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Elizabeth SCOTT Holston 1843-1906

Elizabeth “Lizzie” SCOTT Holston
1843-1906

Elizabeth SCOTT Holston 1843-1906

DOB: 12 March 1843 [1] [8] [9] (possibly 1844 [5] [7] or 1845 [2] [3] ?)
Place of birth: most likely lower Delaware, USA [2] [3] [5] [7] [8]  (possibly Scotland, UK [4]?)
Need birth certificate or record of baptism. Also need the name of her parents.

Need to know where she was from 1843 to 1870

► 12 July 1870: She gives birth to George Holston. (Why wasn’t he listed on the census the next day? Was she married to James Holston; if so, why is she listed as ‘Domestic Servant’ and not ‘wife’?) Need George’s birth certificate to confirm date.

► 13 July 1870: She’s 25 years old (should be 27). Living in Cedar Creek Hundred, Sussex County, Ellendale, DE with James J Holston and his 4 children. Listed as a Domestic Servant. Still using her maiden name “Scott”. [2] Need marriage certificate to James to confirm date.

► 25 September 1873: She gives birth to Charles C Holston.

► 1877: She gives birth to Messa Holston. (no date, year approximate)

► 2 June 1880: Listed on the census as “Lizzie”. She’s 35 years old (should be 37). Living in Cedar Creek Hundred, Sussex County, Ellendale, DE with her husband James, their 3 children, and her step-daughter. Her occupation is listed as “keeps home”. Her birthplace is listed as Delaware, as are both of her parents. [3]

► 4 November 1880: She gives birth to Frank Holston. [4]

► 28 February 1883: She gives birth to David Stayton Holston.

Need 1890 census, or information on where she was between 1883 and 1900.

► 13 June 1900: Listed on the census as Lizzie J Holston, with a DOB of March 1844; age 56. Living in Cedar Creek Hundred, Sussex County, Milford Town, DE. Marital status is Widowed. Her birthplace is listed as Delaware; her mother’s birthplace is Delaware; her father’s birthplace is unknown. She can not read or write. She’s renting a house. She has a boarder. Her occupation is “takes washing”. She’s given birth to 9 children, 4 of which are living. [5] (We know of 5 children, who were the other 4? Could the 5 deceased children be those who died in a barn fire, as relayed by her son Frank to his daughter? [10])

► 1905: Living at 2215 Latona Street, Philadelphia, PA. Her sons Frank and David live with her. She’s listed as the widow of James J. [6]

► 13 January 1906: Living at 2145 S 16th Street, Philadelphia, PA, for 1 month and 28 days. Was sick with breast cancer for 10 years. Seen by Dr. J T Williams at Presbyterian Hospital from 15 November 1905 until her death on Saturday, 13 January 1906 @7pm. DOB is listed as 1844; age 62 (which is mathematically impossible, unless she was born in 1843 [11]). Her birthplace is listed as Delaware, as is that of both of her parents. The names of her parents are unknown. She was buried on 15 January 1906 in Milford, DE. The funeral home was David H Bowen & Son, 813 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA. [7]

► Records from the funeral home somewhat confirm and somewhat contradict previous information. [8] However, it ties everything together. The information that I can read is as follows:
13 January 1906
Presbyterian Hospital
Elizabeth “Scott” Holston
Widow of James J
Sons David & Frank
62 years old; DOB 12 March 1843
Residence – Milford DE (is that where she’s from or where she’s buried?)
5-7-19 (is that measurements?)
Sealed box (assuming casket?)
Time – Tues 7:40am train (to where?); Mon 2pm at office (for what? service? viewing?)
2145 S 16th Street
(The rest I can not decipher.)

► Another document comes from the Gerberich Collection of Gravestone Inscriptions. It’s from page 306. It says that Elizabeth Holston 1843-1906 was buried at Beulah Baptist Church, Russellville, PA (Upper Oxford Twp, Chester County). It lists her as “mother”, w. of James (wife? widow?), and her middle initial as “A”. [9]
At the FindAGrave website, it also has this listing.
(Is this a coincidence? Could there really be 2 women named Elizabeth Holston with the same birth and death year, both married to James?)


Sources (click on the links to enlarge pics):

Source 1
Photo. Provided by a member of David Holston’s branch of the tree. Dates and name written on back.
DOB 12 March 1843 – DOD 13 January 1906

Source 2
1870 US Census

Source 3
1880 US Census

Source 4
Frank Holston’s Birth Certificate

Source 5
1900 US Census

Source 6
1905 City Directory

Source 7
Elizabeth SCOTT Holston
Death Certificate 1906

Source 8
Funeral Home Records 1906

Source 9
Church Burial Records 1906
from the Gerberich Collection

Source 10
Excerpt from a 1981 letter; written by Elizabeth SCOTT Holston’s granddaughter (Elizabeth Lillian HOLSTON Montague) to Lillian’s son James Montague.

Source 11
Wolfram Alpha calculations

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