Muriel Grey Thomas – Part 2

“Gaga” was born 122 years ago today, November 11th 1895.  A couple more pictures to share.  I found a school picture of her when she was about 6 years old when she was living in Hammonds Plain, Nova Scotia.  There are 41 people in the picture and 34 names written on the back by someone.  I’ve included a scan of the picture and the back of the picture.  There appear to be many cousins also in the same school with the last names of Haverstock, Melvin, Romans and Eisenhauer.  I have my genealogy work cut out for me with this information.

I think Muriel would be the girl to the farthest right in the picture with the long dark hair, and the girl behind her would be her older sister Louise (who Jim thinks looks like Bev).  Her younger sister Olive does not appear to be in the picture.

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I have been able to connect with a man named Tom Crease from Canada who is a grandson of Muriel’s sister, Louise Chester Thomas who married Frederick Crease on September 14, 1915.  Below are a couple pictures he was able to share.

Here is a picture with Muriel and Frank Davenport with their two oldest daughters Olive and Lois who were both born in Canada.

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Here is a picture I am guessing with Muriel and her two sisters and her dad Louis Nathaniel Thomas.

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Finally here is a picture with Muriel and I am guessing her two sisters.  Her dad passed away in 1951 and her mom in 1948.  If she was there for a funeral she would be in her mid-fifties and she looks older than that to me.  Her sister Louise passed away in 1966 and Olive was still alive in 1977 so I am guessing this is sometime between 1951 and 1966.

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Muriel Grey Thomas – Part 1

Affectionately known as Gaga to our family, Muriel Grey Thomas was born on November 11, 1895 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.  She had an older brother Louis Chester Thomas born in 1893 and a younger sister Olive Antoinette Thomas born in 1897.

Muriel Grey (Thomas) Davenport

She married Frank Howard Davenport on June 24, 1919 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. They had six children in all.  Olive Anne (b.1920) and Lois Mary (b.1921) in Canada, Barbara Grey (b.1922) and Marion Ethel (b.1925) in North Dakota, and Frank Howard (b.1929) and George Thomas “Mickey” (b.1933) in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.

Below is a wedding photo I found that was about 2″ diameter at most and mounted in a small jewelry like frame.

I believe that would be Muriels parents Louis and May Thomas on either side of them and I would guess Olive Thomas her sister standing behind her mother and I have no idea of the other two, but the young boy in front sure looks like he is having fun.

Next is a family portrait with all six children.

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I believe standing are Marion, Lois, Olive and Barb and in front are Frank II (Dad), Muriel, George Thomas (Mickey) and Frank I.

And here are a couple more Grandma pictures:

The picture on the left is Mary Esther (Magill) Mead and Muriel and on the right is Muriel and Great Grandma Nora.

Aren’t grandma’s the best!

Memories of Mom and Dad

It has been a while since I last posted as I have taken a break for a bit since our mom passed away August 28th.  So to start, just a few pictures of my mom and dad.

The first two pictures are from a yearbook called the “The 1950 Crucible” which is from my mom and dad’s freshmen year at Bay City Junior College.  They got married in February of 1951 so it is probable they knew each other at this time, although I did not see where mom signed the yearbook (the yearbook was my dad’s copy based on the comments from his friends).  I note the name of Lawrence Gordon in the Vet’s Club photo, whose family became lifelong friends of our family.  At least I assume that it is the same family.

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And 51 years later here are a few pictures taken for their 50th wedding anniversary celebration in 2001.

 

A mother named ‘Glo’

Part 1 (from late 1960’s)

There once was a mother named Glo’
Who had so many kids she was Po’
She loved them that’s true
And when she was through
She said “That’s it I ain’t havin’ no more!”

