Sarah Z Pickernail d 28 Feb 1877

Sarah Pickernell was born about 1839 or 1940, in Croydon NH, seventh of ten children of Daniel G and Sarah “Sally” (Pickett) Pickernell.  This name is sometimes written as Pickernail, Pickernell, Picknell.  I do not know what the “Z” stands for.  Sarah married George W Blood on 6 February 1856, in Lebanon NH. 

Sarah and George had one daughter, Mariette “Minnie” Blood, probably born about February 1857 in Reading VT.  The family of three was in the 1860 census in Reading, where George was a farmer.    In 1870, George, Sarah, and Maryette are living in the Croydon area of Plainfield NH. 

Sarah died 28 February, 1877, in Plainfield.  Family lore is that she burned to death in a house fire that also claimed another relative.  I did locate Mary A Blood, daughter of Edwin Blood, who died 18 Feb 1877 in Plainfield.  Is this the other person? This was Sarah’s niece.

Sarah is buried at the Plainfield cemetery.  Headstone:  Sarah Z, wife of George Blood, died Feb 28, 1877 AE 37.  I have not been able to find a death record for her.  Perhaps there is more information to be found in records in Plainfield, which celebrates its 250th anniversary this summer. Road trip anyone?


Alexander Robinson Wright b 27 February 1873

Alex Wright was born 27 February 1873 in Carclinty, Ireland.  He came in 1888 from Londonderry to Philadelphia, then Waukesha Wis, before settling on a farm 6 miles northwest of Ellendale, Dickey County, ND. He married Lillian Ruth Hodges, daughter of Sylvanus Boardman Hodges, on 20 June 1900, in Ellendale.  He acquired a land grant of 160 acres in Dickey county in 1901.  He also registered for WWI from that county.  He was a newspaperman, publishing the Oakes Times starting January 25, 1906. 

 “Alex Wright was with the Dickey County Leader at Ellendale for some time and for many years was publisher of the Oakes Times at Oakes, where he is now (1929) postmaster. His brother, Robert Wright, and family, also reside in Dickey County near Forbes.”

He was also the executor for Boardman Hodges’ will, Boardman being his father-in-law.

As one of the early settlers in the area, he got a bit of press coverage:  Alex R. Wright  Was born near Ballymena, Ireland, Feb. 27, 1873; raised there and educated in national schools; came to this country with family in October 1888; settled first at Waukesha, Wis,; landed in Dickey county Dec. 14th same year and spent some time on farm six miles northwest of Ellendale, where attended the district school; entered office of Ellendale Commercial in fall of 1890 to learn printing business, which trade he has followed since; graduated from Ellendale high school in 1896; married to Miss Lillian R. Hodges in Ellendale, June 20, 1900 and has one son, Edward; bought half interest in Ellendale Leader, Dec. 1, 1897, which paper he conducted until came to Oakes Nov. 1, 1903.

 The Bismarck Tribune (Bismarck, North Dakota) > 1951 > April > 18

ELLENDALE – (AP) – A former Dickey county newspaper publisher, Alex R. Wright died Monday at White Plains N. Y.  Funeral services will be held here at 2 p.m. Friday in the Presbyterian church.  Wright came to the Ellendale area with his parents in 1889.  He started his newspaper work on the Ellendale Commercial in 1890.  Fom 1897 until 1903 he was in partnership with F. S. Goddard on the Dickey county leader in Ellendale.  The men also owned the Oakes Republican.  Wright took over the Oakes paper, later the Oakes Times, in 1903, and published it untiil 1919 when he sold out.

