Mary Ardis de Yampert
b. 25 October 1789
- Mary Ardis de Yampert was born on 25 October 1789 in Wilkes County, Georgia.
- She was known as Polly.
- She married Nicholas Lewis Meriwether, son of Francis Meriwether and Martha Jameson, on 14 March 1805 in Georgia.
- A biographical sketch of Dr. Nicholas Meriwether appears in W. G. Robertson's 1892 Early Settlers::
The writer is not gifted with power of speech to do justice to the character and worth of this good man. He was one of the greatest and grandest men living in Montgomery county in his day. He was living in Montgomery county in his day. He was wealthy and surrounded by every comfort of life. There was no necessity for performing physical or mental labor, yet this man did what no man ever did before or since. He practiced medicine for the whole surrounding country year after year, without money and without price. He did not do this for popularity or fame; he did not seek notoriety; he had no political or other aspirations to gratify; but he did it through motives of love and sympathy for his people in their season of sickness and suffering. Day after day he went on his round of visiting the sick, and night after night he would sit by the bedside. The rich and the poor were the recipients of his services alike.
Dr. Meriweather [sic] was what might be called a self-made man. His education was limited; but by study, practice and experience, he became one of the most successful physicians of his day, and was honored with diplomas from several of the best medical colleges of the country, although he had never entered a college or attended a lecture. After spending his life in doing good, at a ripe old age he passed from earth, to receive the well merited reward, "well done good and faithful servant." His wife was a Miss DeYampart, and she was a strong supporter of her husband in his good work, and was hever heard to murmur or complain on account of the Doctor's absence from home, but gave him her sympathy and encouragement to the end.
They had a family of five sons--no daughters. James, Thomas, George, Nick and William were the names of the sons, and they were the perfection of morality, sobriety and industry. As they grew up to manhood and married, their father would settle them on a plantation and give them a start in life. These sons were all useful citizens in their day, and are now all dead.
Recollections of the Early Settlers of Montgomery County and Their Families, by William G. Robertson. Montgomery, Alabama: Excelsior Printing Company, 1892. Reprinted Montgomery Alabama: Society of Pioneers of Montgomery, 1961.
- Last Edited: 22 Apr 2016