Jul. 17, 1909 Columbia Richland County South Carolina, USA
Found in the book, South Carolina Portraits, A Collection of Portraits of South Carolinians and Portraits in South Carolina, compiled by The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of South Carolina, edited by Christie Zimmerman Fant, Margaret Belser Hollis and Virginia Gurley Meynard, page 327: Mary Ophelia Caldwell was born on November 23, 1836, daughter of John Caldwell of Columbia. In 1852, at age sixteen, she married Thomas James Robertson (1823-1892), and her father built the house which has become known as the Lace House as a wedding gift. Thomas J. Robertson, born near Winnsboro, South Carolina, graduated from South Carolina College in 1843 and engaged in planting. He was a member of the State Constitutional Convention in 1865 and was elected to represent South Carolina in the United States Senate in 1868 and 1871. He died in Columbia in 1897, Mrs. Robertson in 1909. They are buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Columbia. The Lace House is now part of the Governor's Mansion Complex in Columbia.
Note: for information on The Lace House, please go to: www.lacehouse.sc.gov/history/Pages/TheLaceHouseHistory.aspx
The posted obituary was found in The State 18 July 1909 along with the following death notice: ROBERTSON-MRS. MARY C. ROBERTSON died at her residence, 803 Richland street, Columbia, S. C., July 17, 1909, at 10 o'clock a.m. Funeral announcement later.