Surname Saturday: Alexander McElveen / McIlvaine (1830-1863) & Eliza McMurtry (1833-1902) of Ireland & Abington, MA
Additional spellings include: Mackervine , McIlveen, McIlvin, McIlvane, MacIlvaine, McAlvine, MacElwaine, McAlveen, McElveen, McElvane, and likely many other creative variations….I am really not clear if it was pronounced "Mc-L-vin" ; "Mc-L-veen" or "Mc-L-vane" and I'm sure they would sound even more different in an Irish accent.
Alexander McElveen was born in Ireland about 1830-32, son of John McElveen and Margarette (per his marriage record). [rootsireland.ie Has a baptism for a Alexander Anderson McIlveen 1830 Co Down, with parents John & Margaret - need to purchase to get more details - there also appears to be a marriage for John & Margaret between 1820-1830 – no idea at this point if this is the same Alexander & parents. Alexander Mcilveen also seems to be a very popular name in Belfast, Ireland]. I suspect but cannot prove that Alexander maybe related to David of Chelsea, MA on the 1850 Census who is with [wife] Mary & [daughter] Margaret. Margaret was b. June 18 1849 in Chelsea, MA. This David seems to have died in Abington Feb 3 1860 of consumption, no parents listed, b: 1822. Ireland.
Alex married Eliza McMurtry on October 19, 1853 in Brighton, Ma, dau of James McMurtry and Sarah Steele. Eliza resided in Brighton at the time of marriage and Alex resided in Chelsea (NEHGS). She was born about Mar 1833-1836 in or near Belfast, Antrim, Northern Ireland according to the McMurtrie family research which will be blogged about next week. She may have arrived in Boston from Liverpool England on the ship Living Age, Aug 27 1849, per Boston Passenger & Crew Lists on Ancestry.com indexed as “Eliza McMurty”. “Alex McAlveen” probably arrived in Boston Oct 29, 1851 b: a1831 from Liverpool Eng on the ship Staffordshire per Boston Passenger & Crew Lists on Ancestry.com.
After their marriage they lived in Chelsea during 1854 where the birth of their 1st son John is recorded. This son passed away July 18, 1855 in Brighton, MA & they are found there on the 1855 Massachusetts Census under “McElvine”. By Feb 15 1856 they had likely settled in the Abington/Rockland area where he is found on record as having bought alcohol from an unauthorized dealer per the NEHGS Plymouth Court Records 1686-1859. This event was within a week of when I believe his daughter Margaret “Annie” was born, perhaps he was celebrating the birth of his daughter. The 1860 Census also places them in Abington indexed under the name “McElveigh”, shoe stitcher, both he and his wife “Eliza” were born in Ireland and can read.
Alex clearly passed away between 1862-1863, but three records for a death of Alex in Abington exist. None of the deaths state parents, and yet no evidence for another Alex about the same age exist which leads me to believe all the records are for the same Alex. Unfortunately, no will was found for him to aid in determining the date. I realize this seems weird but these are the records….
Either of these two seem the most accurate as far as a date given a 2nd Sarah was born in Apr 1863 he would have likely died in Nov 1862 or Jan 1863 while Eliza was expecting.
· Alexander Mclllvain Vol.157: Pg.328 : Died Nov (no date) 1862 Consumption, no marital status, no parents or any other info –
· Alexander Mclllveen Vol.166: Pg.268: Jan 3 1863, married, age 31 Consumption, stitcher, b: Ireland; no parents listed but born Ireland
· Alexander Mclllveene Vol.157: Pg.324: Jan 29 1862 a33 consumption b: Ireland, no parents listed; just below him is Sarah a3months Jan 30, 1862 can't really tell what she died of, dau of Alex & Eliz. NOTE: On this page the deaths do not go in order by date and were clearly compiled after the fact.
