Timothy Garey died 31 October 1923

Timothy E Gary was born in Barton, VT, the son of Thomas Garey and Joanna Maynanhan (or some variation of that.)  Later records put his birth at 25 March, 1863.  However, the 1860 census for the family in Barton would place his birth year as 1859.  Thomas and Joanna were both born in Ireland.  The children were Morris, Thomas, Michael, Joanna, Ellen, and Timothy.  Thomas the father was a railroad worker, as were many on that census page.  Perhaps they were working on the railway system that became the Central Vermont Railway.   

The 1870 census lists the family in the postal district of West Charleston, in Barton VT.  Joanna is the head of the household, but the marital status was not listed in 1870, so I don’t know if she was widowed.  I did not find further records for her husband.  A Thomas Garey from Ira, VT did die of disease in Andersonville Prison in 1864, but there was another younger Thomas Garey from VT in the Civil War, so I suspect it was a different person. 

In 1880, Tim Garey and his brother George were servants (farm laborers) in the household of Amust Smith, a farmer in Granville, VT.   

Later, Timothy was a railroad worker, and by 1899, was an engineer.  Timothy worked for the Central Vermont Railway.  This company was established about 1847, and the CV Ry Historical Society has a website at http://www.cvrhs.com/cvrhshis/cvralpha.htm 

On 3 June 1899, Timothy married Dora M Jackman, daughter Samuel S Jackman and Delia A Abbott, and former wife of J William Tate.  The index card says that this is her second marriage, but does not say if she is widowed or divorced.  It is Timothy’s first marriage,  and was conducted by Alexander Campbell, minister from Burlington. 

The 1900 census lists Timothy Garry living with his wife’s parents on Upper Weldon Street in St. Albans VT.  He was a railroad engineer, and the record says Dora has had no children. 

The 1902 St Albans directory lists Timothy Garey, Engineer, residing at 32 Upper Weldon.  His brother George was also an Engineer for CVRy, living at 11 Gilman.  Timothy was listed in the 1909 Montpelier directory as an engineer for CVRy.  The directories did not list wives.  Dora died some time between the 1900 and 1910 census. 

In 1910, Timothy was a lodger residing at 42 Court Street in Montpelier, residing with Bernard and Margaret Carney, and Bernard’s 25-year-old sister Elizabeth.  Bernard was a section foreman for the railroad, and Lizzie worked at a dress-making store.  The census was taken in April.  On 6 October, 1910, Timothy and Lizzie were married in Montpelier by WJ O’Sullivan, Catholic priest. 

The Montpelier directories for 1913, 1914, 1915, and 1918 list Timothy Garey, engineer CVRw, residing at 8 Fullerton Avenue.  They were listed as homeowners at the same place in the 1920 census.  Timothy was an engineer on a steam railroad. 

In October, 1923, Timothy suffered an accidental fall resulting in a puncture wound from an oil can.  He developed gangrenous erysipelas (infection) and died on 31 October 1923 at Heaton Hospital in Montpelier.


Austin Simmons Married Grace B Hayes 30 October 1894

Austin J Simmons was born January 1872 in Lebanon NH, the sixth child of Richard Simmons of Belfast, Ireland, and Ellen Dean from Canaan, NH.  His record says his name is Jas. A (probably James Austin), and that it was reported on the 19th, so his exact birth date is not known.  Subsequent records sometimes list him (in the transcribed index) as Austin J or Austin I.   Based on the birth record, I suspect the correct middle initial is J.  Austin was not the only one of his siblings to be known by his middle name, as Cushman A was known as Albert.

The family was listed in the 1880 census in Lebanon.  Richard worked in a cabinet shop.  Ellen kept house.  Austin’s two oldest sisters, Eliza and Jane, ages 16 and 14, worked as servants.  William, Lorinda, Austin, Ruth, and Cushman went to school.  Emma was not old enough to go.  New Hampshire birth records show that a child referred to as the 14th, born in 1885, was stillborn. 

On 30 October 1894, in Lebanon, Austin married Grace B Hayes, daughter of George W Hayes and Mariette Blood.  This was the first marriage for both.  This record says that Austin’s father was a fireman, born in Scotland, although other records say he was born in Ireland of Scotch descent.  Austin was 22, and Grace was 18.  Both lived in Lebanon, where he worked as a weaver.  They were married by W E Bennett, clergyman, of Lebanon.  Their son Ralph Austin was born 26 November 1895 in Lebanon. 

