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
Amylynne (Baker) Murphy