Feb. 26, 1883 Anderson Anderson County South Carolina, USA
Sep. 28, 1890 Columbia Richland County South Carolina, USA
John William Daniels (1833-1901) and Julia Delilah Webb Carpenter (1839-1926) had one child, a beloved daughter, Martha Frances "Mop" Daniels. Mop was born 26 Feb 1883 in Anderson, SC and she died 28 Sep 1890 in Columbia, SC.
Mop died rather suddenly in Columbia where the family had moved when her father took a position in the Comptroller General's office there. From her obituary: The funeral services of little Martha Francis Daniels, the only child of Captain J. W. Daniels, the bookkeeper in the Comptroller General's office, were held at Anderson yesterday. The circumstances of the little girl's death were sad indeed. On Thursday morning she appeared to be in her usual health. Though she was complaining a little there was no ground to apprehend serious sickness. That afternoon the symptoms induced the calling of Dr. A. N. Talley, Sr., the family physician. The next day he pronounced the malady to be peritonitis. The little sufferer grew constantly worse. The peacefully breathed her last at little after 9 o'clock on Sunday night. Her death is indeed a sad bereavement. For the seven years and a half of her earthly existence she might truly be said to be the light of her parents' life. She was an especially attractive girl, gentle, tractable, sweet-tempered, generous. These qualities had endeared her not only to her father and mother, but to the numbers of others who were impressed by them. The family have the sympathy of a large circle of friends.
And, from a tribute to her written by the Rev. R. C. Oliver entitled "A Child's Example:" Now children, I want to tell you something about a little girl, and I think you will agree with me that she set a beautiful example for children to follow. I knew her well; she was a very sweete child, and the only child of her parents.
Anderson, S.C., was her home until about two years ago; then her father and mother moved to Columbia to live. They boarded with a kind family on Senate street.
I know you are wanting to know who the little girl is, and I expect if I did not tell you, you would stop reading and look for it; so I reckon I had better tell you now. Her name is Martha Frances Daniels. Her father and mother's names are Capt. J. W. and Mrs. Julia D. Daniels.
You know that some people have nicknames. A good many people have them, and so it was with this little girl. Her nickname was Mop, and that is what her father and mother called her.
Mr. Thomkins, the gentleman they boarded with, told me that little Mop was one of the best children he ever knew. He said one day they had ice cream for dinner, and some was left over, and some time after dinner this was given to the children and others. Some was offered to dear little Mop, and she said: "I do want some, but mamma said I must not eat any more." She would not take it. That must have been a great temptation to little Mop, but she would not disobey her mamma. Now, children tell me: don't you think that was a beautiful example?"
Now, you may be wondering how old little Mop was. I will tell you. She was born February 26th, 1883; and the angels came for her and carried her to her home in heaven on September 28th, 1890, when she was just 7 years, 7 months and 2 days old.
On Friday, the 26th, she was very sick and suffering much. On Saturday night she awoke out of a delirium and asked her papa to kneel at her bedside and Mop repeated three lines of the prayer; but she could not finish it—her mind wandered—the delirium had returned. On the next day, which was the Sabbath, at twenty minutes past 9 o'clock at night, deal little Mop's spirit returned to God, who gave it.
May her pa and ma not think of dear Mop as being in the grave, but with God and the angels, and the loved ones gone before.