Re: Annie May Best of Parrsboro

Hi Dave,

Just a little tidying up regarding the marriage of William MacAloney and Charlotte (Fisher) O'Brien, her mother's name was Lucretia Treen Fisher [she and Charles Fisher were my great-grandparents].

William's daughter Nita is a mystery. I have only two children for William and Charlotte: Mary and Hazel. Having said that, I just looked at my records and I see that Mary died March 1939. That would mean that when William died in November 1940, his only living daughter with Charlotte would be Hazel... perhaps she was called Nita. ??

-- Carolyn


----- Original Message -----
From: David Winter
To: nscumber
Sent: Monday, December 29, 2008 6:31 PM
Subject: Re: [nscumber] Re: Annie May Best of Parrsboro


Marjorie:

As one roams through the various Parrsboro area cemeteries, there¹s McAloney
and MacAloney headstones. Also, Winter and Winters; Llewelyn and Llewellyn;
Smith and Smythe; MacLeod and McLeod; McKay and MacKay; Dow and Dowe to name
a few. Who knows which spelling is correct? With my Cumberland County
WINTER/S, they¹re mostly all related except Mrs. Leslie Sanford Lamb who was
nee Winters from Lunenburg County.

As for Annie May, I now think she¹s really Sarah Ann May Best.

NSARM Cumberland County delayed birth registrations
Year: 1886 Book: 1886 Page: 99000702
Name: BEST, Sarah Ann
DoB: 1886-09-02 Parrsboro, NS
c/o: Samuel L Best (Maitland) & Sarah Boyd
affidavit by Levi Best, brother, on 1951-10-26
based on baptismal record
[collected by EMKeys 2008-12-19]
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1891 Census;
3722 PARRSBORO A 322 BEST SAMUEL 47 M
3722 PARRSBORO A 322 BEST SARAH 36 M
3722 PARRSBORO A 322 BEST EMMA 12
3722 PARRSBORO A 322 BEST MARIAN 10
3722 PARRSBORO A 322 BEST JAMES 8
3722 PARRSBORO A 322 BEST LEVI 6
3722 PARRSBORO A 322 BEST ***SARAH*** 4
3722 PARRSBORO A 322 BEST ROBERT 1

Automated Genealogy Version;
1901 Cumberland County Census, Parrsboro family #239, BEST:
3 239 Best Samuel M Head M Feb 12 1843 58
4 239 Best Sarah F Wife M Jan 11 1855 45
5 239 Best James M Son S Nov 2 1881 19
6 239 Best Levi M Son S Sep 26 1883 17
7 239 Best ***Annie*** F Daughter S Sep 2 1886 14
8 239 Best Robert M Son S Dec 28 1888 12
9 239 Best Edith F Daughter S Nov 20 1891 9
10 239 Best Elsie F Daughter S Apr 2 1894 7
11 239 Best Gorden M Son S Aug 12 1896 4
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NSARM Cumberland Co marriage registrations
Year: 1902 Book: 1810 Page: 272 Number: 259
Groom: MacALONEY, Alexander, 23, b, labourer
living Parrsboro, born Parrsboro
s/o James A & Maria MacAloney, ship carpenter
and
Bride: BEST, Annie May, 17, s
living Parrsboro, born Parrsboro
d/o Samuel & Sarah Best, labourer
married 1902-12-06 at Parrsboro, NS
before Levi Best, Hattie Tibbetts [Levi¹s her brother]
by Rev D H MacQuarrie, Baptist
[collected by EMKeys 2008-06-05]
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Automated Genealogy Version;
1911 Cumberland County Census, Parrsboro Centre family #181, BEST:
4 181 Best Samuel M Head M Feb 1842 69 1901
5 181 Best Sarah F Wife M Jan 1855 56 1901
6 181 Best Gordon M Son S Aug 1896 14 1901
7 181 King Annie F Daughter M Sep 1885 25 1901
8 181 King Edward M Son-in-law M Jul 1851 59 1901
9 181 King Charles M Grandson S May 1907 4 1901
10 181 King Frances F Granddaughter S Jul 1910 10/12 1901
==================
NSARM Cumberland Marriages, 1915; Book #37; Page #625
(Indexed as McAloney)
William MacAloney, 35, Widower, Presbyterian, Farmer
Living Parrsboro; Born (not given)
S/o James and Maria Best MacAloney
And
Charlotte E. O¹Brien, 35, Widow, Baptist
Living North Middleboro; Born Wallace River
D/o Charles and Lucretia Freen Fisher
Married 17 Jun 1915, Baptist, Parrsboro
By Rev. G. Douglas Milbury before Henry Leo MacAloney and Mrs. G. Douglas
Milbury
[Henry Leo MacAloney is William¹s brother]

