Sunday, May 3, 2015

How things come full circle...

If you research in a concentrated areas, like I do, sometimes things happen that other researchers will never experience.  Today, once again, my family came full circle.

While updating and researching my Leaman/Leeman family out of Albert and Westmorland County, New Brunswick I ran into a name I didn't have in my database.  Come to find out, as I very often find in New Brunswick, she was using her middle name.  She would be a very distant cousin to me.

Albina Gerturde Leaman, daughter of Aaron and Levinia (Viney) Whitnect Leaman, she was born in Salisbury, Westmorland Co, New Brunswick on 5 Sep 1868.  In 1910 she is living in Boston as Gertrude Briggs in the home of her daughter Mabel G Welsh b. 15 may 1889, Boston , her husband George H. Walsh and two children John and George Welsh. Mable who is found as Mabel Wallace married George, 2 Aug 1907 in Boston.  Also with them is a daughter Mary E. Briggs b. 1896, however her birth records show her as Mary Elizabeth Wallace,  b. 3 Aug 1896 in Boston.  They were the daughters of Gertrude Leaman and Edmund/Edward Wallace.

After spending some time finding all the records Edmund/Edward is listed as being born in Moncton, New Brunswick.  I then found his marriage to Gertrude on 1 Apr 1887 in Boston.  Her parents listed as above and Edmund's parents listed as Henry Wallace and Henrietta.

You know when you have that "OMG" moment.  Edmund/Edward Caleb Wallace, was the son of my 3rd great aunt Henrietta Price Wallace, daughter of William Price and Sarah Cushing.  Part of a totally different line of my family.

His marriage and time in Boston are not recorded in any of the family records I have ever found, nor his marriage to Gertrude Leaman.  They are never in a census record as a family as most of  the 1891 U.S. Census was destroyed and  Edmund returns to Moncton before 1900 and re-marries. He lists himself as a bachelor when he marries Jessie Whitnect on 9 Jan 1900 and goes on to have has two daughters with her.  Beulah Harriett Wallace b. 21 Sep 1905 and Ella May Wallace b. 28 Jul 1907 both born in Moncton.

Gertrude stayed in Massachusetts with her two surviving daughters.  There were two known boys born to the marriage, Edmund b. 1893 and James C b.1894 both died at age 4 months in Boston.  The 1910 Census for Boston lists her as twice married with 8 children born to her with 7 living.  Gertrude (Briggs) died in Boston on 5 Nov 1915.

I think this answers the question many Genealogist asked themselves, how far down a line should I trace, how in depth should I go?  Well today I am very glad that my obsessive researching lead me to Edmund Wallace and Gertrude Leaman.