Tuesday, June 24, 2014

110 Years Ago Today Grace was Gone

Great Grandmother
Grace Lee (Clark) Wilson
July 2, 1875-June 24, 1904

Great Grandmother Grace Lee Clark was the youngest child of Jeremiah B. Clark and Harriet Cornelius Ogden. She was born in Westtown, Orange County, New York July 2, 1875 but raised in Goshen, New York after her father moved the family there by 1880. Jeremiah ran a meat market in the village of Goshen for many years.

Grace met and married a local Goshen boy, Jerome W. Wilson March 29, 1897 when she was 21 years old. Jerome’s parents were Walter Wilson and Mary E. Peck of Goshen. Jerome worked as a fireman for the Erie Railroad for a few years after their marriage. His father, Walter, also worked for the Erie Railroad as an engineer.

You’ll find Grace and Jerome’s marriage certificate and newspaper accounts in an earlier post titled:

A daughter, Ella Mae Wilson, was born March 5, 1899. By 1902 Grace and Jerome had relocated to Hartford, Connecticut where Jerome continued to work as a railroad man. 

My grandmother, Viola Lillian, was born Feb. 4, 1904 in New Britain, Hartford County, Connecticut. Five months later (and 110 years ago today) Grace would be dead.

The Independent Republican, Goshen, New York, June 28, 1904

   Mrs. Jerome Wilson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Clark, of Goshen died at noon, Friday, in a hospital in Hartford, Conn., where she had undergone a surgical operation. The remains were brought to Goshen Sunday night and the funeral was held Monday afternoon at the home of her parents on West Main Street. The interment was at Phillipsburgh.
   Mrs. Wilson's maiden name was Grace Clark and she was born at Goshen 29 years ago and lived here until two years ago when she removed with her husband and children to Hartford. She is survived by her husband and her two daughters, Ella, aged five years, and Viola, aged five months; also by her parents, three brothers, David and Amos Clark, of Goshen, and Frank, of Paterson, and two sisters, Mrs. Dell Knapp, of Goshen, and Mrs. George B. Hewitt, of Middletown.

The Hartford Courant, Hartford, Connecticut, June 25, 1904, page 14

   Mrs. Grace W. Wilson, wife of Jerome W. Wilson, of No. 159 Russ street, died yesterday at the Hartford Hospital of Bright's disease. She was 28 years old and was born in Goshen, N. Y. Mr. Wilson is an engineer on the Central New England road.

Grace was buried in the Clark family plot at Wallkill Cemetery, Phillipsburgh, New York beside her sister Minnie who predeceased her in 1895. Her parents would be interred in this plot with her brother Amos R. Clark and wife along with their son George H. Clark. Minnie’s daughter, Laura and her husband, William Swift, are also with the family.
110 years ago today
Grace was Gone

Photos are from my personal collection.

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