Rebekah Barbara Ann Gage was born in Woodcock Twp., Crawford Co., PA Sep 15, 1843. She was the ninth of thirteen children of Benjamin W. Gage and Betsey E. Allen, and was a sister of William A. Gage. She married George D. McVay on Oct 13, 1864 in Quincy, Branch Co., MI. They had seven children. After the death of her husband, Rebekah apparently left the farm and went to live with her sister, Anna Elizabeth (Gage) Vaughn, in Lansing, MI. Rebekah died May 2, 1908 in Lansing, Ingham Co., MI and was buried in the Alma cemetery in Alma, Gratiot Co., MI. Rebekah's death certificate shows that she was living at 413 Barnes Ave. in Lansing at the time of her death, and that she died of tuberculosis.
This beautiful picture was provided by Karen Wellford. It was taken in 1860, when Rebekah was 17.