Myra Sibley, her parentage and her relations via her mother's second marriage to Ephraim Davies.

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Myra Sibley, her parentage and her relations via her mother's second marriage to Ephraim Davies

Myra's parents were Samuel Sibley and Rebecca Dumain (Dumayne) whose marriage was recorded the BMD index for the July-September quarter for 1853 in Newport, Monmouthshire. Rebecca was born about 1832 in Goldcliff, Monmouthshire, the daughter of James and Rebecca Dumain (Dumayne). Currently nothing is know of Samuel's date of birth or parents.

 Samuel and Rebecca had two known children:

In the 1861 census Myra and her sister Mary were living along with their mother Rebecca in Newport. Rebecca was recorded as married and a "sawyer's wife" which matches with the detail of Daniel's future marriage registration ie that his father-in-law was sawyer. 

1861 Census (8th April) St Woollos, Newport RG9/4020 Folio 10 Book 15 Page 22

25 St ?????? Street, Newport

Name

Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Rebecca Sibley Head (Married) 27 Sawyer's Wife Goldcliff, Monmouthshire
Mary Sibley Daughter 6   Newport, Monmouthshire
Myra Sibley Daughter 4   Newport, Monmouthshire

As Rebecca is on her own, but recorded as married not widowed, it may well be that Samuel was working away from home, possibly even on board a ship in his capacity as a carpenter. This might explain why, although no obvious record of his demise can be found, 4 years after this census Rebecca was was to marry an Ephraim Davies. The marriage of  Rebecca Sibley and Ephrain Davies was recorded in Newport, Monmouthshire, in the January-March quarter of the BMD index for 1865. The birth of Ephraim in Newport, Monmouthshire was recorded in October-December quarter of the BMD index for 1839.

Rebecca and Ephraim had the following known children:

For the census of 1871 Rebecca was recorded with her husband Ephrain, a Blacksmith, and their 4 children in South Market Street, Newport.

1871 Census (3rd April) St Woollos, Newport RG10/5345 Folio 37 Page 21

5 South Market Street, Newport, Monmouthshire

Name

Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Ephraim Davis Head 31 Blacksmith Newport, Monmouthshire
Rebecca Davis Wife 37   Newport, Monmouthshire
Fanny Davis Daughter 5 Scholar Newport, Monmouthshire
Ephrain Davis Son 3 Scholar Newport, Monmouthshire
Daniel Davis Son 2 Child Newport, Monmouthshire
Charles Davis Son 1 Infant Newport, Monmouthshire
Dinna Gibbon Boarder 16 Apprentice Newport, Monmouthshire

Sadly for the census of 1871 Rebecca's older daughter by Samuel Sibley, Mary, was recorded in the "Join Counties Lunatic Asylum in Abergevenny. Why she was in the asylum is unknown and could range from a genuine mental problem, through "moral turpitude".

1871 Census (3rd April) Abergavenny RG10/5311 Folio 64 Book "Joint Counties Lunatic Asylum" Page 20

Joint Counties Lunatic Asylum

Name

Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Mary Sibley Inmate 16 No Occupation (Lunatic) Newport, Monmouthshire

Strangely no sign of Myra has been identified in the 1871 census despite fairly intensive searching. However as has already been noted Myra married Daniel Madge Dart on 29th May 1872, recorded as Myra Sibley and her age is recorded as 17, with her father is recorded as Samuel Sibley, a sawyer.

For the census of 1881 Rebecca was recorded still living in South Market Street, Newport with her husband Ephrain, now described as a Shipsmith, and their 4 children in South Market street, Newport. (Note it was South Market Street that her daughter Myra Sibley gave as her address on her marriage certificate at the time of ther marriage to Thomas Howell.)

