Catherine Mays Darden

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Colonel Stephen
Herd Darden

Army of Texas, 1836 * State Senator
1861 - 1862 * Commissioned Colonel
C. S. A., 1863 * Member of the Con-
federate Congress, 1864 * State
Comptroller, 1874 - 1881 * Born in
Mississippi, November 18, 1816 * Died
in Wharton, Texas, May 16, 1902

His Wife
Catherine Mays Darden

Born February 13, 1836
Died August 19, 1912

Erected by the State of Texas
Full Name: Catherine Mays Darden
Location: Section:Republic Hill, Section 1 (C1)
Row:V  Number:6
Reason for Eligibility: Wife of Stephen Heard Darden 
Birth Date: February 13, 1836 
Died: August 19, 1912 
Burial Date:  

DARDEN, CATHERINE MAYS EVANS (1836~1912) Catherine (or Katherine) Mays Evans Darden, wife of Stephen Heard Darden, was born February 13, 1836, in Washington, Arkansas to John Mays, of Prince William County, Virginia, and Ann Dean (Sherlock) Mays, of Bertie County, North Carolina.

In 1845, her family moved to Texas and settled near Seguin, where her father bought lands and built a substantial log home for the family home. Catherine married Joseph L. Evans of San Antonio at Seguin on November 8, 1854, but he died on March 20, 1860, leaving her with three small children. She later met the Honorable Stephen Heard Darden at a ball in the Texas State Capitol.

After a brief courtship, they were married on March 23, 1862, Catherine was his fourth and final wife. They had three children, in addition to the three from her first marriage. Their youngest child died in infancy.

Colonel Darden died on May 16, 1902, but Catherine lived for another ten years and died in Dallas on August 19, 1912. She was laid to rest next to her husband in the Texas State Cemetery.

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