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                                                The Hall Family History Part 1 – A Brief Stay in Haiti

In last month’s family history for the Chavis family, a man named Jessie Hall was mentioned. After completing the Chavis family history, I decided to do more research on the Hall family which will be featured this month. The oldest members of the Hall family that I could find are James Hall (the father of Jessie Hall) and his brother Richard. We’ll start with James. According to Milo Johnson’s book, New Canaan, “Based on the stories passed down through the family the Hall family came from Georgia, however, early family members were born in North Carolina.”

According to an interview with John Hall, a descendant of James Hall, which appeared in the Windsor Star on July 18, 1974, “My father told me that my grandfather escaped during the war. They went five days without food as they travelled from Atlanta, Georgia, to the coast of New Orleans crossing rivers on rafts they made.” James Hall and his wife Mary appear in the 1861 Census with two children named Nancy and Jesse, but I could not see any references to them in earlier Census lists. They each appear on the 1871 Census as well. Other documents suggested that James and Mary Hall may have had more children then are listed on the Census. Earlier I mentioned that James had a brother named Richard and his obituary mentions three nephews including Jesse Hall (mentioned above), along with William Hall of Jackson, Michigan and James Hall of Chicago, Illinois. No further documentation could be found to confirm whether William and James were the sons of James and Mary Hall, but it is certainly possible. William and James could also be the children from an additional sibling of Richard and James but, as I mentioned, there was no evidence indicating who they were or who their parents were.

I was also unable to find information for James and Mary Hall’s daughter Nancy who is listed under their household on the Census, but I found a wealth of information on Jesse and his descendants. Once I have finished discussing Jesse and his descendants, I will end this family history by sharing information on Jesse’s uncle Richard (James’ brother).

Jesse Hall, the son of James and Mary Hall, married twice. His first marriage was to Victoria Walker and his second marriage was to Mary Allen, the daughter of Benjamin and Nancy (Chavis) Allen, on June 23, 1885 in Colchester North. Mary Allen also married twice. Her first marriage was to Frank Norris and her second marriage was to Jessie Hall. No records could confirm that Mary Allen and Frank Norris had any children, but Mary and Jessie had fifteen children: James, Roman, Isabella, Mamie, Drusilla, Ida, Richard, Elmer, William, Harold, John, Mabel, Nellie, David and Cecil. I found records that mention James, Roman, Mamie, Drusilla, Richard, Elmer, Harold, John, Mabel, Nellie, David and Cecil.  

Before discussing Mary and Jesse’s children, I’ll share more information on them first. Jesse passed away on October 7, 1921 in Colchester North at the age of 68. At the time he was a farmer and widowed. His death record also shares that he was born on November 14, 1852 in Malden and that his father James was born in North Carolina. I was able to find an obituary for Jesse T. Hall in both the Amherstburg Echo and The Essex Free Press so I will share both. The Amherstburg Echo says “Jesse T. Hall, a well known lifelong resident of this township, passed away on Friday, in the 60th year of his age. He was born in Malden and was reared in Colchester North. He was twice married, first to Miss Victoria Walker, who died several years ago, and afterwards to Miss Melissa Allen, who died on the 9th day of April, 1910. To them were born fifteen children, of whom five survive – James Hall, of Ypsilanti, Mich.; Elmer Hall, of Windsor; Ida Hall, of Detroit; John and Nellie Hall, at home. Deceased was a lifelong member and official of the A.M.E. church, New Canaan, and was a Past Master of Star Masonic Lodge; Past Grand S.W. of the Ontario Grand Lodge, F.&A.M. He was buried from the A.M.E. Zion church at New Canaan on Monday by the members of Lincoln Lodge, No. 8 F.&A.M. the funeral sermon being preached by Rev. Fry, of Harrow, and Rev. C. A. Graine, of Amherstburg. The pallbearers were Jerry Harris, Amherstburg, Isaac Chavis, Colchester North, Peter Brooker, Amherstburg, Jonathan Strawthers, Windsor.”

