Girvin – Elizabeth

Elizabeth Girvin Mollison is my 2x Great Grandmother. She was the eldest of 5 sisters and one brother, the youngest 2 being twins. She emigrated from Ireland, where she was born on April 4, 1861, to Northampton MA in or around 1880 at the age of 19. She would be the next to last sister to marry – only Martha would marry later in 1903.

By March 31, 1891, she had met and married John Stewart Mollison. Her first child, James Stewart Mollison was born on Feb 3, 1892. Followed by the twins; Harry and Harold on September 20, 1896. Harold would die the next month of pneumonia on October 31, 1896.

Lizzie and John would be the first Mollisons to move onto South Main Street. They lived closer to the Center of Goshen versus where their eldest son Stewart would purchase his land.

CENSUS:

  • 1880: She is not found in this census. She might have emigrated after the Census was taken.
  • 1900: Goshen; with husband John, sons Stewart and Harry.
  • 1910: Goshen: with husband John, sons Stewart and Harry, and Eleanor Weber the local school teacher boarding with them.
  • 1920: Goshen: with son Stewart, his wife Emeline, and their 3 children.
  • 1923: Northampton; living by herself.

She was 52 when Stewart married in 1913, and 59 when Harry married Lucie Glass in 1920. She became a grandmother at 54 when Lena Elizabeth Mollison was born. Her last grandchild was born in 1934 and 6 of her 11 grandchildren were born after her death in 1923.

In 1923, she is listed in the Northampton City Directory living by herself at 36 Hinckley Bay State. Researching the directory, the home belonged to Mrs Ludevene Thayer. Also residing there was an Albert White whose occupation was Trucking. In the same directory, Lizzie’s nephew, Charles Wenzel is also employed in Trucking industry. He lives at 121 Hinkley. Add to this that 98 Hinkley is the residence of her sister Minnie’s  brother-in-law John Shoro. It would seem that if Lizzie were looking for a place to live, she had plenty of opportunities to hear about a room at Mrs Thayer’s, if they weren’t already friends.

She would die on May 14, 1923. She is buried in Goshen Cemetery next to John Stewart Mollison and nearby are her sons Stewart and Harold.

Harry, Lizzie, John, and Stewart Mollison
Harry, Lizzie, John, and Stewart Mollison

I wonder how much interaction she had with her sisters. I would think they were close – having moved to a new country and mostly remained in the greater Northampton, MA area. I also wonder about her relationship with her in-laws as her parents were back in Ireland.  Thinking that she died at the relatively young age of 62. She outlived all but one of her sisters, that being Minnie who died in 1949.

She emigrated from Ireland, married, had 3 children, buried a child, died living alone, saw a century change, outlived most of her siblings, might have a radio in her home – but didn’t have a tv; and yet she was able to vote the last 4 years of her life.  But also curious – when did electricity come to her home life? Indoor plumbing? Telephone? Imagine how she cooked each day for her husband and 2 sons.

Girvin – William and Mary Warnock

My maternal 3rd Great Grandparents. He was born in Scotland and died in Keady, Armagh, Northern Ireland. She was born in Ireland and also died in Keady. His occupation was known to be a Linen Buyer.

Her brother, in my notes as Don Warnock, had moved to Northampton. I have yet to find him in any records, there is however a Robert Warnock but I cannot make a direct connection as of yet. Minnie Girvin had a son, Robert Warnock Irwin, who makes me think this was their uncle.

3x GGM Warnock Mary Rebecca
3x GGM Mary Rebecca Warnock Girvin

Together, William and Mary had 6 children, of which the 5 daughters came to the US. The only son, William, stayed in Ireland. The daughters came to Northampton at the encouragement of their uncle.

The five daughters are Elizabeth “Lizzie” Girvin Mollison, Agnes Girvin (Girvan on tombstone) McLaughlin, Rachel Jane Girvin Wenzel, Minnie Girvin Irvin Shoro, Martha Ann Girvin Marshall. They married and lived either in the Northampton or New Bedford areas of Massachusetts.

Agnes married Joseph McLaughlin in 1884. Their daughter Ruth Martha was born in 1888. Sadly, Agnes died in Jan 1890.

Joseph remarried to Mary Courtney in 1892 and they had 2 more children, Mary and William. Due to Ruth’s young age, I would wager that she viewed Mary has her mom.

Joseph died in 1915 and is buried in Montague City, Franklin Cty, MA. As is Agnes in Highland Cemetery. It should be noted her name is listed as Girvan on her tombstone.

Sharing the stone are Joseph’s mother – Sarah Simpson McLaughlin, Joseph, Agnes, their daughter Ruth, noted as wife of Chester V Dadmun, and then Martha A Girvan, wife of Joseph Marshall. Martha is sister to Agnes.

From FindAGrave.com
From FindAGrave.com

Rachel Jane “Jane” Girvin married George Wenzel in 1890. They had 4 children: Charles, Lena, Maria, and George. Both Jane and George had passed by 1930.

  • Charles and Maria “Mae” married siblings in the Dewey family of Williamsburg.  Charles married Ethel Dewey, and May married Frederick Dewey. 1910 on same page of the census are the Shumways (Anne Belle Mollison) on Ashfield Road, The Allaires (Jimmy’s wife’s family) on Chestnut Street, and Reuben Dewey’s family on Conway Road – 2 of his children married childen of Jane Girvin and George Wenzel. May and Frederick are buried in High Street Cemetery in Haydenville; unknown yet where Charles and Ethel Wenzel are buried.
  • George lived in Northampton for some time and then moved to Florida. He died in Florida but never had any known children.
  • Lena, in 1915, married Joseph A Messier in Amherst MA. They had 3 children. She died in Northampton in 1979. Unknown where she is buried.

Minnie Girvin married 2 times. Her first husband was David Irwin, and they had 2 children – Robert Warnock Irwin and Martha Irwin. David Irwin died from Typhoid Fever when both children were young.

Minnie married for a 2nd time to Edward Shoro the following year. She and Edward would have 2 children – Earle and Clyde. – See Lizzie Girvin for more on their interaction. Minnie died in 1949 and Edward passed in 1938. It is not known where they or David Irwin are buried.

The last sister is Martha Girvin. She also married twice. Her first husband was Joseph S Marshall. They married in 1903 in Northampton and had 2 children: Irene Marshall and Raymond Marshall. It is unknown when Joseph Marshall died or where he is buried. Martha is listed on her sister Agnes’ tombstone.

The genealogy research on the sisters is a work in progress for me. I have had no luck yet with William James Girvin who remained in Ireland.