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Mary Elizabeth Powell McCausland
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Birth: Sep. 14, 1910
Death: Jan. 18, 2000

Mary was born 14 Sep 1910 in 6016 Upland St, West Philadelphia, Pa, Mary was the daughter of Clark O. Powell and Catherine Freeborn-Powell.

The following is written by her, about herself.
As a young girl I had lots of playmates, also my brother Bill and I used to shovel sidewalks for 10 or 15 cents. We also used to put on shows in our basement and the kids attending were admitted through our outside cellar window. We had a Butcher shop on one corner of our street and a grocery on the other. The street next to ours had a store where we walked to buy ice cream, taking a cut glass dish which they put the ice cream and covered it with waxed paper and we would take it home for all to enjoy. We had relatives near where we lived and we visited back and forth real often. My mother took us to Olivet Methodist Church where I was baptized. I attended Bartrams school which was about a two blocks walk. My first grade teacher was Miss Corothers, I was very fond of her. She always dressed in pretty short waist and long shirts and wore her hair in a pompadour.

We moved from 6016 to 6031 Upland Street across from the Thomas family. Helen who had a humped back, Alice who was so pretty and was my best friend, Ethel, the youngest and a brother Ben. When I was in 5th or 6th grade I started to Comegy school which was quite a walk from 6031 Upland. I started to go to West Minister Presbyterian summer Bible School and Sunday School. Rev. Ward was the minister. While we were at 6031 Mothers brother William and sister Bella came from North Ireland to live with us. They had survived a raid on their home by the Sinn Féin and Uncle Will had been beaten by them. After a few years Uncle Will wanted to buy a farm so my father brought him up to Chester County near where he had been born and lived as a young boy. He bought a farm in East Brandywine from Mrs. Annie Boyd. It was a stone house with four rooms on the first floor, four big bedrooms, one small room and two store rooms on the second floor and two large rooms on the third floor. It had 18" stone walls and beautiful wide window sills. I loved it.

I started to Bondsville school in Feb. 1922 in 5th grade until May and then entered 6th grade. Mrs. Hannah Horner and Miss Viola Mendenhall were my teachers.
We came up to the country by trolley from 69th Street, Philadelphia to West Chester and a trolley to Downingtown. Our furniture van got as far as the first bridge at Hadfields (where Betty lives) they unloaded our furniture there and a huge sled and two horses took it from there to our house because of the snow. It was quite an adventure. Our house did not have a heating system, no bathroom, running water, gas or electricity. We wondered how well we were going to like it, well we soon found out. When we wanted to take a bath we lighted a kerosene heater in a bedroom, heated water on the stove and carried it to a huge tub in the bedroom and took turns taking baths. FUN. We had a huge garden and lots of fresh vegatables and Mother always knew how to make good meals. In the house across the road lived an elderly couple, Preston and Mary Jasinsky and their grandson William who was about three years old. In the farmhouse a short distance from us lived the Wilson family and the Spence family. After I finished 6th grade I started Guthriesville School.

During the summer I started to go to Chas. Pearsons to help with their two boys, Frederick Charles and John Raymond who was a new baby. I did this for several
summers then Mrs. Pearson asked me to come and stay with them and go to school from there. This was terrific, it was a beautiful home filled with beautiful antiques, oriental rugs, etc. I developed my love for antiques while living there.

Mary was active in the Hopewell Methodist Church and was at one or more times elected as President or Secretary of such committees as the Womans Society of
Christian Service.

She married Edward Lindsay McCausland , married 29 Jun 1934 in Hopewell Methodist Church, Guthriesville, Pennsylvania.
A pretty wedding was solemnized in Hopewell M.E. church at noon on Thursday when Edward Lindsay McCausland, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander McCausland, and Mary Elizabeth Powell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clark Powell, all of East Bandywine, were united in marriage by the Rev. W. Ridgway Petre, pastor of Hopewell M.E. church, the beautiful ring ceremony being used.

After a short wedding trip they will reside in Coatesville, Pa. where the groom is with a large insurance company.

On Sunday, June 28, 1959, a surprise Open House was arranged by Miss Peggy McCausland of Downingtown RD, in honor of the 25th wedding anniversary of her
parents Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. McCausland, from 3 to 7 pm. Returning from a dinner engagement, Mr. and Mrs. McCausland found the dining room beautifully decorated and the home a profusion of flowers. Lovely gifts were received by the honored couple, among them a silver tree on which were hung 25 silver dollars. Seventy five relatives and friends called to offer felicitations. Guests were present from Villanova, Norristown, Bristol, Williamsport, Coatesville, Downingtown, Glenmore and Lyndell.
Mr. and Mrs. McCausland were married in the Hopewell M.E. Church by the Rev. W. Ridgeway Petre, June 29, 1934.
Source: Newspaper clippings discovered by Matthew A. McCausland at the Chester County Historical Society.

The following are quotes from some of Ed and Mary's close friends and relatives at their Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary...Ed is always good for a joke and Mary for calm, unruffled company. We recall with amusement the time Ed took unruly Eddie out of a Hopewell Church service to the cemetery for disciplinary action...

-Helen and John Frazer.
• Their honeymoon trip was evidently a secret, but they had not gone far on their boat trip when they discovered they had company in the person of Ed's cousin,
Gertrude Cook, who apparently felt they needed a chaperone. Quite a coincidence, wasn't it?...

-Mary and Jack McCausland.
• .....In June 1934, Ed and Mary were the first couple married by me at Hopewell. During our long pastorate there our friendship with Ed and Mary grew. They were
pillars in the church, loyal workers, and servants of our Lord...

-Helen and Ridge Petre.
• .....In later visits, they showed us the beauty of the Pennsylvania countryside, introduced us to a fabulous clam bake...I now have two Dogwood trees (named Mary and Ed) growing here in Bakersfield. Their roots are traced back to the McCausland woods. Mary and Ed are the "salt of the earth"...

-Irene and Joe Romita.
.....I recall the time they went to Ireland to see Aunt Bella. They shared their experiences there with me and made it seem like I was there.

Mary & Ed had 3 children.
Family links: 
  Edward L. McCausland (1905 - 1992)
Hopewell United Methodist Church Cemetery
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Maintained by: Nancy McCausland-Jones
Originally Created by: Dan Oh
Record added: Jul 20, 2009
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