The Essex Free Press article is lengthier and says “– Jesse Hall, one of the best known colored men of this section, and a resident of Colchester North for over 55 years, passed away at his home on the Malden Road west of Gesto, on Friday evening last. Mr. Hall was 69 years of age, and had been ill since last March with hardening of the arteries. He was born in Malden township, a son of Mr. and Mrs. James Hall, of the township. When a child his parents moved to Haiti, but remained there but three years, and on their return to Canada settled in Colchester North. Deceased residing in this township for about 57 years. He was twice married, first to Victoria Walker and secondly to Mary M. Allen. There was no children by the first wife, but fifteen were born to the second wife, of whom four died in infancy, and six after they had grown up. Mrs. Hall died eleven years ago and since then, five children have passed away. The surviving children are James, of Ypsilanti, Mich.; Elmer of Windsor; Ida, of Detroit; Nellie and John at home. The funeral took place on Monday afternoon from the family home on the Malden Road to the A.M.E. church at New Canaan with interment in the New Canaan cemetery. The services were under the auspices of the Masonic Order. Mr. Hall having been for years a member of Lincoln Lodge F.&A.M., of Amherstburg, and a number of the members of the order attended in a body, the paid bearers being six Masons, John Struthers, Isaac Chavis, L. Bush, Jerry Harris, Frank Artis and J. Bell. Rev. W.F. Seay conducted the services, and was assisted by Rev. Mr. Fry of New Canaan, and Rev. Mr. Graim, of Amherstburg. A large number of friends and acquaintances attended the funeral.”

I could not find an obituary for Mary Hall, but I did find her death record from April 9, 1910 in Colchester. Mary’s death record also shares that she was born on May 14, 1866 in Colchester. Both Mary and Jesse were buried in Union Cemetery in New Canaan.

What we publish is not a complete history of any family and is based on the documents that are available. We welcome photos and information to fill in the gaps. See you next week for part 2.

                                             The Hall Family History Part 2 – Significant Tragedy

As mentioned, Mary and Jesse had fifteen children and I was able to find information for twelve of their children: James, Roman, Mamie, Drusilla, Richard, Elmer, Harold, John, Mabel, Nellie, David, and Cecil. James married Lucy Bradshaw, the daughter of Tom Bradshaw and Dollie T., on October 21, 1919, in Davenport, Scott, Iowa. James’ brother Roman was born on May 10, 1887, in Colchester South and married Ella Mitchel, the daughter of Charles Mitchel and Clara Butler, on June 28, 1916, in Windsor. Roman passed away shortly after he married Ella, on November 27, 1917 and The Essex Free Press shares more details in his obituary. It says “The death occurred here of Roman Hall, second son of Jesse Hall, at 6 o’clock, Tuesday evening, at his home on the Malden Road. He was married a year ago last June, to Ella Mitchell, daughter of Charlie Mitchell who survives him. He was 30 years of age. This is the fifth death in the family in the last couple of years. The deepest sympathy goes out to the bereaved family and wife. He is survived by his father and three brothers and sisters, James of Kentucky, Elmer and Ida, of Detroit, and John and Nellie, at home. The funeral took place on Thursday afternoon with interment in New Canaan cemetery.”

Roman’s wife Ella appears to have lived many years passed Roman’s death. In 1945, the Windsor Daily Star mentions that “Mrs. Hall (Ella Mitchell) of Colchester North, was honored at a delightful birthday party by 45 of her friends recently.” I was not able to find an obituary for Ella, but I found one for her sister Mira which shares information about their family. On September 11, 1950 The Windsor Daily Star wrote “Mrs. John Day – Mrs. Mira Ann Day, 55, of 1086 Mercer street, widow of John Day, died Sunday at her home after an illness of one year. She was born in New Canaan and lived in Windsor 10 years, coming here from Harrow. She was a member of Tanner A.M.E. Church. Surviving are two sons, Iva Elwood Day, and John Isaac Day, both of Windsor, two brothers, Fremont Mitchell, of Detroit, and Charles Mitchell, of Ann Arbor, and four sisters, Mrs. Ella Hall and Mrs. Mary Knox, both of Ann Arbor; and Mrs. Mabel Lucas and Mrs. Clara Franklin, both of Detroit.” Not only does this obituary reveal the names of Ella and Mira’s siblings, but it also states that she was still alive by 1950.

