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.

Chilson – Orintha Weller

Orintha Weller Chilson is my maternal 3x Great Grandmother. She was born the child of Roland Weller and Orpha Chilson in 1839 in Westhampton, MA. Her mother was only 16 at the time of her birth. Both would go on to have families of their own, with Orintha having 9 half siblings.

3x Great Grandmother Orintha Chilson Mollison

She would marry James Robinson Mollison on October 21, 1861 in Northampton. Prior to her marriage, she was working in Northampton.

Census:

  • 1850: Westhampton MA living with maternal grandparents Lewis and Dorcas Damon Chilson. (Her mother had married in 1843).  Also resident are her uncle Rodney Chilson and cousin George Chilson.
  • 1860: Westhampton MA; living with Lewis and Dorcas Chilson, uncle Fordyce Chilson and his family.
  • 1865: Massachusetts Census: Goshen MA with husband James Robinson and 3 month old John Stewart Mollison, my Great Great Grandfather.
  • 1870: Goshen, MA with husband James, son John, and daughter Mary.
  • 1880: Goshen, MA with husband James, son John, daughter Mary, and daughter Anne
  • 1900: Goshen, MA with husband James.
  • 1910: Goshen, MA with husband James. On the same census page as son John Stewart and family.

She would pass on July 18, 1915, six years to the day before the birth of my grandfather – Harold Tompkins Mollison.

I would love to know more about her, but she passed before any one I know or knew was born. She did leave some diaries and I have heard that she wrote to her mom and they would visit. But I don’t know of any pictures with her family, nor do I know if there was any sustained relationship with that part of the family after her passing. There has been no mention of a relationship with her father or the Weller side of the family.

I imagine a conversation with her would’ve been focused on her family and town activities. The population in Goshen when she married James Mollison was 439 vs slightly over 1,000 in the 2010 Census.

It’s also strange to me to image that she could not vote in her lifetime (just a thought as I’m writing this on Super Tuesday 2016).