Alexander McElveen/McIlvaine & Eliza McMurtry had:
1. John McIlvaine born May 8, 1854 in Chelsea, Ma and died July 18, 1855 14m10d in Brighton.
2. Margaret A. “Annie” M. McIlvaine born Feb 1856 most likely in Brighton, but no record found- See Arthur Cole and Annie M. McIlvaine:
http://nhgenealogist.com/2/post/2014/01/surname-saturday-arthur-e-cole-margaret-annie-mcelveen.html and her Proof Summary here
3. John A. McIlvaine born May 25, 1857 Webster St Abington, Ma; He is with his mother in Abington 1865, and his step father & mother in 1870 in Abington, MA. I did not find him in 1880. "John McIlvaine", son of Alex & Eliza b: Rockland a28 Hoslter, married in Cambridge Mary A. Moran, dau of John & Catherine b: Chelsea, on Apr 18 1886. 1900 Census Boston on Endicott St [?] John McElveen & Mary Ann married 15 years he born 1860 She 1866 no months, 0/0, Forman, Born Abington? Both parents born Ireland. 1910 Census he & his wife Mary A. are now on Shepard St. which was his grandparents James & Sarah (Steel) McMurtry’s address prior to this, but his middle initial is listed as "W.", married 22 yrs (a1888) ; 0/0; salesman in horse market. "John A. McElveen" d: Oct 14, 1913 a56, at 5 Shepard St in Boston, born in Rockland, MA, Horse Dealer. His obitutary in the Boston Herald on Oct 16 1913 states: “McElveen – In Brighton, Oct 14 John A. beloved husband of Mary McElveen (nee Moran)” In 1920 Mary, his widow, is in Boston Precinct & has her brother William P. Moran with her on Shepard St. In the 1920-1933 Boston Directories Mary McElveen, widow of John A. continues to be listed at 5 Shepard St [1934 = 21 Shepard].
4. Sarah Jane McIlvaine born Nov 29 1861 in Abington, MA, daughter of Alexander & Eliza, shoemaker, both parents born in Ireland (NEHGS- “Mc Elvine”). Sarah Jane Mc Ilveene, daughter of Alex & Eliza, died Jan 30 1862 in Abington, MA, age 3mo and he father is listed above her, however all the deaths on the page are out of order and clearly documented after the fact (NEHGS).
5. Sarah J. McIlvaine born Apr 3 [1863? the date on the top of the page is chopped off but it is indexed on NEHGS as 1863] to Alexander & Elisa (McMurtry), stitcher, in Abington, both parents born in Ireland. It does not say Alexander is deceased. She probably died or was separated from her mother between 1865-1870 as she is not on the census. No death record has been found for her.
On the 1865 Massachusetts Census Eliza & her children are listed in Abington, but are not easy to find. They are indexed on FamilySearch as “McStevens” & on Ancestry as “McIllverne”. Elizabeth married Henry S. Perkins July 1, 1868 in Abington, MA, also recorded in Weymouth, MA. The record states Eliza McIlveen, age 28 & Henry Perkins, age 29 [b.1837]. It says both are first marriages but can’t be. It says she is the daughter of James and Sarah, no last name, McIlveen implied. He is the son of Nathaniel and Elizabeth. He is likely on the 1850 & 1860 Censuses with his father, Nathaniel & step-mother Hannah (Weston) in Newburyport, MA. His mother having died of Typhoid Fever Oct 21 1847 in Newburyport, MA. Henry was a Civil War Soldier enlisting as a Private at the age of 23 on Aug 12 1862. His occupation at the time was an Engineer. He served in Co E 8th Infantry of Massachusetts, was promoted to full corporal. Reenlisted in Co D, 59th Regiment, transferred to the 57th Regiment & was finally mustered out Jul 30 1865 at Delaney House, Washington DC.
Henry & Eliza had at least one daughter:
Hattie E. Perkins born May 22, 1869, dau of Henry b. Newburyport & Eliza [no birth location], Engineer (NEHGS). She probably died Feb 8 1871 in Brighton, MA “Hettie Perkins” [NEHGS is indexed to incorrect image, click forward two pages], age “unk”, of Croup, nothing else is listed on record, but it seems probable given the cause and Eliza’s connection with Brighton that this is likely her Hattie.
They are listed on the 1870 Census in Abington with her 2 previous children Margarett & John A. , as well as their daughter Hattie E. Perkins. Margarett & John are also listed with the last name of Perkins. By 1876 they are likely divorced as he is in a US National Home for Disabled Soldiers in Maine, and there is no mention of her as his next of kin. It lists his father as his relative & address as Newburyport, MA. It seems he could be in Boston in 1880 as a boarder with Clarks, a41, engineer, widow [not quite]. He died Jun 13 1894 in Chelsea, MA at a “Sold. home”, a55 3m 28d congestion of brain due to meningitis, no parents listed (NEHGS). He could be buried in Riverview Cemetery, Birch Ave, Groveland, MA, but I haven’t visited there & I don’t have a source for that.
