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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Squee!

There has been a break-through on the Luella front.  Thanks to everyone who has been rifling files for me but especially thanks to June for actually having Luella's obituary. 

 So Miss Luella was a Springer which begs the question, was Mary Cass married or not to Perry Springer?  This obit suggests she was but then did she really get divorced?  Was this truly a possibility for her?  Luella was born in 1884, Perry was married to Lottie in 1887 and they had their twins Erie and Erwin early 1888 which was coincidentally the year Mary Cass married Gilbert Eccles. 

Also, why does the obit say Mary Cass Springer when she was Mary Cass Eccles for many years leading up to her death.  If she was a Springer it would have been for 3 years maximum --just long enough to get pregnant, get married and realize their ill-suited temperaments.  Because face it, Mary was meant for Gib.  They had 6 boys together and seemed very jolly in Allen's diaries.  They were always together and calling in on their kin. 

As an interesting aside from cousin Patsy, Mary would have had ample opportunity for a romance with Perry Springer because his family's farm was next door to Adeline and Josiah Eccles' farm.  Ada was Mary's older sister by 7 years.  Saying that, this was not Allen and Alice marrying at the dawn of their 20s, Mary was no spring chicken when she fell pregnant (two things strike me here, I have clearly decided the baby Luella precipitated the marriage and I love the hilarity of the phrase "fell pregnant" as if Mary quite innocently tripped and landed on...okay). Mary was 28.  If you're an Austenophile, you'll realize it was only 70 years earlier than this that Anne Elliot was considered quite past it at 27 in Persuasion.

Now I'm looking for information on a mysterious first marriage for Miss Luella at the tender age of 17.

I know I've published this already but it couldn't hurt to show my latest muse one more time.


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2 comments:

  1. Cousin Patsy reporting in...
    I just found in the New York, County Marriages, 1908-1935 the marriage registration and certificate recording for Luella and Gilbert. On that record, Luella reported this marriage to Gilbert to be her second marriage. While there was no listing of the name of the first husband, the record states that marriage ended in divorce in July 1906 in Salamanca, NY. Not knowing the New York area, I googled this and learned that this is a city located inside the Allegany Indian Reservation. Hmmmmm and the mystery continues!

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  2. Cousin Patsy reporting in...
    I just found in the New York, County Marriages, 1908-1935 the marriage registration and certificate recording for Luella and Gilbert. On that record, Luella reported this marriage to Gilbert to be her second marriage. While there was no listing of the name of the first husband, the record states that marriage ended in divorce in July 1906 in Salamanca, NY. Not knowing the New York area, I googled this and learned that this is a city located inside the Allegany Indian Reservation. Hmmmmm and the mystery continues!

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