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Mary More Gould

  • Birth 20 Jan 1798 Roxbury, Delaware County, New York, USA
  • Death 12 Jan 1841 Roxbury, Delaware County, New York, USA
  • Burial Roxbury, Delaware County, New York, USA
  • Memorial ID 51767571

MARY MORE, daughter of Alexander T. More and Nancy Harley, was born June 20th, 1798. Being one of the oldest of a large family of children, she cheerfully spent the best efforts of her maiden years to assist the father and mother in porviding for those younger and more helpless than herself. He usefulness was never forgotten by her brothers and sisters, and they always spoke of her with the most tender affection.

On the 14th of April, 1827, she gave her heart and hand in marriage to John Burr Gould, also a native of Roxbury. She now entered into a broader field of usefulness, where all her untiring energy, all her ambition, all her unselfishness--marked traits in her character--were still more fully developed to make her home bright and attractive,--the dearest spot on earth to her husband and children. She sought for them the best of everything.

Her innate refinement, her keen perception of right and wrong, her love of the Sabbath, and reverence for thw worship of God and the truths of the Bible, all had their influence in her home, and their impress upon her children.

Progressivein advance of her time, she recognized half a century ago what the world is still slow to acknowledge, that woman is capable of understanding the science of government, and the she ought to have a voice in making our laws. She fully believed her power at the ballot-box would outlaw the licensed liquor traffic and all other evils that threaten our free institutions.

So great was her ability to plan and execute that, "marked by deeds and not by years," hers was a long life. The fruits of her labors brought comfort and happiness not only for her own family but to her neighbors and friends. Thus for nearly fourteen years she was the leading spirit, the revered wife and mother in the charmed circle of home; but in the midst of her usefulness, in the prime of life she was seized with a sudden illness. From the first she felt it would be fatal. With Christian resignation she planned for her family with the same calmness as for a temporary absence; committed her husband and children to the care of her loving Heavenly Father, and with a sublime faith in her precious Saviour, folded her hands and closed her eyes on all earthly things, leaving a stricked household and a sorrowing community. Six children were left to meet the dangers incident to childhood and unsuspecting youth, without a mother's tender care. Fifty years have come and gone withh all their changes of joy and sorrow since January 12th, 1841, but the sorrow of the day that made them motherless has never been forgotten. Sacred and dear to them still is the memory of their mother.

From the book "History of the More Family and an Account of their Reunion in 1890" by David Fellows More and Charles Church More. Pages 145 & 146.

*Mary is the mother of railroad baron Jay Gould.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 51767571
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary More Gould (20 Jan 1798–12 Jan 1841), Find A Grave Memorial no. 51767571, citing Old School Baptist Church Cemetery, Roxbury, Delaware County, New York, USA ; Maintained by RJKing (contributor 47117440) .