Sunday, February 9, 2014

Sunday's Obituary ~ Ashmore Cox of Upper Stewiacke

Another "down east" newspaper obituary
 clipped and pasted into my great grandmother's scrapbook.

This one is for Ashmore Cox, my second cousin, 3x removed. He died on May 19, 1962. Born in Nova Scotia, he came to the States by train in 1913, at around 30 years of age.

He married school teacher Margaret Jane Gourley, who was also from "down east" in South Branch, in Quincy, Massachusetts, on February 3, 1914, and the couple had one daughter, Helen, the following year.

Sadly, Margaret passed away only 4 years later, in 1919, leaving Ashmore to raise his young daughter.

He worked for the Metropolitan Ice Company in Somerville for most of his life, according to the 1920 and 1930 censuses. You can read more about the ice business in Massachusetts in my story about Ashmore's 2d cousin, Archibald Hamilton.

I have yet to determine where Ashmore and Margaret are buried. It was common to be buried back home in Canada, but they may rest together in Massachusetts.


1901 Census of Nova Scotia, Upper Stewiacke East, District 29, Colchester County, population returns, Upper Stewiacke East, schedule 1, p.12 (penned), Ashmore Cox, digital image, Automated Genealogy ( : accessed 8 February 2014).

National Archives and Records Administration; Washington, D.C.; Alphabetical Manifest Cards of Alien Arrivals at Vanceboro, Maine, ca. 1906-December 24, 1952; National Archives Microfilm Publication: M2071; Roll: 3; Record Group Title: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service; Record Group Number: 85.

Massachusetts Vital Records, 1911–1915. (From original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.), Ashmore Cox and Margaret J. Gourley, 3 Feb 1914. Massachusetts, Death Index, 1901-1980 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2013. Cambridge, Margaret J. Cox, 1919.

1920 U.S. Census; Census Place: Cambridge Ward 11, Middlesex, Massachusetts; Roll: T625_707; Page: 13B; Image: 500.

1930 U.S. Census; Census Place: Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts; Roll: 917; Page: 27A; Image: 496.0.


  1. I have Ashmore buried in the Cambridge Cemetery, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts. - Marilyn

    1. Marilyn, thanks for your comment, and connecting. I will definitely add this burial information for Ashmore and Margaret. Love your blog too!