FORMER PUBLISHER OF LEADER PASSES  (April 19, 1951)  Alex. R. Wright, Veteran Dickey County Newsman, Succumbs At Daughters Home – Alex R. Wright, former Ellendale resident and for many years closely connected with newspaper history in Dickey county, died on Monday, April 16, in White Plains, N.Y., where he had made his home with his daughter.  Funeral services will be held here tomorrow afternoon at two oclock at the Presbyterian church, the pastor, Rev. Charles C. Converse officiating, and burial will be in the Ellendale cemetery.  Pallbearers are to be F.W. Blumer, L.R. Lynde, F.E. Randall, A.T. Johnson, E.J. King, and H.J. Goddard.  The Holte funeral home will handle arrangements.  Alexander Robinson Wright was born Feb 27, 1873, in Carelinty, Ireland.  In 1888, the family sailed from Londonderry to Philadelphia and from there went to Waukesha, Wis., to stay until the end of that year.  They then came to North Dakota and settled on a farm six miles northwest of Ellendale.

Mr. Wright began working on the Commercial, an early Ellendale paper in 1890 and four years later he went to work on a newspaper in Britton, S.D.  In 1896 he graduated from Ellendale high school and that same year was employed on the Aberdeen News.   From December 1897 until October 1903 Mr. Wright was in partnership with F.S. Goddard as publishers of the Dickey County Leader and during the latter year he edited the paper wile Mr. Goddard managed the Oakes Republican, of which they were joint owners. 

He married Lillian Hodges, June 20, 1900 in Ellendale and in 1903 they moved to Oakes where he took over the sole operation of the Oakes Republican which became the Oakes Times in 1906.  He continued to publish the Times until October 1919 when it was sold to Bast and Bassingwait.  Following that he traveled and worked in Fargo and Seattle, Wash., for a year, was postmaster at Oakes from 1923 to 1933, when he retired and ran an apartment building which he owned there.  Mrs. Wright died Jan. 22, 1948 and the next autumn he went to White Plains to live with his only daughter and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hansen, where his death occurred.  He had been ill since July 1949. 

Mr. Wright was a member of the Presbyterian church, the Masonic Lodge and Order of Eastern Star and the I.O.O.F.  Besides his wife he was preceded in death by his son, Edward Sylvanus, which occurred at Fargo Nov. 5, 1937.  He leaves his daughter Ruth, four grandchildren, two brothers, R.G. Wright of Ellendale and Matthew Wright of Philadelphia and four sisters, Mrs. (Elizabeth) C.L. Saunders of Ellendale, Mrs. Margaret Harkness, Belfast, Ireland, Mrs. Caroline Baer, Whitle Bear Lake, Minn., and Mrs. Glenn Holcomb, Newport, Ore.

Bessie Eliza Laber b 26 Feb 1885

I was not able to find an original birth record in Barton, but on-line records state that Bessie was born 26 February 1885, in Barton, daughter of Frank Labor and Lizzie Belle LaClair.  She was the second of nine children. 

Bessie was with her parents and siblings in the 1900 census in Barton. About 1901, the family moved to Lebanon NH.  On 25 Feb 1903, Bessie married Joseph E Goodson, in Ashland, NH.  He was the son of George Goodson and Ellen Row (Rowe?).  This is one of the few records where her father Frank T is liste as born in Canada.  Joseph was 24, occupation Spinner, born in Lawrence MA.  I don’t know how long this marriage lasted.  I have not been able to find them in the 1910 census.    In the 1920 census, she is going by her maiden name, listed as single, with a roomer named Jennie Whipple, on Second street in Dover, NH.  Whe worked as a weaver in a woolen mill. 

The 1930 census of Hanover lists Bessie as housekeeper for Frank Woodward.  Bessie married Frank Delian Woodward on 12 Nov 1932 in Lebanon. They adopted Mary Woodward who may have been a relative of Frank.

According to cousin Thelma: Bessie Eliza Laber the, oldest daughter, went to work as a weaver in the textile mills of New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts. She and her first husband followed the mill work and went wherever the work was. She was very hurt when he got mixed up with another girl and asked for a divorce to marry, since the girl was pregnant and expecting twins. Bessie was never able to have children of her own, much to her sorrow and she dedicated her life to helping others. It was many years later after she bought a house that her father Frank T was in danger of losing, for non-payment of taxes. She sold her house, bought his and moved in, supporting him the rest of his life and his housekeeper Mrs. Badger. Over the next couple of years Bessie was to help every one of her brothers and sisters in some way or another when they were down on their luck.   She was in her late forties when she married Frank D Woodward, first-cousin to Timothy Harrison Woodward Sr.  He was a good-natured man but not overly ambitious, recalls Thelma. They adopted a little girl from the Coutermarsh family that they named Mary. They left the farm to her and later, Mary’s husband gave a home to Frank until he died at the age of eighty-five. In all the family, Bessie was the only one to at least try to get along with Thelma’s step-mother Elizabeth Ellen Thomas. Bessie died at the age of sixty-five.

