Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Mary Ann 'Mollie' Hepworth married Pat Donahue

Patrick John Donahue b1849-d1932, Mary Ann 'Mollie' Hepworth b1860-d1891,
 Florence A. Donahue Biele b1885 - d1966, Mary Frances Donahue b1888 - d1941, John P. Donahue b1887 - 1929
(Picture via email attachment from Kathy)
          Mary Ann Hepworth was the sixth child of twelve of John and Frances Amelia Hepworth. She was born on the 26 May 1860 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Everyone called her 'Mollie'. I only have the year of her marriage, 1884 to Patrick John Donahue married in Salt Lake City.    Mollie was twenty four years old and Pat was thirty five. Pat was born on 1 Aug 1849 in Boston, Massachusetts and at the time of Mollie’s untimely death he was a superintendent of a mine in Montana.  Mollie was the mother of three beautiful children; the first two Florence and John were born in Montana.  The youngest a girl Mary Frances was born in Salt Lake City. 
  What a terrible tragedy to the Hepworth family of the death of Mollie.  She was visiting her family when this accident happened. I can imagine the anguish and sadness of the family.  From the journal of Rose a niece of Mollie’s who was only six years old at the time remembers seeing her Aunt Mollie in her casket  “the weeping of the whole family which disturbed me very much.    When I asked my mother why she cried, she said it was because she felt sorry for my three little cousins, who should never see their mother again.”  



     Can you imagine
the pain she went through?  I'm sure no one realized how she was really feeling or they stood by wondering what they could do to ease her pain not knowing how badly she was injured.  

  After the death of their mother the three children lived in the beautiful fourteen room house of their Grandparents.  Cousin Rose’s mother, Maria Hepworth Moench who was a widow and already living in the Hepworth house “assumed the role mother and took complete charge of them.”  (Florence age 5, John age 3  and Mary Frances age 2.)

The father; Patrick did remarry and that's another story to tell later. 

I love to do newspaper research.  Unfortunately
most news articles are of death, or sad circumstances. 
 Mollie is my first cousin 3 times removed. May she rest in Peace. 





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