Hertford County, NC - Solon Borland's Children
"Solon Borland & FAMILY"
"Chapter 3: Solon's Children"
(Fanny "Fannie" Green BORLAND)
Solon BORLAND (1811VA-1864TX) reportedly had seven children. Thomas &
Harold ("Little Solon") with first wife Huldah, possibly one with
second wife Elizabeth, rumored to have had one by creole lady friend,
George Godwin, Fanny Green & Mary Melbourne with third and last wife
We found the five known children, Thomas, Harold ("Little Solon"),
George Godwin, Fanny ("Fannie") Green, Mary ("Mollie") Melbourne plus
Solon's two granddaughters Grace M and Mary Borland BEATTIE, lived
lives any parent should be most proud about. We were unable to trace
his four grandsons, Russell & Charles BORLAND, Godwin Borland MOORES,
or George M BEATTIE, --- hopefully they too led good lives.
Material used herein from The College of William & Mary archives is
noted with (WM).
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3D)- FANNY "Fannie" GREEN BORLAND (1848AR-1879TN):
View her ancestry.
FANNY GREEN BORLAND, once highly celebrated as a poetess and THE
'belle-of-the-ball' during reconstruction years, -- Fanny "Fannie"
Green BORLAND was second known born, September 1848 in "City of
Roses", Little Rock, to Solon BORLAND (1811VA-1864TX) and Mary Isabel
MELBOURNE (MILBOURN/E(?)) (1824LA- 1862AR), while father served as
Arkansas' fourth United States Senator (1848-1853), orphaned in
Princeton, Dallas county, Arkansas on New Years Day 1864 by father's
pneumonia death near Houston, Texas, married in 1869 at Little Rock
home of Colonel & Mrs O C GRAY, one known son, lost (ex?) husband in
1878 Memphis yellow fever epidemic, died from yellow fever morning of
23 August 1879 in sister's home, at "Bluff City", Memphis, burial same
day at Elmwood cemetery's Chapel Hill Lot 2, #552.
Named Fanny Green (spelling in father's will), honoring father's aunt
Fanny (Green) GODWIN born 1785, who along with her husband George
GODWIN (1785VA-____VA) raised Solon, later her half-brother, her
father's first known son, Thomas,--- who in 1811, lived on Main Street
of Suffolk, Virginia, west across from Solon's parents in Nansemond
county, Virginia, which now is the 400 N Block.
From a Sedalia Missouri newspaper following her death, to wit:
~ ~ ~ ~ "Miss Borland was a slender, fair-haired, brown-eyed women who
appeared to have the fixed and overcast look of one who was destined
to die young." ~ ~ ~
- - - - - and of her poems:
~ ~ ~ ~ "America never produced a poetess of real genius, but among
the brilliant female writers of this century Miss Borland took no
second place." ~ ~ ~
"Fannie" is at Hot Springs in 1850 Federal census, with brothers
"Little Solon" Harold, and George Godwin, and 24 y/o Dr William
HAMMOND & wife Elizabeth in household, next to maternal grandparents.
Thomas (WM) was attending Alexandria Boarding School, in Virginia May
1849, and at Western Military Institute, Blue Lick Springs, Nicholas
county, Kentucky for 1850 census. 1850 is also year her uncle Euclid
lost his wife and their kids, Phocion Augustus (1839MS-1863VA),
Euclid, Jr (1844MS-1896VA) and Fanny (1846MS-1850AR), but Fanny died
22 November 1850, were cared for by Solon and Mary till October 1851.
She's found at Princeton, Dallas county (county her father may have
orchestrated creation of in 1845 while Adjutant General of Arkansas,
name credited to Judge Presley Watts), in 1860 Federal census
("Barland"), with brother George Godwin, sister Mary Melbourne and
mother Mary Isabel, Solon is in Memphis city, Shelby county,
Tennessee, Harold in Orange county, New York, at United States
Military Academy and Thomas died 9 January 1859 in Little Rock, buried
at Mount Holly cemetery without maker.
