Worked in silk and chenille stitches on a painted and inked ground, inscribed on the glass and on the plinth: ELIZA DAVIS, In Memory of Thomas Andrew Davis...
Glass has been replaced.
This is typical of a large group of memorials worked at Saint Joseph's Academy in Emmitsburg during the 1820s and 1830s. This Catholic girls' school was established in 1809 by Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton of New York, and it continued as Saint Joseph College until 1972 (see ANTIQUES, March 1978, pp. 590-599). Eliza Ann Davis was the daughter of Thomas Andrew Davis (1780-1822) of Charles County,
Elizabeth Ann Davis (1811-1827) was the oldest of six children born to Thomas Andrew Davis (1780-1822) and his second wife Elizabeth Grace Ward (unknown-1869). The inscription on Elizabeth Ann Davis' tomb reads, "ELIZABETH ANN DAVIS/ Obit/ 31st August AD 1827/ Age 16/ Placed here by maternal love/ and respect to the memory of/ a dearly beloved Daughter./ Sleep on my child and wait/ the Almighty's will. Then rise/ unchanged & be an angel still." (Additional information provided by Carol and Stephen Huber).
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