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Horsford, Mary Gardiner (1824-1855)

Name: Horsford, Mary Gardiner (1824-1855)

Historical Note: Mary Gardiner Horsford married Eben Norton Horsford August 4, 1847. She was born Mary L’Hommedieu Gardiner on September 26, 1824, daughter of Samuel and Mary Catherine Gardiner. Mary was privately tutored as a child and later attended the Albany Female Seminary where she met Eben. Mary’s avocation was poetry. Many of her poems were printed in local newspapers. She published a volume of poems entitled Indian Legends and Other Poems. Mary gave birth to four daughters: Lilian, Mary Katherine, Gertrude and Mary Gardiner. Mary died November 25, 1855, months after the birth of her last child. She was buried at Shelter Island.

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