"Fannie" & sister "Mollie" most likely attended Princeton Female
Academy, Princeton, Dallas county, Arkansas, created January 1855,
first under James L BARRY, then in 1860 under Virginia Davis GRAY
(1834ME-1886AR) with husband Oliver (1832ME-1905AR), starting their
Arkansas teaching careers in 1860, she for 21 years, he 45 years, till
death at Arkansas School for the Blind.
"Fannie's" first published poem, The Deserted Road, was written when
just 12 years old
likely in Princeton, found in newspapers.
"This poem is of much more than ordinary merit, and whosoever reads it
will be glad to know that we are promised others by the same author,
whose first publication this is. We are not in the habit of
indiscriminate commendatio or extravagant wulogy: and in praising
these lines mean quite as much as we say. The young lady (very dear to
us) who sends us this poem, says of the writer,
"She is very young [12-y/o] and just from school. Her friends think
that if she could be encourged to become more interested in writng,
she might improve, and learn to write very well." We should think so."
She learned responsibility early following death of her 16 y/o
brother, George Godwin, 24 June 1862, her musically talented 38 y/o
mother, 23 October 1862, when just 14, penning a couple poems, while
again living in Little Rock for a couple years, The Past and Future,
published in the 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 death 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 pursal of a
circle of sympathising friends:" and
"Judge Not By The Outward Look", on the 29th,
with two year younger sister, "Mollie", while their father still lies
sick in bed.
January 1863, Solon retained services of Ralph Leland GOODRICH
(1836NY- 1897AR) to instruct his daughters in arithmetic, then in
March, fearing the Fed's would attack Little Rock, moved back to
Princeton. GOODRICH's diary vents his feelings towards the two girls.
Little Rock was easly captured by the Federals September 10, 1863,
while they were safe in Princeton at diary keeper, Virginia LaFayette
(Davis) GRAY's (Mrs O C GRAY) home March 1863 -- when her ill father
heard Fed's were headed towards Princeton, he provided for their
future care and education, then left from his sick bed for Texas
evening of September 13, 1863 where on New Year's Day of 1864 died of
pneumonia, Fay HEMPSTEAD wrote "...in William LUBBUCK's home ...",
leaving orphaned, Fanny 15, younger sister Mary 13, and 28 y/o
half-brother, Major Harold BORLAND (1835NC-192AR) being held a Federal
prisoner in Boston's Fort Warren.
Solon had entrusted funds of five thousand and forty-five dollars, two
of his seven slaves, Pasty & Ann, plus household furniture with widow,
Mrs Martha Augustina (Gee) HOLMES (1816VA-1901AR), owner of house
Virginia GRAY occupied, for the care of his daughters. Martha's
daughters, Lou E, 23 y/o (6 September 1865, married Colonel Henry
Gaston BUNN (1838NC-1908AR), later Arkansas' Supreme Court Chief
Justice (1893-1904), Lou died July1866) and Roberta (Berta) 17, were
closest of friends, as was 29 y/o Virginia GRAY.
Half-brother, Major Harold BORLAND, exchanged from Federal prison
October 1, 1864, is noted in Virginia Davis GRAY's, 1863-1865 diary,
published by Dr. Carl H MONEYHON, UALR, in Arkansas Historical
Quarterly of 1983,
"...one of the persons not expected but most welcome, came. Mollie and
Fannie are in a blissful state of mind."
this in Princeton, Dallas county, Arkansas, Friday morning, 30 December 1864.
Said diary's December 27, 1865 entry, was:
"Our poem [most likely "The Dead Confederacy"] and paper were read
tonight, with immense applause, Fannie said she sat in clover, I
[Virginia Davis GRAY] did not feel much excited."
