Friday, February 17, 2012

City Directories

Ira C. NOYES by midgefrazel
Ira C. NOYES, a photo by midgefrazel on Flickr.

Connecticut City Directories: Ira C. NOYES 

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This is one of my favorite gravestones. Ira greets me every time I go to the lovely Elm Grove Cemetery in Mystic, CT. This simple monument, next to his parents, tells me quite a lot about Ira but it is the things that are left out that worries me each time I go to the cemetery. Ira was my first cousin, 3x removed.

As you can see, Ira's parents are listed. But, there is no wife next to him on the other side. It tells me that he was born in 1859 and died in 1922. So, what else is there to know?

The Barbour Index of Vital Records for Stonington ends with the year 1854 so it is a good thing that the Denison genealogy lists his date of birth [#4323 page 149] as 5 June 1859. There is no death date but he is listed as unmarried. 

Today, when I entered him into my tree at, I immediately got a hint for the new beta City Directories for Mystic, Connecticut for 1923. Even before I looked at the page, I knew that I was going to see a date of death for Ira. I was not disappointed. Ira died on 10 May 1922 in Mystic as you see here by this clip of the page for surname NOYES.

This was the only city directory that was found by the automatic hint. But, as I have searched many city directories before, I knew that there would be more and between these and the census records, I will find out more about Ira. I would like to find out his occupation and where he was living when he died.

It is important to remember those who have no descendants.


Unknown said...

"It is important to remember those who have no descendants."

Amen to that, Midge! Seems as though that's what I've been focusing on the last two weeks, while working my maternal grandfather's lineage. The one that grieves me most is the couple that had 12 children and lost 9 of them in infancy.

It also makes you realize how lucky you are to be here-- if ancestor X hadn't been the only survivor in a family, I wouldn't be here...

CarmenMJ said...

As someone who has no is definitely important. Do I remember a Gallup ancestor for Bridget Denison?

Midge Frazel said...

Yes, she is a descendant of Bridget Gallup who married Sands Fish.

Anonymous said...

Hi Midge, I whole-heartedly agree about honoring and remembering those who did not have any children. Great post!