Sunday, March 30, 2014

52 Ancestors: #13, Eva May (Woodward) (Taylor) Rabideau

Eva May "Evie" Woodward, my great-grandmother, was born 27 Jan 1871, in Holland, Vermont, the third of six children of Uriah Sawyer Woodward and Mary Washburn.1 Not long after her birth, Uriah and Mary moved to Dummer, Coos County, New Hampshire, where Eva first appears in the 1880 census.2
1880 U.S. census, Dummer, Coos, N.H., Uriah Woodward household
On 6 Sep 1887, Eva married David Taylor in the nearby town of Milan.3 They lived in Dummer and had a son, Ernest, in 1892, but in 1894 she sued for divorce,4 receiving custody of Ernest.
David Taylor–Eva Woodward marriage, 1887, Milan, N.H.David Taylor–Eva Taylor divorce, 1894, N.H.
Eva married Peter Louis Rabideau in Berlin, New Hampshire, on 3 Nov 1894.5
Peter L. Rabideau-Evie M. Taylor marriage, 1894, Berlin, N.H.

Eva and Peter lived in Milan for over 25 years, raising Eva's son Ernest and their three daughters (Ermine, Glenna, and Thelma).6, 7 The three oldest had married and left home by 1920.8
Peter L. and Eva M. (Woodward) Rabideau, date unknown9

1900 U. S. Census, Milan, Coos, N.H., Peter L. Rabideau household

1910 U. S. Census, Milan, Coos, N.H., Peter L. Rabideau household

1920 U. S. Census, Milan, Coos, N.H., Peter L. Rabideau household

Thelma also married in 1923, but that didn't leave Eva with an empty nest. In 1922 daughter Glenna had divorced her first husband and remarried – with custody of her three-year-old son, Wilfred Thibeault, going to his grandmother Eva.10 By 1930, Eva and Peter had moved to Dummer with their grandson.11 Daughter Ermine and her husband and two children were by then living in Norway, Maine, and around 1934, Eva, Peter, and Wilfred relocated to Norway.12 There, Wilfred met Elizabeth "Babe" Perry/Poirier and married her in 1939; in 1940 the newlyweds were still living with the Rabideaus.13
1930 U. S. Census, Dummer, Coos, N.H., Peter L. Rabideau household

1940 U. S. Census, Norway, Oxford, Maine, Peter L. Rabideau household
Eva and Peter Rabideau, probably in Norway, Maine, July 194014

Child of Eva Woodward and David Taylor:
  1. Ernest Taylor, b. Feb 1892, married Erma Twitchell
Children of Eva Woodward and Peter Louis Rabideau:
  1. Ermine Mona Rabideau, b. 1897, married Howard E. Tyler
  2. Glenna Marie Rabideau, b. 1899, married (1) John Thibeault, (2) William G. Murphy, (3) Paul Costanza, (4) William Anderson
  3. Thelma J. Rabideau, b. 1905, married (1) Glenn Swan, (2) Earl Brann

Eva M. Rabideau obituary, 1953
Peter and Eva remained in Norway until Peter's death in 1946.15 Eva apparently returned to Milan sometime after his death,16 then, around 1951, moved to the home of her grandson Wilfred, in Cumberland Center, Maine, where she died 24 Aug 1953.17 Eva and Peter are buried together in Hillcrest Cemetery in Milan.18

My descent from Eva May Woodward:
  • Eva May Woodward + Peter Louis Rabideau
  • Glenna Marie Rabideau + William George Murphy (my maternal grandparents)

Peter L. and Eva M. Rabideau gravestone, Hillcrest Cemetery, Milan, N.H.

(Note: This post is in response to Amy Johnson Crow's "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" challenge at No Story Too Small.)

