|Death: ||Mar. 12, 1902, USA|
Mary Storkey was my great great grandmother. We have no date of birth known for her; records say only "aged 69 years", so she was born about 1833.
Mary Storkey was the second wife of William Storkey. He had been widowed by his first wife Barbara in 1864.
William married Mary a few years later, on March 7, 1867; I can say this with certainty having seen the marriage certificate, the paperwork and marriage performed by A. W. Milby, Minister of the Gospel. Mary is listed as "Mrs. Mary Ann Lehman". Whether she had been married before or the good pastor wrote this erroneously is yet to be investigated. It is for this reason that her maiden name is not listed above, as I am yet unsure if it was Lehman or another surname. Mary Ann would have been about age 33 at her vows to William, so it is certainly possible she'd been married before.
I have tried to find Mary Ann on the 1860 census prior to her marriage to my great great grandpa. She'd have been about age 27. In looking, I do not see a Mary Lehman in Philadelphia of the right age, though there are people with this surname in the 22nd and 21st Wards which would be closest to where my Storkeys lived. FamilySearch claims there is a 25 year old Maria A Lehman in the 22nd Ward, but they do not show you the census. When I to to another source to see it, I cannot find her on the page cited, 100. When I take a different tack, and look at all households showing a Lehman in the 21st and 22nd wards, I come up empty handed.
It is not known to me (if she'd been married before) if she was yet married to Mr. Lehman in 1860 for that census. Still, it is intriguing to note there is one Lehman, by the name of James, age 26, born in Pennsylvania, who was a conductor. This resonates for me because her son, my great grandpa, would have a career as a conductor.
Taking another approach... if Mary Ann had indeed been married and widowed, her husband died before she was remarried in 1867. So shall we look at city death certificates for Lehman gents who died before that? I tried to find men men on City death records who died in the logical timeframe, and none show a wife named Mary or similar, but many death records do not show a spouse's name, even when they are marked as having been married. There are plenty of dead men named Lehman though. For now, I must proceed with her narrative from what is known.
The gent who wed Mary Ann and William, Reverend Milby, seems to be Arthur W. Milby, who appears in the 1870 census in Frederica, Kent County, Delaware as a 51 year old Methodist minister. Rev. Milby became a church elder in the 1840's and was chosen by the bishop to serve on an education committee along with his regular duties. It is unknown to me what churches he served in, but genealogy found elsewhere suggests Mary and William were married at Ridge Avenue Methodist Church (location of where the vows were made is not stated on the certificate). That Rev. Milby was Methodist would make sense for our William, as many of William's kin are buried at Stony Bank Methodist church in Delaware County Pennsylvania.
We may be sure that Mary Ann had to step up to the plate and finish raising her three stepdaughters. On the 1870 census, the family appears together with William, Mary, the three girls from William's first marriage, along with their new son William, age 2.
They appear together again on the 1880 census where she was 47 years old, so the age is close and works, as does the fact this lady was recorded as a resident of Roxborough (on Ridge Avenue). Her husband William was age 58 (so born about 1822) and was a laborer at the time (though earlier in his life he had been a farmer). They show a son, Willie H., age 13, thus born about 1867. The girls have moved out by this time.
Mary's death certificate, indicating cause of death was a heart attack, also shows she was interred March 17, 1902, which would have been 10 days after the couple's 35th wedding anniversary.
The Ambler Gazette of March 20, 1902 reported on her death and her daughter, Georgeanna (with bad spelling) on page 1:
Storky, Mrs. William
Broad Axe. Mrs. William Swaincott and children attended the funeral on Monday of Mrs. William Storky, of Roxborough. Deceased was Mrs. Swaincott's mother.
Step-daughter Georgeanna's dates are 1850 - 1924.
Sadly, Mrs. Storkey's husband (right age, same street of residence, same doctor and undertaker, and burial in same cemetery) died April 10, 1902, so he, an invalid, perhaps lacking care or perhaps heartbroken, followed her not even a month later.
I have thought about what her death meant to her family in human terms. Besides leaving a grieving husband, she was stepmother to three girls, the children from her husband's first marriage; it is unknown what their relationship was with her but it was a long one since the girls' mother died when they were quite young. Mary had one biological child, my great grandpa William, who may have been the one to place a stone for her. Her husband William died not long after Mary, but he is not inscribed on the stone. There is surely room for inscription though it has been further labelled "Mother". A separate stone for him has not yet been found, though he is known to be interred at Leverington Cemetery.
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William Storkey (1824 - 1902)*
William Hamilton Storkey (1867 - 1937)*
Plot: Lot 4 Section 6 Division C (#7170)
Created by: sr/ks
Record added: Jun 21, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14667389