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Offline Peggy13

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Death of Lizzie Watterson, 1910-1920, Philadelphia
« on: Saturday 03 July 21 20:45 BST (UK) »
Lizzie was the wife of Benjamin Watterson and they are on the 1910 census in Philadelphia with their children Julia born 1897, Jennie 1897, Benjamin born 1900 and Lillie age 2. Benjamin is a fireman.
In 1920, the family can't be found but there is a Benjamin living by himself, widower, fireman. I think this is him, which means Lizzie died 1910-1920. Would like her death certificate to verify her maiden name and parents.
Later on, Julia married George Washington Roche abt 1920. Jennie aka Virginia married firstly a Mr. Gee, abt 1920, divorced him, married William Digney June 27, 1931, and lastly John George Spencer. Funnily enough, Virginia used surname Gee at death in 1980 in Long Beach, California.
Lillie married Charles Hallowell bef 1930 and is alive in 1940. Possibly died in Ohio but not sure when. Possible dod June 11, 1961 but not sure of this.
Thanks for any help
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Re: Death of Lizzie Watterson, 1910-1920, Philadelphia
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 03 July 21 22:52 BST (UK) »
Benjamin appears to have had some issues and was sent to prison for 8 years in 1911. Those issues reappeared again, and he was sent to prison again in 1922 for 15 years, this time.

The two clippings below tell all that needs to be known. The news clipping state he lived on Boudinot Street, same in 1920 census.
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In the 1920 census, he is listed living on Boudinot Street.

1920 Census: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MXSX-4ML

His daughter Lillian is living in a children's home in 1920.

1920 Census: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MXSD-7CW

Lillian was born Jan. 1909.

Birth: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:HHG1-PWZM

In 1930 Benjamin is an inmate in prison.

1930 Census: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XH43-5YK

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 Philadelphia Inquirer
Tuesday, Jul 11, 1922
Philadelphia, PA
Issue: 11
Page: 1

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 Philadelphia Inquirer
Friday, Jul 21, 1922
Philadelphia, PA
Issue: 21
Page: 7

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Re: Death of Lizzie Watterson, 1910-1920, Philadelphia
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 04 July 21 00:10 BST (UK) »
The Hallowells moved back to the Philadelphia area:
1940 Abington Twp Montgomery County, PA
30 Easton Road
Hallowell
   Charles
   Lillian
   Doris, 10, born in Pa
   Charles Jr, 1, born in Pa
residence in 1935: Cleveland, Ohio   
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KQ76-CMH

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This is Lillian's death. but her mother's maiden name doesn't look accurate. But it might be a start toward finding it.

Pa Death Certificate
Lillian Hallowell, died 13 Dec 1955 at St Luke's Hospital, Philadelphia (DOA)
residence: 1512 W Diamond St, Philadelphia
born 27 Jan 1909, Philadelphia
divorced, housekeeper
father: Benjamin Watterson
mother: Lillian Aveell  [the record is typewritten, that is what it says]
informant: Charles Warren Hallowell, Jr
buried: Philadelphia Crematory, Philadelphia

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This is the death notice of the Lillian Hollowell who died in Cleveland in 1961, eliminating her, I would think:

Name: Hollowell, Lillian
Date: Jun 14 1961
Source: Plain Dealer, Reel #118
Notes: Residence, 1483 Parkhill Rd.; beloved aunt of Tyler Wilson and Marjorie Ratza; sister of the late Lula Wilson. Friends may call at the Stanley H. Johnston Funeral Home, 15314 Macauley Ave., corner E. 152-Lake Shore Blvd., where services will be held Thursday at 1 p. m.


