Tombstone: Maria Louisa Rawls

Name: Maria Louisa Rawls Spouse: Nathan Andrew Feaster
Born: 6 Sep 1828
Died: 13 Jul 1848
Born: 8 Oct 1820
Died:  ABT Sep 1862
Burial location: First Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Columbia, Richland Co., South Carolina  Burial location: Sharpsburg, Maryland (body not recovered) 
to the memory of
Maria Louisa Feaster
Consort of
Nathan A. Feaster
and daughter of
John J. & Anna E. Rawls,
who departed this life
13th July 1848
aged 19 years 11 months and 7 days
leaving an infant Daughter 10 months
& 7 days old.
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Hush'd that sound comes again
Tis the welcome note of the angel train
Another spirit pure and bright
Hath joined them in that world of light

Had love the power to call again
Thy spirit to the world of pain
We would not, tho our hearts were riv'n
Deprive thee of one hour in heaven

Friends may mourn thy early doom
Affection rear a hallowed tomb
They feel their loss hath brought for thee
Bliss in a long eternity
Maria Louisa Rawls.

Maria Louisa Rawls.

Deciphering the fading inscription.

Time has taken its toll on this elegant tribute to a beloved 19-year-old. It took over an hour to read the wording; its loving message will soon be lost from view.

Maria Louisa Rawls Feaster's crypt lies next to the brick walkway behind the First Presbyterian Church, 1324 Marion St., Columbia, South Carolina.

The historical marker at the curb describes the First Presbyterian Church: "First Congregation organized in Columbia (1795). The churchyard, allotted as a public burying ground in 1798, was granted to this church 1813." US President Woodrow Wilson's parents are also buried in this graveyard.

The gravestones pictured to the left of the crypt of Maria Louisa Rawls Feaster are those of her grandparents, Benjamin Rawls (1772-1866) and his wife Susannah Ivy Rawls (1771-1856); Benjamin and Susannah Rawls' daughter Mary S. Rawls Bullard (1805-1874); and Anne Eliza Rawls (1887-1980).

Maria Louisa Rawls died 10 months and 7 days after the birth of her daughter, Maria Louisa Georgiana "Lula" Feaster.

The daughter, Lula, became famous as a teenager during the Civil War when she single-handedly extinguished fires set in her home by a Yankee officer.

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