Yourself and family are invited to attend the funeral of Robert McWilliams from his late residence 1507 Parish
St. Phila. Pa on Jan 24th /87. Meet at the
house at 3 p.m. Internment at . Mechanics
I just love the wording, “are invited to attend,” but who is Robert McWilliams? My 3rd great grandmother (George D Still’s wife) was Sarah Bing. Her mother was Sarah McWilliams so it is plausible that this Robert is a relative.
He most likely is not Sarah McWilliams Bing’s father as that would put George’s wife Sarah in her late 70s when he passed, 76 to be exact.
Through Ancestry.com, I was able to find him on the
, Death Certificates
Index, 1803-1915. While it does not tell me who his parents were, it does
offer some more hints. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
about 1807. He died in Pennsylvania
on 20 January 1887, at the age of 81. He was buried 24 January 1887 at Philadelphia . He was a white, married
pattern maker, who resided at 1507 Parrish Ward 15 in Mechanic Cemetery . Philadelphia
The 1880 Census shows a 74 year old, white, pattern maker Robert McWilliams living at
Parrish Street in with his wife and children. His
wife is 63 year old Philadelphia .
Their children are 48 year old Charles, who is a widowed house painter; 36 year
old John, who is listed as married; 34 year old Sarah, who is listed as single
at home; and 28 year old Robert, a single machinist. There is no mention of
John’s wife. Robert (the father) lists his father’s birthplace as Lydia . Scotland
At this point, I believe that Robert McWilliams is the brother of my 4th great grandmother Sarah McWilliams Bing. However, I am still not positive so poor Robert does not get placed in the tree just quite yet. I have no information on her family so it is quite possible!
Funeral Card Friday is a genealogical prompt of GeneaBloggers.
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