Many known cousins have been omitted from this sketch to protect their privacy, but they are always welcome to contact me.
Parmenas Wellington Moreshead, son of John Moreshead & Mary Ann Vincent was born on Nov 7 1868 in Knutsford, Prince Edward Island, and he was baptized on Sep 8 1871 in Alberton, PEI[i]. He married Edith “Maud” Ellis daughter of Robert Douglas Ellis and Elizabeth “Melinda” Rogers on Nov 29 1893 in Cambridge, MA[ii]. Edith was born on Jun 17 1871 in Ellerslie, PEI, and was baptized Dec 19 1883 in Port Hill, PEI[iii].
Just after Parmenas & Maud married they removed to Nova Scotia for a brief time which is evidenced by the births of their oldest children Wilson & Dorothy. By 1901 they returned to live on the John Moreshead Family Homestead in Knutsford Prince Edward Island, and remained until about 1912 or so when they moved to McNeill’s Mills, PEI. In 1917 Edith & most of the children immigrated to Malden, MA to join Parmenas & their older sister Dorothy, as well as many unts, uncles & cousins. No doubt, it had to be difficult life for Maud. It seems at least part of the time, she was working a farm & raising the kids alone. So beautiful in the younger picture of her and yet the lines of decades beyond her are engraved in a mere 24 years.
Parmenas was not a farmer in his heart and struggled with a lot of aspects surrounding it according family & people who I met that knew him when I was a child. I believe it is safe to say, he traveled back & forth to Massachusetts in an effort to pursue work that would let him escape the life of a farmer. Maud implies on the 1917 Passenger List (noted in more detail in the endnotes) that as early as 1890 she would visit in Cambridge. Priscilla, his sister, & the informant on his death record, states that he had resided in the Malden area for 35 years. This places his original arrival in about 1888. Despite this, it must not have been fulltime as he has not been found on a directory that early.
He died on Nov 1 1923 in Malden Ma of a cerebral hemorrhage which was compounded by exhaustion. He was buried on Nov 4 1923 in Forestdale Cemetery, Malden, Ma. not far from the gazebo[iv]. Maud died on Feb 18 1928 in Malden Ma from the effects of a stroke, and was also buried in Forestdale Cemetery, Malden, Ma[v]. Census details for Parmenus & his family can be found here[vi]. The passenger record details of Maud & many of the children immigrating can be found here[vii].
Parmenas & Edith “Maud” had the following children:
1. Wilson Miles Moreshead was born on 24 Jun 1896 in Lower Stewiake, Nova Scotia, although there are some discrepancies on the birthdates recorded on the censuses[viii]. According to the 1901 Census, he was born on his grandfather John Moreshead’s birthday.
Wilson served in WWI in the Canadian Army & although the complete record has not arrived yet, we know he signed his Attestation Paper on Apr 5, 1918 and that he arrived home from Witley Camp Surrey, England in Sept 1919[ix]. He never married or had children.
Evidently, he had a lot of psycholgical difficulties, perhaps because of his experience in the war, or some other reason. We do not know. Clearly, he had a difficult life whatever the reasons. The 1930 census shows he was in Danvers State Hospital at age 33. It states he came to US in 1916 at age 21 and was not naturalized[x]. He was not located on the 1940 Census, but it is implied on his death record that he was in the Metropolitan State Hospital in Lexington/Waltham, MA for 1y5m6d which calculates to Apr 11 1940.
He died on Sep 17 1941 in Lexington, Ma. The record states Wilson Miles Moreshead was formerly a resident at 55 No Milton St Malden, which was his sister Dorothy’s address at the time. The cause of death appears to be suffocation via the inhalation of dirt, perhaps after falling from a tractor. He was found dead in field where he had been working[xi]. My grandmother’s 1941 Diary reads, Sep 17 1941: “ At noon to-day Roy & Dorothy came & told me my brother Wilson passed away. He was only 45 years old June 24th. Poor fellow he got very little out of life.” Sept 18, 1941 [Dorothy] “ & I & Ed went to see Wilson he looked fine. I feel a lot better over it now as he is so much better off.” Sept 19 1941 “In the evening Dorothy, Roy, Clara, Everett, Jessie, Jimmy & Thelma, Ed & I all went to see Wilson. We found out he didn’t die of a heart attack, his death was an accident, afterward they all came here for coffee.” Sept 20 1941 “This afternoon Wilson was buried. The service was lovely. The new minister Mr Buzzell is very nice. It was a private funeral just the members of the family. Poor fellow he is at peace now.”