In 1900, Austin, Grace, and Ralph lived in Camden, Maine.  He worked as a weaver in a woolen mill.  This record indicates that Ralph was Grace’s only child, at least up to that point.  They lived next to Grace’s mother Minnie, and her son Clarence Royce. 

In 1908, Austin and Grace divorced.  Cause for the divorce was desertion and refusal to cohabit, and Austin was the libellant, or the person who initiated the suit. 

In 1910, Austin Simmons boarded at 7 Oak Street in Boscawen NH.  His marital status was divorced.  He was a weaver in a woolen mill. 

On 10 June 1911, in Concord, Austin married Mary Emma Ladd.  This was listed as the second marriage for both, with both being divorced.  She was the daughter of David Walker and Mary Hastings, and her former husband was probably Joseph Ladd.  He was a weaver, she did housework, and they were married by Henry G Chamberline of Concord, Justice of the Peace. 

In 1919, Florence Simmons got married, and named her parents as Austin Simmons and Emma Walker.  Florence was born about 1902, or nine years before Austin and Emma married.  Emma M Ladd was listed in the 1910 census with a daughter, Florence M Ladd, and listed as widowed.  Florence’s father may have been Emma’s first husband.  If she was really Austin’s daughter, perhaps that contributed to his first divorce. 

Austin’s second marriage may not have lasted long.  In 1920, he boarded at 126 Pleasant Street in Leominster, MA.   He listed his marital status as single.  He worked as a fireman in a carriage shop.  Emma was living with Florence and her husband in Nashua, and listed her own status as married. 

In 1930, Austin lived in Bristol, NH, and worked as a weaver in a woolen mill.  Later that year, on 6 June, in Tilton NH, Austin married Winnie Vinette Parker, daughter of Edwin Parker and Rhoda Fitts.  Austin reported this as his second marriage, although actually it was his third. Austin was a weaver, and Winnie was a music teacher.  They were married by J R Shultz, clergyman, from Tilton. 

I believe Austin died about 1946 in East Providence, RI.  His brother Albert lived there as well.  I have no more records for Winnie.

Hattie May Richardson born 29 October 1876

Young Hattie Richardson

Hattie May Richardson was born 29 October 1876 in Mont Vernon, NH, the last of five children of Daniel Richardson and Mary Elizabeth Twiss.  Three of Hattie’s siblings died before she was born:  Albert Daniel (1860 – 1872), Cora Belle (1865 – 1866) and Augustine T (1868 – 1868).  Her brother Will Frank was 14 years older than Hattie. 

The 1880 census lists the family in Mont Vernon.  Daniel was a farmer, Mary kept house, and Willie was a farm laborer.  They lived next door to Mary’s sister Hannah (Mrs. Elbridge Trow and family.) 

On 3 November 1898, in Mont Vernon, Hattie married Charles Osmyn Ingalls, son of Dimyn Ingalls and Hannah Hunington.  Charles was 36, a farmer, and Hattie was 22.  Her occupation was housekeeper but I don’t know if she worked for others, or just kept her own house. This was the first marriage for both, performed by H.P.Peck, clergyman.    

Charles and Hattie’s daughter May E was born 29 April, 1900, in Mont Vernon.  The census shows the family in Mont Vernon.  Charles owned a farm (with a mortgage, and both Charles and Hattie could read and write.  Hattie’s parents lived nearby, and her brother Will and his first wife Hannah lived with the parents. 

May died 1 May 1904, at age five, from diabetes. An article in the Journal of the American Medical Association published an article in 1904 about diabetes,that starts: Notwithstanding the large amount of research work which has been done on diabetes mellitus and the number of articles which have been written on its physiologic treatment, the disease is still improperly treated by too many physicians. The explanation doubtless lies in the lack of facilities for quantitative examinations of urine, and in the lamentably slow spread of that newer knowledge of the body metabolism, on which the rational treatment of diabetes mellitus is based. [To read more of the article, it can be purchased from JAMA, or read on line for free at Google books.]

