Lizzie stayed for a while with the Salmons, Louis, and her friend Hodgie, then returned to Illinois. She died, soon after, while eating breakfast.
Neighbors buried Mariah under a large black oak, about 40 feet from the house. In 1929, Edward Davis visited the site. He saw “a stake at the head and a white rock at the foot,” but “no name, date, or other sign to tell even that a grave was there.”
— Jeff Smith
- Peter Brueggeman: Tradition calls her Maria, but “land office records record her name as Mariah Frazier.”
- Edward Davis: The Frazier sisters “were very refined, honorable, honest and cultivated people and not used to physical labor such as starting a ranch high up in the mountains.”
- Davis: Mariah “always performed her work the hardest way, when it could have been performed easier by the horses.”
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