Mary Ann Elizabeth “Mollie” <I>Yount</I> Slater

Mary Ann Elizabeth “Mollie” Yount Slater

Birth
Littlestown, Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 3 Jun 1871 (aged 30)
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Burial Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 34010638 · View Source
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"Mollie" was a daughter of Israel Yount and Mary Horn Yount; her full name was Mary Ann Elizabeth Yount. David and Ephraim Yount were brothers, and Emma Orlena Yount Stump was a sister.

Lt. Luther Slater of Loudoun County, Virginia, a classmate of Ephraim and perhaps also of David at the Preparatory School of the Pennsylvania College (today's Gettysburg College) in 1860-61, was brought to Gettysburg again in the Spring of 1863 to recuperate from serious wounds he had received on August 27, 1962 at the fight between the Independent Loudoun Rangers (USA) and elements of the 35th Virginia Cavalry (CSA) in Waterford, Virginia, where he was in command of the Union contingent.

As the story is told, while Lt. Slater was recuperating in Gettysburg, "he was again wounded, but by no means painfully." The account continues: "While smarting under the sting of `rebel bullets' he fell a victim of `Cupid's darts.' The `guardian angel' that so often and tenderly dressed his wounds and administered his wants afterwards became Mrs. Slater." (Source: Independent Loudoun Rangers, by Briscoe Goodhart; and "An Unusual Journey to Gettysburg," by James Musser.)

Mollie and Luther were married on Nov. 17, 1864, by the Rev. Prof. F.A. Muhlenberg of Gettysburg College, at her parents' home. They came to Lovettsville at the end of the war, where Luther was appointed postmaster and elected a magistrate.

Mollie and Luther had a daughter, Effie, born on Sept. 3, 1865, and baptized at New Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Lovettsville, Va. on Sept. 28, 1865. Effie Slater Hickman is buried at Lovettsville, Virginia, in the same cemetery lot as her father Luther.

In 1867 they moved to Washington, D.C. so Luther could accept an appointment as a Hospital Steward in the Army.

Mollie died as a result of complications arising from the birth of their second child, Howard, who was born on April 8, 1871. Mollie died about seven weeks later, on June 3, and the infant Howard died on June 12 -- both in Washington, D.C.

Luther remained friends with David and Ephraim Yount for the rest of his life. David and Luther were both officials at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation in Washington, D.C. Ephraim worked with Luther at the War Department's pension office. In an affidavit submitted in support of the application of Luther's second wife, Margaret Slater, for a widow's pension after Luther's death on 1909, David stated that he was present in 1871 when Mollie was buried at Gettysburg. In a similar affidavit, Ephraim described knowing Luther Slater since 1861, stated that Luther had married Mollie in 1864, and that Mollie "lived continuously with the soldier [Luther] from the date of her marriage to him until his death."



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MOLLIE A.E.
WIFE OF
LUTHER W. SLATER.
BORN FEB. 27, 1841.
DIED JUNE 3, 1871.
AND
INFANT SON
HOWARD D.

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  • Maintained by: Edward Spannaus
  • Originally Created by: pat callahan
  • Added: 19 Feb 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 34010638
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Ann Elizabeth “Mollie” Yount Slater (27 Feb 1841–3 Jun 1871), Find a Grave Memorial no. 34010638, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Edward Spannaus (contributor 47461360) .