FAMILY HISTORY: MADDEN

THE FAMILY OF WILLIAM MESSIAH GREENFIELD:

 

William Messiah Greenfield was the son of Archibald C Greenfield and Margaret "Maggie" Proud. Archibald was a native of Scotland and Maggie was a native of either Ohio or Pennsylvania - the records are contradictory. They were probably married in Mercer County, Pennsylvania in about 1875 and had 8 children. It would appear that one or two children did not survive infancy - again, the records are contradictory - but by 1880 the family were settled in Stoneboro, Mercer County, and had their first three known children - John, born about 1875; Susan, who was born 19 December 1877; and Elizabeth Jane, who was born 11 November 1879:

 

1880 CENSUS OF STONEBORO, MERCER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA:
NAME: RELATION: RACE: SEX: AGE: STATUS: OCCUPATION: BIRTHPLACE:
A. C. Greenfield Head White M 38 Married Coal Miner Scotland
Margret Greenfield Wife White F 23 Married Keeping House Ohio
John Greenfield Son White M 5 Single - Pennsylvania
Susan Greenfield Daughter White F 3 Single - Pennsylvania
Elizabeth J Greenfield Daughter White F 7 mos Single - Pennsylvania
NOTES:
1: Living in Stoneboro, Mercer County, Pennsylvania.
2: The family surname appears to have been misspelled 'Greefield' on the census schedule.
3: This is the only instance where Margaret's place of birth was listed as Ohio and I suspect that it is an error.
4: Archibald's parents were recorded as having been born in Scotland. Margaret's father was recorded as having been born in England but the space for her mother's birthplace was left blank.
5: The above information is taken from www.familysearch.org.

 

Sadly, the 1890 Census was destroyed in a fire, but I do know that the family remained in Mercer County and had at least three further children between 1880 and 1900, namely - Sarah, who was born 28 August 1881; William Messiah, who was born 16 December 1885; and Pearl, who was born 15 October 1887.

Also during that period, the older three daughters married and started families of their own - Susie Greenfield married John W Jackson on 26 February 1894 (with her father's consent) and had at least 11 children; Elizabeth Jane Greenfield married Joseph Coulter Perrine on 23 October 1899 (each with their fathers' consent) and had at least 10 children; Sarah Greenfield married James M Campbell on 20 December 1899 (with her father's consent) and had at least 12 children.

Although I cannot find any record of his death or burial, I suspect that Archibald died between December 1899, when he gave his consent for Sarah to marry, and June 1900, the date of that Census:

 

1900 CENSUS OF JACKSON TOWNSHIP, MERCER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA:
NAME: RELATION: RACE: SEX: AGE: STATUS: OCCUPATION: BIRTHPLACE:
John W Jackson Head White M 31 Married Coal Miner Pennsylvania
Susie Jackson Wife White F 22 Married - Pennsylvania
Mary Jackson Daughter White F 4 Single - Pennsylvania
John Jackson Son White M 2 Single - Pennsylvania
Lizzie Greenfield Daughter White F 1 Single - Pennsylvania
Maggie Greenfield Mother-in-Law White F 42 Married - Pennsylvania
William Greenfield Brother-in-Law White M 14 Single - Pennsylvania
Pearl Greenfield Sister-in-Law White F 12 Single - Pennsylvania
NOTES:
1: Living in Jackson Township, Mercer County, Pennsylvania.
2: Margaret "Maggie" Greenfield is listed as married rather than widowed on the census schedule. This may be an error or it may be that Archibald was still living but elsewhere on the night of the census. She is also listed as the mother of 8 children, with 6 living.
3: John W and Susie Jackson had been married 7 years and Susie as having had 3 children - all living.
4: John W Jackson's parents and Maggie's father were recorded as having been born in England. William and Pearl's father was recorded as having been born in Scotland. In all other cases the parents were listed as born in Pennsylvania.
5: Susie (Greenfield) Jackson could not read or write, Maggie (Proud) Greenfield could read but not write, William and Pearl were attending school and could read and write.
6: The above information is taken from scanned images at www.ancestry.co.uk.

 

Pearl C Greenfield married Hugh Morris "Morey" Redmond on 9 March 1904 (with her mother's consent) and had four children.

In 1910, William was still unmarried and he and his widowed mother were living in Mercer Borough:

 

1910 CENSUS OF MERCER BOROUGH, MERCER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA:
NAME: RELATION: RACE: SEX: AGE: STATUS: OCCUPATION: BIRTHPLACE:
William M Greenfield Head White M 24 Single Laborer - Odd Jobs Pennsylvania
Margaret Greenfield Mother White F 55 Widow None Pennsylvania
NOTES:
1: Living on East Butler Street, Mercer Borough, Mercer County, Pennsylvania.
2: Margaret is listed as the mother of 8 children, with 7 living.
3: William's father was recorded as having been born in Scotland, but the birthplaces of his mother's parents are marked "unknown".
4: Both William and Margaret were listed as being able to read and write.
5: The above information is taken from scanned images at www.ancestry.co.uk.

 

William Messiah Greenfield married his first wife about a year later. I have no further record of his mother and have not found any record of her death or burial.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION; DEATHS:
Elizabeth Jane Perrine (Mrs) [81 yrs] Died: 16 Dec 1960
William Messiah Greenfield [69 yrs] Died: 1955
Pearl C Redmond (Mrs) [76 yrs] Died: 27 May 1964

 

NOTES:
1: Pearl (Greenfield) Redmond's obituary states that she was predeceased by 3 brothers and 3 sisters, but Elizabeth Jane (Greenfield) Perrine's obituary states that she had 2 brothers and 3 sisters.
2: Dates of birth and marriage for the children of Archibald and Margaret Greenfield are taken from digital images of marriage records at www.familysearch.org. Dates of death are taken from burial information at www.findagrave.com

 


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