Mollison – James Stewart

For the first time, I am writing about an ancestor that was alive (1892-1972) when I was born. There is an actual picture of me with my Great Grandpa Stewart Mollison (will save that for the multiple generations page).

He was born in Goshen and attended school at the Goshen Center School. His life as a child was spent with his brother Harry, almost 5 year younger than he was. He also had two first cousins – Frank Rice was close in age and Leon Shumway was closer in age to Harry.

Baby photo of Stewart Mollison; circa 1892
Baby photo of Stewart Mollison; circa 1892
John and Richard Burt of Dedham MA; Stewart and Harry Mollison of Goshen, taken 1902
John and Richard Burt of Dedham MA; Stewart and Harry Mollison of Goshen, taken 1902

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stewart Mollison
Stewart Mollison

He married the former Emeline Francis Tompkins in 1913. She came to Goshen to be the school teacher at the Goshen Center School. They bought a farm on South Main Street. The farm has since been divided up but mostly remains in the family.

Together they had 8 children, with only 1 not reaching adulthood. Lena Elizabeth Mollison, their first born child, passed from complications of tetanus after being kicked by a horse. (Per conversation with her sister, Ruth Dresser, on July 22, 2014 while visiting after trips to cemeteries in Worthington and Goshen)

Of the 7 children that reached adulthood, all would marry and remain married for over 50 years; a milestone worth mentioning for certain!

Lena Elizabeth Mollison aged 7 months
Lena Elizabeth Mollison aged 7 months
Emeline, George, Jimmy, Elizabeth, and Stewart abt 1920
Emeline, George, Jimmy, Elizabeth, and Stewart abt 1920

 

 

Stewart and Emeline Mollison, 1942
Jamie, Elizabeth, and George Mollison, abt 1920
Jamie, Elizabeth, and George Mollison, abt 1920

Census:

  • 1900 Goshen, living with parents and brother Harry; 8 years old in school
  • 1910 Goshen, living with parents, brother Harry, and border Eleanor Weber whose occupation is listed as public school teacher (assumed to be at Goshen Center School).
    • Stewart is listed as 18 and did not attend school in 1910. Unsure why he didn’t finished high school (see 1940 Census) possibly stopped attending to work on the family farm which was very common at the time.
  • 1920 Goshen, living with Emeline, Lena, George, Jimmy, and mother Lizzie; occupation farmer.
  • 1930 Goshen, living with Emeline and 5 children. Occupation is farmer.
    • Also listed are 2 other non-family members. Charles Williams (42) who is listed as a servant with occupation of Laborer / General Farming and Joseph Hathaway (80) who is listed as a border and its noted he is a widower.
  • 1940 Goshen, living with Emeline and all 7 of their living children. The kids ranged in age from 23 to 6. This census is the 1st to include education levels. It notes Stewart having completed H3 and Emeline at C2.
    • Notable neighbors are listed as the Packards and the Warners – Joseph and Josephine. My curiosity is peaked here – are these Warners members of the same family in the picture with James Robinson Mollison in Scotland?

Stewart was known to do many jobs outside of just farming.  He was town constable, drove the first school bus (including one version with horses) in Goshen, chauffeur, deliveries, librarian, and mail carrier to name a few. Many of these jobs are detailed in the diaries of Emeline Mollison that are in possession of different family members and the book “A Bicentennial History Goshen, Massachusetts 1781-1981” by Anne Sabo Warner.

Stewart Mollison, Red Cross Truck
Stewart Mollison, Red Cross Truck
Article about J. Stewart Mollison, Daily Hampshire Gazette, date early 1950s
Article about J. Stewart Mollison, Daily Hampshire Gazette, date unknown

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