He was buried in Forestdale Cemetery, Malden, Ma. His grave was unmarked except by flowers I planted for a few years, but my mother got him a stone. It is lot 515 relatively near Edward & Gladys Stevenson’s grave which is on the far right side of the cemetery near the corner. Wilson’s is about 50′ away on the other side of the little road & gate.
2. Mary Melinda “Dorothy/Dot” Moreshead was born on 25 Dec 1897 in Lower Stewiake, Nova Scotia[xii]. Mary married Roy Milligan on May 4 1918[xiii]. He was the brother of Claude who married Dorothy’s sister Orrell. Dorothy & Roy‘s Massachusetts Census details can be found here[xiv]. They removed to Northwood, NH about 1941[xv]. He died in 1981; she died on 17 Jan 1995 in Northwood, NH and they were buried in Pine Grove Cemetery, Northwood, NH[xvi].
3. Clara Lousie Moreshead was born on 25 Dec 1899 in Knutsford, Prince Edward Island[xvii]. Clara married Stedman or Steadman Harpell, son of Issac Harpell & Susan M. Byers on Jun 23 1926 in Nashua, NH, although they were both residents of Everett, MA at the time[xviii]. In 1930 they lived in Malden with their two sons[xix], and by 1940 she is a widow, back in Everett with her young sons[xx]. Due to this, it is certain he died between1930-40, although the exact date is not known to me at this time. Clara, or as she was called later in life, Claire, began dating Everett P. Towers sometime before Christmas of 1940, as it is mentioned in Gladys Stevenson’s Diary that he gave her “a lovely watch for Christmas also an Electrolux Vacuum cleaner”[xxi]. They were married in Kingston, NH Apr 5 1942, and according to that rcord he was the son of Jesse Towers of Connecticut & his late wife Zilpha Phillips[xxii].
“Aunt Clara” as I knew her, always made me smile. She was such a bright, funny & fashionable woman I just loved it when she visited. In one of the letters written to my mother, which I now have, she recalled the trip from the island to Massachusetts in 1917[xxiii]. It states in part:
“we left Bourden on the Ferry, arrived at Cape Formentine N.B., took the train from there to St. John’s N. B. stayed there overnight, it was in the middle of World War I, we had to go to the immigration office to be interviewed to find out if we were of German descent, then we traveled by train to Vinceboro, Maine from there to North Station, Mass. We were met by Dorothy and my dad. The trip was exciting. Gladys and I flirted with all the young Canadian soldiers, they bought us bars of candy (big deal) then, they were so handsome we sat away in back of my mother who was busy attending to the four younger ones. We had a ball until she looked back & found us sitting with the soldiers, she promptly came back, took us out of the seat, sat us in front of her, there we stayed until we got to the next train. Was our faces red, no fooling around in those days, all our fun came to us screeching hault.
We were happy going into a new life, meeting new people and spreading our wings – we were real hicks from the farm. I loved being brought up on a farm, never a headache, or worry, lots of good food etc. with friendly kind caring people. I wouldn’t exchange that part of my life for anything, but when I started to get the boy flirting stage and thoughts of getting married one day, I did not want to be a farmer’s wife. I wanted a City guy and a dab of perfume behind my ear instead of the smell of horse and cow manure. But I have always been a country girl at heart. I love the wide open spaces and good country fresh air, that is why I love living in Woolwich, Me, every time we go shopping we pass many open fields with cows and horses, reminds me of PEI. We live in the country part of Woolwich there are some lovely roads with beautiful houses, many doctors, and well of people, but not near us at all, we love the real country part so quiet and peaceful.”
Sometime after Everett’s death Nov 13 1972 in Lynnfield, MA where they had lived for many years[xxiv]. Claire moved to Woolwich, ME before 1984 and died Jan 1 1989[xxv].
4. Mildred “Gladys” Moreshead believed without doubt she was born on 20 Dec 1901[xxvi]. Sadly there aren’t church or government records of her birth, and it is the same case with some of her siblings as well. The church where she & some of her siblings were baptized, located in Knutford burned down at one point and all the records were lost. In addition, government records were not required to be filed on PEI until 1906. The earliest record available for her is the 1911 Census which states Dec 1902, and it also seems to imply many of her sibling’s births are possibly off by a year. It had definitely been a problem for her during her life. Her naturalization papers also state Dec 20 1902, because of this Social Security insisted she was born in 1902 & made her wait a the extra year for benefits, because she could not prove she was born in 1901. Gladys married Edward Thomas Stevenson of Everett, Ma in Jan of 1923. He died Feb 12 1962[xxvii]. She passed away on Feb 11 1976[xxviii].
