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Mary Elizabeth Rogers Galloway
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Birth: Feb. 14, 1862, USA
Death: Oct. 12, 1928
DeRidder
Beauregard Parish
Louisiana, USA

Mary was the wife of Martin Mouser Galloway. She was of American Indian heritage, was orphaned as a child and not knowing the names of her biological parents she took the name (Rogers) of one of the families who raised her. When a teenager she came to live with the Galloway family and later married Martin in Lafayette County, AR. Mary and Martin moved from AR to LA about 1905 and settled in Deridder where they lived the remainder of their lives. Mary was loved by all her family and a gracious hostess to all who visited her home.

The following events were recalled and written by Mary Roger's grand daughter Bessie Galloway Parker on 11 Aug 1978. This author's clarifications are in parentheses and liberty has been taken to paraphrase and edit some of the narrative.
"I (Bessie Galloway Parker) was born July 19, 1904 in Pike City, Arkansas. I am the daughter of the late Zook Galloway who was the son of (Mary Elizabeth Rogers Galloway) an almost pure (blood) Indian. She was born in an Indian tribe and (either) given to white people or left with them. She was first given to a family by the name of Wright, then later to a family by the name of Rogers, whose name she took."
"Later she went to live with my great grandfather, (James) Galloway, and (his) wife (Elizabeth Mouser)(in Lafayette Co. Arkansas) (when) she was about 13 or 14 years old. She actually did not know her (exact) age. (In 1880 the census taker listed her age as 18 and her birthplace as Texas)."
"She was working for them (the Galloway's) and when she was about 16 or 17 she and my grandfather M. M.(Martin Mouser) Galloway married. My great grandparents decided she was such a good girl that one of their sons should marry her and my grandfather, M. M., was the lucky guy."
"My grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Rogers, was a typical Indian maid. She was very energetic, kind and good. Everyone loved her. She always went to the woods to get herbs and weeds for medicine and remedies (and) all of her neighbors depended on her for medicine and remedies."
"(When) I was 12 years old (about 1916 or 1917) and we were living at Carson, Louisiana (Beauregard Parish), two Indians came to our house accompanied by my grandfather M.M. Galloway. I remember the weather was cool and there was a fire in the house. I also remember that as a child the sight of real Indians was very frightening to me. The Indians had brought some legal papers for us to sign. My father, Zook Galloway, I, and my 10 yr. old brother were shown where to sign the papers and we did. When this was done the Indians and my grandfather left. We were told the papers were for some money that Indians were supposed to get, however, I don't recall us getting any or ever hearing from the Indians again. I believe the Indians were from some tribe in Oklahoma".

Mary's gravestone dates (1863-1930) are reportedly in error and correct dates are (1862-1928).
 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Martin Mouser Galloway (1860 - 1922)
 
 Children:
  Zook Galloway (1881 - 1949)*
  Jesse Lorena Galloway Stack (1882 - 1961)*
  John Henry Sewell Galloway (1887 - 1936)*
  Bobbie Jewette Galloway Bennett (1889 - 1957)*
  Minnie Lee Galloway (1891 - 1930)*
  James Paul Galloway (1894 - 1958)*
  Essie Irene Galloway (1898 - 1916)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Mary Rogers wife of Martin M. Galloway.
 
Burial:
Woodlawn Cemetery
DeRidder
Beauregard Parish
Louisiana, USA
 
Created by: sam sproles
Record added: Jan 28, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13158486
Mary Elizabeth <i>Rogers</i> Galloway
Added by: sam sproles
 
Mary Elizabeth <i>Rogers</i> Galloway
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Mary Elizabeth <i>Rogers</i> Galloway
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Great Grandmother Mary, I have heard so many stories of your kindness and patience and how you never uttered one word in anger. I pray that we shall meet in Heaven.
- Elaine Galloway
 Added: Jul. 22, 2010
Dear great-grandmother, although I never knew you, a part of who I am I owe to you. Thank you.
Your great-grandson.
- sam sproles
 Added: Apr. 8, 2006
 
 
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