Eliza Perkins born Ireland a1833, married, might be in Cambridge, MA as a servant in 1880. This fits her and the fact that her daughter “Annie” lived in Cambridge at the time, and her son John married in Cambridge in 1886, both help support this.
On May 8 1899 in Wayland, MA Eliza marries Alexander S. Spear b. Jun 1832 in Ireland, Imm 1849 [1900 Census]. Their marriage records list her as Eliza Perkins (McMurtry), a62, daughter of James & Serra (Steal) & his parents as David & Elizabeth McNealy. It states she was a housekeeper & that this was her second marriage but that is clearly incorrect. They are listed on the 1900 Census in Wayland, MA. That census states she was born Mar 1836 in Ireland, 3ch/3lv [?], both parents born in Ireland, Immigrated in 1844. Alexander Spear had previously been married to Elizabeth Maria Pratt on Jan 22 1856 in Brighton, MA. He was the son of David & Isabella Spear, she was the daughter of Mervin & Vernetta Pratt. His first wife died Aug 17 1897 aged 63 yrs in Wayland.
Alexander Spear & Elizabeth Pratt had:
Emiley “Emma” M. Spear b. Aug 2 1856 in Brookline; m: John A. Kirkland d. Apr 1 1945
William J. Spear b. a1859; m: 1st Lizzie & had Henry; m2nd Matilda & had Anne who
died at 15y
Elizabeth Susan Spear b. Jan 10 1874 in Boston; d. Dec 15 1955
1860 Brookline;1865 Brighton; 1870 Brighton, MA; 1880 Wayland & William is next door.
Our Eliza died Mar 18 1902 in Wayland, MA of Apoplexy. This record has an image error on NEHGS but can be seen on ancestry.com. Her record states she was b. a1831, buried in Brighton, MA, birth place & parents unknown. Alexander S. Spear died in Boston Sep 20 1908 and his record states was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Brighton, MA (NEHGS).
Evergreen Cemetery confirms both Alex & Eliza Spear are buried there in lot 166 Weston Path, but their records are a jumble mess, so don’t be shocked if they can’t find it right away, if at all. Other records & unmarked graves may or may not exist, but this is what was found.
Spear, Eliza Lot 166 a65 Mar 18 1902 of Wayland Buried Mar 21 1902 Weston Path;
Spear, Alexander Lot 166 a77 y 3m buried: Sep 23 1908; d. Sep 20 1908 of Somerville, Weston Path.
Spear, Elizabeth S. (vault) Lot 166 Grave 8 Western Path Proprietor same a81y11m5d d. Dec 15 1955 Interment# 7636 Untertaker F.M. Wlison Cerebral Hemorrhage
Spear, Matilda (Ashes) Grave 165 Western Ave* a82y b. 1873 d. May 13 1955 in Philadelphia Buried Jun 8 1955 Undertaker Eastman Fun Ser. Cause not stated
Spear, Anne Grave 166 Western Ave* Prop Matilda Spear, buried Oct 3 1908 d. Sept 30 1908 in Boston Age 15 Undertaker JF Sullivan
* I think these are in another plot as Western Ave is a different road entirely & I have
no idea who else is marked there
Grave Marker on “Western Path”:
Eliza wife of Alex. Spear died Mar 18 1902 aged 71 years
Elizabeth S. Spear b. Jan 10 1874 d. Dec 15 1955
Alexander Spear b. Jun 1 1832 d. Sept 20 1908
Elizabeth M. wife of Alex Spear died Aug 17 1897 aged 63 yrs
Andrew C. Carson 1855-1940 his wife Annie E. 1876-1960
John A. Kirkland b. June 18 1856 d. May 6 1939 his wife Emily M. b. Aug 2 1856 d. Apr 1 1945
Margaret "Annie" McElveen / McIlvaine wife of Arthur E. Cole of Cambridge as the daughter of Alexander McElveen & Elizabeth McMurtry of Abington, MA
The McElveen/ McIlvaine Blog will be posted Nov 8th
and the Arthur E Cole & Annie blog is here
Problems with this theory are:
· A birth record has not been found for Annie or Margaret A. McElveen/McIlvaine
· Marriage record conflicts in parents first names, and death certificate conflicts in last name.
· There is not a record that states “Margaret” is actually our Annie’s first name, but her death record does state “M” as her middle initial. However, you can notice our Annie calls her daughter by her middle name of “Mabel” when on her birth it is “Annie Mabel Cole”.
