DAVIS, MARY EVELINA MOORE, 1844-1909

Biography:

Writer; socialite. Born– April 12, 1844 in White Plains, Benton County (became Calhoun County, 1858).  Parents– John and Marian Lucinda (Crutchfield) Moore. Married– Thomas Edward Davis, October 20, 1874.  Educated at home by her mother and intermittently at local schools in Alabama and Texas, where her family moved in 1855. Continued her education as an adult by studying music, French, and other subjects with tutors. Employed as “second assistant” teacher at Professor Hand’s Charnwood School in Tyler, Texas, 1860-61.  Began publishing poems on patriotic and other themes in Texas newspapers in the 1860′s; published her first volume of poetry in 1867. Became a regular salaried contrib