Is there one among us who grew up in England or the United States who never heard of Mother Goose? We typically associate such things with fairy tales – somewhat as Grimm’s fairy tales. They are stories that seem to delight children…they certain delighted me.
But was there a real “mother Goose”? Ah, much debate exists on that score! When we were visiting Boston in 2008, we came across the tombstone that is featured as my picture for today. As to the legitimacy of this person to be “mother Goose” – I can’t tell. Not even I am old enough to have first-hand knowledge of this lady!!! Some say this was her, others that “mother Goose” is really nothing more than an archetypical person.
Don’t you love such mysteries? I do!
Here’s part of what Wikipedia has to say about “Mother Goose”:
“In spite of evidence to the contrary, there are doubtful reports, familiar to tourists to Boston, Massachusetts that the original Mother Goose was a Bostonian wife of an Isaac Goose, either named Elizabeth Foster Goose (1665–1758) or Mary Goose (d. 1690, age 42) who is interred at the Granary Burying Ground on Tremont Street. According to Eleanor Early, a Boston travel and history writer of the 1930s and ’40s, the original Mother Goose was a real person who lived in Boston in the 1660s. She was reportedly the second wife of Isaac Goose (alternatively named Vergoose or Vertigoose), who brought to the marriage six children of her own to add to Isaac’s ten. After Isaac died, Elizabeth went to live with her eldest daughter, who had married Thomas Fleet, a publisher who lived on Pudding Lane (now Devonshire Street). According to Early, “Mother Goose” used to sing songs and ditties to her grandchildren all day, and other children swarmed to hear them. Finally, her son-in-law gathered her jingles together and printed them.
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