Part 2 (2017)

Now her blessed Savior she’ll meet
And throw all her crowns at His feet
While the memory lingers on
(Like a Belafonte song)
Of a life that is full and complete

Gloria Jane (Mead) Davenport

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Gloria Jane (Mead) Davenport

Obituary

Gloria J. Davenport, age 86 years, died peacefully at home Monday, August 28, 2017 with her family by her side. She was born to the late Hudson Dexter II and Mary Esther (Magill) Mead on March 12, 1931 in Kimball, Nebraska. On February 3, 1951, she was united in marriage to Frank H. Davenport, II in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Saginaw and he preceded her in death on August 10, 2014. Gloria was an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church and past President of the St. Elizabeth’s Guild. She enjoyed reading, politics, watching sports, spending time with her family at the cabin “up north”, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Surviving family members include her seven children: Frank Davenport III of Essexville, Thomas (Diane) Davenport of Bay City, Charin Davenport of Hazel Park, David (Julia) Davenport of IL, James Davenport of Essexville, Beverly (Leonard) Fauble of Bay City and Daniel (Patti) Davenport of FL; 15 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; Gloria was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law Faye Davenport, and brother, Hudson Dexter Mead III.

A private Celebration of Gloria’s life will take place. Memorial contributions may be directed to McLaren Hospice. The Davenport family would like to express their grateful appreciation to the staff of McLaren Hospice for the genuine care, respect and support shown to Gloria.

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Gloria Jane (Mead) Davenport

4 Generations!

Today I took a picture of 4 generations of women with some interesting facts I had never realized or known before.  In the picture is my mother, my sister, my sisters daughter and her daughter.

All four women have a middle name beginning with a “J”.  Gloria Jane, Beverly Jean, Amy Jo and the youngest Nora Jane.

Also, in each family there is only one women.  My mom had one brother and no sisters.  My mom gave birth to six boys and one daughter, Beverly Jean.  Bev had one daughter, Amy Jo.  And now Amy Jo has three boys and finally one daughter, Nora Jane.  Amy told me that it has always been a dream of hers since she was little to have a daughter and give her a name that begins with a “J”.

This is a genealogy post with all living people in it!

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2017 Road Trip #1

First road trip of the year.  2,426 miles starting with a visit to Oxford, Michigan for Austin’s graduation open house (I have a grandson graduated from high school already?!?). Then on the Lia, Chris and Emma’s for a couple days where we also met up with Stephen and Heidi and Lexi.  So a couple days in and I already have seen 5 of my grandchildren.  Emma is losing her teeth!

Emma

Next up was Pennsylvania for a 5 day visit with Brian, Amy and Sammy.  Spent a lot of time at the ball diamond since Brian coaches one team and Sammy is on another team.  Sammy is going in the seventh grade now and he is also doing some cross country training this summer.  Must have some of Uncle Ted’s genes in his system.

Sammy and I had a great hike in the governor Dick trail system, including climbing the ladders to the top of the observation tower.

I also had an encounter with an assassin bug.  I did not know what it was at first, and discovered that if I put my finger near it, it would walk towards my finger instead of away.  Fortunately for me, I did not let it get to my finger.  Whew!  Also saw a butterfly on our hike.  Kind of the beauty and the beast.

Then on to Maryland with a short visit with my cousin Susan McArdell.  Did not stay for long but had a great visit and did a lot of talking about all our relatives.  Got some new information for my genealogy research and also had a long talk via phone with my cousin Tom McArdell who has done much research also.  I see more trips in my future!

Susan & Me

Then on to Stephanie and Steven’s in North Carolina (via lunch at Steve and Kathy Clemons in Salem, VA).  Had a great visit there for about 4 days, including a visit to see Dan Warren in Easley, SC with a nice lunch downtown Greenville and a visit to Bob Jones University.

Dan Warren

Made it one day to Mount Airy, NC which is the boyhood home of Andy Griffith.  Had lunch at Snappy’s (which blew up Stephanie’s diet) and visited the museum (not so great) and many gift shops.  Saw the huge school she teaches at (9 classes in each grade!) in South Carolina, Harrisburg Elementary school.  Ended the trip coming home through Troy Ohio and overnight stay with Lia, Emma and Grandpa Risheill.

And last but not least, meet my new girlfriend Thelma Lou!

Me & Thelma Lou

Mary Ann (Hyde) Davenport – Part 1

Time for a little foray into the Davenport side of the family.  The picture below will be my starting point.  This appears to be a reunion of some kind which would have been in Rhode Island probably around 1930 give or take a few years.  The picture had names on the back written by my dad (Frank H Davenport II) which I note as underlined words below the picture.  There are 14 adults (only 13 names, probably since there is someone hidden on the left side) and four children.

