon general of the United States Army. Her only brother was Gen. Richard Taylor, a distinguished Confederate general.
"The pallbearers were Dr. William P. McGuire, John W. Rice, H. D. Fuller, Dr. William S. Love, Major Holmes Conrad, Major Eugene W. Baylor, Major Robert W. Hunter and Shirley Carter, all of Winchester; John E. Boyd, of Martinsburg, W. Va., and L. P. Dandridge, of the Bower, Jefferson county, W. Va.
"One of the pallbearers, Mr. John E. Boyd, of Martinsburg, W. Va., owes his life to the late Mrs. Dandridge. During the Civil War she was a strong Southern sympathizer and was a friend of many soldiers in the Confederate Army. While General Sheridan and his troops were encamped in this city John Boyd, a Confederate soldier, started to visit his home, at the Lefever place, near Bunkerhill, Berkeley county, W. Va., and when it became known that he was here and his presence betrayed by servants he was arrested, imprisoned and condemned to die.
"From the window of his lonely cell he could see workmen erecting his scaffold and others making his coffin. Efforts made by friends to save him were futile, and Mrs. Dandridge, upon learning of his plight, went in person to General Sheridan and interceded for him, with the result that his death sentence was changed to that of imprisonment, and later he was exchanged and returned to the Confederate Army."

~Seldens of Virginia and Allied Families, Volume 2; Mary Selden Kennedy; Frank Allaben Genealogical Company, 1911. 
Family links: 
  Zachary Taylor (1784 - 1850)
  Margaret Mackall Smith Taylor (1788 - 1852)
  William Wallace Smith Bliss (1815 - 1853)
  Philip Pendleton Dandridge (1817 - 1881)
  Ann Mackall Taylor Wood (1811 - 1875)*
  Sarah Knox Taylor Davis (1814 - 1835)*
  Mary Elizabeth Taylor Dandridge (1824 - 1909)
  Richard Taylor (1826 - 1879)*
*Calculated relationship
Mount Hebron Cemetery
Winchester City
Virginia, USA
Plot: Lot 636, Section Old, Grave 5
Maintained by: ProjectMgr
Originally Created by: 46877736
Record added: Apr 23, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19066269
Mary Elizabeth Betty <i>Taylor</i> Dandridge
Added by: Andrew L.
Mary Elizabeth Betty <i>Taylor</i> Dandridge
Added by: Photos 4 You
Mary Elizabeth Betty <i>Taylor</i> Dandridge
Added by: Photos 4 You
There is 1 more photo not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

- bob tarte
 Added: Jul. 9, 2016

- Brandon Burns
 Added: Oct. 6, 2015
My 3rd cousin 5x removed.
- Betty Evans
 Added: Aug. 16, 2015
There is 1 more note not showing...
Click here to view all notes...

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service