Bessie was a colorful lady. Certainly the documents we have concerning her marriages and the births of her children give evidence of her not being your traditional grandma.
But, it’s the more colorful members of our families that it’s fun to hear about.
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|The William & Elizabeth Lindsay family - children are left to right, Ellen, William "Bill", Marie (my grandmother) and Bessie|
Relationship to me: Grandaunt – my paternal grandmother, Marie’s sister.
Born: 11 Nov 1892 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan to William Wallace Lindsay and Elizabeth “Bessie” Fitzcharles. She had two sisters, Ellen & Marie and one brother, William.
Married first to William Bryant Curry on 11 Sep 1911 in Windsor, Essex, Ontario, Canada. They divorced 14 Oct 1915. William Bryant Curry died at Camp Taylor in Kentucky while serving during World War I. He was a victim of the 1918 influenza.
|Marriage record for William B. Curry and Bessie Lindsay, 11 Sep 1911|
Married second to Stewart Frances Hockster on 19 Jul 1913 in Windsor, Essex, Ontario, Canada.
|Marriage record for Stewart Hockster & Bessie Lindsay, 19 Jul 1913|
Yes, the marriage to Stewart Hockster took place before the divorce from William B. Curry. Also of note, is that Bessie is listed as a "spinster" meaning never been married. We know that's not exactly true because she was married to William B. Curry in 1911. Interesting what we find out when we do our research.
Children born to Bessie:
- A son, Everett William Hockster born 21 Sep 1910 in Michigan, died 9 May 1985 in Farmington Hills, Michigan. He married Mary Sophie Ortell.
- A son, Oliver G. who was adopted by a family named Cline. Oliver was born 23 Jun 1912 and died 10 Aug 1977 in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
- A daughter, Ellen Marie born 14 Nov 1914 in Michigan, died 9 Jun 1990 in Los Angeles, California. She married Robert Boice McConnell.
- A son, Stewart Hockster, Jr. who was born 1 Jan 1917 in Michigan and died just 10 days later on 11 Jan 1917 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan.
|Stewart Hockster & Bessie - the young man standing is her son, Everett and the little girl is their daughter, Ellen.|
Bessie & her family lived in Detroit, Michigan.
Stewart Hockster and Bessie were divorced in 1935. Bessie never remarried.
Stories from her granddaughters say that she was very social and enjoyed dating and having a good time.
Bessie had 9 grandchildren and lived to be 78 years old. She died on 28 Oct 1971 from “pulmonary embolus.”
Bessie is buried at Grand Lawn Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan. When one of her granddaughters went to the cemetery in recent years, she found there was no headstone for Bessie. Her granddaughter ordered one and it is now placed on the site. She is buried with her sisters, Marie & Ellen and several other family members.
I wish I would have gotten to know my grand aunt Bessie. I know I met her when I was young, but I don’t remember her. Fortunately, I have reconnected with her granddaughters and am very close to one of them. I’m thankful for that.
Tell me about some colorful characters in your family. Either by leaving a comment or writing about it in your blog.
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