These are what the records definitely show about our Annie:
· Annie & Arthur’s marriage record July 29 1872 in Cambridge, MA states: Arthur E. Cole a21, plumber, b. Vassalboro, ME, son of Rodney & Sophia to “Ann McKervine” a18, b. Brighton, daughter of Charles & Anna, both reside in Cambridge, MA. [She was actually more like a16]
· Cambridge Chronicle Aug 5 1872 – “July 29, in Brighton, by Rev. C. A. Holbrook, Arthur E. Cole and Ann Mackervine, both of this city”
· Annie’s death record states: Death of Annie M. Cole – June 9 1888 in Cambridge, MA, married, 32y 4m Intest. Obstruction, born Rockland dau of Alex McKenzie & Eliza both born Ireland.
· Cambridge Cemetery Range 61 Plot 32 buried with Arthur, record says same as death record, but no parents listed. The stone reads: Cole: “1856 Annie 1888” [Arthur is also listed]
· 1880 Census with Arthur Cole & kids states: born in MA, 1856, parents born in Ireland
· Annie’s daughter Mabel’s vital records state: Mabel’s Birth Record- NEHGS Massachusetts Births 1841-1915, Cambridge, Ma Feb 9 1874 Annie Mabel Cole dau of Arthur & Annie, fa occ Baker b. ME mo b. Mass; Mabel’s Marriage Record Family Search Records - New York Marriages 1686-1980 July 5 1892 in Manhattan, NYC Mabel A. Cole fa. Arthur Cole mo Annie McElwaine to Albert L. Baker fa Wm A. Baker mo C.A. Cannon. Mabel’s Death Record Massachusetts Vital Records – states Mabel A. Baker (Cole) d. Sep 12 1961, 87y 7m 3d, cancer of the bowel, widow of Albert L. Baker, b. Cambridge, MA daughter of Arthur Cole b. Nobleboro, ME & _____ Mc Ilvain b. Scotland, informant Hazel Baker [daughter, further details not relevant to this proof].
· Annie’s son George’s vital records & others state: Birth of George A. Cole NEHGS born Dec. 19, 1878 recorded in Cambridge, Ma son of Arthur & Annie M., fa Baker, b. Maine mo b. Rockland; Marriage of George Arthur Cole NEHGS Cambridge, Ma June 30, 1901 Mary Valenrice [Valencia?] both a23. He resided a 444 Mass ave. cigar packer, b. Cambridge, son of Arthur & Catherine Perkins [no idea where the Catherine Perkins comes from but his maternal grandmother had remarried a Perkins] . Mary resided at 57 Pearl st, a Saleswoman, b. Cambridge, the daughter of John Valenrice & Catherine Berlyn, married by Oliver W. Hutchinson, Minister, Cambridge. WWI draft Registration lists George Arthur Cole b. Dec 19 1878 Cigar Packer , Contact - Mrs Mary V. Cole, 42 Bradstreet Winthrop, MA George was found on the Massachusetts Mason Membership Cards a George Arthur Cole of Cambridge, Cigars, it says he’s b. 4-19-1878 but clearly that is incorrect, initiated into the Amicable Lodge Feb 5 1902, dismissed Dec 6 1917, Charter Member of Seaview Lodge Sep 11 1918 & suspended from there Jun 13 1935 George died after 1942 possibly in Revere, MA where he was last found recorded on WWII Draft Registration as George Arthur Cole born Dec 19 1878, married, a63 living at 42 Bradstreet Ave Revere & working at the Nautical Bowling Alley, Revere Beach Boulevard. The contact person is Mrs George Cole.
· Mabel who didn’t pass away until 1961, stated to family members that her mother’s maiden name was McIlvaine
Summarized from definite records above regarding our Annie we can gather the following about her origin:
· Annie’s maiden name was some form of McIlvaine or a name that sounded similar in an Irish accent
· Annie’s parents were either Charles & Anna McKervine or Alex & Eliza MacKenzie or a combination of those.
· According to the 1880 Census & her death record both of her parents were born in Ireland.
· Annie was most likely born about Feb 9 1856 (Saturday) in Brighton, Rockland, or Abington, MA, but this date come from calculating her death and there is no indication of the number of days, so it defaults to 0 days. In summary she was b. about Feb 9 1856 d. Jun 9 1888, aged 34 years 4 months 0 days. This may or may not be an accurate birthday to the day. Rockland was the most common answer for her birthplace.
