Born: February 15, 1810, Beaufort, South Carolina.
Died: February 8, 1883, Nacogdoches, Texas, where she lived with her son Robert.
Buried: Oak Grove Cemetery, Nacogdoches, Texas.
In 1835, Mary married Charles Elutheros Dana of New York. In the summer of 1839, they moved to Bloomington (now Muscatine), Iowa. Her husband and young son died the next year, and she returned to South Carolina.
In 1851, she married minister Robert Doyne Shindler, a professor at Shelby College, Kentucky, and later Texas. Mary was originally a Presbyterian, but later attended the Unitarian, then the Protestant Episcopal, church.