JULIA MARIA MOSHER
Julia was the youngest child of Walter Mosher and Eliza Magee Mosher. She was born on the 10th of February in 1841 in Leroy, Lake County, Ohio. Lake County butts up to Lake Erie and is quite close to Pennsylvania. Julia had two older brothers, Hugh Wesley Mosher and Norman Goodwin Mosher, both of whom fought in the Civil War. There were two other children born to Walter and Eliza, but Marintha Mosher and Lucian Mosher did not live to adulthood. A cousin of Julia's was also raised in her family home, Sally Mosher's father, Henry had died and Sally made her home with Walter, Eliza and their family.
I don't know much at all about Julia's youth. Her grandparents lived close by, as did many aunts and uncles.
A gentleman by the name of Patrick Henry Gaffney came into Julia's life, and a romance ensued.
The photo above is presumed to be the wedding photo of
Julia Maria Mosher
Patrick Henry Gaffney
What a handsome couple!
The top entry of this above document is the Wedding Record for Patrick and Julia.
Julia and Patrick had eight children that we know of:
William "Will" (my Great Grandfather)
Mary Eliza "Aunt Liz"
Walter Stephon Douglas.
The sons Edward, Stephon and Henry P. were all born in the mid 1860's
and all died prior to 1870.
They are buried in the North East Leroy Cemetery.
This is a photo of Julia (on the right) with 2 of her
daughters, Cora and Katie Estelle.
In 1897, Julia's husband, Patrick, was hospitalized with mental illness.
He was in the Newburg State Hospital in Cleveland. It was there he died in 1901.
I can only imagine the strain and the pain Julia must have went through.
In May of 1904, Julia and Patrick's eldest child, William suffered the loss
of his wife, Ettie Flood Gaffney. Will and Ettie had a little two year old
daughter, Evelyn Frances Gaffney, my Grandmother.
Evelyn went to live with her Grandmother Mosher in Painesville.
She lived with her Grandmother for six years.
Evelyn often spoke of those years with Julia and said that they
were the happiest years of her life, until she met and married
my Grandfather, Frederick August Dostal.
She felt wrapped in love and completely cared for.
She said that her Grandmother was unselfish with her love and with herself.
On the 18th of March, 1910, Julia Maria Mosher Gaffney
passed from this world to the next.
Among those who mourned her loss, was a little eight
year old Evelyn, who had now lost her 2nd mother figure in her
short little life.
The legacy of love that Julia passed to her children and to Evelyn
lives on and on through passing generations.
Julia is interred in Evergreen Cemetery next to her husband Patrick.