5. Minnie “Irene” Moreshead was born on Dec 12 1903 in Knutsford, Prince Edward Island and married Arthur Peters[xxix]. They resided in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and she died after Feb 1976[xxx].
6. Iva Eunice Moreshead was born on Nov 24 1905 in Knutsford, Prince Edward Island[xxxi]. Iva married Waldorf Flateau between 1920-1925, probably in Massachusetts [xxxii]. They lived at 17 Fremont St in Malden in 1930[xxxiii]. She died May 5 1956 after a long illness[xxxiv]. He died suddenly at age 60 after 1956[xxxv].
7. Orrell Irma Moreshead was born on Jun 7 1908 in Knutsford, Prince Edward Island[xxxvi]. She married Claud Milligan of McNeil’s Mills who was the brother of Dorothy’s husband Roy[xxxvii]. She died June 11, 1955 where she resided in Halifax, NS after a long battle with breast cancer[xxxviii]. Claude died in 1973 & they are buried in Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Halifax,
8. Jessie Helen Moreshead was born on Nov 23 1913 in MacNeills Mil, PEI[xl]. Jessie married Frederick Frech, and they lived in Newton, MA[xli]. She died Mar 3 2001 in Concord, MA[xlii].
This is a poem written about the road they lived on in Knutsford, PEI:
The O’Leary Road
By Luke Hughes c1840
‘Tis forty years I think or more
Since I have walked this road before
How lonely then, how dark and still,
For silence reigned on vale and hill.
Tall birch and beech from either side
Hung o’er the road their branches wide.
No sign was there of man’s abode
On all that long O’Leary Road.
The prowling fox and vagrant bear
Long claimed a wild dominion there.
Now woods and wilds have all been cleared;
The fox and bear have disappeared
And passing years have changed the scene
From forest wild to meadows green.
The reaper and the iron plough
Proclaim ‘tis man’s dominion now.
And o’er the large and larger plains
Are spreading fields of ripening grains.
The woods are gone and in their room
Large clover fields and orchards bloom.
The farmer’s toil is well repaid;
To guide the plough his chosen trade.
His sprightly team well-groomed and fed;
His chosen seed with system spread.
To native thrift with practice skilled,
The grateful soil abundance yields.
And me, its merits marks are well bestowed,
For plenty crowns O’Leary Road.
O’Leary Road, by Luke Hughes, Lot 11-was submitted to the Island Farmer from West Devon c 1840, republished in 1992 “Threads of the Past, A History of O’Leary, PEI 1837” a book written by the O’Leary Women’s Shaw Institute. This information c/o “Community of O’Leary” website, a special thanks to Bev Shaw for finding the original source citations for me.
Copyright Amylynne [Baker-Santagate] Murphy, NHGenealogist.com & NewEnglandGenealogist.com
[i] Parmenus Birth & Baptism: PEI Records & Archives Permenas Wellington Moreshead born Nov 7 1867 on O’Leary Rd Lot 8 Bapt Sep 8 1871 son of John Moreshead & Mary Ann by R.W. Yer at St. Peters Anglican in Alberton Book 1 Pg 37 via http://www.gov.pe.ca/archives/baptismal/ ;
[ii] Marriage of Parmenas & Maud: Cambridge, MA Marriage Records: “Parmenas W. Morshead” & “E. Maud Ellis” Nov 29 1893 in Cambridge, a26 & a23, Carpenter, nurse, both b. PEI, son of John [Morshead] & Mary Vincent, dau of Robert D. [Ellis] & Melinda Rogers, by Charles F. Re??? of Cambridge [page ripped] NEHGS Vol 434 Pg 129
