Florence Elizabeth Hemmings

Florence Hemmings was born 19 June 1878, probably in Mansonville, Quebec.  She was the second child of William A Hemmings of England, and Josephine Laclair of Conway, NH.  She had an older brother, William Jr, and sister Rosa was born in 1880. 

In 1881, the family lived in East Potton, in Brome, Quebec.  William was listed as from England, religion Church of England, a farmer.  Even though she was born in New Hampshire, Josephine was listed as being of French descent, since her father was French Canadian.  She and the children (William 4, Florence E 2, and Rosa 7 months) were Methodists.  This record indicates that young William was born in the USA, but Florence and Rosa were born in Quebec, so they probably moved north about 1879.  This community was probably mostly English-speaking, based on the names and ethnic origins listed.

Florence’s sister Laura was born in 1883, Robert Burton (probably named for his grandmother Eliza Burton) was born in 1885.  Minnie was born in 1888, and Roy was born in 1891.  The family was counted in the 1891 census living in Potton.  William worked as a carpenter-joiner, or furniture maker.  Florence’s mother and brother William were born in the US, but all the rest of the siblings were born in Quebec.  It appears that her father was “Church of England” but Josephine and the children were “Advent”.  In 1893, Florence’s 7-year-old brother Robert was killed when struck by lightning.

In an index of New Hampshire marriages, I found a record for Florence W Hemmings born in 1878 in South Barton, marrying John F Connolly on 31 May 1898.  This record lists parents of the bride as Frank Hemmings and Florence, but I believe the index is incorrect and this is the daughter of William and Josephine.

In 1900, John and Florence lived in Thornton, NH.  The record says they were married two years, and have no children.  John was a stocking knitter.  Florence also had an occupation listed, but the writing was too faint for me to read.  They also had two boarders.

Florence and John moved to Massachusetts, and in 1910 were at 17 Summit Avenue in Mansfield.  John was a wool sorter in a woolen mill, and the record says they had no children.  In 1920, they were living in a rented home on Elm Street in Norton.  John was a sorter in a woolen mill. 

Florence’s sister Laura Hemmings Caverly died in the flu epidemic of 1918, and Laura’s husband died in 1920, leaving a daughter Althier, who had been born in 1915.   She went to live with Florence and John, and was with them in the 1930 census in Mansfield, MA.  John was still working as a wool sorter in a woolen mill.  They owned their home at 35 Allen Street, and it was valued at $3800.  They also owned a radio.

Florence was living in Norton in 1936, according to the obituary for her brother William.  In 1940, Florence and John lived on Elm Street in Norton, and the census record indicates that they lived in that same house in 1935.  John was still working as a wool sorter in a woolen mill. 

I do not have death dates for Florence or John.

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