A copy signed by Fanny of "The Dead Confederacy" is filed at Special
Collections, University of Arkansas, with pen name "Violet LEA", --
PS2235.L3 D33 1865. Father Abram J RYAN (1838-1886) is said to have
provided this and other of her poems to his friends in London and thus
was published 21 December 1871, in their "London Cosmopolitan",
(published from 1865 to1876) with following glowing words of its
authoress' abilities, to wit:
"...it is from the pen of a daughter of Senator Borland. It is with a
feeling of pride and sadness that we present this poem to the British
public --- where, although the subject is among the things of the
past, its beauty will find a ready appreciation. It is touching,
tender, chasie, classic, beautiful. We are glad to take this young
author by the hand and welcome her among the ranks of the poets. We
regard this poem as one of the finest rhythmic tributes that has yet
been paid to the "Lost Cause;" and its spirit of tender resignation,
the heart brokenness of its entire utterance cannot but touch the very
souls of those whose sympathies and associations induced them to look
upon that cause almost as a crime."
Both Fanny and sister "Mollie" were most active during war years 1863
to 1865 according to the many entries in Virginia Davis GRAY's
Fanny's talent as a poet came naturally from her father with a little
tutelage by artist, writer, friend, Virginia LaFayette (Davis) GRAY
(Mrs O C GRAY). I surmise her pen name, "Violet LEA" (found used for
four of ten poems, thus far found), may (?) have come from association
with Mrs. George Gallatin LEA, Sr (1860 Federal census shows wealth of
$10,000 real estate & $70,000 personal) of Princeton, -- Eliz Ann
"Sarah" WRIGHT (1817VA-1888AR), an exceptional artist and friend,
possibly related to Solon's 1st wife Huldah G(Godwin?) WRIGHT(?).
"Sarah's" art is thought to be better than Grandmother Moses', --- and
some is, as of summer 2005, at Special Collection, University of
Arkansas, MC 1618, in Virginia Davis GRAY's "Scriptural Album",
numbers 109 &121 (Virginia Gray used as model November 1863)
(WM) Fanny's four page letter to cousin Euclid Jr, 26 April 1866,
written in Princeton, (WM says mailed from Little Rock), is barely
legible. Younger sister "Mollie's" letters show far better
Wounded confederate veterans, cousins Euclid, Jr who her parents
raised for a while in 1850/1, and Thomas Roscius (1844NC-1900VA),
raised by Fanny GREEN and George GODWIN since late 1845, --- both
attending University of Virginia. (same time as did Fay HEMPSTEAD),
and journeyed to Europe.
In 1867, while Fanny BORLAND was visiting Albert PIKE's daughters,
Isadora (1841AR-1869TN) who 7 July 1869 opened a vial of chloroform in
Memphis and died by her own hand and younger blue-eyed sister, Lillian
(1842AR-1919 DC) who later became 2nd Mrs ROOME, and family in
Memphis, he suggested she write a poem in tribute to David Owen DODD,
most likely published it in the "Memphis Appeal" which PIKE then
edited before moving to Washington city, --- a newspaper her father
started January 1839, --- now in 2010, the 1923 Pultzer awarded,
"Memphis Commercial-Appeal". This poem was copied by the United
Daughters of the Confederacy on page 20 of their 1919 Historical
Arkansas. Compliments Of The Memorial Chapter, UDC, Little Rock,
Tuesday morning, 21 April 1869 in Little Rock home of Virginia Davis
and Colonel Oliver C. GRAY, later president of Saint Johns' College of
Arkansas (page 24 of afore mentioned 1919 U D C book) with whom she
most often stayed when in Little Rock, --- "Fannie" wed James C.
MOORES (1834OH-1877TN) of Memphis, who had two daughters from earlier
marriage, by Presbyterian Church's Rev. Thomas Rice WELCH
(1825KY-1886CANADA). The newspaper printed:
"The Bluff City has snatched a lovely prize from our 'City of Roses' ".
Virginia's letter of 28 September 1871 notes, "Fannie's" moving to
Cincinnati (apparently his home town), taking with them, "Mollie".
