Feb. 17, 1889 Baltimore Baltimore County Maryland, USA
Ann Monica Millard was born 1808 in Washington, D.C., the fourth child of thirteen and the 2nd female of seven females. Ann is a younger sister of Robert F. Millard, my 2nd great grandfather, and my 2nd great grand aunt. The following is based on research, not family/oral history.
Her parents were Joshua Millard and Ann Manning Millard, natives of St. Mary's County, MD. Ann Manning was a descendant of gentlemen who crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 1636 for the purpose of establishing the third English settlement in the United States. Descendants of Ann Manning Millard and any of her children qualify for membership in the Ark and the Dove Society.
On 5 Apr 1831, age 23, Ann married Col. Francis Wells Armstrong, in Washington, DC. They were married by the Rev. William Matthew,II. They then moved to Indian Territory in Arkansas, where Col. Armstrong died in 1835. Ann had one child of this marriage, Frank Crawford Armstrong, born in Indian Territory, who in the Civil War was at the beginning of the war an Union officer, but after the battle of Bull Run, he left the union, went to New Orleans and became a Confederate officer. By the end of the war, he was Brig. General Frank C. Armstrong serving under General Nathan Bedford Forrest.
Following the death of her husband, Ann and her son, Frank returned to St. Mary's County, MD and lived with her mother and siblings on the Millard farm known as "Bellville", until 1854. In April, 1854, she travels to Corpus Christi, Tx, accompanied by her son, Frank, where her sister, Rebecca Ann is living with spouse, Forbes Britton. On 18 Apr 1854, she marries General Persifor Frazer Smith who dies in Kansas, May 17, 1858 of Mexican War sickness.
Ann again returns to home and family in "Old St. Mary's" and lives there until Dec 1868 when she moves to Baltimore to live in the Baltimore Convent of the Visitation. Her mother had died and the SMC Equity Court decreed that the farm be sold and the sales proceeds distributed to the heirs of Ann Manning Millard.
I do not think she became a nun; she was simply looking for a place to stay and since her sister was the Mother Superior with other sibling nuns there as well, she found a home and lived there to her death in Feb 1889. In May, 1858, following Gen. Smith's death, she applied for widow's benefits and was successful in being awarded $50 a month lifetime benefits by the U.S. Congress.
The Baltimore Convent was established in 1837 and discontinued operations in May, 1910. During this period of time the nuns who died were placed in an underground vault of the Convent. In May, 1910, they were moved from the vault to the New Cathedral Cemetery in Baltimore. There is no record of Ann being moved and reburied at New Cathedral, although the records show that the other Millards were moved. So, where did Ann end up?? I do not know...but suspect that the family had her brought back to St. Mary's County for burial with other Millard family members at the old St. Aloysious Cemetery at Leonardtown.