Part One of Doubting Thomases was about the five oldest children of Sarah Ellen “Nellie” Finch and Alfred Francis Thomas.
My original plan was to include the five youngest children of Nellie and Alfred in Part Two of Doubting Thomases.
But I managed to find more information about Nellie and Alfred’s sixth youngest child, Gertrude Evelyn Thomas, than I have for the others. So I decided to publish an “exclusive” blog about her and her descendants.
On 30 Nov 1932, 22-year-old Gertrude crossed the US/Canada border, accompanied by a friend named George Rickett. Gertrude and George were on their way to visit Gertrude’s great uncle, George Evison.
Eventually Gertrude married George Rickett but I don’t know exactly when or where.
The union of Gertrude Thomas and George Rickett is yet another example of the complicated relationships in the Evison family!! George is the brother of Gordon Rickett. Gordon married Dorothea Evison who is Gertrude’s mother’s first cousin. So that makes Dorothea and Gertrude sisters-in-law as well as 2nd cousins — I think anyway!??
In 1940, Gertrude, George and their 3-year-old son, Alfred, were living in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan (USA). George was working as an assembler in an automobile factory.
Gertrude gave birth to a second son later that year. David Norman Rickett was born on 30 Oct 1940 in Detroit.
On 4 Aug 1946, Gertrude applied for a Resident Alien’s Border Crossing Certificate. On her application, Gertrude was described as 5 ft 4 in tall, 130 lbs — with a fair complexion, red hair and gray eyes.
George died at the age of 85 on 16 July 1986 in Grosse Pointe, Wayne, Michigan (USA). And Gertrude passed away on 6 May 2000 in Iosco County, Michigan (USA). She was 89 years old when she died. I don’t know where either is buried.
As noted above, Gertrude and George Rickett had at least two children:
- Alfred: I haven’t found any information about Alfred after the 1940 Census. He was born in Michigan (USA) in about 1937.
- David Norman: David was born on 30 Oct 1940 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan (USA). He married Carol Ann Meier (date/place unknown). When he was only 63 years old, David died — on 29 Jun 2004. As of the date of this blog, I do not know his cause of death nor where he is buried.
David and Carol had at least one child: David Norman Jr. From the indexes that I’ve found on-line, I think that David Jr. was born in Mio, Oscoda, Michigan (USA) in about 1979. He married Monica Kendall who was born on the 18 Nov 1981.
David is/was a musician, playing bass for a heavy metal group called “Self Infliction”.
I found a photograph of David and Monica on Monica’s Facebook page. It looks like David Jr. inherited his grandmother’s red hair!