Catherine May Hunt married Clarence Alvin Royce 16 October 1912.

Clarence Royce’s story was previously published, on 22 June 2011.  Catherine was born in October 1884, in Chatham, New Brunswick, the only child of James Hunt and Alice Mauzerall.  

In 1900, the family lived at #6 Washington Street in Boston.  That residence was a multi-story brick building, crowded in with similar buildings.  James was a furniture finisher.  Alice did not have an occupation listed, but they did have an elderly man boarding with them, so she may have been responsible for helping with his care.  Fifteen-year-old Katherine was attending school.  This record says that Alice has had no children, even though Katherine is listed as James’ daughter.  This could mean that Catherine was adopted, or that she was James’ daughter from a previous marriage.

The Hunt family moved to Somerville, and in 1910 lived at 286 Highland Avenue.  That building is a yoga studio now.  James continued to work as a furniture finisher and had become a naturalized citizen.   This record says that James, who was born in England, had arrived in 1865, and Alice had arrived in 1883, which explains why I wasn’t able to find them in the 1891 Canada census.  Catherine worked as a sales lady selling dry goods. 

On 16 October 1912, in Somerville, Catherine married Clarence Alvin Royce, son of  Dexter (Calvin Dexter) Royce and Minnie E Blood.  This was the first marriage for both.  Clarence was a machinist and lived at 80 Bay View Street in Quincy, and the marriage was registered in that town also.  Catherine’s address was 286 Highland Avenue in Somerville, and was a saleswoman.  The marriage ceremony was performed by Clergyman Phil W Sprague, of Boston. 

 The 1914 Somerville city directory lists the Royce family at 12 Cedar.  In 1918, they lived at 29 Summer, and Clarence was a packer.  The 1920 census lists them at 29 Summer.  Clarence was a salesman of retail dry goods.  Catherine had become a naturalized citizen in 1917.  The 1924 directory lists Catherine and Clarence at 29 Summer, and Clarence is now a shipper, although I don’t know what he shipped. 

The 1927 Somerville reported that Clarence died 9 August 1926.  The 1929/1930 directory lists Mrs. Catherine Royce at 58 Rogers Avenue.    I was not able to find her in the 1930 census. 

On 4 September 1931, Catherine arrived in Boston from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia on the ship Calvin Austin.  This ship was originally a merchant marine training ship.  As shipbuilding progressed it was possible to make provisions for training seamen in the three departments of work aboard ship — deck, engineering and steward’s duties. On New Year’s Day, 1918, the first training ship for seamen was put into commission at Boston, the “Calvin Austin,” a coastwise passenger ship which had been taken over by the United States Shipping Board in November, and immediately came into notice because she was the first vessel to reach Halifax after the disaster. The disaster referred to was the explosion of ammunition ships in the Halifax Harbour which destroyed much of the city. 

The 1940 Somerville city directory lists Mrs. Catherine M. Royce at 14 Josephine, no occupation listed. I have not been able to find a death record for her.


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