Notably missing is the husband (or should I say former husband) of Mary Ann Hyde whose name is William Edgar Davenport.  More on this man, my great grandfather, later.

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Back Row Left to Right:

  • Arthur Rodgers and “Auntie” Martha Rodgers (this couple appears to be family friends in Pawtucket, RI) and in fact the 1925 census has Charles Arthur Davenport as next door neighbors to the Rodgers.
  • Hidden person behind Martha Rodgers (not named on back).  My guess it is Charles Lawton who married Mabel Davenport and she is next in the picture.
  • Auntie Mabel (McSparren) Lawton (Mabel L Davenport) b. 1886 in RI
  • Aunt Lillian (Lillian Lucy Davenport) b. 12 Sep 1889 in RI, d. 20 Apr 1957 in CA
  • Earl Quincy (Husband of Ethel)
  • Arthur Davenport (Charles Arthur Davenport), b.22 Jan 1899 in RI, d.21 Feb 1959 probably in RI
  • Ethel Quincy (Ethel Burton Davenport) b.17 Mar 1894 in RI, d. Nov 1979 in RI
  • Robert Davenport (Robert Darling Davenport), b.15 Nov 1907 in RI, d.17 May 1981 in CA
  • Mildred (Heywood) Davenport (Mildred L Heywood, spouse of Robert) holding Robert (Buster), Not sure who “Buster” is.  But Ancestry shows Robert and Mildred had a son born in 1934 in White Bear Lake, Minnesota named Heywood Grant Davenport.
  • Grandma Davenport (Mary Ann Hyde) b. 18 Jan 1863 in England, d. 20 May 1939 in Pawtucket RI.
  • Uncle Arthur’s wife (?), (Mary Louise Otis) b. abt 1904 in RI, d. abt 1972
  • Daddy (FHD), (Frank Howard Davenport I), b. 9 Mar 1884 in RI, d. 31 Jul 1945 in St. Paul, Minnesota.  In 1930 he would have been married 11 years with 5 children (including my dad born in 1929), so I assume he traveled alone for this reunion, if that is what this is.
  • John, (John Milton Davenport) b. 5 Nov 1905 in RI, d. 20 Jan 1955 in CA

Front Row Left to Right:

  • Priscilla Quincy (Priscilla F. Quincy) b. Jul 1924
  • Betty Lawton (Elizabeth H. Lawton) b. 1921, d. 1990
  • Phyliss Quincy (Phyliss Gifford. Quincy) b. abt. 1926
  • Uncle Arthur’s Son (Charles Arthur Davenport Jr.) b. 24 Sept 1924 in RI, d. 29 Jul 1990

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Matilda Matney

Great grandmother on our mom’s side.

Mary Matilda Matney was born on August 6, 1875 in Appanoose, Iowa, her father, William, was 40 and her mother Mary (Van Dyke) was 34.  She married John Magill in 1892 (when she was 17 years old) and they had 10 children in 19 years.  She died on May 9, 1936, in Hoisington, Kansas, at the age of 60.  Her husband John Magill passed away in 1954 at the age of 89.  I vaguely remember meeting him in Saginaw at Grandpa and Grandma’s house and I would have been 3 years old at the most.

After giving birth to five sons, her first daughter was Mary Esther Magill, who was to marry Hudson Dexter Mead II.  The fruit of their loins is our mother Gloria Jane Mead.

Mary grew up in Kansas, married and started raising her family in Kansas, but sometime before 1913 the family moved to Falls City, Nebraska where the last three of her children were born.  Around 1923 it appears the family moved to South Dakota and sometime before 1930 she would move back to Kansas where she lived out her remaining days.

Hudson Mead II and her daughter Mary Esther were married in 1927 in Chadron, Nebraska, which is near South Dakota.  Don’t know how they met, but maybe she went to see a band called the “Revelers” and fell in love with him at first sight!

I would guess that the picture shown here was probably taken around the time she was married and she indeed was a beautiful looking woman.

Mary Matilda Matney