Amy Johnson Crow began this theme several years ago. Many bloggers participate. I have tried before and only got to week 9. My goal this year is to try very hard to get all 52 weeks done. Wish me luck. It’s week one and here we go.
Amy supplies us with a word that we can build a theme off of for each week’s post. We decide how to interpret the words and how we’ll use them.
This week the theme is “first.”
I’ve decided to just make it my “first” post this year.
I thought I would randomly go into my Legacy database and pick the person who has RIN 100. RIN stands for Record Identification Number.
That person is Vera Violet Allen who was the second of four wives married to my granduncle William “Bill” Lindsay. I’ve written about his marriages in this post William "Bill" Lindsay & his many wives - the story of my granduncle Bill
What do I know about Vera Violet Allen?
- A birth record from Rockingham, Vermont indicates she was born 16 Feb 1902 to Almon F. Allen & Minnie Luella Fisher1
- The marriage record for Vera & my granduncle Bill from 23 Sep 1919 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan gives her parent's name and they match the birth record.2
- In the 1910 census Vera is living with her divorced mother, Minnie Allen and her siblings.
- By 1920 she is living with her husband, William “Bill” Lindsay whom she married on 23 Sep 1919 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan. They, in fact, are living with Bill’s sister Marie (my grandmother) and Marie’s husband Harry Gould and my young father who was 7 at the time.
- In about 1927 a son, Robert Lindsay was born in Massachusetts. I don’t have any details on him at this time. However, I do have the divorce record for Vera and Bill, filed in Detroit, Michigan and granted on 19 Jul 1928.3
- In the 1930 census, Vera is listed as divorced and living in Waltham, Middlesex, Massachusetts with her sister, Christine, brother-in-law, Henry Vear and their young daughter Gwendolyn. Also in the household is Robert Lindsay age 3 1/2 and William Lindsay, age 5.
- NOTE: This is why I love blogging. I taking another look at the divorce record for Vera & Bill, I see that both sons, Robert and William are listed as their children and it gives ages and middle initials for them. This should help me learn more about those two little boys. How did I miss those clues before?
- In the 1940 census I have located Vera living with her two sons, William and Robert and a husband, Laurence Aiken. Laurence died in 1953.
- In the 1960 Berkshire, Massachusetts city directory Vera is listed as Vera Aiken widow of Laurence Aiken.
- I have located a FindAGrave memorial for Vera. The memorial lists her as Vera Violet Allen Lindsay Aiken Marlow #190733872.
- I haven’t yet located a marriage to anyone named Marlow, but will continue to look.
I’m hoping I can keep up with the 52 Ancestors in 52 weeks theme. I look forward to sharing even more about mine and my husband’s ancestors with you.
Here’s a link to my other 52 Ancestors posts from 2017.
Sources: 1 - State of Vermont. Vermont Vital Records, 1871–1908. New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts. 2 - Michigan Marriage Records, 1867-1952 3 - Michigan Divorce Records, 1897-1952
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