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 Mary Jane <I>McArthur</I> Devlin

Mary Jane McArthur Devlin

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 3 Oct 1925 (aged 63)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Fairmount 217
Memorial ID 66613025 · View Source
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Admitted as Communicant by certificate to the Hebron Church on October 2, 1885. Attended Sunday School. Placed on reserve status, most likely due to poor membership.

Had a milliner store at 2031 Ridge Avenue as early as 1892 and into the early 1920s. William, her nephew and Virginia, grand-niece, recalled that she and sister Helen both had millinary stores. He recalls being in the back room of his Aunt Mary's store on Ridge Avenue and customers coming in to shop. Mary had two girls working in the store that would tell customers, "that hat was just made for you". The millinary sisters would buy hat frames wholesale and decorate them with birds and things and then sell them. They were funny-looking. Many women wore hats in the early 1900s.

1894 marraige certificate states that she resided at 1941 Ridge Avenue. No occupation listed.

The Philadelphia Department of Records provides the following record of 1941 Ridge Avenue:

The house first appears in their records in 1866.

June 14, 1893: Sold from Michael Curry and Bridget his Wife, et al to Mary Jane McArthur. Description of property: " three-story brick messauge (premise) situated on the NE side of Ridge Avenue at the distance of 115'1.5" NW from the North side of Thompson Street in the 47th Ward of Philadelphia. Front: 16'2", Depth: 80' to a 4' alley." Listed as 2031 Ridge Ave. in November 23, 1893 Inquirer.

March 26, 1900 Inquirer, pg 13: MILLINERY - Learners wanted, girls to learn millinery. 2031 Ridge avenue.

1900 Census lists her as head of the family born February 1872 living with husband Frank Devlin born January 1865 living at 2031 Ridge Ave.

September 25, 1905 Inquirer:

October 4, 1912: The house at 1941 Ridge Ave. was transferred from Frank H. Devlin and Mary Jane his Wife to William McArthur (her brother) and Helen M. McArthur (her sister).

April 5, 1916 Inquirer: MILLINERY, Wanted, trimmer,. also apprentice paid while learning 2031 Ridge ave.

December 1, 1919 Inquirer: MILLINERY, trimmer wanted, experienced, three days a week, 2031 Ridge ave.

November 6, 1921 Inquirer: HOUSEWORK, Woman for housework, two in family, good home. 2031 Ridge ave.

November 26, 1921 HOUSEKEEPER, working, middle aged; best references, for gentlemen's home 2031 Ridge ave.

July 20, 1922 Inquirer: SHOE REPAIRING. Must be sold, Leaving City, Reasonable. 2031 Ridge.

She never did leave 2031 Ridge Avenue. It was listed as her address on her death certificate. She died of a dilated heart with tuberculosis as a contributory cause. Her occupation was listed as milliner.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 66613025
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Jane McArthur Devlin (Feb 1862–3 Oct 1925), Find A Grave Memorial no. 66613025, citing Northwood Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Researcher (contributor 46902961) .