Bessie died 21 July 1947, in Lebanon, age 62.  Her spouse was listed as Frank Woodward, her father Frank Laber and her mother Lydia Laclair (it should have been Lizzie.)  Bessie’s occupation was weaver in a woolen mill.  Her cause of death was coronary thrombosis due to coronary sclerosis, and a contributing condition was diabetes. 

Frank died in 1967.  They and daughter Mary Lemay, who died in 1988, are all buried at Valley Cemetery in Hanover. 


Philip Laclair m Delia Breslin 25 Feb 1895

Philip Laclair was born about 1864, probably in Portsmouth NH, the third of four children of Barnabas and Sarah Ann (Hawkins) LaClair.  He is listed in the 1871 census in Compton, Quebec, with his family.  I have not yet located him in the 1880 US or 1881 and 1891 Canada census. 

My original information said his wife was Delia Berslin, but I believe the correct name is Breslin. She was born about 1872, probably in Boston, the daughter of John and Ellen (McCune) Breslin.  I was not able to find a birth record for Delia, but did find one for Bridget Breslin born 13 February 1871 to John and Ellen Breslin, in Boston.  The family lived on Yeoman street.  I have found out that Delia was a very common nickname for Bridget back then, so am pretty sure that this is Philip’s future bride.  I found a marriage record for her parents, and believe the correct spelling of Ellen’s name was McKehone.  Delia is listed in the 1880 census in Boston, with her parents and two younger sisters

Philip and Delia were married 25 February 1895 in Newport VT, at St Mary Star of the Sea parish.  The marriage record says that Philip was born in Portsmouth, and names his parents as Barney La Clare and Sarah Hawkins. Delia’s parents were from Roxbury, MA, according to the license.    

Catholics in that area originally had no church, and they either travelled, or were served by a travelling priest, when it was time for a baptism or marriage.  Many had a “civil” marriage that was later blessed by the priest.  The early Catholics in Newport rented a room over the livery stable to serve as a chapel. Eventually, a church was built on Pleasant Street overlooking Lake Memphremagog, and was completed in 1877 as St Mary Star of the Sea. 

The marriage was short-lived.  The following legal notice was posted in the Vitals from St. Johnsbury Caledonian 1895-1899: Libel for Divorce – Philip LaClare, of St. J., married Delia Berstin, then of Boston, in Suffolk, County, MA; that the said Delia did at Lewiston, ME and at divers other places on Aug. 6, 1896 (sic) and at divers other times during said year 1895 commit the crime of adultery with Gus Woods and other persons unknown to petitioner.  Philip requests divorce and said Delia at this time is living outside the state.  Filed, Jan. 25,1896.

I have not yet found subsequent records for Delia.

I found a possible match for Philip in the 1900 census, living in Derby VT, in the House residence, working as a servant.  His birth date listed as Dec 1871, which is about seven years off what we think we know.   However, he reports that he was born in NH, father in France, mother in England. (This is repeated in later records.)  He was a farm laborer, could not read or write but did speak English. 

Philip married Mabel Sarah Glines on 29 July 1901, in Unity NH. Philip reported that his mother was deceased, and his father was a carpenter, age 70, in Barton.  Mabel’s parents, Charles and Hattie were in the 1900 census, but Mabel was not with them.  I found her boarding with the Paul residence in York ME.  She was born March 1886, she and parents born in NH, she was “at school.” 