Virginia's concern was over their moving so far from Little Rock. This
move (if such occurred), after living in Memphis and giving birth to
son George Borland, November 1869. 1870 Federal census has her; 22
y/o, married to James MOORES, a "saddler", 36 y/o, born Ohio, with 20
y/o "Molly" living with them and two of his daughters, both born Ohio
at 60 Monroe avenue, Memphis.
Strange however, "Mollie's" marriage license dated 22 February 1872 is
in Memphis, with James C MOORES and John BEATTIE of Scotland, making
bond in amount of twelve hundred and fifty dollars for the marriage,
of "John BEATTIE and Mary M. BORLAND". John M. BEATTIE is possibly,
but not likely, the same John BEATTIE found in Virginia's diary noted
in 1864, #61, p. 75, being from Kansas City, Missouri, where I was
born, 63 years later.
Virginia Davis GRAY's (Mrs O C GRAY) transcribed but unpublished forty
letters (1857-1886) and 1867-1872 diary of son Carl have numerous
entries about "Fannie", some of her son, of Harold and "Mollie",
visiting Little Rock from Memphis.
Memphis' 1877 City Directory lists "Fannie" living at same address as
brother-in-law John BEATTIE, 482 Main street, indicating John may (?)
have been alive, but she without James. This is first time her name
was listed in Memphis City Directory in the 1870's. (Sedalia Missouri
newspaper article said James left her(?)).
The Daily Arkansas Gazette news item concerning "Fannie's" death,
dated, Thursday, 28 Aug 1879, p. 4,c. 1, stating;
"Her husband died in the epidemic of last year  and is not of
record being buried at Elmwood cemetery as are wife's brother-in-law
John M BEATTIE or his wife Fanny"
"Fannie" had moved in with "Mollie", --- she is listed as; Mrs.
"Fannie" B MOORES, in front page obituary Sunday, 24 August 1879, of
The Daily Memphis Avalanche. Fanny was among 177 yellow fever deaths
of 677 cases in Memphis thus far in 1879 till her death.
Copy courtesy of Joan F VITALE, Memphis cohort.
The Daily Memphis Avalanche
Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee
Sunday, August 24, 1879, front page
MRS FANNIE B MOORES
EDITOR AVALANCHE --- Will you allow a brief notice to Mrs Fannie B
Moores, daughter of the late Senator Solon Borland, of Arkansas, who
died this morning, after a short violent attack of yellow fever. Ten
years ago she was a reigning belle of Little Rock, and enjoyed, as
many will remember, considerable celebrity as a poet. General Albert
Pike had a high opinion of her talents in that line, The "Dead
Confederacy,"* republished in the London Cosmopolitan, and highly
complimented by that journal was one of the best of her productions.
"Dilsey at the North," portraying the lament of an aged negress for
her Southern home of slavery, as contrasted with that of her new found
freedom among strangers, was also very much praised. "Born Dead," "The
Baby of Lilie"* and many more of her published pieces, were highly
acceptable to the public, and among the last of her poetical
contributions was a tribute of Walter Harvey [Colonel Harvey
Washington WALTER] who died of yellow fever a year ago, and was a
member of Bluff City Gray's. She leaves behind one child, a son.
A. A. L. ---- Memphis, August 23,1879
??? PLESAE, someone advise me WHO WAS A. A. L. ???
Burial at Elmwood cemetery, Chapel Hill Public Lot 2 space #552, per
informtion 30 June 2011 from the cemetery's office.
* see below
"A POET WITH A HISTORY"
was title of a newspaper article one month later, September 21, 1879,
in issue of Sedalia [Missouri] Daily Democrat about "Fannie".
describing her, as afore noted:
"Miss Borland was a slender, fair-haired, brown-eyed women who
appeared to have the fixed and overcast look of one who was destined
to die young."