1881 Census (4th April) St Woollos, Newport RG11/5266 Folio ?? Page 8

5 South Market Street, Newport, Monmouthshire

Name

Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Ephraim Davies Head 41 Shipsmith Newport, Monmouthshire
Rebecca Davies Wife 46   Goldcliff, Monmouthshire
Ephraim Davies Son 14 Errand Boy Newport, Monmouthshire
Daniel Davis Son 13 Errand Boy Newport, Monmouthshire
Matilda Davies Daughter 8 Scholar Newport, Monmouthshire
Lily Thomas Adopted Daughter 9 Scholar Newport, Monmouthshire
Rebecca Dumayne Mother in Law 84   Goldcliff, Monmouthshire

As already noted by the time of the census noted Rebecca's younger daughter by Samuel Sibley, Myra, was in Orlingbury, Wellingborough, en route for Greenock and thence to Australia.

1881 Census (4th April) Orlingbury, Wellingborough RG11/1571 Folio 62 Page 7

Orlingbury, Wellingborough , Northhamptonshire

Name

Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
George Munday Head 45 Carpenter Marston, Bedfordshire
Leah Munday Wife 41   Bishton, Monmouthshire
Clara A. Munday Daughter 17   Westering, Bedfordshire
John G. Munday Son 13 Scholar

Orlingbury, Northamptonshire

Elizabeth Munday Daughter 5  

Orlingbury, Northamptonshire

John Dangar Nephew 13 Apprentice Carpenter Charlton, Kent
Thomas Howell Visitor 43 Stone Mason Caerleon, Monmouthshire
Myra Howell Visitor 24    Newport, Monmouthshire
Emily Wallace Servant 13 Servant Little Harrowden

For the census of 1891 Rebecca was recorded living in Upper Lewis Street, Newport with her husband Ephrain, who was again listed as a Shipsmith.

1891 Census (6th April) St Woollos, Newport RG12/4375 Folio ?? Page 32

30 Upper Lewis Street, Newport, Monmouthshire

Name

Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Ephraim Davies Head 51 Shipsmith Newport, Monmouthshire
Rebecca Davies Wife 56   Nash, Monmouthshire
Tillie Davies Daughter 20 Assistant Teacher Newport, Monmouthshire
Lily Thomas Daughter 20   Newport, Monmouthshire

The death of Ephraim was recorded in the BMD Index for the quarter of January-March for 1894 in Newport, Monmouthshire. For the census of 1900 Rebecca was still recorded as lving in Lewis Street. She would seem she had opened up a boarding house to provide an income after the demise of Ephraim, with three boarders in residence and a servant no doubt to help with the chores.

1900 Census (1st April) St Woollos, Newport RG13/4958 Folio 34 Page 15

59 Lewis Street, Newport, Monmouthshire

Name

Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Rebecca Davies Head - Widow 64 Boarding House Keeper Goldcliff, Monmouthshire
Arthur Leonard Boarder - Single 26 Engine Fitter Cwmlin, Monmouthshire
Charles Stuart Boarder - Single 21 Merchant's Clerk Littlehampton, Sussex
John Thomas Boarder - Widow 58 Railway Wagon Accountant Newport, Monmouthshire
Elspeth Farmer Servant - Single 15 Domestic Servant Risca, Monmouthshire

 

Rebecca Davies, previously Sibley, nee Dumain died on 23 May 1908 in 1 Francis Street, Newport, Monmouthshire. Her death was recorded in the BMD Index for the quarter of April-June for 1908 in Newport, Monmouthshire. In her will (£186 6s 10d,), probate was granted to Matilda Powell, wife of Edward John Powell.


Matilda Davies born in Apr 1872 in Newport, Monmouthshire.

Matilda married Edward John Powell Accountant & Public Auditor in the July-Sep quarter of 1892 in Newport, Monmouthshire. Edward was born on 6 Jul 1870 in Newport, Monmouthshire, the son of Sarah Evans. For the census of 1871 the 8 month old Edward was recorded along with his mother Sarah in Clawrplwyf, Mynyddyslwyn, Monmouthshire, in the household of Sarah's widowed father John Evans, with Sarah was recorded as a "Widow". Sarah married Edward Powell in the October-December quarter of 1869 in Newport, Monmouthshire. Sadly there is also a record the death of an Edward Powell, aged 22, in the following quarter, January-March 1870, in Newport, Monmouthshire, which it is assumed was Sarah's husband. There is a corresponding burial record of Edward Powell on 28 February 1870 Machen, Monmouth which is also assumed to be the burial of Sarah's husband. (Note: Sarah went on to re-marry to a Henry Evans, a Coal Agent, and she and young Edward were recorded in his household in Newport in the 1881 census.)

