08 May 2016

Sunday’s Obituary: Isabella Coursault died a newlywed

Isabella McGuigan Coursault died a newlywed. She married Bernard Coursault in Philadelphia in 1917. The specific date, I do not know yet.

On 5 June 1917, Bernard Coursault complied with the World War I Draft registration. At the time he lived at 102 Martin Avenue in Bryn Manor and listed himself as being single. The form only asks if married or single.

By the end of September that year, poor Isabella had died of tuberculoses.

Her short obituary, which ran in The Evening Public Ledger, reads:
COURSAULT – Sept. 22, ISABELLA F., wife of Bernard Coursault and daughter of Daniel and Ellen E. McGuigan, aged 23. Relatives and friends invited to funeral, Wed. 8:30 a.m., 343 Sheldon Lane, Ardmore, Pa. Solemn requiem mass at St. Colman’s Church 10 a.m. Int. St. Denis’s Cemetery. Auto funeral.

Her death certificate offers little additional information in regards to their short marriage. She was born 2 June 1894. Her father was Daniel McGuigan and her mother was Ellen Lafferty. Both of her parents had been born in Philadelphia. It also confirmed that her husband was Bernard Coursault, of Ardmore.

Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.

Ancestry.com. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Marriage Index, 1885-1951 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

Registration State: Pennsylvania; Registration County: Delaware; Roll: 1877945; Draft Board: 1

The Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), 25 September 1917

Sunday’s Obituary is a genealogical prompt of GeneaBloggers.

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2016

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