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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