SOURCES
  1. "Eva M. Rabideau" obituary, Lewiston (Maine) Evening Journal, 25 Aug 1953, p. 2; digital images, Google News Archive (http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=oQQVFBP0nzwC : accessed 28 May 2013). Gives her date of birth and parents' names. The place of birth is given incorrectly as Milan, N.H.; her census and marriage records all note her birthplace as Vermont (the record of her marriage to Peter specifies Holland, Vt.).
  2. 1880 U.S. Census, Coos County, New Hampshire, Dummer, ED 38, p. 4D, dwelling 32, family 33, Uriah Woodward household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://search.ancestry.com : accessed 2 May 2012). 
  3. “New Hampshire, Marriage and Divorce Records, 1659–1947,” database and digital images, Ancestry.com (http://search.ancestry.com : accessed 30 Mar 2014), David Taylor-Evie Woodward marriage, 1887.
  4. “New Hampshire, Marriage and Divorce Records, 1659–1947,” David Taylor-Evie M. Taylor divorce, 1894.
  5. “New Hampshire, Marriage and Divorce Records, 1659–1947,” Peter L. Rabideau-Evie M. Taylor marriage, 1894.
  6. 1900 U.S. Census, Coos County, New Hampshire, Milan, ED 268, aheet 4B, dwelling 85, family 86, Peter L. Rabideau household; digital images, ProQuest, HeritageQuest Online (access through participating libraries : accessed 9 Dec 2010). 
  7. 1910 U.S. Census, Coos County, New Hampshire, Milan, ED 67, aheet 3A, dwelling 33, family 34, Peter L. Rabideau household; digital images, ProQuest, HeritageQuest Online (access through participating libraries : accessed 9 Dec 2010).
  8. 1920 U.S. Census, Coos County, New Hampshire, Milan, ED 53, aheet 3B, dwelling 58, family 60, Peter L. "Rabadeau" household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://search.ancestry.com : accessed 30 Mar 2014).
  9. Dummer Bicentennial Committee, History of Dummer, New Hampshire, 1773-1973 (Dummer, N.H.: Dummer Bicentennial Committee, 1973), p. 52.  
  10. Divorce decree, Glenna M. Thibault vs. John W. Thibault (5 Sep 1922), Colebrook, Coos County, New Hampshire; Kirk-Murphy Family Collection, photocopy of original privately held by the author, Virginia Beach, Virginia. Whereabouts of the original is unknown. “Glenna M. Thibault of Berlin ... Libellant against John W. Thibault of said Berlin Libellee ... Custody of Wilfred Thibault committed to Eva Rabideau of Milan, N.H. ...”
  11. 1930 U.S. Census, Coos County, New Hampshire, Dummer, ED 4-27, sheet 3A, p. 279 (stamped), dwelling 36, family 78, Peter L. Rabideau household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://search.ancestry.com : accessed 7 Aug 2012).
  12. "Peter L. Rabideau" obituary, Lewiston (Maine) Daily Sun, 17 Dec 1946, p. 2; digital images, Google News Archive (http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=IT5EXw6i2GUC : accessed 28 May 2013); states "He came here [Norway] 12 years ago from Milan."
  13. 1940 U.S. Census, Oxford County, Maine, Norway, ED 9-38, sheet 9B, household 205, Peter L. Rabideau household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://search.ancestry.com : accessed 4 Apr 2012).
  14. Photo of Eva and Peter Rabideau, probably in Norway, Maine, July 1940; Kirk-Murphy Family Collection, privately held by the author, Virginia Beach, Virginia. This photo came from a photo album compiled by one of the Rabideaus' granddaughters, the author's mother, from whom she inherited the album in 1993. The "July 1940" date is in her handwriting.
  15. "Peter L. Rabideau" obituary.
  16. "Norway News Briefs" column, Portland (Maine) Press Herald, 12 Sep 1950, p. 25; digital images, NewpaperArchive (http://newspaperarchive.com/portland-press-herald/1950-09-12/page-25 : accessed 13 Jan 2014); "Mrs. Eva Rabideau of Milan, N. H., formerly of Norway, is visiting her grandson, Ronald Tyler and Mrs. Tyler."
  17. "Eva M. Rabideau" obituary.
  18. Hillcrest Cemetery (Milan, Coos County, New Hampshire), Peter L. and Eva M. Rabideau marker, read and photographed by the author, 11 Oct 2013.

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