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Cora McCormick
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Birth: Nov. 26, 1869
Hancock
Waushara County
Wisconsin, USA
Death: 1960
Billings
Yellowstone County
Montana, USA

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...Cora was born November 26, 1869
...her father Hugh McCormick died in 1871 around the age of 40, when Cora was just 2 years old
...no known photo of Hugh exists; seven of his eight siblings are seen in their old age in the portrait to the right
...Cora's Keating-Ray grandmother, Mary Jane Keating Ray, died in 1873 when Cora was 4 years old; her grandfather Joseph Ray had died in 1861
...When Cora was 10, her older brother Charles died in 1879 at the age of 12 in New York, where he had been sent to live with his paternal grandparents or uncles, of an illness which was likely diptheria
...Cora's McCormick Irish immigrant grandparents James and Margaret McCormick lived until the mid-1880's in New York
...Cora's mother Mary Jane Ray McCormick died of an unknown cause when Cora was 20 years old in 1889, leaving Cora and her siblings orphans
...Cora, along with her surviving brothers William H. and Fred, and her sisters Louisa and Theresa, all moved to Montana in an unknown year
...Cora turned 84 in November 1954, as noted in the Billings Gazette paper
...she became a teacher, and she was the well loved principal of Garfield and/or McKinley elementary school in Billings, Montana
...she never married
...she was socially associated with her Montana McCormick uncles' families over the years, as documented in various Billings Gazette newspaper articles
...at the age of 38-41, she was living with her father Hugh's sister, her divorced Irish-born aunt Mary McCormick McKinley, in the 1910 census, in Billings, MT
...Aunt Mary died in 1917
...Aunt Mary would have been the main source of family history stories for Cora
...Cora's mother's older sister was Aunt Rose Ray McCormick, who was married to Cora's father Hugh's uncle Thomas McCormick, brother to Cora's grandfather James - therefore Cora and her siblings were doubly related to Aunt Rose's offspring
...one of Rose's three daughters was Mary Jane Belanger, who made her home in Billings from 1904 to 1939 - Mary also would have been a key source of family history stories on both the McCormick and Ray sides of Cora's family
...Cora is buried with the families of her uncles Paul and Robert McCormick, in the mausoleum at Mountview Cemetery in Billings, Plot: L MAS 023
...before Cora died, in her older years, the Billings newspaper wrote a heartwarming account of a group of her former students, all adults with children of their own, who came to Cora's house to renovate her beloved garden for her, as she had no longer been able to keep it up


 
 
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 Parents:
  Hugh McCormick (1826 - 1871)
  Mary Jane Ray McCormick (1839 - 1889)
 
 Siblings:
  Cora McCormick (1869 - 1960)
  William H McCormick (1871 - 1936)*
  Edward J. Rawson (1876 - 1960)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Mountview Cemetery
Billings
Yellowstone County
Montana, USA
Plot: L MAS 023
 
Maintained by: Deir
Originally Created by: Lorna Kappel
Record added: Sep 30, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 59441937
Cora McCormick
Added by: Deir
 
Cora McCormick
Added by: Lorna Kappel
 
 
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