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Re: Mary Gafford 1800's, prob. Maryland
Posted by: Nancy Mykel (ID *****9513) Date: April 29, 2003 at 17:47:40
In Reply to: Re: Mary Gafford 1800's, prob. Maryland by Rachel Hyward of 415

Thanks for the response, Rachel. Let me try to eke out a little more info re Mary Ann Gafford.
Wilson Regester, born in 1779, probably Talbot Co., MD, married Mary Asbury and in 1810 produced Joshua, who later moved to Baltimore.

Wilson married a second time, to Mary Ann Gafford in 1816. On April 25, 1818, they had Samuel Regester, who
became prominent in the Methodist Church. At one time son Samuel was also the president of Maryland Agricultural College (1869-1873).

Wilson was a Quaker prior to marrying Mary Ann. A few passages from son Samuel's brief autobiography: ""My father, I believe, never returned to the Quaker ch. after his marriage to my mother, who was a methodist. In my early boyhood, I was bereft of my father, who died comparatively young.

"For several years, and up to the time of my father's death, I was a pupil in the Church Hill Academy. His early death was a sad draw-back to my early educational advantages.

"It was found at my father's death that his estate was insolvent--chiefly through his kind and indulgent disposition. Left with four children, and with but little means of support, my mother was in great perplexity.

"My uncle Samuel Regester administered on the estate, and having made a final settlement of its affairs, took me to his home in the neighborhood of Baltimore City. Here I remained, working on the farm & going to neighborhood schools in the winter, till I had nearly attained to my majority.

"After some time my mother married a gentleman by the name of Regester, a distant kinsman of my father. This union was productive of much infelicity, which cast a gloom over the evening of my mother's days. She survived but a few years, and went to her heavenly rest."

I lack the names of perhaps 2 of her children and also the name of the unkind "kinsman" of her husband, whom she married.

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