· Annie married in Brighton but lived in Cambridge in 1872.
· It was quite possible because she was only 16 when she married, and he was only 19, they may have fibbed about their ages and her parents. I’m speculating & would need to look up what the law specifically was in 1872, however, in 1876 Charles Upham Bell wrote The General Statutes of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and Additional Laws to the Present Time: Reduced to Question and Answers (Google eBook) pg 110 it states males had to be 21 & females had to be 18 unless they had parental consent.
We also can determine from other research:
· Rockland was part of Abington until 1874ish
· There is a birth for a female Dec 10, 1856 in Boston to Alexander & Elisabeth Mackenzie Parents birthplaces are NS & Me, father machinist - but on the 1870 census the children named are Lizzie age 12 & a boy-so that can't be them….they are ruled out.
· No records on the 1860 Census in Massachusetts under Alex* with any last name sounding like McIlvaine or McKenzie, born in Ireland between 1830-1835 exist except: Alex, shoe stitcher, and Eliz McIlveigh in Abington, MA also with them: Margaret A, a4, John A a3
· The only Cha*, any last name sounding like McIlvaine or McKenzie, born in Ireland between 1830-1835 in Massachusetts on the 1860 Census is Charles McAlvin a26 [b. 1834] Ireland Ward 3 in Lowell, MA w/ Mary A McAlvin a21 b. Ireland, Mary Mc Alvin a22 b. Ireland, Mary Mc Grevey a20 Ireland – no daughter, this is ruled out.
· No records were found for an Ann b. a1856 in Massachusetts with a father Charles or Alex with a last name that sounds remotely like McIlvaine on the 1860 Census, 1870 Census, or in Massachusetts Birth Records.
· No records were found for a Margaret b. a1856 in Massachusetts with a father Charles or Alex & a last name that sounds remotely like McIlvaine were found in Massachusetts Birth Records.
Further indicators toward supporting Alexander McElveen/McIlvaine & Elizabeth McMurtry as her parents, and her name actually being Margaret Annie McElveen are:
· Margaret A. daughter of Alex & Eliza [any similar variation of the last name] born in Massachusetts about 1856 is not otherwise traceable.
· On Feb 15 1856 (Friday) Alex is found on record in Abington as having bought alcohol from an unauthorized dealer per the NEHGS Plymouth Court Records 1686-1859. It is indexed as 1686, and spelt “Alexander McElvin”. This event was within a week of when I believe his daughter Margaret “Annie” was born, perhaps he was celebrating the birth of his daughter.
· Elizabeth the mother has a distinct connection to Brighton, MA as that is where her parents lived. Brighton is also mentioned in our Annie’s records, and Alexander & Eliza had their 1st son John in Chelsea, MA but he passed away July 18, 1855 in Brighton, MA. They also lived in Brighton during the 1855 Census – no children living were listed with them as it was after the death of John.
· The 1865 Census in Abington lists Eliza McIllveene b. Scotland, widow, with Margaret A., John A. & Sarah J.
· Annie was married in Brighton according to the Cambridge Chronicle. I suspect she did eventually get some of her family’s blessing, perhaps they were just nervous the law was not on their side. This might also help explain why their ages & her parent names are not consistent.
· Alexander McIlveen died in Abington between 1862-1863 [as stated above]
· Elizabeth & Alex’s marriage record stated he was the son of John McElveen and Margarette
· Elizabeth (McMurtry) McIlveen of Abington married Henry Perkins after Alex died in 1866. [as stated above]
· 1870 census Margaret A is with Eliz. & Henry Perkins in Abington [as stated above]
· 1872 – 1888 Annie is in Cambridge; 1880 Elizabeth Perkins is in Cambridge; 1886 brother John A. is in Cambridge
· Unfortunately, no probate record or will for her grandfather James McMurtry who died 1882 exists in Suffolk County so we cannot confirm or deny his grandchildren.
· Eliza Perkins born Ireland a1833, married, might be in Cambridge, MA as a servant in 1880. This fits her and the fact that her daughter “Annie” lived in Cambridge at the time, plus her son John married in Cambridge in 1886.
