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Marriage for George Birkett

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Rachel

Rachel Report 6 May 2013 20:02

I am trying to find out who George Birkett born 1858, Shelby, Illinois, USA married. He died in 1954 and is buried at Wichta, Sedgwick County, Kansas, USA

George is the son of Skelton Birkett and Mary Bland.

I have found a burial record on Find a Grave website and it tells me that he had a daughter Florence Agnes Birkett who was born in 1891 in Kansas, USA.

On a burial record I have for Florence she married Ebin Walter Pyle born 1882 in Kansas USA. He died 1953 and they are both buried in Wichta, Sedgwick County Kansas, USA. They married in 1912.

On a write up on both records it says that her home before her marriage was Seatle, Washington, USA and that they had two daughter Mary Ruth and Margaret

MarieCeleste

MarieCeleste Report 6 May 2013 20:28

On the original of this census I think the initial is G, not S

1900 United States Federal Census

Name: Florence Birkett
Age: 18
Birth Date: Feb 1890
Birthplace: Kansas
Home in 1900: Eureka, Greenwood, Kansas
[Greenwood]
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Marital Status: Single
Father's Name: S Birkett
Father's Birthplace: Illinois
Mother's Name: Grace Birkett
Mother's Birthplace: Ohio
Occupation: None stated

Household Members:
Name Age
S Birkett 41 - Father born England.
Grace Birkett 41
Don Birkett 17
Harold Birkett 16
Fred Birkett 14
Florence Birkett 18

EDIT: Perhaps not, I think he's called Skelton on the 1880.

MarieCeleste

MarieCeleste Report 6 May 2013 20:34

Have removed 1900 census for a family in Iowa that was not them.

MarieCeleste

MarieCeleste Report 6 May 2013 20:42

I've just realised that Rachel say's George's father is called Skelton. Might he have been named for his father but changed it to George? The 1901 that I posted above has a lot of scribbling for the initial which seems to change from an S to a G?

1880 United States Federal Census

Name: Skelton Birkett
Age: 23
Birth Year: abt 1857
Birthplace: Illinois
Home in 1880: Salem, Greenwood, Kansas
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Grace Birkett
Father's Birthplace: England
Mother's Birthplace: Ohio
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: Wool Grower

Household Members:
Name Age
Skelton Birkett 23
Grace Birkett 23
Joseph Henning 15
Frank Callow 21

MarieCeleste

MarieCeleste Report 6 May 2013 20:54

Yes, it is them. It looks like Grace and George/Skelton separated - they're living in different parts of the US after 1910.

Grace & family in 1910:

1910 United States Federal Census
Name: Grace G Birkett
Age in 1910: 53
Birth Year: abt 1857
Birthplace: Ohio
Home in 1910: Seattle Ward 10, King, Washington
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Married
Father's Birthplace: Vermont
Mother's Birthplace: Ohio

Household Members:
Name Age
Grace G Birkett 53
Donald S Birkett 26
Fred Birkett 22
Florence Birkett 20

GlasgowLass

GlasgowLass Report 6 May 2013 20:56

1920 United States Federal Census about Eben Pyle
Name: Eben Pyle
[Elen Pyle]
Age: 36
Birth Year: abt 1884
Birthplace: Kansas
Home in 1920: Wichita Ward 2, Sedgwick, Kansas
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Florence Pyle
Father's Birthplace: Kentucky
Mother's Birthplace: Indiana
Home owned: Own
Able to Read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Name Age
Eben Pyle 36
Florence Pyle 29
Mary Ruth Pyle 6 dau . b Kansas
Margaret Pyle 4 dau. b Kanasa
[4 3/12]
Alice Williams 16 Servant
1930 United States Federal Census about Margaret Pyle
Name: Margaret Pyle
[Margaret Pughe]
Gender: Female
Birth Year: abt 1916
Birthplace: Kansas
Race: White

Home in 1930: Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas
View Map
Marital Status: Single
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Father's Name: Eben W Pyle
Father's Birthplace: Kansas
Mother's Name: Florence Pyle
Mother's Birthplace: Kansas
Name Age
Eben W Pyle 47
Florence Pyle 40
Mary R Pyle 16
Margaret Pyle

