Beer, Martha Elvira Elvina

Birth Name Beer, Martha Elvira Elvina
Gender female
Age at Death 79 years

Narrative

Martha Elvina, or Elvira, was the daughter of William Beer and Mary Ann Feavyour.

I'm not sure what to make of the census records for this family. Martha was baptized as Martha Elvina, and was Elvina, age 11, in the 1881 census but Martha in 1891.

Martha married William Daniel Murray in 1893 on the Island, and sometime between 1898 and 1900 they emigrated to the United States. They were in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1900, with their daughter Mildred, who was born on Prince Edward Island.

In the 1910 US census, William was a tea and coffee salesman. They were living in Quincy with their two children, Mildred and Oliver, both born in Canada. Martha said she had had 2 children, both living.

It looks like Martha returned to the Island for Oliver's birth, which could be why she changed her date of emigration to 1907 in the 1910 census.

The couple was living in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1918, when Martha's younger sister died; they were called Mr and Mrs Will Morrow in the obituary. William was a rubber worker, according to city directories. In the 1920 US census, William and Martha "Merry" were living with their son Oliver and married daughter Mildred Leeman in Franklin, Maine. William was working in a leather factory.

In 1924, when her parent's obituary appeared in the Guardian newspaper, Martha was said to be living in Framingham, Maine.

In 1930, William was still in the Leeman household with son Oliver, but in Stoneham, Massachusetts. His marital status was widowed. He was a sales manager for a rubber factory. I also found an Elvina Murray, age 60 and born in English Canada, living in lodgings in Somerville, Massachusetts. She was also widowed, and had entered the States in 1900. This Elvina had married at age 26 (1893), and had no occupation.

But in the 1940 US census, William, Martha and Oliver were together again in Stoneham, Massachusetts, on Pleasant Street. William was a farm hand, and Oliver was a salesman. They were renting, and had been in the same place 5 years earlier.

It was Martha who provided information on the family to the census taker in 1940. It seems unlikely - but not impossible - that William had found a second wife with the same name (Martha E.), age, and born in Canada.

In the 1940 US census, their son Oliver and his wife were living apart. She may have gone back to stay with her mother, perhaps because she was expecting a baby. Oliver may have been taking care of his elderly parents.

There was an Elvina (Beers) Murray who died in Milford, Mass. in 1948. This is the death record of Elvina Murray who was married to William D Murray; who was born in Prince Edward Island, Canada and whose parents were William Beers and Mary Fabor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

: perhaps Martha was away from home when the census taker came, and her husband was incorrectly marked down as a widower (1930), because she was back in 1940.

Events

Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth May 21, 1869 Bannockburn, Lot 31, Queens County, Prince Edward Island, Canada N. Wiltshire in PEI Baptismal Index  
Death May 21, 1948 Milford, Massachusetts Find a Grave Memorial no 126244680  

Parents

Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Beer, WilliamMarch 29, 1835October 2, 1923
Mother Feavyour, Mary AnnDecember 1, 1840March 11, 1924
    Sister     Beer, Teresa Thressa Theresa Jane September 2, 1867 1929
         Beer, Martha Elvira Elvina May 21, 1869 May 21, 1948
    Sister     Beer, Mary Minnie January 2, 1873 October 27, 1918
    Sister     Beer, Hattie H. May 22, 1876 June 8, 1967

Families

Family of Murray, William Daniel and Beer, Martha Elvira Elvina

Married Husband Murray, William Daniel ( * November 22, 1865 + September 25, 1949 )
   
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage November 5, 1893 Brookfield, Lot 31, Queens County, Prince Edward Island, Canada RG19, Series3, Subseries4: Marriage Licenses, 1893, by A. A McKenzie  
  Children
Name Birth Date Death Date
Murray, Mildred VeraJuly 29, 1896October 1985
Murray, Oliver MauriceMay 8, 1907March 1972