· May 8 1899 in Wayland, MA Eliza Perkins (McMurty) marries Alexander S. Spear b. Jun 1832 in Ireland, Imm 1849 [1900 Census]. Their marriage record specifically lists her as Eliza Perkins (McMurty), a62, daughter of James & Serra (Steal). It states she was a housekeeper & that this was her second marriage but that is clearly incorrect. They are listed on the 1900 Census in Wayland, MA. That census states she was born Mar 1836 in Ireland, 3ch/3lv [I have no idea why it says that], both parents born in Ireland, Immigrated in 1844.
· Mar 18 1902 Eliza Spear died in Wayland, MA of Aproplexy. This record has an image error on NEHGS, but can be seen on ancestry.com. It record states she was b. a1831, buried in Brighton, MA, birth place & parents unknown.
· Alexander S. Spear died in Boston Sep 20 1908 and his record states was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Brighton, MA (NEHGS).
· Annie's likely sibling John, died in 1913 at what was once the McMurtry's address 5 Shepard St Brighton, MA.
My Great Grandmother, Annie “Mabel” Cole’s father was Arthur E. Cole (2G)
The first record of Arthur appears in 1860 when he is 7 years old and living in Taunton, MA with his sister Lucy who was married to Preserved Briggs. It seems some of the family had removed there from Vassalboro, Me shortly before his father had died in Nov 1859. His father’s death is recorded in Taunton where it seems to state he died in Warren, RI, but another record can be found in Warren, MA. In addition, Sophia’s deed selling the land in Vassalboro states she resides in Warren, MA in August of 1859. What led them to Warren, MA is unknown but by 1865 Arthur is living with his mother Sophia and other siblings in Taunton, Ma. In 1870 they are in Cambridge, Ma where he presumably met Annie, and married at the tender ages of 19 & 16, despite what the record states. Arthur and Annie have two children but she is stricken down at the age of 32 in 1888 leaving Arthur a widow with a daughter a14 & son a10. It wouldn’t be surprising if panick set in. He married Margaret Eastwood just 3 months after Annie’s death. Despite the quick wedding Arthur and Margaret were married several years and still listed together in the Cambridge Directories up to 1906, but in 1908 they are from then on listed separately. It's quite odd that in the mention of her adopting a young boy discussed later, Arthur Cole is not mentioned at all and that was as early as 1900. More information could surely be gained by looking in to the adoption records, but I have not pursued that avenue at this time.
After their separation it seems Arthur stayed in Cambridge and consistently worked at a Book Bindery, first as a janitor & later as a watchman. 1910 he is in the home of Patrick Murphy; 1920 with Addie Anderson & 1930 with Ida I Anderson, probably the same woman. His age is consistently given about a decade younger, but I believe without doubt it is our Arthur.
Arthur & Annie had:
1. Annie “Mabel” Cole – b Feb. 9 1874 in Cambridge, MA, m: Albert Larkin Baker in Manhattan, NY Jul 5 1892. Mabel died Sep 12 1961 in Cambridge, MA of Colon Cancer. She and Albert are buried in Oakgrove Cemetery, Medford, MA in the Mystic Lawn section
2. George Arthur Cole born Dec. 19, 1878 in Cambridge
June 30, 1901
Arthur and Margaret had:
3. Clarence Leon Cole born Oct 20, 1890 in Cambridge, MA & died April 11, 1891 in Cambridge, Ma age 5mo 21 days of convulsions
4. Leona Winifred Cole was born Oct 14, 1892 in Cambridge, MA
Harold & Leona had:
1. Son Galpin b. 1914 in Boston, MA
2. Unnamed Daughter born & died July 5 1915 in Boston, MA
5. Howard Russell Cole born Oct 14, 1893 in Cambridge, MA
Mrs Margaret Cole (wife of Arthur) adopted:
Jack McCarthy b. Mar 1892 of Danvers, MA orphan son of John [?] McCarthy who died in Danvers 3-4 yrs prior to 1900 [no record found] when she adopted him. John W. McCarthy is listed in the home of her aunt [?] Jane Smith b. July 1846 a53 a widow, boardinghouse keeper, b. Canada fa b. England mo b. Scotland arrived in 1886 in Danvers on the 1900 Census as a boarder both parents born Ireland, also with them are
Jack’s siblings were also possibly adopted [temporarily], but it is unclear. They were:
Jeremiah McCarthy a10 b. Jan 1890
Agnes McCarthy a5 b. May 1895.