[iii] Edith Maud Ellis Birth: PEI Records & Archives Edith Maud Ellis b. Jun 17 1871 in Ellerslie Bapt Dec 19 1883, dau of Robert douglas Ellis & Elizabeth Melinda, by H. Harper in Angelican Church of Port Hill Book 1 Pg 90 via http://www.gov.pe.ca/archives/baptismal/
[iv] Parmenas Death: Malden, MA Death Records: “Parmenas Wellington Moreshead” of 341 Eastern Ave, res of Malden for 35 years, male, white, married, husb o Edith Maude Moorshead, a55y11m24d, Occ Farmer [not really], b. PEI, son of John Moreshead b. Pei & Mary A. Vincent b. PEI d. 7am on Nov 1 1923, first saw Dr. Clarence H. Staples of Malden on Oct 28 1923, no operation, buried in Forsetdale Cemetery on Nov 4 1923 Undertaker Thos. F. Hill & Son of Malden, Informant Mrs P.D. Halliday of 23 Orient St. [sister]
[v] Edith Maud Death: Malden, MA Death Records: “Edith M. Moreshead” of 55 North Milton St. Malden, MA female white widowed wife of Parmenas Moreshead, 57y8m1d b. PEI dau of Robert D. Ellis b. PEI & Matilda Rogers b. PEI, Informant Gladys Stevenson of 55 North Milton St Malden, d. 3am Feb 18 1928, First seen by Dr. Chas S. J. MacNeil on Dec 14 1927 cause Valvular Heart Disease & Chronic Bright’s Disease, duration 1y2m [Dec 1926?], buried in Forestdale Cemetery Feb 20 1828 Undertaker A.J. Cowan of Malden.; Gladys Moreshead Archive Collection in the possession of Amylynne Baker-Santagate, Gladys Stevenson Scrapbook Newspaper clipping, no date or publication “Mrs Edith M. Moreshead Mrs Edith M. widow of Parmenas W. Moreshead, 55 No. Milton st passed away at three this morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs Roy H. Milligan after a long illness following a paralytic shock, aged 57 years. The deceased was a native of Ellerslie PEI and had resided here 11 years. The burial will be at Forest Dale. Besides Mrs Mulligan she also leaves six other daughters, Mrs Steadman Harpell 52 Fairview ave, Mrs Edw Stevenson of Everett, Mrs Wallace Flateau of Dorchester, Mrs Claude Milligan, Mrs Arthur Peters of Halifa, NS, Miss Jessie Moreshead and one son Wilson M. Moreshead.”, also Malden News “25 years Ago Today” published Feb 18 1953;
[vi] Census Details: 1871 Canadian Census for Prince Edward Island – Did not survive; 1881 Canadian Census PEI Lot 8: Moreshead, John 48 Farmer, Mary Ann 49, Albert 17, Caroline 15, Parmenas 13, Mary 9, Robert 11, Laura 7, all Baptist, all born PEI; 1891 Canadian Census PEI Lot #8 John a58; Mary Ann a59, Carrie a25, Priscilla a23, Peramenus a22 , Watson a20, Minnie a6 Relative to head of family “L” [Lodger – Mary Ann would have been a53 when she was born…], Emily a19;1901 Canadian Census PEI Lot #8 John b. Jun 24 1833 a68 Head, Mary A. b. Dec 29 [27?] 1832 a69 Wife, Pernenus Nov 7 1864 a34 Son, Maud Jun 17 1872 a29 Daughter, Wilson M. Jun 24 1897 a4 Son, Mary M. Dec 25 [?] 1888 [1898?] a3 “G. Daughter”, Clara b. Dec 25 1899 a1“G. Daughter”, Minnie b. Jul 29 1884? a16[?] Daughter; 1911 Census Lot 6 Phenemas Moreshead Nov 1868 a43, Maud E. Jun 1872 a38, Willson Jun 1896 a14, Mary M. Dec 1898 a12, Clara L. Dec 1900 a10, Gladas Dec 1902 a8, Minnie Dec 1904 a6, Iva Nov 1906 a4, Orrel Jun 1908 a2; 1920 US Census Malden, MA; Medford St January 6 & 7, 1920 Parmeneus W. age 57 Imm. 1916 Not Na B: PEI English same for parents Carpenter; Maud E. a47; Wilson M. a23 Cutter in ? Factory;nClara L. a20 Wrapper Chocolate Factory; Gladys M a18 Packer Chocolate Factory; Minnie I a16; Iva E. a14, Orrell a11; Jessie H. a6; By the 1930 Census both Parmenas & Maud have passed away.