Source: Dave Winter, 29 Dec 2008
======================
William does not list Charles or Frances in his obit below. As Charlotte E.
Fisher was only age 35 in 1915, Neta is possibly by William and Charlotte as
after their 1915 marriage:

Parrsboro Record, Tuesday, November 19, 1940, pg. #1; Reel #2863, NSARM,
Halifax, N.S.
(Under the heading Wedding and not Obituary)
WEDDING: Alexander MacAloney
The death of Alexander MacAloney, a resident of Wallace for the past 25
years, occurred here on Friday morning , November 15, at the home of his
brother, Harden MacAloney, where he had spent the past week. Born at
Parrsboro 61 years ago, the deceased was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander
MacAloney. He is survived by one daughter, (Nita) Mrs. Earl MacGill of
Wentworth; five brothers, Austin of West Stoughton, Mass.; Stephen of Bass
River; Robert, Henry and Harden of Parrsboro; and one sister, Eliza of
Rumford, Me. Five step-children also survive. A short service conducted by
Rev. J.N. Currie was held of Saturday evening at his brother's home here,
where he passed away. Interment was made on Sunday at Wallace beside his
wife, who predeceased him nine years ago. Rev. Mr. Black of Pugwash
conducted the funeral service from the Wallace River Church. The late Mr.
MacAloney was a member of the Baptist Church at Wallace.

Source: Dave Winter, 17 Jul 2008
==============
So, I still contend William Alexander MacAloney and Sarah Ann May Best
separated shortly after their 1902 marriage with her taking up with Edward
King, a man 35 years older than she, with issue of Charles in 1907 and
Frances in 1910. There possibly wasn¹t a marriage as there wasn¹t a divorce
from her m/1 so it was possibly common law.

By 1912, Sarah Ann May Best is up in Saint John, N.B. with possibly George
Hamilton McCormick and issue of Marvel Pratt McCormick. Note below she¹s
³Best², not MacAloney or King.

RS141A1b
Index to Late Registration of Births

Child MCCORMACK, MARVEL PRATT
Sex M
Date of Birth 1912 | 11 | 19 (Y-M-D)
Place SAINT JOHN
County SAINT JOHN
Father MCCORMACK, GEORGE HAMILTON
Mother BEST, SARAH ANN
Code 1912--802063
Microfilm F23681
=================
Again, there¹s no marriage because possibly neither have a divorce so it¹s
common law again. George was married to Minnie (?) in 1911, a lady 29 years
his junior. George Hamilton McCormick¹s first wife was Mary Ann McCloskey.
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Automated Genealogy Version;
1911 Saint John County Census, Saint John family #142, McCORMACK:
46 142 McCormack George M Head M Jan 1860 50 1901
47 142 McCormack Minnie F Wife M Aug 1889 21 1901
48 142 McCormack Lillie F Daughter S Mar 1890 20 1901
49 142 McCormack George M Son S Apr 1896 14 1901
50 142 McCormack Alice F Daughter S Apr 1898 12 1901
1 141 McCormack Gerald M Son S Jul 1902 8
2 141 McCormack Alditha F Daughter S Jan 1904 6
3 141 McCormack Vera F Daughter S Dec 1906 4

Note Alditha [Aldytha Christina] and Vera [Madeline] McCormick on the census
above are the same two step-daughters listed in Annie Sarah (Best) Harrison
obit posted earlier today.

So, the same kind of things were happening back then as today, only it
wasn¹t talked about or kept better hidden whereas today, no one is ashamed
about it. If there was ³spousal abuse² back then and a wife had to leave her
husband, there were no ³social safety nets² as we have today. She had to
quickly find another man to support her and any children she may have had
with her. Many second marriages happened back then without divorces whereas
with today¹s records, one couldn¹t get away with it and would be charged
with bigamy.

My thoughts only.

Dave
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On 12/29/08 7:12 PM, "malloyd57" <malloyd57@...> wrote:

>
>
>
> I'm just wondering about the spelling of McAloney or MacAloney. Any
> records I have, the name is spelled McAloney. Also, I was presuming
> that since Annie May married Edward King about 1910, I thought
> Frances and Charles were from his first marriage, because of the
> dates of their births? I have Charles b. 1907 and Frances b. 1910, so
> it's conceivable that Frances is Annie and Edwards', but not Charles?
> I thought I'd read something on this message board that said he'd
> been a widower who was about 35 years older than Annie? Maybe I just
> misunderstood? Are there any birth records available for Frances and
> Charles, that confirm that they are Annie & Edward's children?
>
> Marjorie
>
> --- In Annie May Best of Parrsboro
  • From: "David Winter" <David_Winter_uid1419@yahoogroups.com>