Interestingly, I came across an obituary for Philo R. Hall who is Ella’s son and because Philo is listed with the last name ‘Hall’ it seems that he is the son of Roman who must have passed away while Ella was carrying Philo. Philo’s obituary from The Windsor Daily Star on December 17, 1945 states “HALL – Philo R., 26 years, December 15, 1945 Beloved son of Mrs. Ella Hall, Ann Arbor. Grandson of Mrs. Clara Mitchell of Ann Arbor. Funeral private. For further information call Jas. H. Sutton Funeral Home.” It does not seem as if Philo’s mother Ella remarried. By 1930, the Census lists Ella E. Hall (a cook and widow), along with Philo. Also, I previously mentioned the birthday party held for Ella in 1945 and at that point she is still listed with the last name Hall.

The Hall family experienced significant tragedy in a short amount of time. Roman’s sister Mamie sadly died of tuberculosis, which is the same illness that took Roman in 1917. Mamie’s death record states that she died on April 29, 1916 in Colchester at the age of 27. She is also listed as single. Mamie’s sister Drusilla was born on October 30, 1890 in Colchester and passed away on September 9, 1907 in Colchester of typhoid. She was also not married. Drusilla’s brother Richard died on July 1, 1917 in Colchester due to consumption. His death record lists him as single and working as a farmer. A brief obituary appeared in the Amherstburg Echo on July 13, 1917 and stated “Richard, son of Jessie Hall, died on Sunday after an illness of a year with consumption. The funeral was held on Tuesday afternoon with interment in Gesto cemetery. Deceased was 23 years of age.”

Richard’s brother Elmer married Olive Land, the daughter of John Land and Naomi Peters, on August 30, 1919 in Windsor. An obituary for Olive’s father John appeared in The Windsor Daily Star on August 30, 1941 and says “John Land, 83, of Elmstead, died at Metropolitan Hospital, Windsor. Deceased was born in Mississippi, came to Windsor 38 years ago, moving to Elmstead in 1929. He is survived by his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Elmer Hall, Windsor; fours sons, Harry, Windsor; George, Donald and Elwood, at home; also seven grandchildren and nine greatgrandchildren. Funeral services will be held at First Baptist Church, Puce, at 2 p.m., Sunday, August 31. Burial in the church cemetery.”

Based on the information I could find, Elmer and Olive had at least five children including Agatha Lucille, Cleo, Eleanor, Louis, and Mitchell. Before sharing information about their children, I would like to share Elmer’s obituary which appeared in the Amherstburg Echo which says “Funeral services were held Tuesday for Elmer F. Hall, 57, formerly of Windsor who died Friday in Westminster Hospital, London, following a lengthy illness. A native of Gesto, he had lived in the Windsor district for 35 years. Surviving are his widow, Olive Land Hall; two sons, Louis, Windsor, and Mitchell, No. 18 Highway; two daughters, Mrs. Raymond Lee (Cleo), River Canard, and Mrs. Harold Green (Eleanor), Windsor, and two brothers, John of Gesto, and James, Detroit. Rev. I.H. Edwards conducted the services Tuesday in Windsor. Burial took place in Puce Cemetery.”

As mentioned, Elmer and Olive had at least five children including Agatha Lucille, Cleo, Eleanor, Louis, and Mitchell. I found a death record for Agatha Lucille Hall which records that she passed away on June 24, 1924 in Windsor. This record also states that she was born on May 3, 1915 in Windsor and was nine years old at the time. I was not able to find any documents specifically about Cleo, but I did find a message of thanks from Cleo in the Windsor Star, printed on March 23, 1981, following the passing of Cleo’s husband Raymond Lee. The message says “The family of the late Raymond Lee wish to extend their appreciation & sincere thanks to relatives, friends and neighbours for sharing in the recent loss of a loving husband, father and grandfather. Your concern, many acts of kindness, floral tributes, sympathy cards, and donations to the Heart Foundation will always be remembered. Special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. John Richards, Dr. Barnby, Dr. Milos, Pallbearers and Anderdon Funeral Home. – Mary Cleo Lee.”

