Matilda Sophia V. Blakely

b. 1818, d. 24 August 1862
Matilda Sophia V. Blakely|b. 1818\nd. 24 Aug 1862|p111.htm|George Blakely||p112.htm||||||||||||||||

Grandmother of George Poindexter Munson Sr.
2nd great-grandmother of Laura Jane Munson.
Family Background:
Munson and Allied Families
Appears on charts:
Pedigree for George Poindexter Munson II
     Matilda Sophia V. Blakely was born in 1818 in Montréal, Quebec.1 She was the daughter of George Blakely. She and Isaac S. Davis, son of George Davis and Rosetta (—?—) (Davis), obtained a marriage license on 6 April 1841 in Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama.2 They married on 11 April 1841 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama.1,3,4,5 She died on 23 or 24 August 1862 in Galveston, Galveston County, Texas, CSA.6,7,1
     Traditionally, Matilda was disowned by her father for marrying a Roman Catholic, and her obituary does state that she was a convert. However, her conversion evidently came before Isaac's because their marriage, that required dispensation for disparitus cultus, preceded his baptism. If there is any truth at all to the story, she may have been disowned for marrying a Jew, or for converting to the Catholic faith for whatever reason. Her baptism is not recorded in the Mobile Catholic records.

     The family, probably consisting of Isaac, Matilda, Leo and Agnes, moved from Mobile to Texas about 1858. Probably in 1861, when Isaac and Leo left for the war, Matilda and Agnes moved to the Ursuline Convent in Galveston. She was perhaps ill at that time because she died the following year "after a long and painful illness, borne with Christian fortitude" and was buried in Galveston. Following the 1900 storm, the grade level of Galveston was raised and only those gravestones that families paid to have reset were preserved.

Additional Data
Matilda and I.S. Davis appeared on the 1 June 1850 Federal Census of Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama, enumerated 22 July 1850. Their children Claudius, Clotilda, Alloise and Matilda were listed as living with them.8 Click to view image

Matilda and I.S. Davis appeared on the 1 June 1860 Federal Census of San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, enumerated 30 June 1860. Their children Leo and Agnes were listed as living with them.9 Click to view image

Children of Matilda Sophia V. Blakely and Isaac S. Davis


  1. [S18] Family data, Agnes Davis Munson Bible, unknown bible title (n.p.:, unknown publish date); original owned in 1996 by Della (Caldwell) Hanly (Rosharon, TX). Mrs. Hanly is now deceased; present owner unknown.
  2. [S448] Mobile County Marriage Book 5: 121B, County Clerk's Office, Mobile, Alabama.
  3. [S446] Married, Mobile Daily Commercial Register and Patriot, Mobile, 12 April 1841, 2.
  4. [S447] Mobile Catholic Records, Marriage: 276, p. 85, , The Catholic Center, Archdiocese of Mobile, Mobile, Alabama.
  5. [S448] Mobile County Marriage Book Book 4, p. 5.
  6. [S449] Obituary, The Galveston News, Galveston, 26 August 1862.
  7. [S450] Galveston County Genealogical Society, comp., St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Galveston, Texas, Baptismal, Confirmation, Marriage and Death Records, 1860-1952 (Galveston: Under the auspices of The Galveston County Genealogical Society, unknown publish date), 73; gives death date of 24 August 1862, age 44, by Rev. Jos. Anstaett, Minister.
  8. [S443] I.S. Davis household, 1850 U.S. Census, Mobile County, Alabama, population schedule, City of Mobile, page 437B, dwelling 2519, family 2409; National Archives micropublication M432, roll 11.
  9. [S444] I.S. Davis household, 1860 U.S. Census, Bexar County, Texas, population schedule, San Antonio, page 31/384, dwelling 714, family 702; National Archives micropublication M653, roll 1288.
  10. [S440] Mobile Catholic Records, Baptism: 1521, , The Catholic Center, Archdiocese of Mobile, Mobile, Alabama.