[vii] Passenger List: Moreshead Maude a45 b. Ellerslie 5’6” grey hazel, Clara L. a17 b. O’Leary 5’3” brown hazel, Gladys M. a14 b. O’Leary brown blue, Minnie I. a12 b. O’Leary brown blue, Iva E. a8 b. O’Leary brown green, Orrell J. a6 b. O’Leary brown green, Jessie M. a3 b. McNeil’s Mills light hair blue, Last residence McNeils Mills, nearest relative Mother- Mrs Robert D. Ellis Poplar Grove PEI, final destination Malden, by whom was passage paid? 54.00 on her, has she ever been to US before? Yes various times since 1890 Cambridge & various places, last departed from US Sep 1913, Husband & father Permenas 138 Pierce St Malden, MA, Clara also came with her mother to Cambridge in 1901, no one else had gone before, landed in St John Apr 28 1917
[viii] Wilson Birth Jun 24 1896 seems to be the most consistent date, although a baptism has not been found in Nova Scotia; 1901 Census b. Jun 24 1897; 1911 Census b. Jun 1896; Gladys (Moreshead) Stevenson Archive Collection in the possession of Amylynne Baker-Santagate, 1941 Diary states: “To-day is my brother’s birthday he is forty six [crossed out] five . 1920 Census implies 1896; Death Record calculates to June 24 1896 [see below]
[ix] Wilson Military History: Attestation Paper – Canadian Library & Archives via http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/cef/001042-119.01-e.php?&id_nbr=205668&interval=20&&PHPSESSID=m9f1qpei6dpin2eit65tm1rr52 Morshead, Wilson Miles Reg Num 3034646, Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 6423-28, Date of birth Jun 24 1896, Signed Apr 5 1918, trade druggist employee, Canadian Passenger Lists via Ancestry.com – Sept 14 1919 Vessel Minnekahada Port of arrival Halifax, Nova Scotia Port of Departure Southampton, England Roll T-14797 Nominal Roll Witley Camp Surrey, Eng. Number: 3034646, Rank: Pte, Name: Morshead, Wilson, West or Corps: ??, Unit: 12 ResOrig Unit: 1D, Cat: A, Occup Group: 7, Next of Kin: Father Relig: bapt, Place of Res: Malden, MA Remarks: [none]; Sept 25 1919 Boarder Crossing via ancestry.com [very bad copy] Wilson M. Mooreshead, Arrival Vanceboro, ME b. stewaicke a23, last resi McNiels Mills, PEI, Uncle Robert McNaught, Dest Malden, Ma Father- Parmenas 149 Porter St; Oct 1919 Boarder Crossing via ancestry.com Morshead, Wilson M. a23, laborer, last res, McNeils Mills Robt McNaught McNeills Mills PEI , destination Malden; http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/history-from-police-archives/RB1/Pt2/pt2WitleyCamp.html
[x] 1930 U.S. Census Danvers, Mass: April 22, 1930, Moreshead, Wilson M. , Male, white, age 33, single, born Canada, parents born Canada, language English, Imm 1916.
[xi] Wilson Moreshead Death & Burial: Lexington, MA Death Records: Wilson Miles Moreshead Res 55 No Milton St Malden, Length of stay at Hosp or Insts: Metropolitan 1y5m6d, male white, single, 45y 2m 24d, occ none, b. Lower Stewyiacue, Nova Scotia, Canada, Fa: Parmenas Moreshead b. O’Leary, PEI, Mo: Maud Ellis b. Ellersley, PEI, Informant Metropolitan State Hospital, Waltham, MA, d. Sep 17 1941, suffication, inhalation of dirt, found dead in field, was working, there was an autopsy, , buried Forestdale on Sep 20 1941, funeral director Colin H. Dennis, 144 Salem St, Malden
[xii] Mary Melinda “Dorothy” Moreshead Birth Dec 25 1897 in Lower Steiake, Nova Scotia; 1901 Canadian Census PEI Mary M. Dec 25 1888[?] a3; 1911 Canadian Census PEI Mary M. Dec 1898 a12; [She did not come with others in 1917]; Border Crossings from Canada to US via ancestry.com Dorothy Milligan arrival date October 3, 1923 Port of arrival Vanceboro Maine, departure contact on Mrs. Robert Hardy, age 26, born about 1897 birthplace Lower Stewacki, Nova Scotia, residents Malden Mass. Children with her: Thelma two – three years US-born Stanley one year three months US-born. Dorothy M Milligan Death Jan 17 1995 in Northwood, Rockingham, New Hampshire per Social Security death Index born December 25, 1897 issued Massachusetts; Gladys (Moreshead) Stevenson Archive Collection in the possession of Amylynne Baker-Santagate, Gladys Stevenson Scrapbook -Memorial & Obituary photo #P1070155;Dorothy & Roy Burial Buried Pinegrove Cemetery in Northwood, NH; Find a Grave: per photo of stone: Roy H. Dr. May 23 1897-Mar 18 1981 & Dorothy Dec 25 1897 – Jan 17 1995;
[xiii] Dorothy Marriage to Roy Milligan: Gladys (Moreshead) Stevenson Archive Collection in the possession of Amylynne Baker-Santagate, Glady’s Stevenson’s Scrapbook Photo P1060341 “Roy Milligan’s observed golden anniversary” article states “Mr. and Mrs. Milligan were married in the home of Mrs. Milligan’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. P.W. Moreshed in Malden Mass. May 4, 1918 by the late Rev. David Lockrow pastor of Tremont Temple in Boston” It also states the have lived in Northwood 27 years; Marriage bet. 1910-1920 per the 1920, & 1930 U.S. Census which states married at ages 21 and 20 calc. to 1918; A marriage record was not found on family search or NEHGS, but NEHGS had zero marriage records for Malden in 1918, & Family Search only had 66.
