Following the death of Louisa S. Grant Gore, Raiford Franklin Gore married Margaret “Mattie” F. Florence, November 18, 1877. Margaret was born 1845, the daughter of W.A. and Elmira Florence.
The following children were born to this union:
Henriette “Etta” Gore
Born: January 22, 1877 – Henderson County, Texas
Married: George Wallace Dutton – March 27, 1897 -Comanche County, Texas
Died: January 03, 1910 – Tarrant County -Ft. Worth, Texas
William Ross Gore
Born: 1879 – Henderson County, Texas
Married: Nora Ellen Carver
Died: 1948 – Buried Comanche County, Texas – Mercers Gap Cemetery
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On April 5, 1883, John Henry Gore (brother of Raiford Gore) filed for guardianship of the minors Henrietta and William Ross Gore. It was posted three times in the paper in Henderson County, Texas. This went to court on April 29, 1883.
H.H. Florence (a brother of Margaret Florence Gore) filed for guardianship of both the person and Estate of minors Henrietta and William Ross Gore. H.H. Florence stated that he was young, had no family but himself and wife, and that he was the brother of Margaret Florence Gore, mother of said minors. He secondly stated that Margaret Florence Gore was deceased and about one year before her death, she expressed herself to him that it was her wish and desire that (in the case of her death) the applicant, John Henry Gore, should have nothing to do with said minors.
Third, stated H. H. Florence and John Henry Gore had many conversations about this matter prior to this date. May term 1883 Pro. Court Henderson County, Texas “H.H. Florence pays sureties to J. B. Bishop County Judge 1000 on and behalf of minors William Ross Gore and Henrietta Gore. Also an inventory of their estate was taken. County Court June 1st, 1883, Henderson County, Texas “John Henry Gore and H.H. Florence are fighting over guardianship of William Ross and Henrietta Minors”
“It is ordered by the court that the same be approved and ordered to record and that letting of Guardianship do issue to him the said H. H. Florence as guardian of the said Henrietta Gore and William Ross Gore.”
The ages of Raiford Gores children by his first wife Louisa S. Grant Gore at the time of this hearing are as follows: Sarah Elizabeth 24, James Lloyd 20, John Wiley 17, Tom 15, and Raiford R. is 12. By December of this year James Lloyd is in Comanche County and marries Charolotte Emaline Garner at Mercers Gap.
Family legend has that the children were cheated out of their property etc. Family legend states that the boys rode to Comanche on two horses and that the only thing that they brought with them was the family clock. The family Bible of Raiford F. Gore is in the possession of Vickie Gore Harvick of Comanche.