Female 1817 - 1879  (61 years)

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  • Name Mary Ann WEMPLE 
    Born 26 Sep 1817 
    Gender Female 
    Died 08 Jun 1879  Schenectady, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I573  Wemple Family Ancestry
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 

    Father Myndert WEMPLE,   b. 21 Jul 1785,   d. 01 Jul 1846, Canajoharie, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth VAN SCHAICK,   b. 06 Oct 1789,   d. 06 Sep 1854  (Age 64 years) 
    Married 28 Mar 1808 
    Family ID F154  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Martin MYERS,   b. Abt 1815,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 22 Aug 1836 
     1. B. Lansing MYERS,   b. Abt 1840,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F751  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • The following is from an unpublished manuscript sent to the compiler on September 28, 2000 by Michael Lee Wemple of Bay City, MI. and written by William Barent Wemple II, compiler of the first part if this genealogy from 1885-1913.

      The following sketch was furnished by the Reverand Denis Wortman, D.D. who was at one time (Mary Wemple's) pastor in Schenectady, NY, and preached at her funeral sermon, an extract from which is included in the sketch.

      Mrs. Myers was a woman in whom the intellectual, social and sympathetic blended in an unusual degree, all largely developed as naturally to make large draught on a constitution never rugged. And yet though never strong, her desire to help others nearly always kept her above any particular prostration. She was deeply religious without any semblance of cant or formalism, intensely faithful to her church (the First Dutch Reformed) and her successive pastors. She was one of the warmest of friends, eminently sympathetic and wise in councel, with a magnetic, that drew an unusual number to her confidence and love. Her literary taste was eminently refined and occasionally she indulged in poetic composition by tender and beautiful. Her poem, read a the dedication of the Vale Cemetery, in Schenectady, was peculiarly fine in thought and diction. Her many sad bereavements she bore with beautiful resignation to the will of God, and in every circumstance of life evinced firm faith in the wise love of her Savior, humble resignation to His will, and a never failing effort to do all the good she could.


      It was a singular sympathetic power of hers that drew so many toward her in her lovely life, a life spent in earlier years in what neared affluence, but as we mostly knew her, in more humble ways; not poor, not rich, simply and honorable humble. I say it was a singular magnetism of - what shall I call it, after all? A singular magnetism of intellect? Yes, but that was not all; of a deep religious spirit? Yes, but that was not all; it was these all combined - a penetrative insight into human motive, a wonderful ready sympathy, with sorrowful souls, a most Christian wishing always to give some help, a marvellous wisdom in choosing how it should be done, and a faculty of impressing others with the profound assurance that a confidence reposed in her was safe. So she drew men to her; some to give their help to one show needed it, others - many more - that they, stronger almost every way (missing text) councel, her judicious co-operation. And, strange spectacle it was - this humble, gifted woman, the trusted confidant of young and of old, more of the old and experienced than even of the young, more of the educated and refined than of those less cultured, the one who received and never betrayed the confidences of physician, or pastor, college teacher of simple friend. I think how he trusted her - the beloved physician whom, on the day the new year was inaugurated, you bore amid a city's sorrow, from this church to his silent tomb. I think how he esteemed her - the scholar and the eminent Christian whom this city and its college shall ever be rightly proud of, and whose name is forever identified with the reconciliation of science and religion.

      I know that should I name one of her former pastors - who, by the way pronounced the dedication address of the opening of your own beautiful Vale Cemetery, as this beloved woman wrote the dedication poem - I know should I mention his name, the assemblage would recognize with pleasing interest the fact, that sustaining the honors and duties of his high position in a New England college, and slowly consenting at times to bear the responsibilities imposed by the Commonwealth, he numbers the kindness and the help he, as the then youthful pastor of this church, received from this wise and faithful friend.

      My thoughts traverse at wide range, and I think of the scores and hundreds, among you men and women of Schenectady, who recognized her worth, who went to her often and found her weary, yet never so weary but she could patiently hear your story through, and you went away happier and better. She perhaps makes you stronger. For myself, I cannot speak. The words of cheer I received from her in days of feebleness and despondency, the honest criticism that I coveted, the thoughtful encouragement she knew how to give when else wise I had almost shrunk from pressing labors and so imperfect accomplishment of good plans, for her good words, good counsels, good wishes, and good prayers, I simply crave the privilege at this moment of deeply blessing God.

      If I do not err, the life that now has ended has to greater or less extent pervaded at times, life a certain unseen tonic in the air, not a few of the multitudinous activities of this city. It was a quiet woman's quiet life - yet through the encouragement and the wise counsel so frequently and never vainly sought by others, that life has smoothed the pillows of the many, has been physician to the invalid, has ministered in yonder pulpit, has taught the youth in yonder seat of learning. If we be wise we shall learn the lesson that may prove of value to us, of blessed help to others.

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