Philip and Mabel had three daughters, Dora born about 1903 in NH, Gladys Evelyn born 14 April 1905 in Lebanon, and Daisy born 10 June 1907 also in Lebanon.  They were in the 1910 census living at #12 Barrows street in Lebanon.  They had been married 9 years, and Mabel had 3 children, all living.  Philip claimed he was born in New Hampshire, parents born in France, but he did speak English.  He worked as an extractor man at a woolen mill.  He could not read or write.  Mabel and Philip divorced, and she remarried to Thomas Joseph Lessard on 24 Feb 1914 in Laconia NH.  Thomas and Mabel S are in the 1920 census in Tilton.  The three children are not with them, nor are they with Mabel’s parents, who are also living in Tilton.  Thomas and Mabel are also in the 1930 census in Tilton, still no children with them, although by now the daughters are old enough to have married.  Mabel died 26 Nov 1937 in Tilton.

I have not yet found any more records for Dora or Daisy.  Gladys married James Robinson in 1923 in Tilton.  They had at least two daughters, Evelyn who died at age 20 days, and Alice born about January 1927.  In 1930, they lived in Keene.  Alice married Kenneth Bardwell, but died 7 Nov 1943 in Manchester, age 16. 

Philip’s third wife was Annie Joyce nee Durgin – widowed. They were married 31 Jan 1914 in Tilton NH.   Philip listed his father’s age as 90, occupation mechanic, born in France.  Actually Barney had died in 1902, a dozen years earlier, no indication he had been a mechanic, and he was born in Quebec.  Philip listed his mother as 60 – she had also died 20 years earlier, and was not born in France.  Arvilla Anne LaClair died 2 Jun 1917, in Tilton.  Cause of death was pneumonia. 

Philip’s fourth wife was Ethel Emaline Riley.  They were married 20 Feb 1919, in Georgetown MA, and the marriage was recorded in Tilton as well.  The marriage record lists Philip’s father Barney as age 80 (he died 17 years earlier at age 75) and Sarah recorded as 50 (she was 64 when she died in 1895).  Ephraim was listed as 83, and Sophia as 48 – with a 39 year old daughter as the bridge?  I wonder how the questions were asked.  This is a typewritten record but perhaps the original entry was not very legible.

In the 1920 census, the family lived on Morrison Avenue.  Philip listed his age as 39, but he was 55. He said he was born in NH. Occupation listed as Laborer, outside.  Ethel listed as 39.  Children are Clarence H 13, Lora E 2 3/12, and Laura A, 2 3/12.  Ethel and the children were all born in MA.  The census says they owned their home free (no mortgage.)  Clarence was born 26 June 1906, in Boston.  The address was 81 Stoughton St, father not listed.  This appears to be a home for unwed mothers, as there were several entries from that address where the father was not listed.  The MA birth records are only posted to 1915, just short of the time I need for the twins.  I had originally thought that they might be children of Annie, but she died well before they were born.  The census record does not say “adopted” or “step” children, and they are listed as LaClair, not Riley. 

In a letter from his grand niece Althier, she said that Philip wasn’t mentally right, but she wasn’t sure why.  He used to come to visit wearing a straw hat in the winter.  He was called “Tippy Straw Hat”. 

Philip died 1 Dec 1926.  The death record in Tilton did not list parents.  The record filed with the state said that Philip had lived there 16 years, so moved there about 1910.  He had previously been living in Lebanon, NH.  Cause of death was cerebral Hemorrhage.  The record said he was a laborer, and married but the card did not list his wife’s name

According to staff at Park Cemetery, Philip LaClair was placed in the tomb, then buried later in the spring in the Lang plot.  There are two Lang plots in the cemetery, unknown which was used.  We found no markers or other information at the library. 

I have not yet located any further records for Ethel Riley LaClair, or Clarence, Lora, and Laura.

Daniel Sprecher m Susanna Hintz on 24 February 1886

Daniel Sprecher was born 11 March 1862 in Leipzig, Bessarabia, Russia, of “German from Russia” ethnicity.  His parents were Jon Friedrich Sprecher and Christina Louisa Grunning.   He came to the United States on the vessel Gellert, from Hamburg/Harve, arriving July 7, 1880.  Daniel was counted in the 1885 Dakota territorial census at Hutchinson, a farmer, living with his parents Fred and Christina.