and of her poems:
"America never produced a poetess of real genius, but among the
brilliant female writers of this century Miss Borland took no second
Fay HEMPSTEAD (1847AR-1934AR), named in 1908 as Poet Laureate of Free
Masonry, a post before held only by Robert BURNS, Scottish poet and
Robert MORRIS, Kentucky, wrote on page 479 in "Historical Review of
Arkansas, Vol. 1", published 1911 (page copy courtesy of Arkansas
History Commission) to wit:
"Mrs Fannie Borland Moores, of Little Rock, who was a daughter of
Senator Solon Borland, was the writer of many beautiful poems, that
were appreciated and enjoyed in the most cultured circles. Her verses
"Many an old scrap book has as its most cherished clipping verses that
were written by this most attractive and talented women, which, from
time to time, are reprinted in the Arkansas newspapers. Father Abram
Ryan, during one of is European journeys, gave some of Fannie Borland
Moores' verses to English literary folks. They were published in the
"London Cosmopolitan", with accompanying tribute from the poet priest.
An oft-read poem of Mrs Moores' is,"At My Father's Feet". It was
dedicated to and descriptive of her father, who was statesman, soldier
Then in 1894, General John M HARRELL's article, in "Confederate
Veteran", http://usgennet.net/usa/ga/topic/news/CV/cv1894pg2.htm ;
"I congratulate you on republishing the "Dead Confederacy " of Fannie
Borland. How appropriate it is now, and was when written ,
by a girl of not then twenty . It reads to me like a fragment from
Keato. It glows with passion, but is crystalline in its pride,
mournful and graceful as winter and night, which it invokes. Miss
Borland was a great genius who perished too son (sic). I knew her, and
saw her in 1870, when she completed a rare quartette of gifted,
beautiful girls, that formed the family of Gen. [Albert] Pike, in
Memphis, the others being the Misses [Isadora & Lillian] Pike and Miss
Sallie Johnson, now Mrs. Cabell Breckinridge, each a type of
surpassing beauty. Miss Johnson was sole daughter of ex Senator R. W.
Johnson, and Miss Borland, eldest daughter of ex Minister Solon
Poem, The Dead Confederacy, is reportedly found in Confederate
Veteran, Volume I, No III, page 380.
"Fannie" was subject in a research project at Arkansas History
Commission, #76-0003, resulting in Russell P. BAKER, Archivist at
Arkansas History Commission [has added our new finds to his file,
October 2007], publishing an article in "The Pulaski County Historical
Review", Volume XXIX, No. 3, Fall 1981 titled FANNIE GREEN BORLAND
MOORES, in which is stated;
"After the war, Fannie was evidently sent to Memphis, Tennessee to
continue her education. While there, she began [before the war, ie
1860] her career as a poet, writing under the name of Violet Lea. Her
name, wrote Arkansas Gazette in 1869, 'can be no stranger wherever
true [poetry] is read and admired -- particularly in [Memphis], where
the most beautiful and touching of her lyrical compositions first saw
the light -------."
Russell P. BAKER, of Arkansas History Commission, has been most
helpful to us and advised to wit;
"...pages 26-30 from a  book entitled; Poets and Poetry of
Arkansas by [Fred W.] Allsopp for two published poems and a short
biography of Mrs. Moores. This is all I know that have been
"compiled". She is completely unknown and forgotten at this time."
We found this most endearing poem, "At My Father's Feet"<.b> (see
below), http://books.google.com/books?id=Yk1DUhnG_LkC... (search
"Solon Borland") which had been saved by a Mrs Francis Marion (Harrow)
HANGER (1856- 1945), sister-in-law to Fannie Ashley HANGER page 218 in
transcribed, unpublished "baby diary" (1867-1872) of Carl Raymond
GRAY, summer of 2005, at Special Collections, University of Arkansas,
M C 1618, Virginia Davis GRAY's diary, first five years of Carl
Raymond GRAY's life (Union Pacific Railroad Corporation's
vice-chairman at his 1939 death). The following two years, 1872-'74,
are NOT transcribed, being 845 fragile pages, briefly viewed by Dr
Carl Moneyhon, bound in three books in files of Arkansas History
Commission donated by Farrar Claudis NEWBERRY (1887AR-1968AR) in 1964,
obtained from grandson of Virginia (Davis) GRAY, Russell Davis GRAY,
while in Omaha, Nebraska, which are begging to be transcribed,
revealing life during end of reconstruction, and The Brooks-Baxter War
of 1874 and possibly the 1874 fire which reportedly by the Gazette,
destroyed a Saint Johns' College building.
