|Mary Goose, Granary Burying Ground, Boston|
photo by Robin Mason
In the 1850s, a descendant rewrote history, claiming that her ancestor was the real Mother Goose of literary fame. Elizabeth Foster did marry the widower Isaac “Virgoose” on 5 July 1692 and her daughter Elizabeth “Goose” married Boston printer Thomas Fleet on June 8, 1715. But the term “Mother Goose tales” predates the birth of Elizabeth (Foster) "Vergoose"—as the family is usually called in Boston records.