Hattie and Charles had no more children.  They were in the 1910 census at Mont Vernon.  Charles operated a poultry farm, and they lived near Daniel and Mary E Richardson.  They lived at the same place in 1920, and their farm was free of its mortgage.  Hattie’s father had died in 1912, and her mother Mary lived with them.  The family apparently enjoyed camping, as I have photos of Hattie, Charles, and Mary, and their car, with a tent attached.

On 2 August 1924, Charles and Hattie hosted a family reunion for descendants of Daniel Twiss, Mary’s immigrant ancestor.  A news story about the event says, in part:  On Saturday, August 2, descendants of the original Daniel Twiss, who came from England to America many years previous to 1700, gathered for the second year at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ingalls in our town for their reunion.  The weather could not have been better, being delightfully cool and clear, giving to the distant hills that deep peculiar blue so characteristic of such days.  The situation of this home on the southern slope of Mont Vernon hill is ideal, protected from the strong winds but giving a wide range of vision over a beautiful section of southern New Hampshire.  Under the great elms and maples a bountiful lunch was spread upon the tables and greatly enjoyed by about thirty hungry members of the Twiss family.

Hattie’s mother was the oldest person present, and she and others “enlivened the occasion with reminiscences of old times and persons.”  Genealogical papers were read and guests gave information about their branches of the family.  There was a formal association of Twiss descendants, and Hattie was the secretary.  Mary died in 1929.

In 1930, Hattie and Charles still lived in Mont Vernon.  Their home was valued at $4000, more than most of the people on this page.  Charles changed his profession, and was an insurance salesman. 

Hattie died 7 June 1943 in Nashua (probably in the hospital, since she didn’t live there) and Charles died the following year.  Both are buried in Riverside Cemetery in Milford, with May, near her brother Will and family.

Winford Elie LaBombarde born 28 October 1883

Winfield LaBombarde was born 28 October 1883 in Malone, NY, the son of Eleader Winford Labombard and Lumina M Desparois.  At some point, the family added the final “e” to their last name. 

Some time after 1890, Elie, as his father was known, moved the family to Nashua NH.  The family was counted there in the 1900 census.  They rented a home at 14 Lake Street, in the township of Dunstable.  EW was a grain and hay merchant. Lumina was a tailoress.  Winford’s siblings were Lillian (1881-1958), Vivienne (1885-1967), William (1887-1961) and Harold (1890-1951). 

Elie W Labombarde recognized that the painstakingly slow process of hand-folding and gluing paper boxes could be automated. So he conceived of and invented an automatic folding box machine. His early patents covering that first gluer and the operational success it achieved prompted Elie Labombarde to commercially manufacture these machines. In 1903 he founded The International Paper Box Machine Company. The first machine was sold to the E.B. Munson Company of New Haven, Connecticut, USA. In its first hour, this machine produced as many Smith Bros. cough drop boxes as an entire crew could hand-fold in a ten hour day. It gave birth to a new industry as increasingly more products employed the advantages of folding carton packaging. To read more about this company and see a photo of the factory at Nashua, go to http://www.ipbmco.com/about.html

Winford traveled to Europe, travelling with his cousin Leon.  They returned from Liverpool, England to New York on 18 June 1906.  They travelled on a Cunard ship called Campania.  She was the largest and fastest passenger liner afloat when she entered service in 1893. She crossed the Atlantic in less than six days. Campania had the largest triple expansion engines ever fitted to a Cunard ship. These engines were also the largest in the world at the time, and still rank today amongst the largest of the type ever constructed. They represent the limits of development for this kind of technology, which was superseded a few years later by turbine technology.

Each of the engines was placed in separate watertight engine compartments, in case of a hull breach in that area, for only one engine room would then be flooded, and the ship would still have power to limp home with the adjacent engine. In addition to this Campania had 16 transverse watertight compartments, which meant that she could remain afloat with any two compartments flooded. In their day, Campania and her sister offered the most luxurious first class passenger accommodation available. It was Victorian opulence at its peak – an expression of a highly confident and prosperous age that would never be quite repeated on any other ship. All the first class public rooms, and the en suite staterooms of the upper deck, were generally heavily paneled, in oak, satinwood or mahogany; and thickly carpeted. Velvet curtains hung aside the windows and portholes, while the furniture was richly upholstered in matching design.

