Martha Rebecca Baker (Nan)
My Great Great Great Grandmother
Petite runs in the family...
She spent her later years on a giant ranch in WY, her log cabin was a few doors down from the one shown above.
This is Nan in 1875 with her mother, Martha Scott
Union Pacific Railroad
Her husband, Doc Gilligan was one of the first doctors on the Union Pacific Railroad. At the time the railroad was just starting to get built through Wyoming.
Where did she fit in history?
Nan and John were married on November 23, 1891 in Sweetwater Wyoming. At the time, Nan was 18, while John was 34... That same day, a huge Tornado struck Frostburg Maryland. The amount of deaths and injuries were unknown, and the damage path is unknown. The damages were unreal, an estimated $35,525 of damages which includes everything from a shattered window to a full railroad car being flipped over.
What Other Events Did she Witness?
After William died, Martha Scott remarried. On August 18, 1876, she remarried to George Gravelle, who owned a local drugstore. Three days before they were married, the U.S passed a law prohibiting Indians from mining in the black hills. They passed this law because word got out that they indians were mining up lots of gold, and the U.S didn't like that one bit.
Just about two years later, George Gravelle passed away on January 30, 1878. He died of Bright's disease only a few days after his son Gid was born. A little more than two weeks later on January 14, 1878, the Supreme Court rules that race separation on trains was unconstitutional. This was a big step for our nation.
Martha Rebecca's Death
On May 10, 1962, Nan died in a hospital in Rock Springs, Wyoming. The cause of her death Cardio-respiratory failure, this was from the partial small bowel obstruction, due to inflammatory reactions. She had the inflammatory reaction for 6 months but had become severe, 3 weeks prior to her death. Her funeral Mass was held in a church in Green River, WY on May 14,1962. My great grandmother Patsy and her mother attended Nan's funeral with many other families and friends.