On a happier note, I was able to find a lengthy writeup in The Windsor Daily Star about Cleo’s sister Eleanor’s wedding which was printed on September 7, 1951. The article says “Greene – Hall Vows Are Spoken – In a lovely setting of pink and white gladioli at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Hall, on South Cameron boulevard, Miss Eleanore Nancy Hall was united in marriage to Mr. Harold William Greene, son of Mr. William Greene of Windsor, the Rev. William Garnier of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, officiating. The bride wore white flowered organza over blue satin, ballerina-length, with a blue and white veil, and carried a white Bible showered with gardenias, carnations and stephanotis. Mrs. Alma Coats, as her matron of honor, was in aqua nylon marquisette over taffeta, also ballerina-length, and Miss Betty Green of Chatham, the bridegroom’s sister, as bridesmaid, was in yellow organza over yellow taffeta. They both carried nosegays of pink roses and stephanotis. Mr. Raymond Wright of Detroit was best man, and Mr. Leon Land the bride’s cousin, was the usher. Mrs. Hall wore for her daughter’s wedding a gown of royal blue and black print, and Mrs. Elizabeth Freeman of Red Deer Alberta, the bridegroom’s mother, was in aqua. They both wore rose corsages. Miss Cecile Wright of Detroit, the bridegroom’s sister; Miss Barbara Greene, Miss Barbara Wilson, Miss Doris Brooks and Mrs. Joseph Faulkner assisted as hostesses at the reception following the ceremony. Mrs. Irma Land Berry of Cleveland, the bride’s cousin, was here especially for the wedding.

There was not any available information for Eleanor’s brother Mitchell, but I did find the obituary for their brother Louis Elmer Hall who is also referred to as “Highpockets.” On February 4, 2002, the Windsor Star wrote “HALL, Louis Elmer “Highpockets” – Died peacefully at Extendicare Southwood Lakes on February 3, 2002, at the age of 79 years. Beloved husband of the late Ileen (nee Chase) and father of the late Lois Parker. Survived by sons: John and wife Sheila, Ralph and wife Sharon, Brian and wife Gwen Hreceniuk; and daughters; Sharon Wilson and Patricia Hall. Sisters Mary Cleo Lee and Eleanor Green, and brothers Dale Martin and Mitchell Hall. Also survived by 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Mr. Hall was a retired welder with the City of Windsor Public Works Dept.”

What we publish is not a complete history of any family and is based on the documents that are available. We welcome photos and information to fill in the gaps. See you next week for part 3.

                                 The Hall Family History Part 3 – An Abandoned Cemetery Uncovered

Now that we have discussed Elmer and his family, we can continue with the rest of his siblings Harold, John, Mabel, Nellie, David, and Cecil. According to Harold’s death notice, he was single and worked as a labourer at the time of his death on October 23, 1917 in Colchester. You may recall, the period of 1916-1917 was a particularly hard time for the Hall family because several members of the family passed away during this time. A brief writeup for Harold appeared in the Amherstburg Echo on November 2, 1917 and says “Harold Hall, the 17-year-old son of Jesse Hall, died on Tuesday of last week following a lengthy attack of consumption. His death is the fourth in that family during the past year, all from the same wasting disease.”

Harold’s brother John was born on September 18, 1896 in Colchester North and married a woman named Rose. John also appeared in an article from the Windsor Star on July 18, 1974 to discuss the New Canaan cemetery. The article says “The clearing of an abandoned cemetery a mile west of here has uncovered an early settlement of escaped slaves in the Gesto-New Canaan area. As seven members of S.W.E.E.P. (Students Working in Environmental Enhancement Programs) clear away the brush and weeds they are finding tombstones dating back to 1884. Less than half of the two acres has been used for burial. It was given to the blacks for their burial grounds by Lew Artis. Many of the markers are gone; destroyed by vandals and the graves have sunk below ground level.

The article continues with “Only one descendant of the settlers, John Hall, still lives in the community in the home that his family built 60 years ago when he was 17. Mr. Hall said the settlement was mainly in the New Canaan area, a short distance west of Gesto. His forefathers referred to their new home as ‘the happy land of Canaan.’ Names like Richard, Columbus, Roman, and Thomas Hall; Joseph Scott; Samuel C. Hagerston; George Washington Bush; Nathaniel and Solomon Leatherman came to Mr. Hall’s mind as he recalled friends and neighbors who were buried in the little cemetery. The family of D.R. Davis, a successful criminal lawyer, once lived in the community and one of the tombstones carry the Davis’ name.

Many of the settlers came to this area before the civil war; some escaped from the United States as early as 1833, according to Mr. Hall. ‘As others came they helped them get started after they got here.’”

