Doubting Thomases, Part Two

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.

Birth - Gertrude Evelyn ThomasGertrude Evelyn Thomas was born in Lambeth, Middlesex County (Ontario), on 4 Sep 1910.

In the two Canadian censuses that have been released since her birth (i.e. 1911 and 1921), Gertrude was living with her family in Westminster Township, Middlesex County (Ontario).

Border Crossing - Gertrude Evelyn ThomasOn 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.

Birth - George A. RickettGeorge was born to Robert Rickett and Jennie Kerr on 10 Jun 1901 in Leeds (Ontario).

Eventually Gertrude married George Rickett but I don’t know exactly when or where.

scratch-head03-idea-animated-animation-smiley-emoticon-000416-largeThe 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!??

Ancestors - Gertrude Thomas and George Rickett

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.

1940 Census - George, Gertrude and Alfred Rickett

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.

Border Crossing ID Card - Gertrude Evelyn Rickett

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.

Birth and Death - David N Rickett

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”.

Logo - 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!

David Jr and Monica Kendall Rickett

David Jr and Monica Kendall Rickett – from Monica’s Facebook page

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