Matila and Edward had the following known children:

On 28 September 1912 Edward John Powell sailed to America on board the SS New York. The Ellis Island record has him arriving on 6 October and going to visit with his Aunt Harriet Gates Powell at Gatesville ranch, Syracuse, Kansas. It would seem that Harriet was the wife of a William James Powell born in December 1840 (US 1900 & 1910 censuses) in Wales who was one would assume a brother of Edward's father, Edward. William died in 1912 and this may have been the reason for Edward's visit, i.e. to visit a elderly relative deemed to be not long for this world, or to commiserate wth the widow.

In 28 March 1914 Matilda and the children also set sail for America on board the SS Maurentania. The Ellis Island record has her arriving on 4 April 1914 and going to her husband E J Powell resident in 108 South La Salle Street, Chicago Illinois. There is an anomaly whereby the person in the UK who could identify her was given as "Mother - Mrs Evans 104 Lewis Street, Newport". This was in fact Matilda's mother-in -law Mrs Sarah Evans, previusly Powell, widow of Henry Evans, maiden name Evans. It maybe co-incidence but it was in 1914 that "Aunt Harriet Gates Powell" passed away.

For the census of 1920 Edward, Matilada and the family were recorded at 3528 Paseo, Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, with Edward working as a C.P.A. - Auditor's manager"

For the census of 1930 Edward was recorded at the same address with his son, Edward (listed as Jack Edward), and his married daughter and her husband Brynmor. Also recorded in the household was a Catherine M. Powell, listed as Edward's wife, aged 62 born in Wales. According to the census record her "age at first marriage" of 56 would mean they they had been married for 6 years, and her date of arrival in the USA was listed as 1924. There is a record of the arrival of Catherine in the USA on listed as having come from Wales, going to visit a friend, Mr. E. Powell at 3528 Paseo, Kansas City. It would seem therefore that this "visit" becane a long term relationship, and  when Catherine passed away 4 years later she was recorded as married, the wife of Edward J. Powell, who was the informant. She was also identified as born 18 March 1868 born in Wakes, the daughter of John Evans and Margaret Michael. However no marriage for Catherine and Edward around 1924 has been found nor any record of a death of mtilda Edward's first wife.

One possible explanation for this maybe the record in the 1930 census for the Eastern Oklamhoma Hospital for the Insane, in Craig, Oklamhoma of a Matilda Powell married aged 57 aged 21 at first marriage born in Wales, of Welsh parents. This would seem very likely to be Edward's wife.

For the census of 1940 the widowed Edward was still at at 3528 Paseo, Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, with Edward working as a C.P.A. - Auditor's manager". No obvious record of Matilda Powell has been found.

Edward died on 20 Oct 1962 in Los Angeles, California, United States. The California Death Index record gives his birth as 6 July 1870 in Wales and his mothers name as Evans.

Interestingly there is also an entry in the California Death Index for a Matilda Davis Powell, who died 18 Jul 1954. This gives a birth date of 17 April 1872, in "Other Country", mother's name as Davis, which could be Matilda, Edward's wife.

This may be be borne out by the fact that there is a memorial stone in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, Los Angeles County for a Edward J. Powell 1870-1962 which would seem likely to be Edward's located behind & East of Cathedral Mausoleum, Section 9, Left Section L-R Stacks 1-9 By Gate, Stack 5, (Near Gate). What would seem to be adjacent and just prior to this  memorial is one for a Matilda D. Powell 1872-1954 - located behind & East of Cathedral Mausoleum, Section 9, Left Section L-R Stacks 1-9 By Gate, Stack 1, (Nearest Gate)

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