Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Rose Eliza (Peloquin) Vaundell Obituary

Rose Eliza (Peloquin) Vaundell Obituary-Friday December 8, 1933

Photo taken by Genevieve De Haan-Pine Grove Cemetery, No. Grafton, Massachusetts

As I looked for my Great Grandmother’s obituary never in my wildest dreams did I realize the journey it would lead me on. Mrs. Rose E.’s Peloquin  obituary[1] states that beside her husband Nelson Vaundell, she leaves two grandchildren (Nelson H. & Evelyn Vaundell ), three brothers (Louis of Worcester, Fred of Brockton, and January Peloquin of Whitman), and a sister Mrs. Fred Coots of Whitman. This would prove to give me the biggest clue in the Peloquin family history. I thought to myself finally an unusual name. How many parents name their son January.  Thus I started looking for a January Peloquin in the 1930 Census.
In the 1930 U.S. census[2] at  http://bit.ly/1iauSXn I found a January Peloquin living with his brother-in-law Frederick J. Coots, his wife Josephine M. and their son Frederick J. Jr. in Whitman, Plymouth Co.,  Massachusetts. Bingo!!!
In the 1920 U.S. Census[3]  at http://bit.ly/OhhyWW  there is a January J. Peloquin, age 60, born in Massachusetts living in Brockton ward 2, Plymouth Co. with his mother Almena Peloquin, age 79, born in Vermont.
In 1930 U.S. Census[4] at http://bit.ly/1iOHTVs there is a Frederick Pelequin, age 50, living in Brockton, Plymouth Co., with his wife Margaret, age 49, both born in Massachusetts.
I then tried to find Louis Peloquin, or any variation of the name (Pellican, Pelican, Pelequin, Pellaquin, etc.) but could not find anything at on Sarah’s fourth sibling. Oh well three out of four; I felt really blessed.

[1] Worcester Daily Telegram, Worcester Public Library, roll 0458 “obituary”, Friday Dec 8, 1933 Co. l1, p. 12.
[2]United States Census 1930,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org)
[3] "United States Census, 1920," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org)
[4] "United States Census, 1930," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org)