The article concludes, “After the end of the Civil War in the U.S. a few hundred came to the small community. ‘My father told me that my grandfather escaped during the war. They went five days without food as they travelled from Atlanta, Georgia, to the coast of New Orleans crossing rivers on rafts they made.’ The African Methodist Episcopal Church that once was the focal point of the settlers in Canaan has been gone for more than 20 years. The young people have scattered; most of them to the cities. Farming was the ‘way of life’ and at one time they owned most of the land in the area. Mr. Hall took up masonry 40 years ago but now lives quietly on the homestead.”

John William Hall passed away on July 15, 1979 in Windsor. His obituary from the Windsor Star shares details of his life and says “John William, 82 years, July 15, 1979 at Metropolitan General Hospital. Late residence Gesto. Member of The Masonic Order Lincoln Lodge No. 8 and the Nazary A.M.E. Church, Amherstburg; dear husband of Rose (deceased May 1970). Dear uncle of Louis and Mitchell Hall, Dayle Martin, of Windsor; John Hall, of Detroit; Mrs. Raymond (Cleo) Lee, of Windsor; Mrs. Geraldine Joshua, of Detroit; and Mrs. Harold (Eleanor) Green, of Windsor; 9 step-grandchildren, and a host of great-nieces and nephews also survive. Friends may call at the James H. Sutton Funeral Home, 401 Sandwich St., S., Amherstburg. Funeral services Wed. July 1, 1979 at Nazary A.M.E. Church at 1 p.m. Rev. L.O. Jenkins officiating. Interment Rose Hill Cemetery. Masonic Services Tues. at 8 p.m. under the auspices of Lincoln Lodge No. 8.”

As mentioned in John’s obituary, his wife Rose passed away in May 1970. I was able to find her obituary in the Windsor Star which was printed on May 14, 1970. It says “HALL – Rose, 75 years, May 13, 1970, at her residence, Gesto Side Road, Colchester North Township. Beloved wife of John W. Dear mother of Mrs. Lawrence (Beechum) Willson, Amherstburg. Nine grandchildren survive. Resting at the James H. Sutton Funeral Home, Sandwich and Gore Streets, Amherstburg, until 11 a.m. Friday, May 15, thence to the AME Church until time of service at 1 p.m. Rev. Lloyd Jenkins officiating. Interment Rose Hill Cemetery.” Rose’s family also printed a message of thanks in the Windsor Star which says “The family of the late Rose Hall, wish to express their sincere thanks to relatives, friends, and neighbors for their expressions of sympathy, floral tributes and many acts of kindness during their bereavement. Special thanks to Reverend L.O. Jenkins, pallbearers and the James H. Sutton Funeral Home.”

In Rose’s obituary, it mentions her daughter Mrs. Lawrence Wilson. Her full name appears in her obituary which was printed in the Amherstburg Echo on December 15, 1976 which says “Mrs. Lawrence (Wauneeta) Wilson died at her home on Park St. Amherstburg, Saturday in her 56th year. Her husband survives. She was step-daughter of John Hall, Gesto, mother of Lawrence, Windsor; Mrs. Jerry (Lois) Johnson, Amherstburg; Kirby, Terry, Rita, Connie, Judy, Teresa and Celia at home. 2 grandchildren. The funeral was Tuesday in Nazrey A.M.E. Church. Interment Rose Hill Cemetery.”

John Hall’s sister Mabel, just like several of her siblings, passed at a young age due to tuberculosis. She passed on April 29, 1916 in Colchester at the age of 14. Mabel’s sister Nellie Levern was born on January 22, 1904 in New Canaan. A Petition for Naturalization for Nellie Hall shares that she was not married and did not have any children at the time she declared her intention to become a US citizen on October 16, 1939. This record also reveals that Nellie worked as a domestic and was 38 years old at the time. Sadly, only a few years later on August 4, 1944, Nellie’s obituary appeared in the Amherstburg Echo which printed “Miss Nellie Hall Passes. – Miss Nellie Hall, of 2104 Lawley avenue, Detroit, died Sunday night in Hotel Dieu Hospital, Windsor, after suffering a stroke earlier in the afternoon while attending the Emancipation Day celebration held at Jackson Park, Windsor. Deceased was born at New Canaan 40 years ago and is survived by three brothers, James, of Detroit; John, of Gesto, and Elmer, of Sandwich West Township. Funeral services were held from the B.M.E. Church, Windsor, on Wednesday afternoon, and interment was in New Canaan cemetery.” Neither the Petition for Naturalization or her obituary mention her having any children or being married.