Elizabeth McCarthy a14 b. Jul 1886. She is on the US Census 1900 with Timothy J. Casey in
Danvers, still there in 1901 said to be “in the employ of T. J. Casey, hostler for Rev TB Power of Annunication Church, where she has a good home” Elizabeth is also listed in the Home for
Destitute Catholic Children, Boston, MA in 1900, b. Jan 1886 a14 her siblings are not listed
on the same page. Nothing definite on the whereabouts of the other McCarthy children has
been determined after 1900.
April 2, 1901 Boston Journal (Boston, MA) Vol: LXVIII Iss: 22165 pgs 1 & 3
Missing Jack Cole. Boy May Have Been Kidnapped. Was Adopted by Cambridge Woman. Taken from School
“From Time to time since the McCarthy children have boarded out as town wards by Danvers Overseers of the Poor they have disappeared for brief periods having ridden away with a man who is said to have claimed to be related to them, but they were always found and returned all right, no nothing particular was thought of it when Master Johnnie McCarthy, otherwise Jackie Cole – having been adopted by Mrs Arthur E. Cole of [914?] Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge disappeared from Danves Centre schoolhouse last Friday.But what was thought a simple episode now appears in a more serious light, perhaps kidnapping.
The lad nine years of age, who has been spirited away, is a bright boy, one of four orphan children of John McCarthy, who died in Danversport.
Was a Ward of the Town
The children became wards of the town and were cared for by the Poor Department for three or four years, being placed in charge of various families for boarding. They were moved from time to time, as it was found that they were not receiving satisfactory care and treatment, and for other reasons which were considered sufficient to the board, until finally a new State Law relieved towns of the maintenance of orphan children, but allowed the Boards of Overseers to have charge of them as before.
Under this law good places were found for one or two of the children in private homes the others being boarded with Mrs Smith at Danvers Centre. It was here that Master John found himself but he was soon legally adopted by Mrs Arthur E. Cole of Cambridge, a milliner in Boston. Town Council E. J. Powers making out the papers and having them duly recorded in Cambridge. It was understood that Mrs Cole intended to move to Danvers.
Difficulty in Keeping Children
She was considered a worthy woman, and there was no hesitation in making the transaction. The boy was sent to board with Mrs Jane Smith, an aunt of Mrs Cole who lives in Danvers.
From time to time there is said to have been more or less difficulty in keeping the children where they were placed as a man who is known to those [inter?nted] has carried the little folks away from time to time but always giving the explanation that they asked to ride home with him.
When John was adopted by Mrs Cole it was understood at first that there were no relatives, but Lawyer Powers learned that Mrs Falvey of Danversports was an aunt, and he obtained her consent to the proceedings. Now it is understood that there is a man, who, ….Continued on the Third Page…
Missing Jack Cole …continued from The First Page….
It is hinted, is an uncle by marriage, or possibly by consanguinity [?] and that he is represented to be the guardian of the lad who has disappeared. If he has taken the boy, and can prove that he was legally appointed his guardian, prior to the boy’s adoption he can probably retain possession of him, but if not, it Is a most serious matter for the alleged guardian.
Boy Called Out of School
One day, the latter part of last week, somebody drove up to the Danvers Centre School House and called out Master John, and he has not since been seen. There were two men in the carriage, and there is reason to believe that all have been identified, and it is possible that the carriage and one of the men belong in Danvers, and are associated, directly or indirectly, with a professional man who may have some interest in the case. The description of one of the men tallies [?] closely with that of the mysterious uncle or guardian.
Boys Folks Were Catholics
The lad comes from a Catholic family, but he voluntarily chose to attend the First Congregational Sunday School where he was much liked by all. His older sister is in the employ of T. J. Casey, hostler for Rev TB Power of Annunciation Church, where she has a good home.
The Overseers of the Poor have held a special meeting and placed the matter in the hands of Ernest J. Powers, Esq Town Counsel, who will probe it to the bottom, and may be depended upon to adjust matters, if there is any law that will do it.
The question arises Why was it necessary for the boy alleged legal guardian to gain possession of him in this way?”
April 3, 1901 Boston Herald (Boston, MA) Pg 12
“No Trace of “Jackie” – People at Danvers Are Surprised to Find that Young McCarthy Had a Legal Guardian
The boy “Jackie” McCarthy who was supposed to have been kidnapped in Danvers last week, has not been found yet. It appears by the records of the probate court in Salem that one Joseph George was appointed guardian of the boy some two years ago, but he has never done anything for him, nor were the poor department authorizes of Danvers aware of the existence of such a man. “Jackie” was a town charge until he was legally adopted by Mrs Cole of Boston and sent to board with her aunt in Danvers.
