|Birth: ||Feb. 5, 1888|
|Death: ||Dec., 1984|
This is my great grandma, the mother of my grandpa William Hamilton Storkey V.
Family lore said Rosena was a daughter of ? Kimple/Kempel born Baden Baden who died 1890 at Memorial Hospital, Roxborough, buried in Leverington Cemetery per family records. Also had Mary M--- in family. This would jive with my grandpa's memory of Rose's mother originally being named Mary Merkert, prounonced as though the second "R" wasn't there, and the accent on the second syllable - mer-KET.
It has been found that Rosena's father was Valentine Kimpel, and mother Mary. She also had at least four full siblings - a sister Mary who may be the "Aunt Mary" recalled by my grandpa, as well as brothers John and Francis. Additionally, Rosena had a sister, Valentina Kimpel who died in infancy.
Rose was born on Ogle St. in Manayunk (Philadelphia) PA.
It appears her young life was somewhat tumultuous because her mother's three spouses died (her father Valentine Kimpel, and then her first stepfather, Aron Fullerton, and finally, her stepfather John T. Turvey). This necessitated her moving in with blended families, the Fullertons (about 1893) and then the Turvey family (about 1903). A Turvey descendant said of the Kimpel family that "They were brilliant... and not streetwise."
Rose was the wife of William Hamilton Storkey IV, and mother of William Hamilton Storkey V, my grandpa. Her marriage may have been common law; at this time, I can find no record of Rose and William's marriage in Philadelphia, though it is possible they married elsewhere. My grandpa was born in Wilmington, Delaware in 1910 so they may have married there. At any rate, her husband William Hamilton Storkey (common law or otherwise) is in this cemetery, but family lore has it that Rose and William IV's marriage may not have been his only one. I have found that to be true, at least once, because before Rose, he was married to Sarah Brey Storkey. I have also heard he may have had some more children, and it is believed they were girls, but I can find no evidence of that. All I can tell you is that William married first wife Sarah in 1898 and by the 1920 census Sarah is alone, and William and Rose are together.
Interestingly, a 1916 record indicates a woman named Rose K. Kimpel (almost certainly her) got a license to marry Mr. Joseph J. Holmes. It is unknown to me if the marriage happened, but clearly the intent was there. It suggests Rose was free to marry when her son with William was only age 5, so maybe she and William had not (yet?) married. Did she do this to get her son a father, or to make her son's father jealous and commit? Anyway, this possible marriage or intent of marriage warrants further investigation. The plot thickens: Assuming I have found the correct Joseph J. Holmes, a Norristown resident born March of 1880, Mr. Holmes was already married to Lulu aka Louise E. Amos Holmes, as the couple is on the 1910 census together living with her mother in Norristown. They appear together on censuses until the last one presently viewable, 1930.
My grandpa never spoke much of his father. Was it because his mother remarried when my grandpa was only about 5, and thus he may not have known his father well? Perhaps that marriage never happened, but maybe his own parents never married either. His father did have a previous wife who was never spoken of. Was it merely the nature of their relationship? It doesn't appear Holmes was ever a stepfather to him. This may ever remain unclear - unpleasant things, such as divorce, were not easy to speak of back then generally, nor for him personally.
I am not yet clear about much of Rose's life. Someone she once cared for has told me that Rose was a loving person with much patience, and that she raised several foster children as well as doing babysitting. The time came, however, when she had to leave her little 3rd floor apartment in Roxborough and her youngest charge, a little girl who remembers her vividly, behind.
Rose lived out the last approximately 20 years of her life and died at the Johnson Home in Phoenixville, PA. (This home was also called the Charles Johnson Home, and was renamed the Montgomery County Geriatric & Rehabilitation Center in 1972.) We can surmise that she suffered late in life from some variety of senile dementia, as I can recall her son (my grandpa) telling me of his vists to her, and how she was unable to recognize or recall him, and in one sad visit, called for nurses to come quickly, saying there was a strange man in her room. Nevertheless, besides her mind he said she enjoyed good health, and she lived to approximately age 96.
Listed on Ogle Street (appears to be 4866) on the 1900 Philadelphia PA 21st ward Census:
Rosena K. Kimpel, age 12, born Feb. 1888, single, white, female. She born in PA, father in Germany, mother in PA. Attends school, can read, write and speak English.
