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Mary Thompson Gaston
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Birth: 1727
Portrush
County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Death: Feb. 23, 1823
Portrush
County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Mary Thompson born in 1727, was the daughter of Rev. James and Alice Thompson. Rev. Thompson was the minister at Ballywillin Presbyterian Church. At the age of fourteen, Mary's mother died; leaving her to care for five brothers and sisters.

In 1746, Mary Thompson married Rev. Hugh Gaston, the son of William and Mary Gaston of Ballymena. Rev. Gaston was licensed as a pastor by the Route Presbytery in 1745.

After the death of Mary's father in 1747, Rev. Hugh Gaston succeeded him and was ordained at Ballywillan on 23rd February 1748. Here they raised nine children.

In 1763, Rev. Gaston published a book entitled "A Scripture Account of the Faith and Practice of Christians" which became a world renown text on Christian teachings. Rev. Gaston left for America in the fall of 1765 to promote his book; traveling to the Chester District of South Carolina where several siblings were living. While here he died on October 20, 1766; leaving Mary a widow.

Mary Thompson Gaston lived to the age of 96 and received a grant from the Widow's Fund for no less than 57 years. She lived with her unmarried daughter Mary at Magherabue and was remembered by descendants as an old lady generally sitting at an ebony spinning wheel. She died on the 23rd of February 1823 and is buried with her parents and three children in Old Ballywillin Cemetery.
 
 
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 Parents:
  James Thompson (1685 - 1747)
  Alice Thompson (1692 - 1741)
 
 Children:
  James Gaston (1754 - 1822)*
  Hugh Thompson Gaston (1764 - 1775)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
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Not lost but gone before

Underneath lie intered the mortal
remains of the Rev. James Thompson
died 15th January 1748 Aged 61
Also
Alice his wife who died 17th Aug
1741. Aged 49
Mary his daughter the wife of the
Rev. Hugh Gaston, who succeeded
Him as Presbyterian Minister, lies
Here intered, who departed this life
23 Feb. 1823. Aged 96 years.
with Hugh her son, who died the
11th March 1775, Aged 11 and Mary her
daughter, who died the 3rd June 1818
Aged 65 years.
James the son of Mary and Hugh
Gaston, who departed this life the
4th of April 1822. Aged 68 years.

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Burial:
Ballywillin Cemetery
Portrush
County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Plot: Old Ballywillin Cemetery
 
Created by: GMG
Record added: Dec 18, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 82120313
Mary <i>Thompson</i> Gaston
Added by: GMG
 
 
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