Thursday, May 17, 2012

Treasure Chest Thursday - Thomas Davey & Mary Nicholas Marriage

I have recently found the marriage banns (the announcement of the intent to marry) and marriage record for my husband's 2nd great-grandparents, Thomas Davey & Mary Nicholas at  I knew the location of their marriage from the transcription of the Davey Family bible.[1]  The bible was dated 1859, published in Cincinnati, Ohio, so was purchased and filled out after they arrived in the United States.  Besides the marriage date, this bible lists the birth dates of the children.  Their son, Thomas N. Davey added notes on 28 Nov 1902 about the births and deaths of Thomas & Mary.

Thomas Davey and Mary Nicholas were married in St. Agnes Parish in Cornwall County, England.  The bible stated the date as 23 Feb 1832.  However, I did not find the marriage on that date.  First let's look at the marriage banns:

"England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010," : accessed 16 May 2012, citing Marriage Banns 1788-1843, p 208, #1015, Davey-Nicholas

"Banns of Marriage between Thomas Davey Sojournor in this Parish Bachelor & Mary Nicholas of this Parish Spinster were published on the three Sundays underwritten:
That is to say, On Sunday, the 29 day of April, On Sunday, the 6 day of May, On Sunday the 13 day of May."

A Sojourner is a person who resides temporarily in a place. So this asks a question as to how long Thomas Davey had lived in this parish.

The marriage record was then found:

"England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010," : accessed 16 May 2012, citing Register of  Marriage 1813-1833, #822, p 274, Davey-Nicholas   
 "Thomas Davey, sojourner of this Parish bachelor and Mary Nicholas of this Parish spinster were married in this church by banns with consent of ____ this twenty-third day of May in the Year One thousand eight hundred and thirty two. By me W.N. Snowe. This Marriage was solemnized between us: Thos Davey & Mary Nicholas, in the Presence of Samuel Hawkins and Royer Daniell."

So Thomas and Mary were married on the 23rd of May, not February, in 1832.  There are other parish church records for Cornwall County and I will begin by looking for their children's baptism records, as per the bible transcription.  Because of the difference in the marriage date, I will probably find difference in the birth dates as well.

[1] Davey Family Bible, typed transcription done by Mary Davey Korn [1877-1948], granddaughter of Thomas & Mary Davey.  Current location of bible is unknown.

Copyright © 2012 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, My Trails into the Past

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Wordless Wednesday -- Loretto M. Sullivan

Loretto M. Sullivan

My great-aunt, Loretto.  I visited her in the summer of 1969.  She had such a great sense of humor and we loved hearing her stories every night at dinner.  Too bad I don't remember any of them now.

Copyright © 2012 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, My Trails into the Past

Sunday, May 6, 2012

George Joseph Gorrell in the 1940 Census

In the early days of searching the 1940 census, California was one of the states available on Ancestry.  My husband and I searched through several Sacramento enumeration districts (EDs) for his father, thinking that he was already living in California on April 1, 1940.  He worked at McClellan Airfield before World War II as an aircraft mechanic.  However, we did not find him living with Mrs Hansen at her boarding house.

Next we searched the home of his parents, and there we found him.

1940 Federal Census, Jasper Co, Missouri, ED 49-33, sht 11a

George is on the right
George's father, Joseph N Gorrell can be found on line 10.  The family lived at 502 South Pennsylvania Street in Webb City.   Joseph owned his home, worked as a shopman for the utility company, was married and attended 8 years of school.

We found George, age 25, completed 4 years of high school, working at a floorman at garage.  We have a photo of George in front of the service station where he worked.

Copyright © 2012 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, My Trails into the Past