 Susanna Hintz was born 8 January 1864, also in Leipzig, daughter of Johann Friedrich and Louisa (Nueske) Hintz, the tenth of 13 children.  After her father died, she travelled with her mother, younger brother Martin, and older brother Christoph and his wife and son, arriving 7 November 1885, on the ship EMS.  The rest of her siblings had either died in Russia, or had already emigrated to the US.

Susanna’s family went first to South Dakota, and lived with her brother Christian.  They had settled near Scotland, SD.  Daniel Sprecher married Susanna Hintz on 24 February 1886, in Scotland SD.  The families were already known to each other in the old country, as Daniel’s brother Christian had married Susanna’s sister Anna in Leipzig, before they moved to the US in the late 1870s.  Daniel and Susanna’s marriage may have been planned before he left Russia, or they may have just become reacquainted when Susanna arrived. 

In 1886, the family  moved to North Dakota, and homesteaded south of Hebron.  Daniel was a photographer.  He later relocated to Antelope Creek in 1893, in Leipzig ND.  Daniel Sprecher was the first postmaster, in 1897, with the post office in his home.  He was also the first man to administer medicine and very likely saved the lives of a few early homesteaders.

In 1900, the family was counted in Morton County, where Daniel reported his occupation as farmer.  The area was so undeveloped that rather than have a community name, the description was given as Township and Range numbers.  In 1910, the family ws listed in Morton County.  In 1920, the couple lived in Antelope with children Ben and Hulda, where he operated a general farm.  Nearby is Susanna’s nephew Sam and his family, with whom she travelled from Russia.

Daniel died 23 April 1925 in Elgin ND.  Susanna moved to Idaho where she died 9 Dec 1934 in Buhl, near Idaho Falls.  Her son Rudolph was living in Blackfoot, ID, so she was probably living with him after her husband died.

Daniel Richardson b 23 February 1837

Daniel Richardson was born 23 February 1837 in New Portland, Maine, the second of five children of Daniel and Joanna (Quint) Richardson. 

I was unable to find Daniel in the 1850 or 1860 census. 

Daniel married Mary Elizabeth Twiss on 9 May 1857, in Bradford, VT.  This was reported in a paper called “The Farmers’ Cabinet”, dated July 2, 1857.  It referred to Daniel Richardson Jr of Bradford, and Mary of Antrim (NH). 

Daniel’s first son Albert was born in 1860 supposedly in Lowell MA, and died in Lowell at age 12 of typhoid fever. Since his death record says Albert was born in NH I dug a little deeper and found his birth was recorded in Antrim NH. The record gave the father’s residence as Deering, which provides more support for the birth location of the second son.  Will was born in 1862, supposedly in Deering NH, although I have not found a birth record for him.  Cora was born in 1865 in Lowell, and died the next year.  At the time of her birth, Daniel was listed as a “manufacturer”.   Augustine was born in 1868 and died 20 days later.  Hattie was born in 1876 in Mont Vernon. The three Richardson children were buried at Edson cemetery in Lowell, but do not have marked graves. 

The 1865 MA state census lists the family in Chelmsford MA.  It also indicates that Albert and Will were born in NH.   

A History of Pelham, Hillsborough County NH says that Daniel came to Mont Vernon from Lowell about 1868.  He was a carpenter and farmer, and resided in South District.  (History of Mount Vernon). 

The 1870 census of Ward 3, Lowell, lists Middlesex MA, Daniel and Mary E. Richardson. These people have the right age and birthplaces to, but no children listed, and Albert and Will should be alive.  Where are the boys?  Even if they were boarding elsewhere, they should have been listed. 

1874 Lowell city directory, Richardson, Daniel, Jr carpenter, boarding house, 2 Elliott.  (There are 4 Daniels in the directory, and wives are not listed.) 

