VERNEY – March 19, Elizabeth, at residence 4843 Seminole Ave., beloved mother of Mrs. Charles Lindow of Detroit; Mrs. D. H. Cockburn, Mrs. James Shields, James G., George C. and Norman J. Verney of Toronto, Ont.: sister of Mrs. James Forsyth. Services from Fred G. Marshall Sons Parlors, 3462 E. Jefferson Ave., Saturday evening at 8 o’clock. Burial at Toronto, Ont.
Elizabeth married James Burgess Verney on 25 Sep 1884 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan. They celebrated 50 years of marriage just a few days prior to his death on 7 Oct 1934. James served on the Toronto Police force starting as a Constable and reaching the position of Chief of Police.
The couple raised 8 children: Florence “Nettie” (1885-1968), Louise “Lulu” (1887-1974), William Harry (1889-1944), Margaretta “Etta” May (1892-abt 1961), James G. (1894-1957), George Clarke (1896-1971), Norman Joseph (1898-?) and Minnie E. (died at 7 days old).
Could this couple have been cousins on some level? Elizabeth’s mother was Susan Burgess (1841-1933) and James’ mother was Elizabeth Burgess (1823-1909). Both mothers were born in Devon, England. However, at this time, I have not found a connection. Do I think there may be one? Absolutely! I have more work to do on this family.
I have not been able to locate James & Elizabeth in any census record in 1930. I did locate an Elizabeth Gillespie in the 1940 census, listed as an inmate at Eloise Hospital in Nankin Township, Wayne, Michigan. This record gives her place of residence in 1935 as Highland Park, Michigan. Her age in this 1940 census, is listed as 76 yrs and a birthplace of Canada (which is a place she lived, however my records show her born in Michigan). These are all close to what I have for Elizabeth. Her maiden name was Gillespie, so she could have been admitted under that name instead of Verney. Records no longer exist for this hospital but you can read about this institution here. It has a long history. She is one of several of my ancestors who ended up at Eloise Hospital toward the end of their lives.
Elizabeth was living in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan at the time of her death in 1948. I have the death index, but no death certificate.
Michigan, Death Records, 1867-1950
Name: Elisabeth Verney
Marital Status: Widowed
Birth Date: Feb, 1864
Birth Place: Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan
Death Date: 19 Mar 1948
Death Place: Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA
Death Age: 84
File Number: 377839
Father: Joseph Gillespie
She is buried in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at Prospect Cemetery, along with her husband James and other family members. You may visit her findagrave memorial here #127128510.
Edwin and his wife Alison Verney were Elizabeth’s brother-in-law and his wife. Charles Verney and Shirley Ford are Elizabeth’s nephew and his wife.
The Verney family was quite large and there are a great many descendants. If you are related to them, I’d love to hear from you.
OTHER POSTS THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST
MATRILINEAL MONDAY ~ Richard Gillespie & Eliza Jane Patterson–My maternal 2nd great granduncle & aunt–EnglandHappy hunting,
Copyright © 2010-2018 Diane Gould Hall
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. NO USE WITHOUT PERMISSION