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Margaret George Davidson
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Birth: 1869
Death: Nov. 26, 1897

Margaret George Davidson was the talented daughter of Benjamin Y. and Adeline (Gilman) George of Elmwood, IL She was Edgar Lee Master's first love and as such is the inspiration for five poems in his "Spoon River Anthology," but she is not to be identified with any particular portrait, all of which are fiction. Six years after their breakup she married William T. Davidson, the political enemy of Masters' father Hardin Masters. Davidson is the object of much malice in the Spoon River poems.

Because Masters' poems are highly fictionalized, the visitor to this site should read these two stanzas from a poem written by Margaret herself in 1893 and re-published after her death. The title, "Moritura," means "[She Who Is] About to Die."

I am the mown grass, dying at your feet,
The pale grass, gasping faintly in the sun.
I shall be dead, long, long ere day is done,
That you may say: "The air, to-day, was sweet."
I am the mown grass, dying at your feet.

I am your singer, singing my last note.
Death's fingers clutch my throat.
New grass will grow, new flowers bloom and fall;
New lamps blaze out against your garden wall:
I am your singer, singing my last note.

The death date given here doesn't match the year on the tombstone. Our death date is based on two different newspaper obituaries, and while obituaries can be mistaken, the date of the newspaper itself is incontestable. The year given on the tombstone has to be wrong.

The manager of this site (Wayne, below) teaches a class on Masters, and he and his students would like to hear from anyone who wants to share information about Margaret George Davidson.

Family links: 
  Benj. Y. George (1843 - 1920)
  Adeline Oilman George (1851 - 1931)
  William Taylor Davidson (1837 - 1915)
  William G. Davidson (1896 - 1967)*
*Calculated relationship
Oak Hill Cemetery
Fulton County
Illinois, USA
Maintained by: wayne
Originally Created by: Memories From The Mist
Record added: Jun 22, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 71827792
Margaret <i>George</i> Davidson
Added by: Karen Kruse
Margaret <i>George</i> Davidson
Added by: Karen Kruse
Margaret <i>George</i> Davidson
Added by: wayne
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It was an honor to visit your grave. Rest in peace.
- Karen Kruse
 Added: Aug. 10, 2014
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