[xiv] 1920 U.S. Census Malden Massachusetts 49 Wigglesworth St., Roy H Milligan 23 born Canada leather worker leather factory, Dorothy 22 born Nova Scotia immigration 1917 machine operator rubber factory; Moved to No. Milton St before 1928 when her mom died at her house- see “Edith Maud Death”; 1930 U.S. Census Malden Massachusetts 54 N. Milton St., Roy H Milligan age 32 married at age 21 born Canada parents born Canada, Dorothy Milligan age 32 born Canada parents born Canada, Thelma Milligan age 9 born Massachusetts parents born Canada, Roy Milligan Junior age 8 born Massachusetts parents born Canada, Romayne Milligan a0 born Massachusetts parents born Canada, states she immigrated 1914, he emigrated 1916; Moved from No. Milton St. between 1935-1940; 1940 U.S. Census Melrose Massachusetts 129 Penny Rd., Roy H Milligan age 42 born Canada 1935 Malden steel cutter and a foundry, Dorothy M wife age 42 born Canada Thelma J. 19 born Massachusetts, Roy H Junior age 18 born Massachusetts, D. Romayne 10 born Massachusetts, Steadman G. 8 born Massachusetts
[xv] See “Dorothy Marriage to Roy Milligan”
[xvi] Gladys (Moreshead) Stevenson Archive Collection in the possession of Amylynne Baker-Santagate, Gladys Stevenson Scrapbook-Memorial & Obituary photo #P1070155;Dorothy & Roy Burial Buried Pinegrove Cemetery in Northwood, NH; Find a Grave: per photo of stone: Roy H. Dr. May 23 1897-Mar 18 1981 & Dorothy Dec 25 1897 – Jan 17 1995;
[xvii] Clara Louise Morshead Birth Dec 25 1899 1920 US Census Malden, MA; January 6 & 7, 1920 Clara L. a20 Wrapper Chocolate Factory; 1901 Canadian Census PEI Lot #8 Clara b. Dec 25 1899 a1“G. Daughter” 1911 Census Lot 8 Clara L. Dec 1900 a10; Passenger List: Clara L. a17 b. O’Leary 5’3” brown hazel, Clara also came with her mother to Cambridge in 1901; Also see endnotes for Clara’s Marriages & Death.
[xviii] Clara Moreshed Marriage NH Vital Records: to Steadman E. Harpell Jun 23 1926 in Nashua, NH, both residents of Everett mass, groom 28 bride 26 both white groom is a chauffeur bride is a mill operator both born Canada first marriage for both intention filed June 16, 1926 married by AJ Archibald of Nashua New Hampshire minister, groom’s father Isaac of Everett mass age 62 white occupation real estate birthplace Canada mother Susan M Byers of Everett mass age 63 white homemaker born Canada, bride’s father Parmenas of Malden Mass. 56 white laborer born Canada mother Edith Ellis of Malden Mass. 56 white homemaker born Canada;
[xix] 1930 U.S. Census Malden Mass: Bennett Street with his parents Isaac and Susan M and their daughter O. Pearl list Steadman E 32 born Canada chauffeur, Clara L 30 born Canada, Steadman 3 born Massachusetts, Earl W8 months born Massachusetts, Carl E border 28 born Canada
[xx] 1940 U.S. Census Everett Mass 12 Carlson St., Clara L Harpell head 39 widow, S. Carl 13, Earl 10
Gladys (Moreshead) Stevenson Archive Collection in the possession of Amylynne Baker-Santagate, 1941 Diary. See Jan 2 1941.
