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Mary Malinda "Bonnie" Fly Davidson
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Birth: Jan. 26, 1826
Maury County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Nov. 24, 1905
Williamson County
Texas, USA

December 1, 1905
Death of Mrs. Davidson

Although not unexpected the death of Mrs. Mary M. Davidson, which occured at the home of her son, Judge W. I. Davidson, chief justice of the court of criminal appeals, was sad news to the many friends of the noble Christian woman who had lived her four score years. She was stricken with paralysis at Waco a few weeks ago and was removed here later and loved ones realized the end was near. Her life left her body at midnight last Thursday and her immortal soul winged its way to the glory.

The funeral services were conducted at the Methodist church at 10:30 Saturday morning by Dr. J.S. Chapman and Dr. W.L. Nelms. Dr. Chapman offered a fervent prayer and read the funeral rites of the church she loved so long and well. The Woman's Home Mission and the Foreign Mission Societies of which Mrs. Davidson was a devoted member, attended the services in a body. The floral offerings were a silent and eloquent tribute to the memory of the beloved dead. After the choir sang "Lead Kindly Light", Dr. W.L. Nelms, pastor of the Methodist church, read an appropriate chapter from the New Testament. Dr. Nelms feelingly referred to the life of the grand noble woman who slept.

Mrs. Davidson was the wife of a Methodist minister who in the stormy days of the early civilization of Texas, performed a glorious service for the generations to come. Dr. Nelms said that when the news was heralded over the city of Mrs. Davidson's death a little boy remarked feelingly "Mrs. Davidson ought to have the largest monument in the cemetery." Mrs. Davidson always spoke of her son Chief Justice Davidson as "her boy" and in his campaigns for a high office scanned the newspapers for anything that would help him.

The remains were laid to rest in the Odd Fellows cemetery. The following were the pall bearers: Messrs W.Y. Penn, M.B. Lockett, J.E. Cooper, W.F. Casey, D.P. Wilcox, J.W. Snyder, J.T. Sneed, Dr. C.C. Cody, Dr. T.B. Stone and Dr. W.G. Pettus.


Mrs. Mary Malinda Davidson, nee Fly, was born in Murray county, Tennessee, on January 21, 1826 and with her parents moved to Mississippi in 1834. She joined the Methodist church at the age of twelve years and remained an active member therein until her death. She was married to Rev. Asbury Davidson, at that time a presiding elder of a Methodist North Mississippi district, on August 11, 1844. Moved to Texas in the fall of 1851 to Gonzales county, three miles from the town of Gonzales and lived there until her husband's death on December 21, 1868, after which time she lived for a few years with her daughter, Mrs. W.H. Newton in Wilson and Mitchell counties and in 1884 she moved to Georgetown, where she lived with her son, Judge Davidson, until her death. Her people were prominent in church matters. She was a sister of Maj. G.W.L. Fly of Victoria one of the grand men of his day, who recently died there.

She left surviving her the following children; Mrs. W.H. Newton of Waco, Mrs. N.M. Newton of Austin, and Judge W.L. Davidson of this place. Another daughter, Mrs. Dr. H.N. Graves died ar this place in 1888. She left surviving her 40 children, grand children and great-grandchildren who love, honor and revere the memory of that grandmother their, Bommie, as she was called by them.

She had made it a habit to read her Bible through every year. This habit was begun when she was at the age of twelve years and continued up to the time of her death, making sixty-eight times she had read her Bible through.

For many years Mrs. Davidson had been a constant attendance at her church, a help to her pastor, a leader in Missions, a friend of sinner and whenever there was sorrow and sickness she was there doing her duty. Thus a noble woman has passed from this life into the glory of Heaven.

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Her mother was Mary Mitchell Fly.

Family links: 
  William Fly (1794 - 1855)
  Mary Mitchell Fly (1793 - 1866)
  William Lewis Davidson (1845 - 1921)*
  Sue S. Davidson Graves (1852 - 1888)*
  John Dalton Fly (1816 - 1899)**
  D. W. Fly (1819 - 1892)*
  Mary Malinda Fly Davidson (1826 - 1905)
  Sophia Lou Seate (1827 - 1905)*
  Benjamin Franklin FLY (1829 - 1895)**
  Elvira Josephine Fly Catchings (1831 - 1896)*
  George Washington Lafayette Fly (1835 - 1905)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Her birth date was Jan 21, 1826.
Odd Fellows Cemetery
Williamson County
Texas, USA
Plot: Division G.
Maintained by: N Wickam
Originally Created by: John Christeson
Record added: Feb 03, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8345325
Mary Malinda Bonnie <i>Fly</i> Davidson
Added by: John Christeson
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