Mary Mollie Elizabeth <I>Barnes</I> Gauld

Photo added by Larry E. Barnes

Mary "Mollie" Elizabeth Barnes Gauld

  • Birth 20 Nov 1875 Missouri, USA
  • Death 23 Jul 1968 Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas, USA
  • Burial Ridgely, Platte County, Missouri, USA
  • Plot Plot located in the n.w. corner of the section located nearest to the highway.
  • Memorial ID 22893338

Mary Elizabeth "Mollie" Barnes was born in Linn County, Missouri, the daughter of Elijah Hicks Barnes and Sophia Swan (Hayden) Barnes, who are also buried in this cemetery. Mollie's grandmothers were both Mary Elizabeths, Barnes and Hayden.

Mollie, of Trimble, Missouri, age 65, married for the first time when she married Alexander A. Gauld of Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, on June 18, 1941 in Jackson County, Missouri. (Missouri Marriage Records) It is written that Mollie knew Alex when they were growing up. According to census information, their families had once lived in the same township, Jefferson Twp., in Grundy County, Missouri.

Mollie had a large interest in family history, passing on stories and leaving brief notes showing dates of birth, death and marriage information on her 11 aunts and uncles on her father's side of the family. Mollie's niece Neva (Barnes) Clevenger (or Neva's sister?) left notes of Mollie's stories that found their way to Blanche Barnes, widow of Neva's brother, Roy Barnes. In 1999, Gene and Vada Barnes (parents of Larry Barnes) drove to Minneola, Kansas, met with Blanche Barnes and her daughters, and was able to run copies of these family history notes and a few photos. Shortly after, I contacted Blanche's grandson and said that when his grandmother moves out of her home I would like the opportunity to run better quality copies of the family photos my that my parents had copied in 1999. I called the grandson in about 2001 and found that Blanche had moved to Missouri to live with her son. I asked about the old photos of Barnes family members and was told that he thought they'd all been thrown away. I'm glad Mollie wasn't around to hear about it. There is no doubt Mollie was attempting to save and share the family history. I certainly think she succeeded, and her stories sparked an interest in her nephews Harry and Roy Barnes, and Roy's daughter, Neva Clevenger. I know the stories my grandfather Harry told filled a need in my dad, Gene, and myself, and a desire to find out more.

Mollie attended church on a regular basis, and was interested in Sunday School and Bible study, which is evident by a book found with her signature in it signifying her ownership. It is a 1928 book entitled, "Building A Standard Sunday School" printed by the Southern Baptist Convention. In it is a note from a Mrs. Pack saying, "Miss Mollie, We came by for you last night but did not find you. We will come for you tonight. Here are the study questions. We will meet at Mrs. Gibson's." Note that Elsie M. Pack (1893-1965) is buried at Pleasant Hill Primitive Baptist Cemetery in Trimble, Missouri. Who knows, could this be the Mrs. Pack mentioned above? Mollie lived in Trimble, Missouri for many years.

Mollie died on Tuesday, July 23, 1968 at the age of 92.
Her very brief obit as shown in the July 24th Wichita Eagle newspaper; "MRS. MOLLIE B. GAULD - Mrs. Mollie Gauld, 92, of 3500 W. Central, died Teusday.
Born in Linn County, Mo., she came to Wichita three months ago from Trimble, Mo. She was a Baptist.
There are no immediate survivors.
DeVorss-Rotz Mortuary has charge."

Mollie was last residing in a home located at 3500 West Central in Wichita where a couple by the name of Catlin were caring for her and other older people. This 2-story white house is now gone and was located on the adjoining property just east of where her nephew, Harry Barnes, who lived at 3526 West Central. Mollie was a frequent guest of her nephew Harry and his wife Mary at their home, but at this time Mollie was needing full time care.
At Mollie's death the certifying physician was Dr. William G. Eckert (1926-1999), who besides being deputy coroner of Sedgwick County, was a world-renowned expert in forensic medicine who was summoned as an investigator or consultant in high-profile cases such as the Senator Robert F. Kennedy assassination, the Charles Manson and John Gacy murders, the Jonestown massacre, various airline crashes including the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland and the identification of the remains of Nazi war criminal Josef Mengele. In 1988, Dr. Eckert headed a nationally televised round table of experts debating the identity of the killer in the infamous Jack the Ripper murders of 100 years before in 1888 Whitechapel, London, England. Dr. Eckert was also the technical adviser for the television series, "Quincy."

The funeral for Mollie (Barnes) Gauld was held on Friday, July 26th.

Some of Mollie's furniture has survived. One piece of her furniture can be seen on the website for Camel Crossing Bed and Breakfast located in Warrensburg, Missouri. The bed and breakfast is owned and operated by Ed Barnes and his wife Joyce. Ed is the son of Mollie's nephew, Roy Barnes of Minneola, Kansas.

Two other pieces of Mollie's furniture have been in the possession of Bob, the son of Mollie's nephew Harry Barnes. Bob recently turned this furniture over to Lucinda and Jason Karber. Lucinda is the granddaughter of Bob's sister, Polly (Barnes) Daymond-Bonnet.

In Mollie's Bible several obits were found, but none have proven to be related to her. They are; Margaret Emily Smith 1827-1906, Rev. O. E. Newman 1852-1909, Marshall B. Guinn 1851-1906 and Emma Littrell 1844-1910.

Mollie left a total estate of $38,635.39 before taxes. Most of this, $36,085.39, was contained in 60.8 acres of land in Clay County, Missouri, and about 29 acres of adjoining land in Platte County, Missouri. She left 12 of her surviving nieces and nephews $212.50 each. (Mollie had outlived 5 of her nieces and nephews; Albert H. Barnes, Elmer B. Barnes, Ray Barnes, and George Barnes and Eva Barnes. George and Eva died as children.) The remainder of her estate, more than $36,000.00, was left to the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention in Atlanta, Georgia.

The changes that occurred in Mollie's lifetime seem difficult to comprehend. When Mollie was born most of the well-known characters of the Old West such as Wild Bill Hickok, Wyatt Earp, Billy The Kid, Gen. George Custer and Jesse James were not only still alive, most of the events that made them famous were yet to occur such as the gunfight at O. K. Corral and the Battle of Little Bighorn. Stagecoaches were commonplace, and the connection of the east and west coast by railroad had only been recently accomplished. Also, when Mollie was born the Statue of Liberty was still being fabricated in France, the Wright brothers' first powered flight was nearly 30 years away, and the law allowing women to vote was about 45 years away. Yet, had Mollie lived just one more year (to the day) she could have seen man walk on the moon.


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  • Created by: Larry E. Barnes
  • Added: 13 Nov 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 22893338
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mary "Mollie" Elizabeth Barnes Gauld (20 Nov 1875–23 Jul 1968), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22893338, citing Ridgely Community Cemetery, Ridgely, Platte County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Larry E. Barnes (contributor 5663157) .