[xxii] Clara Marriage: NH Vital Records Everett P. Towers of Everett Ma a47 divorced 2nd marriage Machinist b. N.B. Canada, son of Jesse Towers of CT a73 Living Mechanic b. N.B. Canada, & Zilpha Phillips a 73 dead b. N.B. Canada to Clara Harpell of Everett, MA a41 widowed 2nd marriage housewife b. PEI dau of Parmenas Moreshead of Malden, MA a58 dead b. PEI & Maude Ellis a56 dead b. PEI . Intention Apr 5 1942, in Kingston, NH by Raymond G. Clapp
[xxiii] Gladys (Moreshead) Stevenson Archive Collection in the possession of Amylynne Baker-Santagate, loose papers from Gladys Stevenson’s Scrapbook- Letter from Claire Towers to Marion Baker dated Sept 21 1987, Images P1070158-P1070161
[xxiv] Everett Birth & Death: Social Security Death Index b. Aug 19 1894 d. Nov. 1972, Last Res Lynnfield, MA; Boston Herald, Wednesday Nov 15 1972 pg 18, obituary “Towers – in Lynnfield, suddenly, Nov 13, Everett P. husband of Clara L (Morshed) Towers of 928 Main Street.” via GenealogyBank.com;
[xxv] Clara death – Jan 1 1989 Bath, ME – SS Death Index Clara L. Towers b. Dec 25 1899 d. Jan1 1989 last Res Woolwich, ME; Maine Death Index via ancestry.com Clara L. Towers a89 Jan 1 1989; Gladys (Moreshead) Stevenson Archive Collection in the possession of Amylynne Baker-Santagate, Scrapbook Memorial Image P1070157
[xxvi] Mildred “Gladys” Moreshead Per the Gladys Moreshead Archive Collection in the possession of Amylynne Baker-Santagate: Her 1941 Diary on Dec 20 She states “To-day is my birthday. I am 40 years old. Where does the time go?” Her 1944 Diary on Dec 20 she states “To-day is my birthday. I am 43.” Her 1949 Diary Dec 20 states “My birthday! I’m 48 yrs old. Feel one hundred right now. My cold is terrible. ” Her 1950 Diary Dec 20 states” “A ‘big day’ in here. Eddie brought me a beautiful birthday cake. Oh yes, today I am 49” Her 1951 Diary Dec 20 To-day is my 50th birthday.“ Her 1952 Diary – Dec 20, “My 51st birthday. “ ; 1920 Census a18; 1930 Census a28 ;1940 Census a38; Passenger List says a14 in April 1917; Naturalization Record says Dec 20 1902. In a letter dated Jan 27th 1964 J. Watson MacNaught (a cousin & Federal Cabinet Minister) seemed to have been trying to secure proof of her age as well, as he responded to her sister Dot’s request to locate a record for her, however I don’t believe he was ever able to secure one. In another letter dated Sept 13 1985 Dept of Health & Human Services Division of Vital Statistics in Prince Edward Island, it states they could not locate a record for her birth. In addition, a more recent search of the PEI Public Archives and Records Office online holding turned up nothing for or her siblings.
