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Re: chesley of Nova Scotia
Posted by: Kristina Hourigan (ID *****6736) Date: October 15, 2005 at 10:31:41
In Reply to: Re: chesley of Nova Scotia by Jennie Mann of 624

Dear Jennie,

Thank you so much for your reply! Here is what I know!

As previously mentioned, Amy and Herbert Daniels were my great-great grandparents. I did not know them as they died in the early 1930s. My information is that they died and were buried in Massachusetts. Perhaps they did die in New Hampshire (more on that later) but they were at least buried in Massachusetts - at the West View cememtary. It's in Lexington on the boarder with Bedford (Rte 4-225). My father's cousin knew them but they died when he was a preschooler. I have a photo of them in their later years in my front hallway. Amy's name is listed as "Amie" in the 1881 census, but my father's cousin thought it was spelled "Amy" which matches up with what you have. Any thoughts on that? I will tell you all I know, and if you have any questions or corrections, please do let me know!

As I understand it, Amy (Amie?) and Herbert moved to Massachusetts as did their three children (who may have been full grown at the time)... Amy and Herbert lived at one point in Cochichuate (a section of Wayland) on West Plain Street. They may have lived elsewhere in Massachusetts as well, but I have never heard of Lynn as being one of those places. Any insight you have on this would be most welcomed!

They had three children. I don't know the birth order, but in the 1881 census, only Edith is mentioned with an approximate birth year of 1878. I haven't been able to get to her grave in Massachusetts to verify that yet (I live in Florida). This is odd because my Dad's cousin thought Edith was NOT the eldest. He could of course just be mistaken.

Edith (again, she was my great-grandmother) was married to Arthur Levi Graves, also from the Digby area of Nova Scotia. Edith was a school teacher up in Nova Scotia, though she didn't continue in that profession in the United States. I do not have a wedding date for Arthur and Edith - not sure if they were married in NS or here but the common thought in the family is that they married in NS. Edith and Arthur settled in Lexington, Massachusetts where their three children were born: Eleanor (1905-1986), Constance (1907-1985), and my grandfather Frederick Laws (1913-1948). They attended Hancock Congregational Church. They are also buried in West View cemetary, as are their daughter Constance and her second husband, C. Allen Marple.

There is an old photo of Edith and Arthur's house in Lexington (on Bloomfield Street) with Maude Saunders standing on the porch. Do you find a Maude Saunders anywhere in your records? We believe she was Edith's cousin and that she never married.

Edith had a brother named Warren Daniels. I am hoping you might have information on this line because the following is all I know: Warren married Thelma ____ and lived in Gorham, New Hampshire. They had 5 daughters including Phyllis, Barbara (who apparently died quite young) and perhaps a "Bunny". I don't have the other girls' names. We do know Phyllis had at least one daughter who lived on Cape Cod at one time.

Edith and Warren also had a sister named Blanche. She married a man named Henry Franks and lived in Waltham. They had four children: Bob, Amy, Stanley and Jean. Bob moved to Texas, but had a son, Steve, who was living in Hopkinton in recent years. He also had a son Bobby from a second marriage. Stanley married, had a daughter, lived in Wellesley (sp?) and died young. Jean married a Eugene Hendley or Heckman and lived in Bedford.

I think that is all I know... Feel free to ask any questions. My cousin is a good resource and I can always ask him and get back with you if I don't have an answer. Again, thank you so much for the information you gave me, and I do look forward to hopefully hearing from you again!


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