DAUGHTER OF JAMES & M.A. ABLAKE
WIFE OF J.S.M. DAVIDSON
BORN DECEMBER 19TH 1836 MARRIED
OCT. 23RD 1856 & DIED OCT. 22ND 1861
YEA THOUGH I WALK THROUGH THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW
OF DEATH I FEAR NO EVIL FOR THOU ART WITH ME
INFANT DAUGHTER OF
J.SM. & JOSEPHONE DAVIDSON
AGED 3 MONTHS
In the Old Settlers Cemetery at Charlotte, North Carolina, stands a white marble gravestone. The ornamented monument is topped with a plain finial. On the face of the stone is a scene of an angel hovering above a fainting couch with a reclining woman figure cuddling a baby. Though the soft stone has eroded the symbolism is clear; the angel is clearly reaching downward to grasp the woman’s hand to take her soul and that of her infant’s to Heaven.
The gravestone does not give a hint as to the birth and death date of the infant, Clara, but it may have been very close to the death of her mother, Harriet Josephine, if the stone tableau is a recreation of the inscription.