Nellie’s brother David was born on February 28, 1906 in Colchester, but sadly passed the same day, while the last child of Jesse and Mary Hall, Cecil, was born on April 5, 1907 and passed away only three days later, on April 8, 1907.

What we publish is not a complete history of any family and is based on the documents that are available. We welcome photos and information to fill in the gaps. See you next week for part 4.

                                                                The Hall Family History Part 4 – The Brothers

At the beginning of the Hall family history, I mentioned that the oldest members of the Hall family that would be discussed were James and his brother Richard. Now that I have shared everything I could find for James, I’ll move on to Richard.

Richard married Drusilla Blackwell and according to his obituary, he had nine children. After extensive research, I was able to identify four of their children: Angelica, Mary, Chris, Trenia. Richard first appears on the 1861 census for Colchester which lists Richard, an illegible name (likely Drusilla) and what appears to be the name Angelica. Whether or not this name is actually Angelica, the date is too early for the name to be Mary, Chris or Trenia because they were not born yet. The 1871 Census only lists Richard and his wife Drusilla and their children Mary and Christopher, but no one else is mentioned. The same applies to the 1881 Census, but the 1891 Census lists Trenia with a ‘D’ next to her name, indicating ‘daughter.’

By 1901, Richard and Drusilla’s son Christopher had started a family of his own. He is listed with his wife Mary E. (Campbell). This census also lists Christopher’s date of birth as February 28, 1867, while Mary’s date of birth is listed as February 11, 1871. Christopher Hall passed away on December 17, 1923 in Sandwich at the age of 56. His death record lists his occupation as a ‘Night Watchman.’ On December 28, 1923, the Amherstburg Echo printed his obituary which says “Chris Hall, who was removed to the Sanitarium at Sandwich a few weeks ago by the township, passed away at that institution on Monday evening. Deceased was about 60 years of age and was born and brought up in this township. He was a cousin of Jesse Hall and was married to Mary Campbell, who survives him. They had no family. Mr. Hall moved from this section about twenty years ago and for some years had resided in Detroit, but moved back last spring and has since been in declining health. The funeral was held on Wednesday afternoon with services in the A.M.E. church at New Canaan and Interment in the cemetery there. Rev. Mr. Fry, of Colchester South, Officiated.”

I’ll end the Hall family history with Richard and Drusilla’s obituaries. Richard passed away at the age of 87 on April 11, 1907 in New Canaan. His obituary shares several significant details and says “Richard Hall one of the oldest and best known colored men in this township, passed away on Thursday, April 11th aged 87 years 5 months. The deceased was born in North Carolina where at the age of 26, he was married to Drusilla Blackwell, and she survives him. In 1857 they came to Canada remaining in Essex County until 1861 when they moved to Haiti, but lived there only two years, when they decided to return to Canada, settling in Colchester North. Nine children were born to them, only one, a son, is living. There are however two grand children, Mrs. Wm. Holton, of Colchester North and Harold Nolan(?), of Detroit; three nephews, Jesse Hall, Colchester North; William Hall, Jackson, Mich., and James Hall, of Chicago, Ill. The funeral took place on Sunday and was largely attended.” Because of this document, I was able to determine that this Richard is the brother, not the son, of James Hall, in addition to learning the names of Jesse Hall’s (potential) brothers and when Richard and Drusilla came to Canada.

Sadly, it was only a few months later that Richard’s wife Drusilla passed away on July 5, 1907, in Colchester at the age of 81. Her obituary appeared in the Amherstburg Echo on July 12, 1907 and says “Mrs. Richard Hall died at her home in this township Friday last, after a short illness. Her husband died April 11th last. Her maiden name was Drusilla Blackwell, and she was married to the late Mr. Hall in North Carolina, coming to Essex county in 1863. Of a family of nine children, one son survives. The funeral took place Monday.” According to Drusilla’s death record, she passed away because of ‘heart failure,’ or some might say a broken heart.

What we publish is not a complete history of any family and is based on the documents that are available. We welcome photos and information to fill in the gaps. See you next week where we will celebrate another amazing family.