AT MY FATHER'S FEET
by Fanny Green (Borland) MOORES
I often think when the leaves are brown,
And the noiseless snow comes down,
When the world is white and the trees are bare,
And a winter stillness is in the air,
Of nights when life in my veins was sweet,
And I sat, a child, at my fathers's feet.
He had borne in wars a valiant part,
And he told of battles that shook the heart ----
Fought hand to hand ---- and he showed us a scar,
That brightened the forehead it could not mar;
And the whole round world, from wood to street,
Grew round me there, at my father's feet.
He had been in distant lands ---- and far ---
From the Southern seas to the polar star ----
He told me of birds on rainbow wings,
Where the crescent moon of the Orient swings,
And soft on my brow blew the South wind sweet,
And palms grew tall at my father's feet.
He had sailed in ships that night and day
Through mirrored heavens out their way ----
Through waves that dashed at the trembling sky,
And grasped at the moon as they hurried by;
And lo! I looked on the white-winged fleet,
And the sea called out from my father's feet.
He told me of forests vast and dim,
With gray-mossed trees like hermits grim;
And fierce beasts hid in their treacherous shade,
And reptiles coiled in marshy glade,
'Till tigers lurked in the coal's white heat,
And I clung in fear at my father's feet.
Ah! many the winter nights I've seen,
And many the snows that lie between,
Since glad from my nurse's arms I came
To sit in the light of the dancing flame,
Knowing that Love and I should meet
There on the floor at my father's feet.
The hair was white on his honored brow;
Ah me! that brow is the whiter now,
And the years are many and thickly sown,
And into a mighty harvest grown;
The days are shorter and time more fleet,
Since I saw the world from my father's feet.
I have sown my grain. I have sown my tares;
I have sinned my sins and prayed my prayers;
I have sown in laughter, and reaped in tears,
I thank thee, Lord, that my harvest nears,
When I may pass through my garnered wheat,
To sit, a child, at my father's feet.
"Fannie", not unlike other early Arkansan's who documenterily
sacrificed much of their lives performing significant deeds for
Arkansas and its people while Arkansas was developing its rich history
during those early tumultuous, pioneering years of Civil War and
Reconstruction, --- she too was FOREVER swept into oblivion by the
state's historians and academia while they chase the more affluent and
modern political figures.
Fanny being the fourth such Arkansan we've researched since March
2003, who has been "cast aside" with this fatal Arkansas disease. ~ ~
~ Others were; Fanny's brother-in-law, Colonel Oliver Crosby GRAY, who
after 45 years teaching, 18 years as a highly respected professor at
the University of Arkansas, --- over 100 years ago (1906), honored his
memory for his deeds, service and contributions to man kind by
building "GRAY HALL", in his memory, but in 1966 most readily
demolished, dumping his memories with construction debris, covering
both with dirt to be forever forgotten.
Adding insult to injury, --- in 2004 the University's History
Committee of five, including Chair of History Department, Jeannie M
WHAYNE and Special Collections, Ethel C SIMPSON, refusing to place,
even a simple historical marker, as had been suggest from within, at
the then nearly 100-year old building site (1906-1966) of "GRAY HALL",
--- ALSO showing NO consideration of his 1st wife, Virginia LaFayette
(Davis) GRAY's significant contributions to the university, students,
the communities and state in which she adopted --- first to occupy 2nd
floor 'Clock Tower' (university's first chair of what now is Art
Department), of "Old Main", 9 September 1875, who had freely given her
painting of the then new "University Hall" (Old Main) to its Board in
1877 (only to be lost by them), --- or of their son, nationally known
railroader, Carl Raymond GRAY (1867AR-1939DC). So be it, ---- this
does not speak well for the State of Arkansas, nor its academia
system's people, a "cross" they must bare as they rush to modern day
political celebrities for fame and fortune.