Mr George lives in Peabody, but the Danvers authorities say he never exercised his guardianship. They will probably petition for his removal.
When the boy first went to Mrs Smith’s he attended the Catholic church for some months, but as it was a long distance from his home he decided to go to the Congregational Church, nearer where he lived, and also to its Sunday School. The people interested in him say that have pretty well defined ideas as to who the men were who took the boy from school, and whose team they drove. The Danvers authorities are still investigating.”
April 4, 1901 Boston Herald (Boston, MA) Pg: 3
“Jackie May be with George – Danvers Authorities to Demand the Boy and Return him to Mrs. Cole
“Jackie” McCarthy who is giving the Danvers town authorizes and police so much trouble, is not yet located. It is now believed that the man who spirited him away was Joseph George who claims to be his legal guardian. Efforts were made to locate George in Peabody yesterday, but without avail.
It is believed by the Danvers authorities that George has the boy. They will ask for the revocation of the guardianship on the ground that the guardian neglected his charge. Then they will demand the boy, and restore him to Mrs. Cole.”
April 5, 1901 Boston Herald (Boston, MA) Pg: 7
“Taken By His Guardian
The Mystery of the Disappearance of “Jackie” McCarthy from Danvers Has Been Solved –
It is definitely learned at Danvers that Joseph George of Peabody and Timothy J. Casey of Danvers took “Jackie” McCarthy, otherwise known as John Cole, from Danvers Centre schoolhouse last Thursday. The mystery was cleared up by the admission of Mr Casey that he and Mr. George took the boy away.”
Cambridge Tribune, Volume XXIV, Number 5, 6 April 1901
....By the mysterious disappearance of John McCarthy, otherwise known as Jacky Cole, a curious state of affairs has been brought to light. Jacky is a nine-year-old boy having been adopted by Mrs. Arthur E. Cole of 944 Massachusetts avenue, a member of the firm of Cole & Waddell, dressmakers. He is one of four children left orphan* several years ago at Danvers, Mass., and up to the time the state law was passed relieving the towns of the maintenance of orphans, he was a ward of the town of Danvers, and as such was placed In different families as the authorities thought best
April 27, 1901 Boston Herald (Boston, MA) Pg: 7
New Guardian for “Jackie”
The latest act in the case of little “Jackie” McCarthy who was carried away by his uncle and guardian James George from Danvers some weeks ago has been the removal of Mr George as guardian. The boy had been neglected by him for more than a year. The Danvers overseers of the poor went to the probate court and secured George’s removal and secured the appointment of Overseer Hood in his place. The guardian will now demand the boy from George.”
Nothing further was found that Jackie McCarthy was ever returned to Mrs. Cole - just that he was removed from Mr George.
Cambridge Chronicle, 12 January 1901
A dressmaker's sign, which is displayed up the avenue, bears the Inscription: "Madumes Cole and Waddell," Wonder whut l'arislan prepared the Bi'-jn!
Cambridge Chronicle 5 April 1902
Mme.Cole, formerly of 901 Massachusetts avenue, wishes to Inform' her patrons that she has dissolved partnership with Mrs. Waddell and will be found at her new apartment, Hotel Graeme, 88 Hancock street, corner Massachusetts avenue, where she will be pleased to serve her patrons as In the past.
Cambridge Tribune, Volume XXVI, Number 5, 4 April 1903
Mme. COLE I Wishes to inform her patrons that she has removed her Dress - Making Parlors —TO— 14 TROWBRIDGE STREET. Having just returned from New York, with the Latest and Most Original Designs, she will be pleased to have patrons call at her new apartments.
1870 Census in Cambridgeport, MA pg No 129 Ward 2 July 2, Cole, Sophia a59 female, white, keepinghouse, b. Maine Charles H. 27, white male, cracker dealer, b. Maine; Arthur 17 white male cracker Dealer, b. Maine;
Marriage to Margaret “Annie” McElveen [Endnote follows]; Marriage to Margaret J. Eastwood – NEHGS Cambridge, MA Nov 4 1888 Arthur Cole of Cambridge a35 Teamster b. ME son of Rodney & Sophia, 2nd marriage, to Margaret J. Eastwood of St John NB a24 Dressmaker b. NB dau pf James & Mary 1st marriage, by Isaiah W. Sneath [?], Clergyman, Cambridge
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