The 1880 census lists Daniel and his family living in Mont Vernon NH, where he was a farmer.  In 1897, Daniel Richardson was on a committee that sold the old Congregational Meeting House to the town of Mont Vernon.

Daniel and Mary were counted in the 1900 census in Mont Vernon NH.  His son Will also lived there with his first wife Anna.  The 1910 census lists Daniel and Mary at Mont Vernon.  The 1911 Mont Vernon city directory lists Daniel Richardson as a farmer, living on Amherst Road.

Daniel died 15 November 1912, age 75, in Mont Vernon.  Cause of death was chronic cystitis, a repeated or prolonged form of urinary tract infection that causes inflammation of the bladder.

He was buried in Lowell MA with his three young children and his sister Joanna Richardson Prince.  Mary died in 1929 in Mont Vernon, and was also buried at Lowell.    

Will of Daniel Richardson:

Be it remembered that I Daniel Richardson of Mont Vernon in the County of Hillsborough and the State of New Hampshire considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound and perfect mind and memory do make and publish this my last Will And Testament in manner and form as follows to wit –

I bequeath to my son Willie F. Richardson one dollar.  I bequeath to my daughter Hattie M. Ingalls one dollar.  I bequeath to my wife Mary E. Richardson all of my personal property where ever found, after paying to my son and daughter one dollar each.

I do hereby nominate and appoint Mary E. Richardson without bond or security sole Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this Twentieth day of December AD 1911.

                                                           Daniel Richardson

Signed, sealed, and declared by the above named Daniel Richardson to be his last will and Testament in the presents of us three who at his request in his presence and in presence of each other have subscribed our names as Witnesses here to.

               William H. W. Hinds     Ralph D. Morgan      John N. Fox


George Albert Smith d 22 February 1977

George Smith was born 9 July 1887, the third child of George William and Emma (Frazer) Smith.  He joined two older sisters.  At the time of his birth, the family lived on Collins street in Lynn, and his father was a teamster, an occupation that he held for the rest of his life and eventually passed on to the younger George. By 1900, the Smith family had moved to Beverly MA, where George lived the rest of his life. 

George A went into the hauling business with his father.  In 1912, the city directory listed the business at 11 Pratt Avenue, where George was an expressman.  Their home was at 76 Essex, and that house stayed in the family for three generations.  They worked with horses, but had a new motor truck for out-of-town deliveries.  It was fun finding the advertisement for their business in the old city directory.   

George W died in 1913.  When George A registered for the WWI draft, he listed his occupation as chauffer, motor truck driver, with a dependant mother.  His sisters Emma and Lillian did not marry and also remained part of the household.  The 1917 city directory described the business as furniture and piano moving.  The same basic information was reported in the 1924 directory. 

George married Helen C Lantz of Oakland, Nova Scotia about 1924, and they had a son, Raymond F, born about 1927, according to the 1930 census.  George’s mother Emma died in 1927. 

George registered in the “Old Man’s Draft” in 1942.  The draft card describes him as 5’7 ¼, 158 pounds, blue eyes, gray hair, ruddy complexion.  He may have been out of the express business by then, as he named an employer, although the card doesn’t list the occupation. 

George’s sister Emma died in 1958, and Lillian in 1961.  The family continued to be listed in the street index of the city directory at 76 Essex.  The 1963 Beverly directory lists George A (Helen C) mgr 145 Hale, h 76 Essex.  It does not say what business is at 145 Hale. 

George’s wife Helen died in 1973, and George died 22 Feb 1977. He was almost 90.  The family members were buried in Ipswich with the elder George, and others in the family plot.

Arthur Roland Hodges d 21 February 1963

Arthur Roland Hodges was born 1 August 1906 in Dracut, MA.  His twin was Frederick Donald.  They were the third and fourth sons of Frank D and Josie Newell (Smith) Hodges. 

Josie’s boys all went by their middle names.  Roland was listed in the 1910 census with his parents and siblings in Lynn MA.  The household included his Aunt Etha, and a cousin, Cora Vroom.  The family moved around quite a bit in the Lynn area (see previous postings on Frank D and Josie Smith). 

