Mary Alexander Polk Davis

Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina, USA
Death 27 Sep 1863 (aged 42–43)
Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Burial Details Unknown
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Mary A. Polk, second child of General Thomas G. Polk, married Hon. George Davis, North Carolina’s distinguished son, Attorney General under Jefferson Davis

ln Charlotte, on Sunday morning last, Mrs. MARY A., wife of Hon. Geo. Davis, of Wilmington.

Wilmington Journal
Wilmington, North Carolina
01 Oct 1863, Thu • Page 3

A brief announcement in the "Journal" last week, conveyed to us the sad intelligence ot the death of Mrs. MARY A. DAVIS, wife of the Hon. George Davis, Confederate States Senator from North Carolina. A friend, who knew her intimately, and very highly appreciated her many virtues, desires to pay an humble tribute to her memory.
Mrs. Davis was the daughter of Gen'l Thomas Polk, formerly of Tennessee, but now a resident of Mississippi. Descended from a family, which has been extensively and honorably connected with the history of our country from the time of the first American revolution, down to the present, she very largely inherited their most valuable and amiable qualities of head and heart. Her mind, excellent by nature, was highly improved by Judicious reading and wise reflection; and her pleasant information was always ready to be produced, without ostentation, but naturally and easily and seemingly always at the right time, and in the right place, for the charms of conversation. I have never known a woman who had more thoroughly fitted herself to be the companion of her husband, even in an intellectual sense; and the general charm of her society will long be pleasantly remembered by those who had the good fortune to enjoy it upon terms of intimacy.
But, Mrs. Davis was exceedingly domestic in her habits, and retiring in her disposition; and, therefore, there were comparatively few who knew her, to appreciate her. She shrunk from any thing like conspicuousness or display. She seldom went beyond her family and her intimate friends for companionship or pleasure. She loved her home, and made it lovable, and found the chief delights of her life in the discharge of its important duties. Within that hallowed circle, her virtue, and intelligence, and refinement .and disinterested affection, and feminine delicacy were the never failing sources of cheerfulness and genuine happiness. In early life, accepting the promises of the Gospel, she assumed the duties of a Christian, and they were faithfully discharged unto her life's end. But her religion, though all engrossing, was free from cant and bigotry, and from those exaggerations and professions which too many mistake for piety. It was religion in its most pleasing aspect, never confounding innocent gaiety with sin; and this religion was deeply impressed upon her household. Her rule was emphatically a rule of love. Her voice was never raised in anger; and even her reproofs were administered in the language of affection. Thus, by gentle means, she led her children to virtue and truth; and the result was one of the most cheerful, contented, obedient families that I have ever known.
It is sad to think that this fond and dutiful wife this devoted land judicious mother this sincere and gentle and humble Christian has been removed forever from the scenes of her love and usefulness; but an inscrutable Providence. for wise purposes, hath so ordered it; and it becomes us not to repine. We should rather seek for consolation in the remembrance of her virtues, and the assurance of her blessed immortality. It is to be hoped that reflections, similar to these, will afford some comfort to those heart-stricken ones, who have been made thoroughly desolate by this bereavement. Let them strive to remember and imitable; and, when the first violence of their grief shall have passed away, they will learn to regard the lost one as a lovely and grateful image of all the higher and purer qualities of the mind and soul.
May God thus temper the blow and sanctify it to their everlasting good.

Wilmington Journal
Wilmington, North Carolina
08 Oct 1863, Thu • Page 3

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