Jan. 16, 1930 Boston Suffolk County Massachusetts, USA
What I know of Margaret is very limited she was my 2x great grandmother. She was according to family lore said to be married twice, her first husband was James Robert Burt Sr (this marriage is totally unproven now, but her first child Florence was not his daughter, her second child my great grandfather was his son). Her second husband was Charles James Smith (on their marriage certificate the marriage was listed as her first marriage, and her maiden name she used was Maillard which was actually her mothers maiden name). With her first husband she had 2 children. Florence Lucy Burt Haymand (unsure of the actual paternity of Florence at this time), and James Robert Burt Jr(her 2nd husband adopted and gave him the name Charles James Smith Jr). With her second husband she went on to have 4 more children. Her first name has had a few variations Margaretta,Marguerite, and the plain and simple Margaret. Her maiden last name also has variations Hayman, Haymand, Hyndman, Hamon, Amon are among them. From what I have learned thus far of her life, from her daughter called "Aunty Lee" by the older generation of my family, she led quite a life. Her family up in Nova Scotia seemingly cut her off when she married her first husband, and I don't know if she ever returned there after her marriage to her 2nd husband.
*Update* Aug. 16 2015 --Since originally writing this, a lot of interesting things have come to light. First part being as noted above, her first child Florence, was she actually the daughter of James Robert Burt Sr? She did not carry his name unlike we originally thought, she adopted Margarettes maiden name Haymand as her maiden name and consequently went to live with William in Stoneham, her uncle at a young age after living with her grandparents in Nova Scotia for a long time. 2nd part is, James Robert Burt Sr., who was he, why is there no record of a "marriage" between them? Why is she found giving birth to "baby boy" Burt in the Womens hospital (now Brigham and Womens hospital) as a foreigner with the surname Burt. Why does Sr. disappear, did he really die, was he a relationship vs. a marriage? Was there a scandal? Why so much mystery surrounding him, was he a merchant seaman, a traveling salesman? Lots of questions and mysteries in this branch.
Margarettes family seemingly disowned her, sent her to live with her brother and kept her daughter Florence up in Nova Scotia during the time period she went to Stoneham/Boston area and gave birth to my great grandfather Charles James Smith (born baby boy Burt, James Robert Burt Jr.) in a poor womans hospital (this was a hospital for widowed, poor, prostitutes ect at the time). In many of the family records she is seemingly erased as if she never existed, the only proof of her parentage is her own words, written so carefully by her daughter, Lelia, and saved for future generations to interpret and rewrite and yes to wonder, and to perhaps find a link any link to her relatives up in Nova Scotia. I think she was an amazing lady, but wonder why her childrens parentage are in question, and why no one really wrote down who Florence and James's(aka Charles) father really was. Amazing thing isn't it to wonder. I hope that someone interconnected with this tree comes across my questions, and maybe someday they will and they will know some answers. --Kathy
Flowers to you my great great grandmother. I wonder what life was like for you and what the answers to those mysteries of your life are. I know that irregardless you are smiling down from heaven on us all. love always. -
Kathy Added: Aug. 16, 2015