Beer, Elizabeth 1a

Birth Name Beer, Elizabeth 2a 3a
Gender female
Age at Death 74 years, 26 days

Events

Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Birth January 6, 1837 Bannockburn, Lot 31 PEI Baptismal Index - but says May 1840 in the 1901 census
2b 3b
Death February 1, 1911 Clyde (Dog) River, Lot 31, Queens, Prince Edward Island  
 
Residence 1891 Queens, Prince Edward Island  
3c
Residence 1901 Lot 31, Queens, Prince Edward Island  
2c
Marriage June 24, 1872   Presbyterian minister; James Beer & Mary Ann Livingston were witnesses
 

Parents

Relation to main person Name Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Beer, Thomas
Mother Robertson Robinson, Jane
    Sister     Beer, Mary Anne
    Brother     Beer, William
         Beer, Elizabeth
    Brother     Beer, James
    Sister     Beer, Rebecca
    Brother     Beer, George

Families

    Family of Livingstone Livingston, George Alexander and Beer, Elizabeth
Married Husband Livingstone Livingston, George Alexander
   
Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Marriage June 24, 1872 Prince Edward Island, Canada PEI Marriage Registers1871-75, page 103
 
  Children
  1. Livingstone, Boyd
  2. Livingstone, Catherine
  3. Livingstone, David
  4. Livingstone, William Boyd
  5. Livingstone, James Albert
  6. Livingstone, Jane Robertson
  7. Livingstone, Eva Mae
  8. Livingstone, George Archibald

Media

Narrative

Elizabeth was the second daughter of Thomas Beer and Jane Robertson, born January 6 1837 on Prince Edward Island. George Livingston, bachelor, and Elizabeth Beer, spinster, were married in June 1872. None of their children were in the PEI Baptismal Index.

According to George's will, transcribed on the Island Register, the five children alive at the time of his death were were WILLIAM BOYD, JAMES ALBERT, GEORGE ARCHIBALD, JANE ROBERTSON and EVA MAY.

However, in the 1881 census record for Elizabeth and George there were three additional children named Livingston, two of whom were born before their marriage: Boyd, Catharine and David. No earlier marriage could be found for either George or Elizabeth. Some genealogies say that David, b. 1872, was George and Elizabeth's son, which was possible. The History of Clyde River says that David died a year after his birth, in 1873. Was David simply a mistake in the 1881 census, and should have been the son William, who is missing from the household? Although William's middle name was Boyd, the Boyd in the 1881 census was almost 5 years older.

It is also possible that the three children were from another family. In a small community like Clyde River, it seems unlikely that Elizabeth or George had two natural children before their marriage.

There are other issues with the census data for this family. In the 1881 census "James" is 6, and Jane is not listed, but in 1891, Jane is 15 and James is 13. Then in the 1901 census, James A. is 29, and Janie R. is 22. The eldest child in 1891 was William, age 18, but there was no William living with the family in 1881. William Boyd was also identified as George's olderst son in his will.

1881 census:
Name: George Livingston
Birth Year: 1849, Birthplace: Prince Edward Island
Religion: B. Presb., Nationality: Scotch (Scotish)
Occupation: Farmer
Province: Prince Edward Island, Queens, Lot 31
Household Members:
George Livingston 32
Elizabeth Livingston 37
Boyd Livingston 13
Catharine Livingston 11
David Livingston 8
James Livingston 6

Elizabeth was a widow in the next census, age 50, with William (18), Janie (15), James (13), Eva (10) and George (6).

In the 1901 census, Elizabeth was the head of household, with William B (born 22 April 1874), James (29 March 1877), Janie (22 June 1879), Eva (13 May 1882), and George A (12 Nov 1885).

Elizabeth's obituary in the Guardian newspaper, February 23 1911: There passed peacefully away at Clyde River, February 1st after a prolonged illness of four years Elizabeth widow of the late George Livingstone aged seventy three years. She was buried at Clyde River Cemetery beside her husband who predeceased her twenty two years. She leaves to mourn the loss of a loving mother, two sons: James and George at Clyde River, and two daughters, Jane, wife of Albert Boyle, Somerville, Mass; and and Eva, wife of Austin Hyde, Clyde River. There were two brothers, James and William Beer, and one sister, Mrs. George Rodd of Milton.

James' obituary also named only George, William, Jane and Eva May.

Some information came from The Livingstons of Clyde River on the Island Register and The History and Stories of Clyde River

Pedigree

  1. Beer, Thomas
    1. Robertson Robinson, Jane
      1. Beer, Mary Anne
      2. Beer, William
      3. Beer, Elizabeth
        1. Livingstone Livingston, George Alexander
          1. Livingstone, Boyd
          2. Livingstone, Catherine
          3. Livingstone, David
          4. Livingstone, William Boyd
          5. Livingstone, James Albert
          6. Livingstone, Jane Robertson
          7. Livingstone, Eva Mae
          8. Livingstone, George Archibald
      4. Beer, James
      5. Beer, Rebecca
      6. Beer, George

Source References

  1. Dyment, Jane: Ancestry Family Trees
      • Page: Ancestry Family Trees
  2. 1901 Census of Canada
      • Source text:

        Birth date: 1840 Birth place: Pe Residence date: 1901 Residence place: Lot (township/canton) 31, Queen's (west/ouest), Prince Edward Island, Canada

      • Source text:

        Birth date: 1840 Birth place: Pe Residence date: 1901 Residence place: Lot (township/canton) 31, Queen's (west/ouest), Prince Edward Island, Canada

      • Source text:

        Birth date: 1840 Birth place: Pe Residence date: 1901 Residence place: Lot (township/canton) 31, Queen's (west/ouest), Prince Edward Island, Canada

  3. Library and Archives Canada: 1891 Census of Canada [database on-line]Statistics Canada Fonds. Microfilm reels: T-6290 to T-6427.
      • Source text:

        Birth date: abt 1841 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1891 Residence place: Queens, Prince Edward Island, Canada

      • Source text:

        Birth date: abt 1841 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1891 Residence place: Queens, Prince Edward Island, Canada

      • Source text:

        Birth date: abt 1841 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1891 Residence place: Queens, Prince Edward Island, Canada