1940 United States Federal Census about Eben Walter Pyle
Name: Eben Walter Pyle
Age: 57
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1883
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birthplace: Kansas
Marital Status: Married
Relation to Head of House: Head
Home in 1940: Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas
View Map
Street: Faulkner
House Number: 901
Farm: No
Inferred Residence in 1935: Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas
Residence in 1935: Same House
Sheet Number: 1B
Number of Household in Order of Visitation: 13
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Eben Walter Pyle 57
Florence Pyle 50
Edith Tettlers 21 Occ MAID

MarieCeleste

MarieCeleste Report 6 May 2013 20:59

This is Grace's death so we now know her maiden name:

"Washington, Death Certificates, 1907-1960"
Name: Grace G. Birkett
Event Date: 13 Oct 1931
Event Place: Seattle, King, Washington
Gender: Female
Race (Original):
Age (Formatted): 73 years 9 months 13 days
Birth Year (Estimated): 1858
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Skelton Birkett
Father's Name: Silas Gleason
Mother's Name: Sabra Warren
GS Film number: 2022825
Digital Folder Number: 4221548
Image Number: 2408
Reference ID: 3395

Sources
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N35C-2PX

Rachel

Rachel Report 6 May 2013 20:59

George had a brother Skelton Birkett born 1856 and he married Grace Gleason in 1878 they also had a daughter Florence born 1890.

GlasgowLass

GlasgowLass Report 6 May 2013 21:00

I think this may daughter Margaret Pyle

1940 United States Federal Census about Margaret P McClure
Name: Margaret P McClure
Age: 24
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1916
Gender: Female
Race: White
Birthplace: Kansas
Marital Status: Married
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Home in 1940: Wellington, Sumner, Kansas
View Map
Street: Washington
House Number: 1408
Inferred Residence in 1935: Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas
Residence in 1935: Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas
Resident on farm in 1935: No
Sheet Number: 63A
Attended School or College: No
Highest Grade Completed: College, 3rd year
Weeks Worked in 1939: 0
Income: 0
Income Other Sources: No
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Allison C McClure 26 Male Theatre Manager
Margaret P McClure 24 Wife

MarieCeleste

MarieCeleste Report 6 May 2013 21:05

Rachel, are you 100% that George and Skelton are brothers and not the same person?

It's just such a huge coincidence that Grace Gleason and daughter Florence are also in Seattle Washington in 1910 where your Florence was just before she married .......

EDIT: Yes - I see from the 1870 that they are brothers, oh well!

1870 United States Federal Census

Name: Skelton Birket
Age in 1870: 40
Birth Year: abt 1830
Birthplace: England
Home in 1870: Okaw, Shelby, Illinois
Race: White
Gender: Male
Post Office: Shelbyville

Household Members:
Name Age
Skelton Birket 40
Elizabeth Birket 21
Henry Birket 18
John Birket 16
Skelton Birket 13
George Birket 11
Mary Birket 9
Elizabeth Birket 6
Jane Birket 1
Thomas Lenover 23
Wm A Whithill 23
John Whithill 20
Elizabeth Webb 16
Hannah Harvy 38

GlasgowLass

GlasgowLass Report 6 May 2013 21:09

This looks like it

spouse: Gracie Gleason **
Name Skelton Birkett
Birth Date 1856
Birthplace
Age 22
Spouse's Name Gracie Gleason
Spouse's Birth Date 1857
Spouse's Birthplace
Spouse's Age 21
Event Date 15 Nov 1878
Event Place Douglas, Kansas
Indexing Project (Batch) Number M72513-3
System Origin Kansas-EASy
GS Film number 1547790
Reference ID

MarieCeleste

MarieCeleste Report 6 May 2013 21:10

Apparently we're on the wrong tack GL - that's his brother. :-(

GlasgowLass

GlasgowLass Report 6 May 2013 21:18

So I see Marie Celeste ,
I'm not convinced!
Both daughters that were named on the opening thread are children of this couple,
Skelton and Grace
Am currently looking at a potential brother named George.
Born Illinois circa 1858?

EDIT: fixed text got my named muxed-ip

Rachel

Rachel Report 6 May 2013 21:19

Yes George definitely had a brother Skelton as I have two write ups on Skelton Birkett Senior born 1820 in Cumberland, England who married Mary Bland and later married Elizabeth Lenover. In the write up it lists all his children.

