- Lucy Mack Smith
Mother Lucy Mack SMITH stands as a heroine ancestress to a multitude of descendants. There is perhaps no mother in America more deserving of honor than this woman, whom one biographer has called, “A woman for all seasons.” Young Lucy came into the world in turbulent times, just one year before the Declaration of Independence. She was the product of freedom loving parents whose heritage was rooted firmly in New England. Her, father, Solomon Mack, was a veteran of the French and Indian War as well as the American Revolutionary War. He was a farmer, sea captain, a builder of roads and bridges. Born in Gilsum, New Hampshire, July 8, 1875, Lucy was the youngest of eight children born to Solomon and Lydia Gates MACK.
The Mack family lived in various communities, in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont, moving from place to place as work and other circumstances dictated. Solomon was gone to sea from 1784 to 1788. In his absence, the family became impoverished due to unscrupulous dealings of “unjust creditors,” who turned Solomon’s family out of doors. When he returned and found all was gone he later said, “I did not care whether I lived or died.”
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