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Re: Death of Lizzie Watterson, 1910-1920, Philadelphia
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 04 July 21 00:12 BST (UK) »
a child of Lillian's who was born and died between censuses:

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Warren Hallowell death, 1931, Cleveland
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X6MS-5JV


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Re: Death of Lizzie Watterson, 1910-1920, Philadelphia
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 04 July 21 00:18 BST (UK) »
Jennie aka Virginia married firstly a Mr. Gee, abt 1920, divorced him, married William Digney June 27, 1931, and lastly John George Spencer. Funnily enough, Virginia used surname Gee at death in 1980 in Long Beach, California.

and the death index, which is supposed to record her mother's maiden name, says mother's name: "Watterson"
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VGBC-JRS

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Re: Death of Lizzie Watterson, 1910-1920, Philadelphia
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 04 July 21 00:23 BST (UK) »
Name   William Digney
Sex   Male
Age   31
Father's Name   Dan Digney
Mother's Name   Annie Lenigan
Marriage Date   27 Jun 1931
Marriage Place   Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States
Source County   Cuyahoga
Titles and Terms   Mr
Birth Year (Estimated)   1900
Spouse's Name   Virginia M Gee
Spouse's Titles and Terms   Mrs
Spouse's Sex   Female
Spouse's Age   32
Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated)   1899
Spouse's Father's Name   Benjamin Waterson
Spouse's Mother's Name   Elizabeth Averill

https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2Q7R-91X

edited to add: her residence on the record is 1603 East 33rd, Cleveland, the same residence as Lillian Hallowell when she was informant on her son Warren's death, age 11m.

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Re: Death of Lizzie Watterson, 1910-1920, Philadelphia
« Reply #6 on: Sunday 04 July 21 00:32 BST (UK) »
Goodness, that is alarming. Hope his wife didn't do  something to herself after Benjamin was sentenced in 1911. Explains why family is not together in 1920. I notice that Benjamin says married in 1930 but is still listed as a fireman. I think Benjamin is on the 1940 census, out of prison, if it is the same Benjamin. Now says widowed and living at the same address in 1935 - if he was , and it is the same Benjamin, then he got out early. And then there is a Benjamin who died in 1952, with the same address as in 1940. No parents listed so can't be sure it is the Benjamin that I was following. But I think likely.
That is likely daughter Lillian in the Children's Home in 1920 as age and circumstances fit, although it says parents both born Penn.
I wonder if Benjamin's misbehavior made the papers in 1911.
Thank you RJ137 for your help.
Peggy
I see your updates about Lillian. Thank you so very much. That would definitely be her death in 1955. They seemed to be back and forth between Ohio and PA. I see divorced on her death record. I am thinking Lillian's mother was probably Lizzie Averell although it was spelled differently on different records, even as Abed. Thanks again!
Now I see the marriage record for Virginia and it does say mother Averill. Great.
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Re: Death of Lizzie Watterson, 1910-1920, Philadelphia
« Reply #7 on: Sunday 04 July 21 00:58 BST (UK) »

1930 Cleveland
1603 East 33rd
Virginia Gee, head, renting, divorced, 30, born in Pa, parents in Northern Ireland
Alfred, 10, b in Pennsylvania
Robert A, b in Pa
Benjamin Watterson, brother, 29, born in Pa, parents in Northern Ireland
William Digney, lodger, born Canada (English), parents in Scotland

2 family home, other family are the Hallowells

https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X43H-8L5

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1940 Cleveland at 6905 Euclid Ave
Benjamin Watterson, 39, born in Pa
Irene 37, born in Maryland
no children

https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KW52-CH4

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probably Benjamin's death, 1944, Cleveland
father: Benjamin Watterson
mother's maiden name missing
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XZTX-59W

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that man's obit. who is Mrs John Spencer? did Virginia marry again?
Name: Watterson, Benjamin
Date: Feb 3 1944
Source: Cleveland Press, Reel #84
Notes: Watterson, Benjamin--Beloved husband of Irene, brother of Mrs. John Spencer. Services Friday, 1 p. m., from the Loree A. Wells Funeral Home, 8303 Hough ave. Burial at Whitehaven Cemetery.

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Re: Death of Lizzie Watterson, 1910-1920, Philadelphia
« Reply #8 on: Sunday 04 July 21 01:17 BST (UK) »
Yes, Virginia did remarry to John George Spencer but seems a weird situation. Why did she use surname Gee when she died. Of course, John did die Jan 4,1966. Still....
I have never found Virginia's marriage to Mr. Gee so don't know his first name. Must have been 1919/1920 ish as son Alfred was born abt 1920, being 10 on the 1930 census.
The death notice for Benjamin confirms the relationship to Virginia.
thank you
Peggy
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