In 1901, her sister ship Lucania became the first Cunard liner to be fitted with a Marconi wireless system, followed a few months later by Campania. Shortly after these installations, the two ships made history by exchanging the first wireless-transmitted ice bulletin; and two years after that, Lucania made history again, this time by publishing on board newspaper based on information received by wireless telegraphy whilst at sea. Campania earned one more distinction in the history of wireless communication in 1905, when she became the first liner to have permanent radio connection to coastal stations around the world. From that time on, a ship crossing the Atlantic would never be isolated from the rest of the world in the same way again. Campania and Lucania served as Cunard’s major passenger liners for 14 years, during which time they were superseded in both speed and size by a succession of four-funneled German liners. 

With the appearance of a third Cunard giant in 1914, RMS Aquitania, Campania was no longer required. Her last voyage as a passenger liner was on 26 September, 1914. However, Campania was to have a last-minute reprieve. Whilst awaiting demolition, the Admiralty stepped in at the last minute and bought Campania with a view of converting her to an armed merchant cruiser that could carry seaplanes. The original idea was to use float-planes which would be lowered into and retrieved from the water by a crane. The conversion was carried out at the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead. Her interior was completely gutted, and room made inside to store up to 14 aircraft. She was also equipped with eight 4.7″ guns. HMS Campania served with the Admiralty right up until 5 November, 1918-just six days before the armistice was signed, when she was involved in an accident in the Firth of Forth during high winds. Campania dragged her anchor in a sudden squall, and at 03:45 struck the bow of the battleship Royal Oak and then dragged along the side of the battle cruiser Glorious. She began to sink stern first. A few hours later an explosion-presumed to be a boiler-sent her to the bottom. Because of the shallowness of the water, she was considered a danger to shipping and destroyed by explosives in 1923.  For more details and photos, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Campania

The 1910 census shows the LaBombard family at their newly purchased house at #2 Fulton in Nashua.  Elie is now listed as a manufacturer of paper box machinery, and Winford was a machinist in the paper box machine shop.  His brother William was a drug store clerk.  His cousin Leon lived with them, and was a commercial traveler (travelling salesman) for the box machine company. 

On 7 October 1914, Winford married Agnes Legendre in Nashua.  Winford registered for the WW1 draft.  He lived at #4 Burritt in Nashua, and worked as a machinist for the International Paper Box Machine Co at 315 Nashua, his father’s company.  His nearest relative was his wife Agnes.  He was described as medium height and build, and brown eyes and hair. 

The 1920 census lists Winford and Agnes at #4 Fulton.   He was now the superintendent of the machine shop.  Their first two children, Irma and Winford Jr were 3 and 1. 

The Nashua city directory starting in 1918 listed Winford and Agnes as living at 4 Burritt, and he was President of the International Paper Box Machine Company at 315 Main.  This listing was repeated through 1955. 

The 1930 census lists the family at #4 Burritt Street.  Winford’s occupation is manufacturer of machinery.   Besides Irma and Winford Jr, they now have daughter Louise, and son Elie. 

Winford registered in the “old man’s draft” for WWII.  He still lived at #4 Burritt, and worked for IPBM.   

The 1957 directory lists Winford as retired.  He and Agnes were listed in the 1959 directory, but that is the last record I have for her.   Winford died 8 April 1962.   


Reuben Jones died 27 October 1887

Reuben Jones was born 10 May 1810 in Patrick County, Virginia.  A later marriage record names his mother as Susan Jones, but no father was named.  One tree on Ancestry has named his father as Jeremiah, another as Gabriel, and I have used the Ancestry on-line contact service to see what sources they have used to determine that Jeremiah, or Gabriel, is Reuben’s father. 

On 19 October 1829, Reuben married Judith (Judy, Juda) Moore, daughter of William Moore and Rebecca Tebur, in Patrick County.  William Moore was the suretor.  According to About.com:  In earlier times, a marriage bond was given to the court by the intended groom prior to his marriage. It affirmed that there was no moral or legal reason why the couple could not be married and it also affirmed that the groom would not change his mind. If he did, and did not marry the intended bride, he would forfeit the bond. The bondsman, or surety, was often a brother or uncle to the bride, not necessarily a parent. The bondsman could also be related to the groom, or even be a neighbor or friend, but those situations occurred less often.

