Margaret "Annie" McElveen / McIlvaine wife of Arthur E. Cole of Cambridge as the daughter of Alexander McElveen & Elizabeth McMurtry of Abington, MA
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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.
Amylynne (Baker) Murphy