Maria Nash <I>Carrington</I> Weems

Maria Nash Carrington Weems

Birth
Virginia, USA
Death 18 Sep 1920 (aged 68)
District of Columbia, USA
Burial Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA
Plot section 15, lot 110
Memorial ID 6473637 · View Source
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Maria's early childhood was spent on the plantations known as "Longwood" and "Mildendo. She is described by her mother in her 5/14/1869 letter to her daughter Mildred who was living in Texas: "Maria seems lost without you, resorting to her books however for companionship more regularly than ever; the garden too; & a kind of exaltation of feeling arising from the reflection that she is Miss Carrington of Mildendo, with an unscripted title, sustains her." Due to her childhood illness of Rheumatic Fever her parents sent her to Texas for the winter to stay with her sister. She was briefly engaged to Rushmore Hutchins of Houston but later met and wed her future husband, Maj. Weems. He had served as the Adjutant General for General John A. Wharton of Terry's Texas Rangers. They were married in Petersburg, VA on 12/7/1876. For a wedding present Maj. Weems gave her a house located on Jackson & Rusk in Houston that was furnished by Tiffany's of N.Y. Her first four babies all died in infancy but she was later to rear four children into adulthood. She was an amazing seemstress who decorated various rooms with her talent. In September 1900 she and the family survived the horrific Galveston hurricane and flood at their cottage on Bay Ridge Park about which she wrote a harrowing account. In order to avoid Houston's potential summer diseases, the family vacationed in Virginia principally at Sweet Chalybeate Springs. This gave her the opportunity to reconnect with her extensive Virginia family. In her later years she and Benjamin moved to Washington, D.C. to be near to their daughter, "Tolly" and son, Dr. Ben.