The 1850 census shows the Jones family in the Northern District of Patrick County.  Neither Reuben nor Judith could read or write, and Reuben was a farmer.  They had a large family:  Isaac (b 1832), Addie Matilda (1834), Floyd (1836), Abigail (1837), Sarah (1839), Thomas Madison (1841) Peter (1844) and Robert (1845).  Peter may have died young as he was not in the 1850 census. 

Judith died some time after the 1850 census, and Reuben remarried 1 March 1859 to Elizabeth Knowles, age 37, daughter of J and Jane Knowles.  They were married in Patrick County. 

The 1860 census lists Reuben with Elizabeth, and his two youngest sons, Thomas and Robert.  He was listed as a farmer, but had no value of real estate listed, and only $75 worth of personal property.  I have no record of Elizabeth having any children with Reuben, and she died sometime before 1863. 

Reuben moved to Ashe County, North Carolina.  About 1863, Reuben married a third time, to Rebecca Greer, daughter of Elijah Greer and Sarah Hawkins.  The 1870 census lists them at the North Fork postal district of Laurel NC.  Reuben had no occupation listed, no value of property owned, and only $100 worth of personal property.  Reuben and Rebecca had seven children – Jesse (1864), Elizabeth (1865), Judith (1866), Sarah (1867), Martha Ellen (1868), Margaret (1869), and Noah (1871). 

 In 1880, the Jones family lived in Oldsfield, in Ashe County NC.   Reuben was listed as a farmer.  The children still at home were Jesse, Juda, Martha, Margaret, and Noah. 

Reuben died 27 October 1887 and is buried at the Ruben Jones Family Cemetery in Creston NC.  With at least 15 children, he and his descendants could certainly fill a family cemetery.  (Actually, Find-A-Grave lists 83 Jones cemeteries in North Carolina, but I could not find Reuben or his cemetery listed.)  Rebecca lived with her son Jesse, and was with him in the 1900 and 1910 census in Clifton NC.  I do not have a death record for her although an on-line family tree says she died in 1913.

Sophia Fink died 26 October 1919

Sophia Fink was born 8 February 1861 in Leipzig, Bessarabia, Russia, the daughter of Joseph Fink and Katharina Weist.  Although she was born in Russia, her parents were Germans.  On 18 December, 1881, in Tarutino, Russia, she married Christoph Hintz, son of Johann Friedrich Hintz and Louisa Nuske, also Germans.

Sophia’s first child, Samuel, was born in Leipzig in 1882.  In 1885, Sophia immigrated with her husband and son, her mother-in-law, sister-in-law Susannah, and brother-in-law Martin (all the living members of Christoph’s family who had not either died or immigrated).  They sailed from Bremman to New York on the ship EMS. 

The family went first to South Dakota, where Christoph’s brother Christian lived, then moved with him to Hebron, North Dakota, where the next three sons were born – Adolph in 1886, John in 1890, and Reinhold in 1892.  The Hintz family had a homestead in the north of Elgin called Antelope Creek.  The town of Leipzig was established here – named for their home town in Russia.  However, the railroad route passed by six miles to the south, and most of the town relocated to New Leipzig. 

Sophia’s husband was a farmer, worked on the railroad, and also helped build the Old Stone Church in old Leipzig.  More children were born Leipzig – Robert in 1894, Fredrich in 1896, twins Amelia and Wilhelm in 1898, and Anna Marie in 1900.  Wilhelm died at age 18 months of burns received when he got too close to a fire or stove, and his clothing caught on fire. 

Sophia’s husband died four days before Anna Marie was born, leaving her with eight children to raise from age 18 to newborn. 

The 1910 census lists Sophia at the homestead.  Her older two sons had married, but John, Reinhold, Robert, Fred, Amelia and Anna were still at home. 

Sophia died 26 October 1919 in Leipzig, after having a stroke at her home.  She is buried at the Lutheran cemetery in Elgin. 

Her obituary said that she had eleven children, but I have only identified nine.  She also had two surviving brothers and two sisters, but they were not named in the obituary. 


Family History Center Portal Subscription Databases

There are lots of free Internet resources available, which allow people to do family history research from the comfort of their own home.  There are also lots of pay sites for general genealogy, or specific to certain areas or eras.  There is also a place to use several pay sites for free – your local Family History Center.  Every FHC has the following subscription databases available.

