Miracle of miracles - here is my great great great grandpa. Things happen that you never expect. As an adopted adult, I never thought I would find my birthfamily; then I found them. Then I had the privilege of seeing my birthnephew come into this world. Now it's an honor to tend the online memorial of my last direct ancestor to live in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, and I look forward to learning more about him.
William and his father both appear on the 1828 state census in Aston Township. His father is a laborer, and he a carpenter. (Earlier, his father William Storkey appeared as a carter on the 1802-1810 tax rolls in Aston Township.)
William and Mary "Starkey" ages 58 and 43, respectively, appear on the 1850 census in Thornbury, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Checking censuses and tax rolls, it seems the two spellings were used interchangeably.
Sometime between 1850 and 1860, only a few years before this William died, his son William III came by some farmland in the northern reaches of Philadelphia's Roxborough section, so the son moved "up north" from "down south" in Delaware County's Aston, Birmingham Township and Thornbury areas. From that son on, our family was mostly buried in Roxborough's Leverington Cemetery.
This William memorialized here is still somewhat two-dimensional in my mind; I do not yet have the details of his life to lend him much texture. What I have presently is workable conjecture.
By the succession of numbered William Storkeys in our family, we know his father was also named William. By name and location, it is likely he was the grandson of Christian.
William seems to have been one of a set of three or four sons; nearby there are men very close to his age named Chris and Abram aka Abraham. Both Chris and Abram worked for the (apparently Quaker) Pratt family, doing farm labor at one time in their lives.
Our William seems to have been among the first of the probable brothers to die; at least Chris outlived him. Chris spent the last years of his life, at least from 1870 to his death in 1877, living with this William's son up in Roxborough, where he was laid to rest in Leverington Cemetery. Whatever else might yet be found about this William, the last of his line in Delaware County, we may be sure he raised a decent son who looked out for his elderly uncle.
I suspect, but cannot prove at this time, that this William may have had another son, John Storkey, 1832 - 1893. If John were not his son, perhaps he was one of William's brother's sons. The time period and location fit.
Further, I have found proof that my great grandpa's sister must have known John's family because her son lived with John's son. The name is rare; she could not have found a Storkey stranger's family and hooked her son up with them. Somehow, they are part of my family.
And just when I thought I had the family largely psyched out, in late June of 2016, I found death certificates for an Esther (nee Sto/arkey) Delaney, born to William in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, passing in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia, and there's a whole new branch to study now.
Husband of Mary Storkey
-Transcription and photo by M. Kathleen Felsted
Huge thanks go to contributor Cindy K. Coffin for creating this memorial with Ms. Felsted's work. My grandpa had told me there were a bunch of Storkeys and Starkeys buried in Delaware County at "Stoney Bank", and finding that Cindy had established this memorial was a fulfillment of what grandpa told me.
Mary Storkey (1798 - 1882)
William Storkey (1823 - 1902)*
Esther Storkey Delaney (1826 - 1911)*
Stonybank Methodist Church Cemetery
Maintained by: sr/ks
Originally Created by: Cindy K. Coffin
Record added: Jan 10, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 32800767
Visiting you today felt like a completion.|
Added: May. 19, 2017
Ah, dear Storkey, wish me luck on finding your probable grandpa Christian as my eyes go blurry going thru immigration lists again.|
Added: Mar. 31, 2016
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