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EDGOOSE,  Elizabeth (Lizzie)

EDGOOSE, Elizabeth (Lizzie)

Female 1863 - 1942  (78 years)

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  • Name EDGOOSE, Elizabeth (Lizzie)  [1
    Born 4 Dec 1863  Boston, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Christened 6 Dec 1863  Boston, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Reference Number 694 
    _UID 9B40507908634048A48AADFDE4EA4E53DEC0 
    Died 14 Jun 1942  Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Forest Park, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I694  Edgoose
    Last Modified 11 Jun 2017 

    Father DAWSON?, .. 
    Mother EDGOOSE, Mary Elizabeth,   b. 11 Apr 1847, Swineshead, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 May 1911, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Family ID F535  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family WRENCH, John Henry Kirke,   b. 16 Dec 1867, Baslow, Derbyshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1960, Greenville, Montcalm County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Married 25 Dec 1889  Aberdeen, Brown County, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. WRENCH, Edward Kirke,   b. 12 Feb 1891, Aberdeen, Brown County, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jan 1952, Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
     2. WRENCH, Colonel Harry Kirke,   b. 5 Nov 1893, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 1963, Frankfort, Benzie County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     3. WRENCH, Dorothy Kirke,   b. 22 Dec 1896, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Aug 1966, Kissimmee, Osceola County, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     4. WRENCH, William Kirke,   b. 13 Oct 1899, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Mar 1972, West Allis, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     5. WRENCH, Mervyn Kirke,   b. 20 Jun 1903, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Nov 1992, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     6. WRENCH, Grace Kirke,   b. 23 Oct 1905, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1930  (Age 24 years)
    Last Modified 25 Apr 2017 
    Family ID F538  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
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    I694.001.jpg
    Elizabeth EDGOOSE who married Richard STROHMEIER
    John Henry Kirke WRENCH husband of Lizzie EDGOOSE
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) EDGOOSE who married John Henry Kirke WRENCH
    Richard STROHMEIER
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Edgoose (1863-1942)
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Edgoose (1863-1942)
    Photograph taken by Stevens Art Studio, Mc Vickers Theatre Bldg, Chicago, USA
    Lizzie EDGOOSE married John Henry Kirke WRENCH (1867-1960) at Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA, on 25 December 1889
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Edgoose (1863-1942)
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Edgoose (1863-1942)
    Photograph taken between 1913 and 1917 by Zander, 357 Grove Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
    She married John Henry Kirke WRENCH at Aberdeen, South Dakota, on 25 DEcember 1889.
    The J.H.K. Wrench family of West Allis, Wisconsin
    The J.H.K. Wrench family of West Allis, Wisconsin
    John Henry Kirke WRENCH and his wife Lizzie nee EDGOOSE and their children and grandchildren at home at West Allis, Wisconsin, USA

    Mourning Cards
    Edgoose ElizabethDawsonEdgoose 694019.jpg
    Edgoose ElizabethDawsonEdgoose 694019.jpg

    Letters (Family + Friend)
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    Edgoose ElizabethLizzieWrench 694 136.jpg

  • Notes 
    • ELIZABETH (LIZZIE) EDGOOSE 1863-1942


      Elizabeth EDGOOSE was born at the Union Workhouse, Skirbeck Road, Boston, on 4 December 1863, illegitimate daughter of Mary EDGOOSE (1847-1911).
      (GRO December Q 1863 Boston 7a 360)
      Her father's surname was probably DAWSON (See below). Mary EDGOOSE was the daughter of Joel and Mary EDGOOSE whose marriage has not yet been traced.

      Elizabeth, daughter of Mary EDGOOSE from Boston Union, was baptised at St. Botoph's, Boston, Lincolnshire, on 6 December 1863.
      (PR)

      In 1871 she was living south of Donington Road, Kirton Bank, Lincolnshire:
      John WESTMORELAND, head, married, aged 28, brickmaker, born at Kirton;
      Sarah WESTMORELAND, wife, married, aged 37, brickmaker's wife, born at Newport, Staffordshire (sic);
      Henry WESTMORELAND, son, aged 13, brickmaker's son, born at Kirton;
      John WESTMORELAND, son, aged 10, born at Skirbeck, Boston, Lincolnshire;
      William WESTMORELAND, son, aged 8, labourer's son, born at Skirbeck, Boston;
      Frederick WESTMORELAND, son, aged 6, labourer's son, born at Kirton;
      Abel WESTMORELAND, son, aged 4, labourer's son, born at Kirton;
      James WESTMORELAND, son, aged 2, labourer's son, born at Kirton;
      *Elizabeth EDGOOSE, niece, aged 7, born at Boston Union;
      (RG10/3333/33)

      According to Clara Strohmeier CLARK she thought that Sarah EDGOOSE (later WESTMORELAND) was her mother and was not told the truth about her parentage until after Sarah's death in 1874. Her grandson J. Daniel PLANK wrote that she was greatly troubled by her illegitimacy and never spoke of her life in England.