3D-a. GEORGE BORLAND MOORES (1869TN-1xxxx?)
George Borland MOORES was born November 1869, orphaned, following
father's 1877/8 death, when mother Fanny died that morning of 1879 in
her sister's home. He's found in household of Fannie's half-brother,
Harold ("Little Solon") BORLAND, Cadron, Faulkner County, Arkansas in
1880 Federal census, but never again by us.
The September 21, 1879 Sedalia newspaper article stated her first
child died and she had more than one child, such is possible but we
found NO such documentation except her surviving first born, George
Borland MOORES, born within 1st year of marriage and noted in her
front page, obituary.
Fanny's known poems:
~ WE SOLICIT OTHER PIECES OF HER WORK ~
1)- First published poetic work of a 12 y/o girl born to poetry.
The Deserted Road
2)- "The Past and Future" written by a young grieving girl who turned
14 y/o month before her mother's death, which followed four months
after older brother's death, all while father laid sick in his bed and
she's looking after her two year younger sister.
The Past and Future
3)- "Judge Not By The Outward Look" written by a young child, just
turned 14 y/o, after losing her brother in June and mother in October
1862, with a very sick father in bed, printed on front page of The
Arkansas Gazette but one week following printing her; "The Past and
Judge Not By The Outward Look
4)- DAILY ARKANSAS GAZETTE
Sunday, January 21, 1872
"The Dead Confederacy", no doubt her most famous, written in 1865,
when she just turned 17, at Princeton under alias "Violet Lea", later
published in London's Cosmopolitan, 21 Dec 1871, with a big write up
in Arkansas Gazette 21 Jan 1872. A signed copy is at Special
Collections University of Arkansas (PS2235.L3 D33 1865). This poem,
acclaimed by Father Abram Ryan, Generals Albert Pike and John M
Harrell, most likely the work mentioned in Virginia Davis GRAY's
1863-1865 diary, published 1983, in Arkansas Historical Quarterly,
annoted and edited by Carl Moneyhon, UALR see entry of 27 Dec 1865,
page 168, Part II.
The Dead Confederacy
5)- A piece of poetry praised highly by General Albert Pike who
starting with the Mexican War, spent several years at odds with her
The Baby at Lilie
6)- Short, sweet poem written at birth of Carl Raymond Gray (1867AR-
1939DC) later vice-chairman Union Pacific RR, in Virginia Davis
Gray's, 1867-1872, unpublished diary about her son;
Master Charlie Anti ___ Convention Davis, Harold, George, Ferdinand
and Rebel Gray's Address
7)- The stern side of this belle-of-the-ball during reconstruction days.
A WOMEN'S PROTEST
8)- "At My Father's Feet", by far her most charming tribute to her
father, saved by Mrs Frances Marion (Harrow) Hanger (1856-1945) of
Little Rock. found in Fred W Allsopp's, 1933, "The Poets and Poetry of
Arkansas," See: History of the Arkansas Press for a Hundred Years and
More, 1922, By Frederick William Allsopp -- Page 549,
http://books.google.com/books?id=Yk1DUhnG_LkC... (search "Solon
At My Father's Feet
9)- "David O Dodd", from Fred Allsopp's, a 1981 Pulaski County
Historical Society's publication article by Russell Baker of Arkansas
History Commission and U D C Historical Arkansas, 1919, being a
tribute encouraged to be written by General Albert Pike in 1867 of
her, to a young, brave Civil War hero in the eyes of many.
David O Dodd
10)- "To My Son's Scrap-Book" a daunting love poem to her son George
Borland Moores, born November 1869 in Memphis whose life we could not
follow after 1880 census with step-uncle Harold & 1st wife.
To My Son's Scrap-Book
Known, without copies:
Dilsey at the North, (?,?,?)
Born Dead, (?,?,?)
Tribute to Harvey WALKER, (Memphis, 1878, ?)
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