|Birth: ||Jun. 20, 1868|
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
|Death: ||Dec. 22, 1938|
New York, USA
Helen was born at her family’s home on West 38th Street at New York City. A short time later, her father bought a house at 579 Fifth Avenue and it was there, and at their home at Tarrytown, New York, that she was raised. Helen was educated at Comstock School, Gardner Institute, and Miss Jackson’s school. After her father’s death she studied law, and later, Russian. She made large contributions to the government upon the outbreak of the Spanish-American War and again upon the outbreak of World War I. Helen assumed a leadership position in the Women’s War Relief Association and later with the Red Cross. She founded a home for crippled boys near Lyndhurst, the family’s summer home at Tarrytown, and a sewing school for the daughters of employees there. Helen married to Finley Shepard on 22 January 1913 at Tarrytown. Having no children of their own, they adopted. Finley Jay Shepard, Olivia Margaret Shepard, and Helen Anna Shepard were raised as their very own children with great love and devotion. They fostered Louis Seton with this same love and devotion. The family made their summer home at Roxbury and opened their home to their many More family members. It was here, too, that Helen held sewing classes on Friday afternoons followed by religious instruction and socials. Helen was loyal to her family and was keenly interested, and an active member, in the John More Association. Helen was, and still is, remembered for her generous philanthropy, loyalty, and her love of family.
Biography added by JMA#4262611 on 27 January 2015.
-November 1939, The Historical Journal of the More Family
Biography by creator of memorial:
Helen Miller Gould (1868-1938)
Daughter of Jay Gould (1836-1892) and Helen Day Miller (1838-1889) who married Finlay Johnson Shepard (1867-1942).
She attended New York University School of Law.
She married Finley Johnson Shepard (1867-1942) on January 22, 1913.
They adopted three children and had one foster child, Louis Seton. The adopted children were:
Finley Jay Gould, who was named for Finley Johnson Shepard and Jay Gould, a three-year-old abandoned child who was found on the steps of Manhattan's St Patrick's Cathedral in 1914.
Olivia Margaret Gould, who was named for Helen's friend Mrs. Russell Sage.
Helen Anna Gould, who was named for Helen and her sister, Anna.
Helen had also cared for her brother Frank Gould's twin daughters, Helen Margaret and Dorothy (b. 1904) by his first wife, Helen Kelly.
Her biography is "The story of Helen Gould, daughter of Jay Gould, great American", by Alice Northrop Snow, with Henry Nicholas Snow.
Jay Gould (1836 - 1892)
Helen Day Miller Gould (1838 - 1889)
Finley Johnson Shepard (1867 - 1942)
Olivia Margaret Shepard Burr Perry (1910 - 1999)*
Finley Jay Shepard (1910 - 1970)*
Helen Anna Shepard Happersberg (1911 - 1970)*
George Jay Gould (1864 - 1923)*
Edwin Gould (1866 - 1933)*
Helen Miller Gould Shepard (1868 - 1938)
Howard Gould (1871 - 1959)*
Anna Gould (1875 - 1961)*
Frank Jay Gould (1877 - 1956)*
New York, USA
Plot: Jay Gould Mausoleum
GPS (lat/lon): 40.89091, -73.8712
Maintained by: Cindy Coffell
Originally Created by: Richard Arthur Norton (1...
Record added: Aug 31, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7810680