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Barbara Storkey
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Birth: unknown
Ohio, USA
Death: Jul. 13, 1864
Pennsylvania, USA

The above date of death may be the date of interment. Whatever the date, I have thus far been unable to find a death certificate for Barbara Storkey in Philadelphia Death Certificates. Narrowing them to Barbara-s born in Ohio, or about her age does not bring results. No Barbaras with husbands named William, and no female of any name married to a William who died in July or close.

Barbara's date of birth is not known, but family interment records say she was 34 years old, so she was thus born about 1830.

Barbara was the first wife of William Storkey. They appear together on the 1850 census in Thornbury Township, Delaware County, he age 27 and she age 20; they are new parents of "George Anna" three months old. The census indicates Barbara was born in Ohio. William works as a laborer. They were not without family nearby - on this census the were household #132, and just before them on the page at household #127 are William's parents William (58, a laborer) and Mary (age 53). (Also on the page are familiar names to me from the area, including the Baldwin family.)

This comfortable arrangement of grandparents nearby was not to last. There is a story Barbara's parents gave the couple land in the northern reaches of Philadelphia's Roxborough section. One city directory places them there by 1856, and they may have gone earlier. Think of the new Storkey grandparents left behind.

Going by the 1860 census where she was listed as age 30 (matching family knowledge of her being born about 1830), she was the mother of Georgeanna Storkey and Mary E. Storkey and Ella Storkey. This is the second census claiming Barbara was born in Ohio, so we can be solid it was not a fluke in 1850. Her husband, a laborer in 1850, has become a farmer here on the 1860 census.

One family account says her maiden name was Keys. On that second census with her husband in 1860, a 36 year old lady lives with the couple, possibly Barbara's sister, and her name is Hiess according to the census taker, so it's not clear if either name is Barbara's maiden name, though the names are close, or might have been morphed by handwriting, or even by language differences, or the use of a German symbol to indicate a "double s" that might look like a "ys" on "Keys".

But don't be sucked in: There is, in fact, a Barbara Hiess from Ohio, where she wed Lucas Gefell. Perhaps she became a widow if Lucas served in the Civil War. There is no evidence she brought any children to her marriage with William Storkey. Checking, Lucas did serve (in Company G of 24th Regiment, Ohio Infantry) according to regiment listing online and a listing in "Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations From the State of Ohio" though I cannot find evidence he died in service. In fact it looks like the marriage lasted their lifetimes, judging by a 1900 and 1910 census of the couple with the name Gfell. This gent was from Germany, they had a lot of children and his age is right to have served in the War (born October 1839), but tempting as this line is, it cannot be our Barbara, since they married August 8, 1865 in Huron, Ohio, which is after when our Barbara died.

No matter how one sees it, Barbara died young and left her husband with three daughters. Her widowed husband, my great great grandpa, would go on to remarry and have a son, William H Storkey, my great grandpa.
Family links: 
  William Storkey (1824 - 1902)*
  Georgeanna Storkey Swaincott (1850 - 1924)*
  Ella R Storkey Adair (1856 - 1916)*
*Calculated relationship
Leverington Cemetery
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Lot 4 Section 6 Division C (#440), thanks to Donna Elliott.
Created by: sr/ks
Record added: Jun 21, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14667334
Barbara Storkey
Added by: Donna Elliott
Barbara Storkey
Added by: sr/ks
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Thinking of you for later this month.
- sr/ks
 Added: Jul. 3, 2013
Thinking of you today, as I try yet again to figure out where you came from and what your maiden name is.
- sr/ks
 Added: Apr. 17, 2013
Just stopping by to say hi.
- Rose Chandler Royals
 Added: Sep. 11, 2012
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