Henry
John
Skelton
Harriet
George
Mary
Elizabeth

MarieCeleste

MarieCeleste Report 6 May 2013 21:32

Hi Rachel - I do agree that they are 2 different people (have posted the 1870 above).

I'm still not 100% convinced on the accuracy of the FindAGrave transcription, bearing in mind that they're not official records and are possible prone to mis-transcription and human error.

Will still keep looking ......

GlasgowLass

GlasgowLass Report 6 May 2013 21:32

AH HA!
Looks like George never married!

1870 United States Federal Census about George Birket
Name: George Birket
Age in 1870: 11
Birth Year: abt 1859
Birthplace: Illinois
Home in 1870: Okaw, Shelby, Illinois
Race: White
Gender: Male
Post Office: Shelbyville
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Skelton Birket 40
Elizabeth Birket 21
Henry Birket 18
John Birket 16
Skelton Birket 13
George Birket 11
Mary Birket 9
Elizabeth Birket 6
Jane Birket 1
Thomas Lenover 23
Wm A Whithill 23
John Whithill 20
Elizabeth Webb 16
Hannah Harvy 38

1880 United States Federal Census about George Birkett
Name: George Birkett
Age: 21
Birth Year: abt 1859
Birthplace: Illinois
Home in 1880: Salem, Greenwood, Kansas
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Single
Father's Birthplace: England
Mother's Birthplace: Ohio
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: Farmer & Stock Raiser
Race: White
Line: 21
Roll: KS1885_52
Household Member(s):
Name Age
Geo Birkett 26
J H Gerrison 27 Male

Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925 about Geo Birkett
Name: Geo Birkett
Census Date: 1 Mar 1905
Residence County: Greenwood
Residence State: Kansas
Locality: Eureka
Birth Location: Illinois
Family Number: 155
Gender: Male
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1859
Race: White
Line: 21
Roll: ks1905_59
Household Member(s):
Name Age
Geo Birkett 46

1940 United States Federal Census about George Birkett
Name: George Birkett
Age: 81
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1859
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birthplace: Illinois
Marital Status: Single
Relation to Head of House: Lodger
Home in 1940: Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri
View Map
Street: West 12th Street
House Number: 310
Inferred Residence in 1935: Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri
Residence in 1935: Same Place
Resident on farm in 1935: No
Sheet Number: 85A
Institution: Stats Hotel *** (THIS IS A LARGE HOTEL, )
Attended School or College: No
Highest Grade Completed: Elementary school, 6th grade

MarieCeleste

MarieCeleste Report 6 May 2013 21:43

You beat me!

GlasgowLass

GlasgowLass Report 6 May 2013 21:50


Aww! I'm Sorry MarieCeleste. XX

Re Findagrave...
George Skelton is on the family grave with his parents stating he died in 1954.
Florence A Pyle is also buried here.
However, there is no evidence that George was Florence's father.
I am guessing that the person who updated the info, assumed that they were father and daughter... there is no real evidence.

Now for the confusion....
Skelton Birkett...
George was last found in Missouri, which does seem to be where SKELTON's remains are held!
Birth: Jul. 10, 1856
Death: Sep. 23, 1940

These are of un-claimed cremains in storage at the cemetery. Please contact the office on how to claim them if interested.

Burial:
Oak Grove Cemetery
Saint Louis
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA

Does this mean that George lived as Skelton and vice versa, because their profiles match each other right up until.... they died... and then reverted to their original names.
It's a cunundrem right enough!

MarieCeleste

MarieCeleste Report 6 May 2013 22:01

Well, if Grace was married to Skelton they certainly separated at some point as evidenced by the census records. I wonder if that's why his cremains (is that an American term?) were unclaimed?

Could it be that George was a loved uncle who stayed close to his niece so they're all buried in the family plot?

Must admit I had to go on Google maps to check out the locations - Kansas city is slap bang on the border of states Kansas and Missouri.

GlasgowLass

GlasgowLass Report 6 May 2013 22:11

EH No ! Looks like Skelton was simply not on the 1910 return, as he was in Kansas with his son Harold!
I have moved on to US Diectories and Skelton, Grace G and son, Donald Sketon are all still in Seattle at 1922
son Donald Skelton Birkett was still living in Seattle in 1942.. WW2 draft