[xxvii] Edward Stevenson Death Feb 12 1962 Gladys Moreshead Archive Collection in the possession of Amylynne Baker-Santagate:Image P107130 & 131
[xxviii] Gladys Death: Feb 11 1976 Personal Family Knowledge; Social Security Death Index: b. Dec 20 1902 d. Feb 1976, Last Res. No. Reading, MA
[xxix] Minnie Irene Mooreshead Dec 12 1903 in Knutsford, Prince Edward Island – Date is derived from family knowledge but unsure who’s, 1911 Census Lot 6 Minnie Dec 1904 a6; 1920 US Census Malden, MA; Medford St January 6 & 7, 1920 Minnie I a16; Passenger List: Minnie I. a12 b. O’Leary brown blue; Gladys (Moreshead) Stevenson Archive Collection in the possession of Amylynne Baker-Santagate– Hand written family note written by Gladys before 1970 with family information “Minnie m: Arthur Peters – children”, there are also pictures of Minnie & her children;
[xxx] See”Orrell’s Death”; Also she is on the Halifax Tax List under “Irene” in 1972 available via Ancestry.com; Glady’s Obit Feb 1976 Image P1060347;
[xxxi] Iva Eunice Birth Nov 25 1906 in Knutsford, Prince Edward Island, year calculated from obituary -see “Iva’s Death”; Date is derived from family knowledge but unsure who’s, 1911 Census Lot 6 Iva Nov 1906 a4; 1920 US Census Malden, MA; Medford St January 6 & 7, 1920 Iva E. a14; Passenger List: Iva E. a8;
[xxxii] Iva Marriage: Did not find their marriage record, but must’ve been married between 1920 in 1925 according to the 1920 Census when she was single & Ronald’s birth in 1925;
[xxxiii] 1930 US Census Malden, MA : 17 Fremont St., Waldorf Flateau 31 married at 25 b. New Jersey father born France mother born Germany chauffeur, Iva 24 married at 18 born Canada, Ronald 4 born Massachusetts, Wendell 0 born Massachusetts
[xxxiv] Iva’s Death: Malden Directory page 255 “Flateau Iva E (Mrs. Waldorf) died May 5, 1956”; Gladys (Moreshead) Stevenson Archive Collection in the possession of Amylynne Baker-Santagate Gladys Scrapbook Obit no date See photo P1060441 [a50 1956] “Iba E. (Moreshead) Flateau, wife of Waldorf A. Flateau of 51 Forest Street”, “She was 50 years old”, “Leaves three sisters”- Gladys, Clara & Dorothy. One might think that means Orrell, Minnie & Jesse have already died – but they had not & were most likely left out completly by accident. Wally had his hands full with young children & Minnie & Orrell were in Canada, and while Jessie was in the state she was not nearby; see “Orrell’s Death”
[xxxv] Waldorf Death – Gladys (Moreshead) Stevenson Archive Collection in the possession of Amylynne Baker-Santagate Gladys Scrapbook Obit no date See photo P1060441
[xxxvi] Orrell Irma Birth Date calculated from obit – see “Orrell’s Death” ; 1911 Census Lot 6 Orrel Jun 1908 a2; 1920 US Census, Malden, MA, Orrell a11; Passenger List: Orrell J. a6 b. O’Leary brown green; see also “Orrell’s Death”
[xxxvii] Gladys (Moreshead) Stevenson Archive Collection in the possession of Amylynne Baker-Santagate– Hand written family note written by Gladys before 1970 with family information, as well as extensive family knowledge of Gladys’ 3 daughters.
[xxxviii] Orrell’s Death: 1908-1956 per gravestone- Fairview Lawn Cemetery Halifax Nova Scotia via ancestry.com uploaded by DeborahandFrederick who originally shared the photo of their gravemarker publically.; Gladys (Moreshead) Stevenson Archive Collection in the possession of Amylynne Baker-Santagate Gladys Scrapbook Obit no date -see photo P1060438 & 440 “June 11, four days after her 48th birthday”, she leaves 5 sisters – Dorothy, Clara, “Mrs M. Irene Peters of Halifax, NS” , Jesse & Gladys, “another sister Iva Flateau of Forest Street, passed away on May 5th.
[xxxix] Claude Death: b. 1905-1973 per gravestone- Fairview Lawn Cemetery Halifax Nova Scotia via ancestry.com uploaded by DeborahandFrederick who originally shared the photo of their gravemarker publically.
[xl] Jessie Helen Birth Nov 23 1913 in MacNeills Mil, PEI. 1920 US Census in Malden, Ma Jessie H. a6; By the 1930 Census both Parmenas & Maud have passed away. Passenger List: Jessie M. a3 b. McNeil’s Mills light hair blue; also see “Jesse’s Death”
[xli] 1940 U.S. Census Newton, Massachusetts Berkeley St., Frederick G Freck 37, Jesse 26, Carol 6, lived in the same place in 1935 he was a Linotype operator in a printing company
[xlii] Jessie’s Death: Mass Death Index d. Mar 3 2001 in Concord, MA; Social Security Index b. Nov 23 1913 d. Mar 3 2001; Did not find obituary on GenealogyBank.com or Boston Globe
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