  • 19th Century British Library Newspapers digital archive – http://find.galegroup.com/bncn/  This searchable database has a complete run of 48 national and regional newspapers from 1800-1900.
  • Access Newspaper Archives – http://newspaperarchives.com  This site claims to be the largest online newspaper archive, and the articles are searchable.
  • Alexander Street Press – American Civil War  http://alexanderstreet.com  This site contains searchable information on soldiers, battles, and photographs, plus diaries, letters, and memoirs.
  • Ancestry – http://www.Ancestry.com  Ancestry has some free databases, but a paid subscription gives access to immigration, census, newspapers, vital records, photos, city directories, and user-posted family trees.
  • Find My Past – http://www.findmypast.co.uk Find My Past specializes in United Kingdom research, and includes the 1911 census of England and Wales.
  • Fold3 – http://www.fold3.com formerly known as Footnote – This site has original historic documents and photos.  It was purchased by Ancestry but requires a separate subscription.  They are starting to focus on military records.
  • The Genealogist http://www.thegenealogist.co.uk is a British genealogy website, apparently a competitor of “Find My Past”.
  • Genline Family Launcher http://www.genline.com is for searching your Swedish genealogy.
  • Godfrey Memorial Library http://www.godfrey.org has US and international resources, city directories, vital records, and other information of interest to researchers.
  • Heritage Quest Online  http://heritagequestonline.com is not at every FHC, but check with your town library – I can access it at home using my library card.  It has Revolutionary War pension records, census records, digitized books, and other records of interest.
  • Historic Map Works Library Edition http://www.proquest.historicmapworks.com is also not at every FHC, but check yours.  They have extensive digital maps available including property ownership maps. 
  • Paper Trail – http://www.genealogytoday.com This site specializes in 19th century westward migration documents.  Unfortunately, the site doesn’t have images, but rather will tell you where to find the originals (libraries, museums, etc).
  • World Vital Records – http://www.worldvitalrecords.com  Advertises that they have vital records, immigration, land, military, newspapers, gravestones, maps, ship manifests. 

So, I went to the local FHC to check out these subscription databases.  I was disappointed in how little new I found.  I have my own Ancestry subscription, so I pretty much have every census record for every person of interest in my family. I have Heritage Quest at home so don’t need to go to the FHC for that. I don’t have a lot of interest in UK research, as I didn’t find much from Ireland for the era of the Hodges immigration.  I love the old maps, but found very few for my locations of interest.  I’m not looking for anyone from Sweden.  I used to have a subscription to Godfrey but let it lapse.  I don’t know how much they have added since then.  I was not impressed with World Vital Records.  I didn’t find much as far as actual Civil War pension records on the military sites.

I spent the most time with the newspapers.  Their papers are different from the ones at the New England Historic Genealogy Society site, and different from the Chronicling of America (free) site. 

My friend who is just starting out on her research was happy to find things that were part of the subscriptions.  Did I not find much new stuff because I have already seen it elsewhere?  Well, I’ll go back again and look through more of the information.  I certainly suggest that other researchers try out the free databases at your FHC.  If one of them happens to have records or newspapers from your area of interest, you may well find some great treasures.   I put the links in this posting so that you can look at them in more detail, but if you want them for free, go to the FHC.

Ezekiel Hodges married Annie M McCormick 24 October 1899

Ezekiel Hodges was born 14 November 1860, in Nicholsville, Nova Scotia.  He was the first of eight children of Jonathan C Hodges and Susanna Banks, and was named for Susanna’s father.  The 1871 census lists the family in Aylesford South, which includes Nicholsville.  Jonathan was a farmer, and by this time, Ezekiel’s siblings had been born:  Lilly, Susan, Rosanna, Allen (died young) Watson (died young) and Everett. 

In 1881, the family was still in Aylesford South, and Ezekiel, now 21, was also listed as a farmer.  The youngest sister, Eudivela, was 8.  The family also took in boarders – James Phalen (lumberman), John Roding (servant) John Goold (farmer) and Leonard Goold (servant).  I’m not sure if the servants worked for the Hodges family or just boarded there. 

In 1891, the family was in Millville.  The household members listed are Jonathan and Susanna, the Ezekiel, and then Roselia.  However, her name is crossed out.  I don’t have a marriage or death record for her.  Lilly, Susan Everett and Eudabelle are all still at home.  Although all of the surviving children are of marriageable age, I only have marriage records for  Ezekiel and Everett.   

