Historical records matching Mary M Bates
About Mary M Bates
Mary Margaret Bates was born in Pennsylvania December 19th 1876. She had red hair. Mary was baptized in Stoyestown Reformed Church June 20th 1877 by her father the Rev. William H Bates.
As a girl of twelve, Mary went through the Johnstown Flood. She tells the story of how her family, after experiencing several floods in the area, kept bundles of bedding and clothing for emergencies, yet when the great flood of 1889 struck, everyone fled leaving behind these bundles. When it was safe enough she was one of the ones who was chosen to return for these bundles. She said that she was so excited doing this that she failed to notice she was dragging the bedding through the water. Mary found that when she got back to the evacuation sight everything was wet and therefore useless.
Mary was living in North Philadelphia when she died in 1962. She was the last of the Bates family to be eligible to be buried in St. Luke's Reformed Church cemetery.