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Mary Bass Upton
Birth: Apr. 18, 1825
Orange County
Vermont, USA
Death: Feb. 5, 1883
Spirit Lake
Dickinson County
Iowa, USA

Parents are Alpheus Bass & Sally Copeland

Wife of Rev. John Riddle Upton (NH)
(Married: Oct. 1, 1852, St. Paul, Minn.)

They are the parents of three known daughters:

1) Martha Bass Upton, (died in childhood)

2) Mary F. Upton, m. Hon. John F. Glover in 1876.

3) Addie Elizabeth Upton (IA)

Adopted son is Frank Wheeler Mondell


UPTON. In Spirit Lake, February 5th, Mrs. Mary B. Upton, aged 58 years, 9 months and 17 days.

The deceased was the wife Rev. J. R. Upton, a Congregational minister of long and honorable standing in Iowa. She was a native of Braintree, Vermont. Coming to Iowa in 1848 (?), she was for some time engaged in teaching at Ahamosa, and subsequently labored in the same field at St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1852 she was married, and was in after years a faithful companion-worker with her husband on the several fields of ministerial labors, bravely and cheerfully enduring the privations and trials incident to such a career. With her husband and two daughters, Mrs. Upton came to this county twelve years ago, for the past two and a half years living in this town, and previously on a farm in Excelsior township.

The life and death of Mrs. Upton supplies food for a great deal of serious reflection. Few women of stronger character and more practical judgment are met in a life-time. She was endowed with a kind heart, gentle impulses and an earnest desire to do all she could for those in need of her assistance. Though always cheerful and seemingly well reconciled to her daily walk, her prudence, candor and earnestness told of a consciousness of the fact realized by few - that we live each day of life but once, and that we are accountable for its record.

It was fitting that she should repeive the tender care of solicitous friends beyond the members of her own family, for in their hour of trouble the afflicted all along her pathway had been objects of her kind and practical care. Without any manifest motive in so doing, only because it was in the line of duty, Mrs. Upton had given generously of her strength to shield the neighbor in distress. Long years after her frail body shall have returned to dust, will the writer of these lines hold in kindly remembrance her faithful offices in wooing to life a little being very near to his heart; her subsequent tenderness in robing it for burial, and the practical sympathy so needfully applied to hearts sore from long suffering. Others we know can bear like testimony of her quiet, womanly aid in time of need.

A sufferer for nearly a year, and for several months enduring physical torture extremely excruciating, her noble nature was put to a crucial test at the close of life. All though this approach to the "valley and shadow" she was much more solicitous for others than for herself, and hard, indeed, is the heart that would be untouched by a recital of incidents illustrating her rare fortitude, her tender interest in those about her, the simple, trusting confidence with which she relied on her Savior and the sweet spirit of resignation with which she accepted the fate which brought such great physical agony.

The husband and two daughters - the eldest being Mrs. J. F. Glover, of Sibley, the other Miss Addie Upton - besides other more distant relatives, are bereft by the event. Mr. Upton and his daughter kindly appreciate the manifold offices of kind neighbors who gave comfort to the departed when their unaided efforts were inadequate, and they desire all these friends to know that their labors of love are gratefully remembered.

A dark shadow has fallen upon this home. We fully realize the impossibility of removing the fangs of sorrow from the aching hearts, but we trust that the sympathy of warmhearted friends may prove a balm of efficacy to their wounded affections.

Simple, but impressive funeral services were held at the home yesterday at 1 o'clock, in the presence of a few friends. The exercises were exactly in accordance with the desires expressed by the deceased, who had selected every hymn and passage of scripture for the occasion. The poor tired body was laid away in Lakeview Cemetery, and her happy spirit is with God who gave it.

*Obituary is published in the Spirit Lake Beacon, Feb. 9, 1883.

*Local library records have her as Mary Bass Upton, born April 18, 1829 and died Feb. 5, 1888, and a native of Braintree, Vermont.

*Iowa death records have her as Mary B. Upton, born 1825 in Mass., and died Feb. 5, 1883 in Spirit Lake, Dickinson County, Iowa.

*Note: John Riddle Upton, born Oct. 4, 1819 in N.H. / died April 4, 1898, Escondido, California. His parents are John Upton & Betsey (Riddle) Upton.


*Note: Below is the obituary for one of Mary's daughters:

Mary F. (Upton) Glover

"Mrs. J. F. Glover died at her home in Ashton, Iowa, last Sunday. This is sad news to many in this county who knew the gentle lady in earlier years. Her father, Rev. J. R. Upton, came to this county in 1871, we believe, and for a number of years the family lived in Excelsior township. Here she was married in 1876 to Hon. John F. Glover, and since has had a home in Osceola county. Mrs. Glover has been a sufferer for several years, and doubtless for her to die was gain. She was a good woman. The mourning husband, son (Franklin "Lyn"), father and sister (Addie) have the sympathy of many friends in Dickinson county in this dark hour."

*Published in the Spirit Lake Beacon, May 28, 1886.

Family links: 
  Alpheus Bass (1802 - 1867)
  Sally Copeland Bass (1805 - 1870)
  Martha Bass Upton (1853 - 1860)*
  Mary Bass Upton (1825 - 1883)
  Isaac Wilbur Bass (1829 - 1893)*
  Marquis L Bass (1831 - 1883)*
  Edward Cary Bass (1836 - 1930)*
  Wales C. Bass (1847 - 1863)*
*Calculated relationship
Lakeview Cemetery
Spirit Lake
Dickinson County
Iowa, USA
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