One Nova Scotia directory lists Ezekiel as a farmer in Morristown.  The 1896 volume places him at Lake George, which is only six miles away.    

Annie M McCormick was born 25 September 1875 in Dalhousie, in Kings County, the daughter of Patrick McCormick and Esther Marie Quinlan.  The 1881 census lists the family in Dalhousie.  They were Roman Catholic, and Patrick was a farmer.  Annie came from a large family, as between the 1881 and 1891 census, we can  identify her siblings as James Thomas, Wallace, Catherine, Minnie, Bertha, Clement, Manor, and Joseph, and that doesn’t count any who might have been born and died between the census dates. 

Ezekiel married Annie at Berwick on 24 October 1899.  The record says that Ezekiel was a widower, but I have not been able to find a previous marriage for him.  This was apparently Annie’s first marriage, and both were residents of Nicholsville.  He was 38, and she was 24. 

The 1901 census shows Ezekiel and Annie living in Millville/Factorydale, next door to his father.  The census shows that he is Baptist, and she is Roman Catholic.  The family includes a four-year-old son, Thomas, born 10 January 1897 who is Roman Catholic.  Thomas was born almost three years before Ezekiel married Annie, so he could be from Ezekiel’s first marriage, or he could be an adopted son although the census does not specify. 

The 1902 and 1907 Nova Scotia directories list Ezekiel, farmer, in Nicholsville.

The 1911 census lists Ezekiel living with his brother Everett.  His is listed as married, although Annie and Thomas are not with him.  His father and step-mother are also in the household.  Ezekiel died 5 February 1932 at the Kings County Home at Waterville.  Cause of death was chronic valvular heart disease, and it appears from his death certificate that he may have been buried at the Home’s cemetery.  He was listed as widowed. 

I looked for a death record for Annie, but instead found that on 23 December 1918, Annie May McCormick, daughter of Patrick McCormick and Esther Quinlan, married Harry Hardey Haskell, in Vancouver BC.  Apparently she and Ezekiel had divorced, although she listed her marital status as “spinster” and used her maiden name, not first married name, for the record. 

Ezekiel and Anne’s son Thomas moved to Pennsylvania and worked on the railroads there.  He died in 1968.

Harvey Seaver Hunt died 23 October 1964

Harvey Hunt was born 22 October 1895 in Florence, Colorado, the second son of William Hunt and Isabel Lentz. 

In 1900, the family lived at 4139 Lee Street in Denver.  William was a miner.  Harvey had an older brother Glen (1892-1956) who had been born in Anaconda, Montana, and a younger brother Ellsworth (1897-1949) born in Cripple Creek, Colorado. I was not able to find the family in the 1910 census.        

 Harvey registered for the WW1 draft, and was living at 3610 Stuart Street in Denver.  He worked as a shipping clerk for Beckwith Grocery Company at 424 16th Street.  The record stated that he was married and had a child, but his wife was not named.  He was described as medium height and build, and brown hair and eyes. 

In 1920, Harvey and family lived at Mitchell, CO, at Holy Cross Forest Reserve.  His wife was Hilma, a lady of Swedish descent, and they had a daughter, Charlotte, age 4.  They rented their home, and Harvey worked as a telegraph operator for a stage and railroad company. 

In 1930, Harvey and family lived at Wolcott, CO.  Harvey was an agent and telegrapher for the railroad.  Although he had registered for the WW1 draft, the 1930 census says he was not a veteran.  The family paid $15 monthly rent for their home. 

Harvey married Hannah Pallister on 30 April 1957.  Hannah was the daughter of Thomas Pallister and Ella Tourville.  I’m not sure if Hilma had died or if they divorced.  Hannah’s first husband, Elmer Rochford, had died in 1933.  Hannah subsequently married someone named Matney.  I’m not sure if he died or they divorced. 

Harvey died 23 October, 1964, one day after his 69th birthday. 