      According to the 1900 US Federal Census she arrived in the USA in 1879 and her future husband came ten years later in 1889. It is likely that she was the 17 year old Elizabeth EDGOORE (sic) who arrived at New York from Liverpool, England on 13 August 1879 aboard the Scythia. John BALDRY, a 40 year old blacksmith, and his 40 year old wife Mary BALDRY (née EDGOOSE) were on the same ship.
      (http://stevemorse.org)

      The 1880 census of Bismark Court, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA:
      John BALDRY, aged 39, blacksmith, born in England;
      Mary BALDRY, wife, aged 33, keeping house, born in England;
      *Lizzie EDGOOS (sic), aged 17, works in laundry, born in England.
      (CD 320 - Location: Chicago E.D. 135. Year: 1880. Page No. 040).

      She was in Chicago in February 1884 when David HINCHCLIFF (q.v. for transcript) wrote to Elizabeth EDGOOSE in Manistee, Michigan, about the death of Mary's husband John BALDRY.

      Her mother married again in Cook County, Illinois, on 24 March 1888. Her second husband was John S.M. BAYLES who became head draughtsman for the Allis Chalmers Company - at which company John Henry Kirke WRENCH was at some time a design engineer.

      According to Clara Strohmeier CLARK her aunt Elizabeth EDGOOSE brought her, together with James WESTMORELAND and John Henry Kirke WRENCH, to Aberdeen, South Dakota, in the summer of 1889. On 5 June 1889 her stepfather John BAYLES wrote to Harriet COCKER that Lizzie had started to work in the laundry in the same position she was in before she left England. It would seem that this laundry was in Chicago rather than Aberdeen.

      She married John Henry Kirke WRENCH, son of Anne Eliza and Edward Mason WRENCH (q.v.) of Baslow, Derbyshire, on 25 December 1889 at St. Mark's Church, Aberdeen, South Dakota. According to a cutting from the Dakota Weekly News the marriage between Mr. J. H. Kirk WRENCH of Boslow (sic), England, and Miss Elizabeth EDGOOSE DAWSON (sic), of Chicago, took place at the residence of R. BURGITT in Aberdeen, South Dakota, Dec. 30th, 1889 by Rev. Dr. KEELING. "The couple have gone to Pierre to make their future home. The bride is a niece of Miss EDGOOSE of this city."

      She was living at 412 South Main Street, Aberdeen, when she wrote to her aunt Harriet COCKER (nee EDGOOSE 1858-1916) in Hathersage, Derbyshire, on 25 November 1890. She was by then pregnant.
      "My Dear Aunt
      Just a line to let you know how we her gitting a long Aunt Betsey seeams to be very week I have been to see her today I came home & sent Kirk to Mc NUT to see if he could call in A nother Dr. in with him he said no that she was gitting all rite he said it touk her a long time to git sick & it would tak her a long time to git well and he was sarcie to a bout it he said yes she could tend to her own a fairs her self I think he has neglected her in the first place he left her so long at once we hust to have to send for him all the time he would stay awek er to if we did he told me that woul be all rite in ten Day to but she seems to be weaker
      I must close as the Young WRENCH thinks I have don a nufe to night it is kicking like sixty I think he will kick out soon good night
      Your loving neace E - WRENCH"

      The 1900 US Federal Census for North 51st Court, Chicago, Illinois:
      John WRENCH, head, aged 32, draftsman, immigrated 1889, naturalised, born in England;
      *Elizabeth WRENCH, wife, aged 36, immigrated 1879, born in England;
      Edward K. WRENCH, son, aged 9, at school, born in N.(?) Dakota;
      Harry K. WRENCH, son, aged 6, at school, born in Illinois;
      Dorothy K. WRENCH, daughter, aged 3, born in Illinois;
      William K. WRENCH, son, aged 1(?), born in Illinois.
      (T623/279/14A/841)

      At the time of Dr. Edward Mason WRENCH's visit in 1903 they were living at 303 ..........? Street, Chicago.
      (www.ellisislandrecords.org)

      Later (according to Clara Strohmeier CLARK) they lived at West Allis, Wisconsin, and had four sons, Edward, Harry, Mervyn, and William, and two daughters, Dorothy and Grace. Harry and his sister are said to have visited England and stayed with Harriet COCKER/RIGGALL. Harry WRENCH came to England as a soldier in World War I.

