Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Mrs. Ella Davidson]
Redfield, Georgia B.
DAUGHTER OF FRONTIER ARMY-MAN
PIONEER WIFE AND MOTHER.
Mrs. Ella Bolton Davidson, is one of the few living pioneer women, who experienced all the hardships and dangers of the first years of settlement of the new country of Southeast New Mexico.
Mrs. Davidson, as a child, lived in Fort Stanton, New Mexico, an army post, where she was constantly surrounded by danger from Indians, and where she had few educational advantages. Later, as a woman she lived the hard life of a pioneer's wife and became a typical pioneer mother, when unattended by a physician her second child, a little girl, was born. She made a happy home for her family, in which she ruled with gentleness and kindness, and graciously welcomed the stranger and newcomer as well as her friends.
Wherever she has lived she quietly became one of the leaders in all cultural and educational [movements?] instituted for the improvement and enjoyment of the town's people.
In 1871, when six years of age Ella Bolton and her mother Ella (Doyel) Bolton and a brother and older sister - who is Mrs. Amelia Bolton Church - came to America from their native town and country, Wexford, Ireland. They joined their husband