Eagle Valley Enterprise Oct 29, 1964 – HARVEY HUNT PASSED AWAY OCTOBER 23  Death claimed Harvey S. Hunt, long time railroad employee, following an illness of several months.  He suffered a stroke last summer and had been hospitalized in Glenwood Springs since.  He passed away last Friday at the age of 69 years.  Mr. Hunt was agent at the Wolcott Denver and Rio Grande railroad depot for many years before coming to Eagle about 12 years ago to hold the same position here.  Many will remember Mr. Hunt for his friendliness and musical ability, when he was a member of a local dance orchestra in the 1930’s.  He was born in Florence, Colo October 22, 1895 to W. F. and Isabella Lent Hunt.  He was a member of the Masonic and Eastern Star Lodges.  The funeral service was conducted Monday at the Eagle Methodist Church by Reverend L. B. Friend, and interment was in Glenwood Springs.  Pallbearers were Zeke Summerfield, Tony Palese, Rudy Lunk, Howard Bardsley, Roy Peate, and Fred Collett.  Mr. Hunt is survived by his wife Hanah, of Eagle; daughter, Mrs. Lemley (Charlotte) Gates, Phoenix, Ariz., her daughters Linda Dixon of New Mexico and Louise Moore of California; three step-children, Mrs. Beverly St. Johns, of Idaho Springs; Elmer Rochford and Bill Matney of Eagle, and several step-grandchildren.  Contributions to the Eagle Valley Medical Center may be made in Mr. Hunt’s memory.  They may be left at the Eagle Valley Enterprise.

Mary Ann Hodges born 22 October 1826

Mary Ann Hodges was born 22 October 1826, in Nictaux, Nova Scotia, the first of nine children of Jonathan Hodges and Ruth Taylor.  Jonathan was from County Cork in Ireland, and Ruth’s ancestors were Loyalists from Connecticut and Massachusetts. 

Mary Ann married James Crowe Stevens, son of Ezra Stevens and Sarah Crowe on 9 December 1856 in Belmont, in Colchester County, Nova Scotia. The book “The Stevens Families of Nova Scotia” by Robert Kim Stevens says Mary Ann’s father was a Methodist minister and shoemaker in Nictaux.  The obituary for Mary Ann’s brother Sylvanus Boardman also refers to Rev. Jonathan Hodges, but I have never seen his name on any documents, such as marriage records.  His occupation on census records has not included “minister”. 

Mary Ann was a school teacher.  Since Nictaux is about 130 miles from Belmont, it would be interesting to know how they met.   Perhaps she was assigned to a school in that area.

The 1871 census lists the Stevens family at nearby Onslow.  The family was Baptist, of English descent. The family included Mary Ann’s four children – Sarah Alice (1857-1935), David WD (1860 – 1905), Alelia Jane (1863 – aft 1911) and Charles Seldon (1869 – 1926).  Mary’s father had died in 1869, and her mother Ruth was living with them.  They also had a boarder named John Terrell, age 74, born in Ireland, Catholic (so probably not related to them), occupation currier. 

Mary Ann was received into the Western Onslow Baptist Church in 1872 on a letter of transfer.

In 1881, the family lived in Lower Onslow.  James was a farmer.  Daughter Sarah had married John Wilford Manning Gunn, and moved to Belmont to start her own family.  David, Lilly, and Charles were still in the family.  They also had a servant named Elizabeth Brown, and a boarder named Abigail Lynds. 

In 1891, David had moved out, but Leilla and Charles still lived with Mary Ann and James, who was still farming.  Leilla (notice how the spelling changes each time?) was a day school teacher, and Charles was a telegraph operator.  Shortly after the census, Charles married Jessie Miller, and they moved west.  Charles’ brother David married Jessie’s sister Mary Jane Miller.

Mary Ann’s husband James died on 11 April 1893, and is buried at Belmont.  Her daughter-in-law Jessie died in 1898 in Kamloops, British Columbia, and Mary Ann was dismissed from the church when she went to Kamloops to pick up her grandson George. 

In 1901, Mary Ann was living in Lower Onslow with her daughter Lily, who had married John McKay.  She was 74, and listed her occupation as “retired”.   Mary Ann died 20 April 1910 in Belmont, cause of death was jaundice and heart failure, and Alice (Sarah) Gunn was the informant. Mary Ann is also buried at the Belmont Cemetery.  This is a small cemetery, no sign (as of 2004) across from the store, by the railroad crossing.  They share a headstone with their grandson, Seldon Dimock, son of J.P. and Lilly McKay died July 5, 1898, aged 4 mo.


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