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Mary Isabel Melbourne Borland

Concordia Parish, Louisiana, USA
Death 22 Oct 1862 (aged 38)
Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, USA
Burial Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, USA
Plot No. Juniper 31-606-B
Memorial ID 44166064 · View Source
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Her 1st born daughter Fanny's oft-read poem ~ ~ At My Father's Feet, was dedicated to and descriptive of Solon BORLAND, who was statesman, soldier and diplomat, according to the written words of Fay HEMPSTEAD and was saved by Mrs Frances Marion (Harrow) HANGER (in whose Little Rock restored home lives Kay TATUM), so its now published, by Fred Allsopp in 1933, Google Books Poets and Poetry of Arkansas, pages 26-30.

3rd w/o Solon BORLAND

Buried without a maker in Mount Holly cemetery, next to son's plot, as were eight of nine Solon Borland family members without markers, ~ ~ where on their son George Godwin's plot, 130 years later, Law Day, 1992, was established a "Memorial Cenotaph" by Arkansas Bar Foundation and Pulaski Bar Association jointly, dedicated to her most worthy husband, Solon BORLAND (with incorrect birth date), whose burial site is undocumented, thought to be in Houston City cemetery, Houston, Harris county, Texas, the county in which he expired 1 JAN 1864. Both son George and hubby Solon, will be honored, on the 150th anniversary of son George's death, 24 June 2012, with a Southern Cross installed by the Gen T J Churchill Chapter of the Daughters of thee Confederacy.

(transcribed 02/18/06,wsb)

The Arkansas Gazette
Little Rock, Arkansas
Monday, June 2, 1845 p 3, c 3


Last Tuesday evening, May 27th, by Rev A Hunter, Gen¹ SOLON BORLAND (senior editor of the "Banner") to Miss MARY ISABEL, only daughter of Mr George Melbourne, --- all of this city.

¹Arkansas State Adjutant General, NOT U S A nor C S Army.


Mary's daughter's Fanny and "Mollie" were left with their bed ridden, sick father, Fanny the poet recorded in :

    Arkansas State Gazette,
22 November 1862,

      "Within the last four weeks a little girl, just fourteen years old, sat by the sick bed of her Father, as he slept, a few evenings after the deah of her Mother, she composed the following lines. At the suggestion of those who think favorably, alike, of the filial piety, and poetical talent, they exhibit, they are published for pulsar of a circle of sympathizing friends:"

The Past And The Future

on the 29th of November,

Judge Not By The Outward Look


(transcribed 02/18/06, wsb)

Copy from The Arkansas History Commission

Wednesday: November 5, 1862 p 1, c 3 & 4

OBITUARY. --- Mary Isabel Borland, wife of Col Solon Borland, died at Little Rock, Oct 22, 1862, in her 39th year.

This talented, beloved, and now much lamented lady, the only child of George and Mary D Melbourne, was born in Concordia parish. La, Oct 3, 1824, received her education at Mrs Tevis School in Shelbyville, Ky, and in April, 1844 came with her parents to reside in Little Rock, where , May 27, 1845, she was wedded to Col Borland. One son and two daughters blessed their union; and the fond mother, looking forward to their future, devoted herself with ardor to the proper training of the youthful minds which God had committed to her guardianship. But her visions of felicity were cruelly dissipated. The brightest jewel in her family circle, her only son, who had attained the promising age of 16 years emulating the example of his older and more sturdy companions, after wringing from his mother a reluctant consent, entered the army, and at the close of a few months' service, died in Texas, among friends, but far distant from his loving and beloved parents.

For years a great suffer from complicated disease, this affliction proved too much for her physical strength, and she was prostrated by it.

From that time she sank rapidly, and neither medical skill nor the untiring and affectionate attentions of her husband, children and friends, availed anything. Devoted in >her family, her desire to live was strong, especially on account of her young daughters, just at the age which most needs a mother's care; but, being also an earnest and an humble Christian, and knowing that her restoration to health was impossible, she resigned herself the will of her Heavenly Father, and evinced her faith in the precious promises of God, by praying for permission to put off her mortality, and take her appointed place with those who love and served Him.

Two years after her mother preceded her to the haven of rest. but her father still lives, as also her husband and two daughters, to whom she was inexpressibly dear. While they mourn her loss as one that is to them greater than all others they could have sustained, and wholly irreparable on earth. they mourn not without hope. Gone to meet those of her household who have preceded her to Heaven, she is now waiting there for those she left behind only for a short time her parting injunction to them having been, to rejoin her in the realms of everlasting rest,

As a great appropriate conclusion to this notice, the following just and sad eloquent tribute to her memory, from the pen of one by whom she was alike well known and most highly esteemed, is reproduced from the columns of another journal

[The Arkansas Gazette,
Oct 25th, p 2, c 2]:

"Death, the unrelenting devourer of the human family, has rarely laid his blighting hand upon one so gentle, so amiable, so excellent, so generally beloved.

"Prolonged and painful as her wasting and fatal affliction was, she bore it with Christian patience, meekness, and fortitude, in the spirit of the submissive child, who is sensible that the father chastises for its good.

"Though unpretentious, she was a gifted, a superior woman. She has an abiding place in the memories and in the affections of thousands, of the people of this State, who have listened, in years gone, to the surpassing sweetness and thrilling modulations of her voice. And in her visits to the Capital of the then United, but now severed, States, with her distinguished husband, Senators, Statesmen, and the Ministers of Kings and Emperors, have listened, in the social circle, with admiration to her wonderful eloquence in song.

"Her harp is broken --- to us her voice is still, in the solemn hush of the tomb,but we are permitted to believe, that, with renewed voice, and an unfailing harp, she is charming the ears of kindred spirits in the beautiful land of the redeemed.

Father: George Melbourne b: 1795 Maryland.
Mother: Mary D (currently unknown) b: 1792 Virginia.

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