Roland is missing from the 1920 census, as is Albert.  I found Josie, Donald, Chester and Aunt Etha living beside Henrietta at #12 Prescott, in Nashua, but I have not been able to locate Albert or Roland for that year.  Even if they were working on a farm somewhere, they should have been counted on the census.  Perhaps they were missed if Josie didn’t report them because they didn’t live at home, and the farmer for whom they worked didn’t report them because they were temporary.

The 1927 Merrimack NH directory lists Hodges, A Roland, machinist, boarding with Mrs J S (Josie Smith) Hodges.  Donald was there also.  In 1929, Roland lived in Bridgeport and worked as a watchmaker for Davis & Hawley Co, living with Albert and family at 124 Knapps Highway, Fairfield.  In 1930, he was boarding with the Francis Adams family, working as a watchmaker.  In 1931, he lived with Chet at 36 Van Stfd (sic), working as a jeweler at 136 Fairfield. 

Roland and Donald both moved to Baltimore.  When brother Chet died, Roland was listed as living in Baltimore.  A very small news clipping from an unknown paper, has the following:  1963 obit Hodges,  On Feb 21, 1963, A Roland of 2424 East North Avenue, beloved husband of Dorothy M Hodges, (nee Kroeger) son of Josie N and the late Frank D Hodges, brother of Albert W, and Donald F Hodges.  Friends may call at the G. Howard Strong funeral home. 3207 West North Avenue at Hilton Street on Friday, from noon to 9 p.m. Services on Saturday, at 10 a.m. Interment in Holy Redeemer Cemetery. 

Since Baltimore isn’t named in the clipping, I believe the paper is from there.  Roland had polio when younger, and that might have contributed to his dying at the relatively early age of 56. 

So what happened to Dorothy Kroeger Hodges?  I found a couple ladies named Dorothy Hodges in the Social Security Death Index who died in Maryland, but without knowing her birth date, I cannot match her to either of those.

John Clear Hodges m Rachel Parker 20 February 1826

John C Hodges was born about 1796, in Ireland.  The names of his parents have not yet been discovered.  He and his brother Jonathan crossed the Atlantic, and went first to New Brunswick where in 1819, he petitioned for a land grant with his brother. The land they requested was from lots lying on the north side of the road leading from Hammond River to Hopewell, in Westmoreland county.   During this time, the most significant areas in Ireland from which New Brunswick immigrants came were West Ulster in the north and County Cork in the south. One of Jonathan’s land petitions says he is from County Cork.  This is all I know about John C and Jonathan’s origins.

The Hodges brothers did not stay in New Brunswick, but moved to the Annapolis Valley, across the Bay of Fundy from New Brunswick. John married Rachel Parker, daughter of Henry Alline Parker and Hannah Morse on 20 February 1826.  John was counted in the 1827 census, a Methodist, farmer, of Horton, two males and five females.  He did not have that many children then – his family only consisted of his wife and first daughter.  However, his brother Jonathan had also married and had a daughter.  In addition, in a petition for land, he claimed to provide support for his elderly mother.  She might be the fifth female in the household.  I did not find Jonathan counted elsewhere in 1827. 

A “History of Morristown” says that the two Hodges brothers are believed to have come to Aylesford Township around 1835.  The book says that Jonathan Hodges built a house east of the School House.  He died in 1888 and is buried in the old cemetery.  Actually, Jonathan died in 1869, and John C died at the end of 1886.  However, as Jonathan and John C seemed to travel and live very closely to each other, so in all likelihood, the home places were near each other in the Morristown area. 

The 1838 census lists John Hudges, farmer, with two males under six, three females under 14, one female over 14, plus John as the head of the household.  These ages correspond with John and Rachel, and Hannah, Mary, Diadamia, Jonathan C, and Willard. 

John and his family are listed in the census for Aylesford Township in 1851, 1861, 1871, and 1881.

