McArthur, Melvina 1a 2a 3a 4 5 6a

Birth Name McArthur, Melvina 7a
Gender female
Age at Death 94 years, 4 months, 27 days

Narrative

Melvina's date and place of birth, and the names of her parents, came from her obituary. She first appears in the US 1880 census, age 16, born 1864 in Canada. She was living with her father and his second wife and her brothers Phineus, Alva and William J.

Melvina did not marry her uncle Mathias, as some family trees propose, but she may have been named after his wife Malvina Strang, which led to the initial confusion. At some time, Melvina and her brother Phineus moved out west, to Washington State, where they both married - Melvina to Edward Lacey, and her brother Phineus to Edward's sister Lizzy.

Melvina, her husband Edward Lacey and daughter can be found in the 1892 Washington census, but by 1900 they were back in Massachusetts, where Edward had found work in a cemetery. Their two daughters, aged 8 and 6, had been born in Washington, but their son Frederick, age 2, was born in Massachusetts.

Photo of Melvina's family from the Sexton family.

"Despite her years, Mrs Lacey is very active physically and mentally and is keenly interested in current events. She is an active worker for the Red Cross, attending sewing sessions each Thursday. "Mrs Edward Lacey feted by family on her 80th birthday" Berkshire County Eagle 8 November 1944, pg 20

 

"United States Census, 1880," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MHXM-BML : accessed 20 Jan 2013), Mulvina Mcarthur in household of Cornelius Mcarthur, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States; citing sheet 193C, family 3, NARA microfilm publication T9-0543.

Events

Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth November 5, 1864 Prince Edward Island, Canada   7b
Death April 1959 Massachusetts, United States    

Parents

Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father McArthur, CorneliusJune 29, 1832May 22, 1914
Mother Dyment, ElizabethJuly 10, 1842June 30, 1870
    Brother     McArthur, Phineas C. August 20, 1862 August 17, 1893
         McArthur, Melvina November 5, 1864 April 1959
    Brother     McArthur, Alvah H. April 9, 1867 January 2, 1943
    Brother     McArthur, William Erving November 18, 1869 May 20, 1955

Families

Family of Lacey, Edward and McArthur, Melvina

Married Husband Lacey, Edward ( * November 1866 + 1946 )
   
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage March 8, 1890 Washington State, United States    
  Children
Name Birth Date Death Date
Lacey, Lottie Ida CharlotteDecember 1891December 1986
Lacey, Edith M. R. N.November 1893May 1978
Lacey, Frederick W.August 31, 18971973

Source References

  1. Port Hill History Committee: Launched vol 2 Genealogy of the Families of Port Hill, Lot 13 PEI
      • Page: page 124
      • Citation:

        Has incorrect information about Malvina.

  2. Descendants of Donald Ramsay and Janet M'Kinlay
      • Citation:

        The Descendants of Donald Ramsay and Janet M'Kinlay, a family tree on the Island Register, seems to confuse this Melvina McArthur Lacey with Melvina M. Strang, who became a McArthur when she married Matthias McArthur.

  3. 1930 United States Federal Census
      • Page: Melvina Lacey in household of Edward Lacey, Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts
      • Citation:

        Name: Melvina Lacey
        Event: Census; Event Date: 1930, Event Place: Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts
        Gender: Female; Age: 65, Birthplace: Canada, Estimated Birth Year: 1865
        Immigration Year: 1870
        Father's Birthplace: Canada, Mother's Birthplace: Canada
        Head Edward Lacey M 63 England
        Wife Melvina Lacey F 65 Canada
        Source Citation: "United States Census, 1930," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XQ25-G2R : accessed 14 July 2012), Melvina Lacey in household of Edward Lacey, Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts.

  4. Washington State: Washington State Digital Archives
  5. Berkshire Eagle
  6. 1880 United States Federal Census
      • Citation:

        United States Census, 1880," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MHXM-BM2 : accessed 14 July 2012), Phinuis Mcarthur in household of Cornelius Mcarthur, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts.

  7. Ancestry.com: 1940 United States Federal Census
      • Page: Year: 1940; Census Place: Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts; Roll: T627_1570; Page: 18B; Enumeration District: 2-119.
      • Source text:

        Birth date: abt 1865 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1 Apr 1940 Residence place: Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States

      • Page: Year: 1940; Census Place: Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts; Roll: T627_1570; Page: 18B; Enumeration District: 2-119.
      • Source text:

        Birth date: abt 1865 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1 Apr 1940 Residence place: Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States