Receipt from Peter Button's will
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My great great grandmother passed away April 18, 1907. The will was executed in 1910. Francis married his second wife Minnetta Sumner on September 1, 1907, five months after Mary Ann died. Minnetta was a clerk at the Post Office. She was single and living at the home of the Post Master and his family in the census of 1881, 1891 and 1901. Things sure did escalate quickly after Mary Ann passed away 😏 Francis Button Marr died February 19, 1915. Minetta never remarried and lived until the ripe old age of 88.
There had been a mystery person who lived with Mary Ann and Francis. In their 1881 census there was an Etta Marr. She was 15 years old. I had never heard of her before. She was Irish and a Quaker. I knew for sure that Francis was a Methodist, so it seemed odd. Later, Etta Hunt appeared in the 1891 census. In his will that mystery was solved. She was Alforetta Hunt, his niece. I had no clue who her parents were. I assumed that they were a Marr family because of the earlier census.
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3rd great grandmother Jane Goff was one of twenty three children born to Zacharias Goff and his three wives. Jane's mother was wife #2, Isabella Russell Hargrave from Scotland. They had eleven children together. Zacharias emigrated from Kenton, Devonshire UK. He was a very enterprising settler of Leeds, Mégantic, Québec, Canada. He obviously had a lot of energy! Amongst other things, he built the church pictured here which is still standing today
Zacharias, Isabella and his third wife Mary Ann Cooke are buried in a small private cemetery on the Goff farm. There has always been a Goff descendant living there. I connected with the current owner. Her (soon to be ex) husband Donald is the Goff. He is a descendant of Arthur Wellington Goff, Zacharias' son with wife #3, Mary Ann Cooke. She is (amicably) keeping the farm when they divorce. I hope to visit one day. The Canadian portion of Zacharias' story began in Old Quebec City It's not too far away so maybe as part of a bigger road trip. She sent me some pictures of the grave markers, which was very nice.
|Zacharias & Isabella Grave Marker