Independence in Washington County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The Davis Family
Renowned educators; family of the Rev. Abner Davis, founder (1827) of Shurtleff College, Alton, Ill.
A daughter, Martha (d. 1896), joined the Baylor Female College staff with her husband, Horace Clark, in 1851. Baylor in a few years drew rest of family here: Marcia (Mrs. Abner) Davis (1794-1882); George B. Davis (1828-1906) and wife, Fannie Breedlove (1833-1915); Harriett L. Davis (1832-1917) and husband, B.S. Fitzgerald (1827-1904); and Mary Russell Davis, "Little Mary" (d. 1865), who taught Indians briefly after the father died (1852), then like the others devoted her talents to Baylor.
Erected 1973 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 8328.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Education • Women. A significant historical year for this entry is 1851.
Location. 30° 19.147′ N, 96° 21.216′ W. Marker is in Independence, Texas, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Old Baylor College Road and McCrocklin Road, on the right when travelingTouch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brenham TX 77833, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dr. Horace G. Clark (here, next to this marker); Old Baylor Park (within shouting distance of this marker); John P. Coles Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker); Columns of a Building of Old Baylor University (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Female Department of Baylor University (about 300 feet away); John Prince Coles (about 400 feet away); Old Baptist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Houston-Lea Family Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Independence.
Also see . . . Baylor University History. TSHA Texas State Historical Association (Submitted on September 25, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 25, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 91 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 25, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.