      From the 1910 Federal Census of Ward 2, West Allis, Milwaukee Couny, Wisconsin, USA:
      J. H. WRENCH, aged 44, head, mechanical engineer in office, naturalised, house owned, born in England;
      *Elizabeth WRENCH, wife, aged 44, married 20 years, 6 children of whom 6 living, no occupation, born in England;
      Harry K. WRENCH, son, aged 16, born in Illinois;
      Dorothy WRENCH, daughter, aged 13, born in Illinois;
      William WRENCH, son, aged 10, born in Illinois;
      Marvyn WRENCH, son, aged 6, born in Illinois;
      Grace WRENCH, daughter, aged 4, born in Wisconsin .
      (Roll T624_1721 Page 7A)

      She nursed her uncle John Robert EDGOOSE (1839-1914) at West Allis, Wisconsin, during his last illness and submitted a claim to his executors for her expenses amounting to $263.50 which was initially rejected by the Probate Court. The sum of $186.50 was subsequently allowed.
      "For Care and washing during illness at Mrs WRENCH's home 10 weeks @ $10.00 per week $100.00
      Mattress and bed clothes ruined during illness and destroyed $25.00
      Telephone and for Hospital and Doctor's calls during illness $5.00
      For carfare for 10 weeks @ 10c daily $7.00
      For Board, Room, and Laundry For sister of the Deceased 10 weeks $4.00 per week $40.00
      For fare to Chicago 2 round trips one for deceased $6.50
      For Care of Mr. EDGOOSE while at Hospital 10 weeks @ $5.00 per week $50.00
      For Shirt Underclothes, Collar, Tie, and Cleaning suit to be laid out $10.00
      For [line largely illegible] $20.00

      The 1920 Federal Census of West Allis, Milwaukee, Wisconsin:
      John H. K. WRENCH, head, aged 53, immigrated 1889, naturalised 1894, born in England;
      *Elizabeth WRENCH, wife, aged 56, immigrated 1889(?), naturalised 1894, born in England;
      William K. WRENCH, son, aged 20, apprentice draftsman, born in Illinois;
      Mervin K. WRENCH, son, aged 16, born in Illinois;
      Grace K. WRENCH, daughter, aged 14, born in Wisconsin.
      (T625/2006/18B/328)

      The 1930 US Federal Census of Washington Street, Eureka, Montcalm County, Michigan:
      J. Kirke WRENCH, head, aged 63, retired, owner of a house worth $9,000, aged 22 at first marriage, immigrated 1889, naturalised, born in England;
      *Elizabeth WRENCH, wife, aged 65, aged 24 at first marriage, immigrated 1891 (sic), naturalised, born in England;
      Daniel J. PLANK, grandson, aged 3 years 9 months, born in Illinois.
      (1013/10A/18)

      Her grandson J. Daniel PLANK, who lived with her from the age of 5 until he was 15, wrote in August 1972 that Elizabeth WRENCH was "quite a proper person, not allowing alchoholic beverages or tobacco to be used in her presence." She read very little and could not write, although PLANK did teach her to write her name.

      According to the printed form of service for her burial she was born on 3 December 1864 and died on 19 June 1942. She was buried at Forest Park, Illinois. Her name was printed Elizabeth D. WRENCH.

      NOTES & QUERIES:
      1) Mervyn Kirke WRENCH wrote on 25 July 1972 that the "D" was for his mother's maiden name DAWSON. It is interesting to speculate that DAWSON was in fact the name of her father. (A request to IRAD/Northeastern for an uncertified copy of her death certificate was unsuccessful in April 2002).

      2) Unless a report is found in a newspaper, the name of the man or boy who was her father will never be known with certainty. The name the child was given in December 1863 provides a clue: Elizabeth Dawson EDGOOSE. In the 1861 census of Swineshead there were five possible contenders. Three DAWSON brothers who lived in South Street, Swineshead, Thomas, then aged 22; William, then aged 18; and George E., then aged 13; Henry DAWSON of South Street, unmarried, aged 24, journeyman shoemaker, born at Swineshead; and an apprentice Robert DAWSON living in the High Street, then aged 18, who had been born in Algarkirk.


      (revised 13.11.2016)

  • Sources 
    1. [S3] Edgo21.FTW (Reliability: 0).
      Date of Import: 28 Jan 2002