Fourth Generation


63. Leroy Willis Gott was born on 1 April 1862 in Swan's Island, Hancock County, Maine, USA. He died in 1897 at the age of 35 in Spokane, Spokane County, Washington, USA. He was buried in Spokane, Spokane County, Washington, USA.

Leroy Willis Gott and Lucy Jane Bridges were married on 4 July 1882 in Swan's Island, Hancock County, Maine, USA. Married by Benjamin F. Smith, Esq.
They obtained a marriage license on 4 July 1882 in Swan's Island, Hancock County, Maine, USA. Lucy Jane Bridges, daughter of Moses Bridges and Lucy R. (J.) Stanley, was born on 23 July 1866 in Swan's Island, Hancock County, Maine, USA. She died on 13 February 1893 at the age of 26 in Spokane, Spokane County, Washington, USA. She was buried in Grindle Hill cemetery, Swan's Island. This comes from Eddie (Gott) Shea:


"Shortly after the birth of (Willie) Everett Gott his mother Lucy Jane (Bridges) Gott died Feb 13, 1893 in Spokane, Washington. Her body was brought back to Maine by her husband, Willie Leroy for burial in Grindle Cemetery on Swans Island. With him was his infant son Willie Everett.
"On the train was Gussie L. Davis who was to write the ballard "In The Baggage Coach Ahead". It tells of an infants cries that so disturbed some of the fellow travelers they wanted the young father to take the babe to another car. When a lady softly asked where the mother was the father tearfully replied "in the coach ahead" and told the sad story.
"Every woman arose to assist with the child" and when they reached the destination the next morning the song continues "Each one had a story to tell in their home of the Baggage Coach Ahead"
THE BAGGAGE COACH AHEAD
"In The Baggage Coach Ahead"
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words and music by Gussie L. Davis
VERSE 1:
On a dark stormy night, as the train rattled on,
All the passengers had gone to bed,
Except one young man with a babe in his arms,
Who sat there with bowed-down head.
The innocent one was crying just then,
As though its poor heart would break,
One angry man said, "Make that child stop its noise,
For its keeping all of us awake."
"Put it out," said another, "Don't keep it in here,
We've paid for our berths and want rest."
But never a word said the man with the child,
As he fondled it close to his breast.
"Pray, where is its mother? Go take it to her," a lady then softly said,
"I wish that I could," was the man's sad reply,
"But she's dead in the coach ahead."
CHORUS:
While the train rolled onward, a husband sat in tears,
Thinking of the happiness of just a few short years,
For baby's face brings pictures of a cherished hope that's dead,
But baby's cries can't waken her
In The Baggage Coach Ahead.
VERSE 2:
Ev'ry eye filled with tears, when his story he told,
Of a wife who was faithful and true,
He told how he'd saved all his earnings for years,
To build up a home for two.
How heaven had sent this sweet little babe,
Their young happy lives were blessed,
His heart seemed to break when he mentioned her name,
And in tears tried to tell them the rest.
Ev'ry woman arose to assist with the child,
There were mothers and wives on that train.
And soon was the little one sleeping in peace,
With no thought of sorrow or pain.
Next morn at a station he bade all goodbye
"God bless you," he softly said.
Each one had a story to tell in their home,
Of the baggage coach ahead.
CHORUS:
While the train rolled onward, a husband sat in tears,
Thinking of the happiness of just a few short years,
For baby's face brings pictures of a cherished hope that's dead,
But baby's cries can't waken her
In The Baggage Coach Ahead.

Leroy Willis Gott-2860 and Lucy Jane Bridges-2051 had the following children:

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i.

Freeman Gott was born in 1883. He died on 28 November 1883 at the age of 0. He was buried in Grindle Hill cemetery, Swan's Island.

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ii.

Forest Freeman Gott-2865.

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iii.

Walter Moses Gott-2866.

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iv.

Irving Gott died on 27 March 1913 in Swan's Island, Hancock County, Maine, USA.

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v.

Capt. Willie Everett Gott-2868.

Leroy Willis Gott and Grace Ann Storm were married in 1893. Grace Ann Storm, daughter of Storm, was born in 1877. She died in 1956 at the age of 79 in Seattle, King County, Washington, USA. She was buried in Spokane, Spokane County, Washington, USA.

Leroy Willis Gott-2860 and Grace Ann Storm-14123 had the following children:

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i.

Harold J. Gott was born in 1895.

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Frances Gott was born in 1897. Raised by her mother's sister and brother-in-law, Oliver Cline.