May 20, 2021

Special St. John’s Cemetery Honor

Elizabeth (Bess) Robertson Brevard’s grave in the historic St. John’s Cemetery has received an honorary plaque from the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Elizabeth Robertson Brevard was born on August 9, 1876, in South Carolina, and married Dr. Ephraim M. Brevard in 1902.

After the wedding, the couple moved to Tallahassee, where they became active members of St. John’s Episcopal Church. Here the Brevards are pictured in costume with other parishioners at St. John’s Centennial Celebration in 1930. (Photo Credit: Florida Memory)

Two other women buried in St. John’s Cemetery have received a plaque from the Daughters of the American Revolution: Frances Scott Lively (1882-1967) and Caroline Mays Brevard (1860-1920), the sister-in-law of Elizabeth Brevard.

Mrs. Brevard is the great aunt of Mary Call Proctor and Jane Aurell, longtime members of St. John’s. Mary Call fondly remembers their beloved aunt, “Aunt Bess loved hats, cats and baseball … and DAR. Probably DAR first! She would be so pleased.”

Elizabeth Brevard died in 1961. The dedication of the plaque occurred on April 30, 2021.

The Daughters of the American Revolution is a service organization whose members are direct bloodline descendants of a patriot serving in the American Revolution. There have been a million members since its inception. The organization’s mission includes historic preservation, education, and service to veterans.

Thank you to Betty Ashler and Cheryle Dodd for contributing to this article. Photos were taken by Phil Ashler.

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