Her (apparently full) siblings are there as:
-John F (male, b. Jan. 1884) age 16, occupation "plush folder"
-Francis N (male, b. Aug. 1886) age 13
-Mary E (female, b. July 1889) age 10
They all live in the household of Aron and Mary Fullerton, and are listed as step children; the elder Mary is their mother and Mr. Fullerton is their stepfather. Their half-siblings are George age 5, and Lawrence, age 1. Aron and Mary have been married 7 years, and Aron (age 48) shows occupation "boilermaker". Wife and mother Mary (age 36) has had 8 children total, and 6 are living. She is listed as having been born in PA, and her father in Germany, mother in PA. (Correct for her perhaps, or maybe a mistake by census taker as this fits her children?)
Big mistakes on the 1910 Census - she is with the Turvey family now, but the census shows it as Turby. The family lives at 4726 Smick Street, 21st ward of Philadelphia- it appears Rosena's mother lost another spouse in some way, as the 1910 census shows her as Mary E. Turby, wife of John J. Turby age 58. They have been married 7 years. Her one Kimpel child, Francis N. Kimpel shows up here as a step son (previously listed as female and known by family to have been so) to John, the head of household. There are Fullerton kids here as well - George 16, Florence 11, Lavina, 9. The kids she has had with Turby show as Thomas J. age 7, Anna M. 4, Charles, 10 months. (I believe this census taker is mistaken, that Francis is female and "Florence" is Lawrence, as the age is right for Lawrence, and while s/he is listed as "step daughter" the census taker noted sex as "male".) Rosena would be age 22 and is not here. She would have her son (my grandpa) in December of that year in Wilmington Delaware, but I cannot find her or the child's father, William on the 1910 census this time. I also cannot find William's first wife, Sarah.
The 1920 census shows Rosena's mother as Mary E. Turvey, the wife of John Turvey (age 69, laborer in a cotton mill) and she is age 55. Her boys by Aron Fullerton are still with her, George now age 25 and Lawrence age 20. There are other kids (probably both theirs based on the ages of the kids and the supposed marriage happening in 1903) Thomas age 16, Anna 11, and Roy 10. The Kimpel kids are not in evidence here.
One Kimpel offspring who is in the 1920 Census is John F age 36, who was 16 in the 1900 census. He married Laura (age 30) and has kids George 10, and Frank 8. Also in the house are William S. and Ada Fair, listed as brother and sister in law. John F. Kimpel is listed as a trolley motorman who was born in PA, dad in Germany, and mom in PA.
That John Kimpel was a trolley motorman is genealogically titillating... Rose's husband William was as well.
So what if Rose had gone ahead and married this Joseph J Holmes? Who was he? If we look at people who died in Pennsylvania with the name who were born close to her age, the field is quite narrow.
The above-mentioned married Joseph J Holmes born in 1880 stayed married to Louise Amos until her death. He died a widower in 1956 of prostate cancer and is buried at Riverview in Norristown, Pennsylvania. I now consider him the least likely candidate to have become my grandpa's stepfather because of his already having been married.
Another gent of the right name was born 1883 and he was never married. A laundry worker, he lived in downtown Philadelphia at the time of his death and died in Jefferson Hospital, apparently post-op. His certificate is difficult to understand but he had three lung conditions and apparently a duodenal issue as well when he died in 1960. The cert does not suggest any link to Roxborough where she could have met him, and no parent names to easily track him. He rests in Holy Sepulchre.
There's a fellow with no confirming middle initial of "J" who was born 1887 who died of pneumonia at Saint Agnes Hospital in Philadelphia. He unmarried, dying at age 31 and resting at New Cathedral.
Additionally, the 1920 census shows us a Joseph J Holmes married to Mary E in the 36th ward, so no visible connection to ward 21, Roxborough. This gent is probably too young (born 1898) to have been Rose's suitor.
Valentine Kimpel (1853 - 1890)
Mary Elizabeth Merkert Turvey (1864 - 1933)
William Hamilton Storkey (1867 - 1937)*
William Hamilton Storkey (1910 - 1987)*
John Frederick Kimpel (1884 - 1962)*
Francis Nicholas Kimpel (1886 - 1966)*
Rosena Katterina Kimpel Storkey (1888 - 1984)
Mary E Kimpel Muller (1889 - 1982)*
Valentina Kimpel (1891 - 1891)*
Jane Gumphert Fullerton (1896 - 1896)**
Lavinia Mary Fullerton Brown (1900 - 1955)**
John Thomas Turvey (1903 - 1969)**
Created by: sr/ks
Record added: Jun 21, 2006
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