Putting together clues from the 1900 and 1910 censuses, a few years ago I figured out that my great-grandmother's sister had 10 children. After some more searching I was able to find information on nine of them, but the last one - which I figured was really their second child - remained shrouded in mystery. The temple work has been mostly completed for eight of the children, and this week I realized that their youngest had passed the magic 110th birthday (he was born 2 January 1904) and so we could proceed to do his work as well. That made me feel even worse about the missing child, so I tried looking again.
I had narrowed down the possibilities to between 1881 and 1884 in Connecticut, but all the search parameters I tried led to dead ends. So, I gave up and went back a generation to see if there were any holes there that needed filling. Great-great Aunt Alice married William Simpson, so I looked again at the information for his parents George and Nancy.
George born 1820. On the side of this stone is Lizzie Rand b. 1851 d. 1882, and Willie Simpson b. June 1884 d. Aug 1884.
I've looked at this picture many times before, but for some reason that little line about Willie Simpson jumped out at me this time. Findagrave.com notes that Willie is the son of George and Eliza (the parents on the headstone), but that doesn't make sense because they would be in their sixties in 1884. (Yes, I know it's possible, but not probable. In addition, Lizzie Rand is their daughter, but she couldn't be Willie's mother because she dies before he is born.)
The pieces have all fallen into place. William and Alice did have a baby boy between Caroline in 1880 and Joseph in 1885. They named him after his father and he only lived for three months. He was buried in the local family plot with his aunt, and a few years later his grandparents were buried there as well (even though by then they had moved from East Haddam to Hartford). I was able to find the record of his death in "Connecticut, Deaths and Burials, 1772-1934" as well. I'll admit that this isn't solid proof, but it just "feels" right, and so I'm going with it. Aren't we supposed to get help from the Holy Ghost as we do this work?
The next thing on my list was to look at the name I was planning on taking through - Blanch Cole - to see if I could find any more information on her. Well, imagine my surprise when I found this death record. Everything matched - her father, Albert Stevens (or A. S.) Cole was born in Wentworth and her mother was born in Epping - and she was born 6 years and 4 months before 19 June 1990.
Although it's sad that she died at such a young age, it's a good thing I found her death record this week instead of next, because now I can do an endowment for someone who really needs it, like Dora Friedel. Although we don't currently have a death date for her, we do know she
lived past the age of 8. We'll hold off on Blanche's sister Mildred, because we don't know for sure how long she lived.
So many interesting things to discover! Hope you're having fun with family history too!!