John and Rachel had 11 children, none of whom died as children.  John’s will confirms the names of his children, and the spouses of his daughters.

  • Rachel Hodges (wife)
  • Hannah Elizabeth Hodges (daughter, possibly infirm as he provided a yearly allowance for her)
  • Damia Taylor (daughter who married George Taylor)
  • Mary Hodges (daughter who married Ralph Hodges)
  • Maria Taylor (daughter who married Joseph Taylor)
  • Louisa Ceretha Banks (daughter who married John Banks)
  • Rachel Taylor (daughter who married Enoch Taylor)
  • Williard Hodges (son)
  • John Henry Hodges (son)
  • Jonathan Hodges (son)
  • John C Haliburton – no relationship, but delegated to pay legacies, so probably an attorney
  • Rupert and Etta Taylor (son and daughter of Enoch Taylor and Rachel Hodges)

John Hodges named as executor his William H. Hodges, friend (he is John’s nephew, the son of Jonathan & Ruth Hodges) and Jonathan C. Hodges – son.

 John and Rachel had many grandchildren.  I’m not sure why Rupert and Etta were singled out to be recognized as heirs as both of their parents were still living.  John died 25 November 1886, and Rachel died 16 June 1890.  Both are buried in the old Baptist Church cemetery at Morristown.

John C and brother Jonathan both had large families, and both named their children similarly, making for confusing research.  John’s children are listed above.  Jonathan’s children were Mary Ann, Ralph, William Henry, Jonathan (born the same year as John C’s son Jonathan C) Rebecca Lavinia, John Wesley, Stephen Taylor, Tamson Ermina, and Sylvanus Boardman.  Added to the fact that first and second cousins were marrying, the Hodges clan of Morristown have been complicated to sort out.

Aaron Alfred Garey b 19 February 1881

Aaron Garey was born 19 February, 1881, son of Thomas Garey and Lydia DeGoosh.  His birth date has also been listed as 1880, but I tend to discount that. The 1880 census in Barton was taken on June 10th, and he is not in the family.  His mother Lydia DaGoosh has probably divorced Joseph Labor by now, and was living with her parents, and the four children she had with Joseph: Luvia, Nancy, Mary, and Joseph Henry.  Also listed is Gerry Labor, age 7 months, born in November.  I believe this is William W Garey, who was recorded as Labor at that census. 

In 1891, Aaron was counted in the household of William and Liddy Paul, along with his older brother William and the three small Paul children.  They were living in Compton, Quebec where William was a farmer.  Their religion was “Church of England”, while Lydia’s father and brother, also in the household, reported they were Methodist.

By 1900, the blended family is back in Barton. Aaron and William, both listed as Garey, are with Lydia and her third husband William Paul in the 1900 census.  In fact, that census contains some of Lydia’s children from all three husbands – Ethel, Samuel, and Myrtie Paul, Joe Labor, and William and Aaron Geary

Aaron was married to Mabel Gertrude Going on 22 September, 1909, by the Congregational minister in Brownington VT. Lacking (so far) a birth record for Aaron, this marriage record provides the best information about his parents.  The father is listed as Thomas Garey, born in Brighton, VT, and Lydia DeGooch born in Sherbrooke. 

They lived in Barton at the time of the 1910 census.  It appears that Aaron was a laborer at a lavatory factory.  They eventually had four children, Aaron, Luvia, Herbert, and Ralph. 

Aaron’s mother Lydia died in 1914. When Aaron registered for the WWI draft, he was living in Orleans.  Aaron’s father Thomas died in 1927.  The family was recorded in the 1920 Barton census, where they lived in a rented home on Duck Farm Road and operated a dairy farm.  

By 1922, the family had moved to 182 Concord Avenue, Belmont MA.  By 1929, they moved to 710 Pleasant street, where he was a church sexton.  They continued to be listed at that address and with that occupation, in the 1930 census and as late as 1939 in the Belmont city directory. 

Aaron died in Belmont on 2 August 1940, and was buried at the Pleasant View cemetery in Barton.  Mabel died 24 February 1985.

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