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Martha Jane Summers McGary
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Birth: May 25, 1829
Washington County
Missouri, USA
Death: Mar. 17, 1902
Jefferson County
Texas, USA


CAULD, Cauld now those rosy lips
I aft had kissed sae fondly,
And closed for aye, the sparkling glance
That dwelt on me sae kindly

At their home in Beaumont the 17th of this month of March, 1902, just as the sun was sinking below the western horizon, the vital spark went out from the mortal frame of Mrs. Martha Jane McGary, for forty three years the loved and loving wife of Daniel Leonidas McGary, editor of the Beaumont Age.

Deceased was born of Kentucky parents Mr. and Mrs. Samuel R. Summers in Washington County, Missouri, on the 25th of May, 1832. Had her life been a little longer spared, she would have reached the Palmists limit three score and ten. In 1859, newly wedded, she came overland with her husband from Nebraska to Texas, where she resided continuously until her death.

Of seven children born of that union, four survive. They are Percy McGary, editor of The Cold Springs Sentinel; Samuel Hopkins McGary, editor and proprietor of The Beaumont Daily Journal; Mrs. Annie Statira Baker, wife of Eugene H. Baker, of Folson, New Mexico; and Mrs. Martha Vibella Foster, wife of Samuel W. Foster, of Beaumont. Surviving her are also two children by a former husband. They are Richard Lee Jackley, of Weatherford, and Mrs. Maggie Lemmon, of Fort Worth.

Reared and living in the humble walks of life, deceased was contented with her own good and never envied the good that others had. Her heart was the abode of kindness, and, as opportunity and means allowed, to relieve suffering was her delight. For more than forty years, with her husband, in loving trust and tenderness, she had traveled along the journey of life. When two lives are so joined and interwoven, it is difficult to take one without leaving the other broken and bleeding. The loved ones left behind will cling to her memory, and loving hands will strew with flowers the turf that covers her grave.
--The Beaumont Age

REGRETTED IN HOUSTON -- Sorrow and Sympathy Over the Death of Mrs. D.L. McGary

The death of Mrs. D. L. McGary, wife of Uncle Daniel McGary, is announced to have occurred at the family home in Beaumont last night, at the age of 70 years, after a very brief illness. The family resided here for many years and Mrs. McGary was an avowed Christian lady ever active in good works and had a wide circle of friends who became endeared to her and regret deeply her death. The bereaved husband who has lost a companion and helpmate of nearly fifty years of domestic life has the sympathy of many friends and acquaintances in his weight of grief, especially at his age a few months senior of his departed wife.
--The Houston Herald

MRS MARTHA J McGARY died last night at 6:30 -- Typhoid Fever the Cause

Mrs. Martha J McGary, wife of Daniel L. McGary died last night at 6:30 after a short illness of five days. Mrs. McGary was taken ill less than a week ago and the deadly typhoid fever germ was unrelenting in its attack upon her causing death in five days. Mrs. McGary was born in Missouri in 1832 but has been through all the trials and tribulations with her husband in Texas for a long number of years. She leaves two sons and two daughters to mourn her loss in addition to "Uncle Daniel" as he is familiarly termed by the press throughout the state where he is exceedingly popular and highly esteemed.
--The Beaumont Daily Enterprise


Darling Nellie Gray
There's a low green valley on the old Kentucky shore / Where I've whiled many happy hours away / A'sitting and a'singing by the little cottage door / Where lived my darling Nellie Gray / O my poor Nellie Gray, they have taken you away / And I'll never see my darling anymore / I'm sitting by the river and I'm weeping all the day / For you've gone from the old Kentucky shore

(Daniel Leonidas McGary sang this song daily after the death of his wife Martha Jane Summers while he sat by her grave until he came down with pneumonia and died one month later, mostly of a broken heart.

Family links: 
  Daniel Leonidas McGary (1833 - 1902)
  Nettie McGary (1860 - 1869)*
  Percy McGary (1861 - 1916)*
  Daniel Clay McGary (1862 - 1891)*
  Samuel Hopkins McGary (1866 - 1908)*
  Atreus McGary (1867 - 1867)*
  Annie Statira McGary Baker (1867 - 1949)*
  Vibella Martha McGary Foster (1870 - 1943)*
*Calculated relationship
MAY 14, 1829
MARCH 17, 1902

Magnolia Cemetery
Jefferson County
Texas, USA
Plot: McGary
Created by: meet Virginia
Record added: Feb 21, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 34076011
Martha Jane <i>Summers</i> McGary
Added by: meet Virginia
Martha Jane <i>Summers</i> McGary
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Martha Jane <i>Summers</i> McGary
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