1810-1883
Mary S. B. Dana
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February 15, 1810, Beaufort, South Carolina.

February 8, 1883, Nacogdoches, Texas, where she lived with her son Robert.

Oak Grove Cemetery, Nacogdoches, Texas.

In 1835, she married Charles W. 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 Rev. Robert D. 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. Her works include:

  1. Fiercely Came the Tempest Raging
  2. Flee as a Bird
  3. I’m a Pilgrim
  4. O Sing to Me of Heav’n
  5. Once upon the Heaving Ocean (attributed)
  6. Pass Under the Rod
  7. Prince of Peace, Control My Will (attributed)
  8. Shed Not a Tear o’er Your Friend’s Early Bier
  9. Soft, Soft Music Is Stealing