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RAWLING, James William

RAWLING, James William[1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

Male 1874 - 1950  (75 years)

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  • Name RAWLING, James William 
    Birth 8 Dec 1874  Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1918  New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Mr Rawling, for many years, was a carpenter and contractor in Pittsfield, until 1918 when he moved to New Jersey.
    Residence 12 Sep 1918  203 S Grace Ave, Belcoville, Atlantic, NJ USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Census 9 Jan 1920  219 4th Ave, Mt. Vernon, Westchester, NY USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Living with first wife and her Lester kin (younger brother) Census info: Name: Rawling, James / Relation: Lodger / Sex: M / Race: W / Age: 45 / Marital: M / ... / Birthplace: Massachusetts / Fathers Birth: England / Mothers Birth: Scotland-
    Residence 1930  Chatham, Morris, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Census 10 Apr 1930  90 Main Street, Chatham, Morris, NJ USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • Name: Rawling, James / Head / Renting Home / $50-mo rent / Has Radio / Sex: M / Race: W / Age: 55 / Married: M / Age at first marriage 52 (possibly 32) / Attending school: N / Can read-write: Y / Birth: Mass / Father's Birth: England / Mother's Birth: Scotland / Occupation: Carpenter - contractor -
    Physical Description Medium height, medium build, blue eyes  [8
    Health / Medical Some indication of dementia or similar in later years.  [9
    Obituary From Berkshire Eagle, April 17, 1950:

    James W Rawling

    James W. Rawling, 77, formerly of Pittsfield, died Saturday at the Odd Fellows Home in Trenton, NJ. Mr Rawling, for many years, was a carpenter and contractor in Pittsfield, until 1918 when he moved to New Jersey.

    Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Emil Fugman of Pittsfield and Mrs. Bertha McCulloch of Florida. Also three brothers, Robert J. of this city, Thomas W. of Richmond and Tracy W. of Hoags Corners, N.Y., and several nieces and nephews.

    Funeral services were held yesterday in Chatham, N.J.  [3
    Occupation Carpenter / Contractor  [6
    Residence Jun 1947  Chatham, Morris, New Jersey USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Death 15 Apr 1950  Trenton, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Notes 
    • Was married twice: First to Lillie Lester, then Laura Trapnell. No record found of divorce (to date), and when Lillie died in 1948, she is referenced as widow of James Rawling, even though he did not die until 1950.
    Person ID I1017  Hugh Byrne and Nanette Asimov Lines
    Last Modified 20 Apr 2019 

    Father RAWLING, John,   b. England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother THOMPSON, Jane E,   b. Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3479  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 TRAPNELL, Laura Kennedy,   b. 21 Aug 1896, Jefferson County, WV, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 5 Feb 1981, Hoboken, Hudson, NJ, USA Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 84 years) 
    Marriage 26 Dec 1926  New York, NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [11, 12
    Notes 
    • Something looks off about circumstances in which James & Laura were married. James has married Lillie Lester in 1896, when both were 21. They are shown as still living together married in 1920 census in Mt. Vernon NY. But in 1930 census, James gives his age when first married as what appears to be 52, which coincides with his 2nd marriage to Laura. When Lillie dies in 1947, she is noted to be widow of James Rawling, though he did not actually die until 1950.

      It’s not clear whether James divorced Lillie before marrying Laura. It’s also not clear how long marriage to Laura lasted, as she was not living with him by the 1940 census, and her death/obituary have her as Laura Trapnell, with no mention of marriage to James.

      From Chatham Press, Jan 9 1927:

      RAWLING-James Rawling-Laura Trapnell-Marriage-1926-NY

      Announcement is made of the marriage of Miss Laura Trapnell of 18 North Hillside Avenue and James
      Rawling of Massachusetts on December 26, 1926 at New York. Rev H Pierson performed the ceremony. [3, 7, 13, 14, 15]
    Family ID F409  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 20 Apr 2019 

    Family 2 LESTER, Lillie I,   b. 5 Mar 1875, Troy, NY Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 2 Mar 1948, Pittsfield, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 72 years) 
    Marriage 8 Aug 1896  Pittsfield, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    Family ID F2430  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 19 Apr 2019 

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 8 Dec 1874 - Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 8 Aug 1896 - Pittsfield, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1918 - New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 12 Sep 1918 - 203 S Grace Ave, Belcoville, Atlantic, NJ USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 9 Jan 1920 - 219 4th Ave, Mt. Vernon, Westchester, NY USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 26 Dec 1926 - New York, NY, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1930 - Chatham, Morris, New Jersey Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 10 Apr 1930 - 90 Main Street, Chatham, Morris, NJ USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Jun 1947 - Chatham, Morris, New Jersey USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 15 Apr 1950 - Trenton, NJ Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    James-W-Rawling-Obit-1950
    James-W-Rawling-Obit-1950
    James-Rawling-Memory-Loss-1947
    James-Rawling-Memory-Loss-1947
    Memory Failed

    Aged Chatham Resident Wanders Here: Believed Amnesia Victim

    Believed to be a victim of amnesia, James Rawling, 73, was taken to his home in Chatham from Edgewater today after spending the night in a cell at the Borough police station.

    Rawling was found by the police shortly after 9 o’clock last night wandering aimlessly through the Ferry Plaza in Edgewater. He was unable to tell where he lived but he said he thought it might be in Chatham. He said he had frequent lapses of memory.

    Chatham police notified Edgewater Police Department this morning that Rawling lived in that town and that one of his friends would call in Edgewater and bring him home. He was taken home before noon.

  • Sources 
    1. [S17] Ancestry.com, 1930 United States Federal Census, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2002), Online publication - Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2002.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930.T626, 2,667 rolls. Chatham, Morris, New Jersey, ED 10, roll 1373, page , image 265.0.

    2. [S72] Frederica Holmes Trapnell, Joseph Trapnell Descendants, (1964).

    3. [S853] James W Rawling.

    4. [S861] James William Rawling Draft Registration.

    5. [S861] James William Rawling Draft Registration, Sep 12 1918-Name: James William Rawling-Addr: 203 S Grace Ave, Belcoville, Atlantic NJ USA-Age: 43-Birth: Dec 8th, 1874.

    6. [S853] James W Rawling, Mr Rawling, for many years, was a carpenter and contractor in Pittsfield, until 1918 when he moved to New Jersey.

    7. [S860] 1930 Census.

    8. [S861] James William Rawling Draft Registration, Height: M-Build: M-Eyes: Blue.

    9. [S858] Memory Failed.

    10. [S853] James W Rawling, ames W Rawling--James W. Rawling, 77, formerly of Pittsfield, died Saturday at the Odd Fellows Home in Trenton, NJ. Mr Rawling, for many years, was a carpenter and contractor in Pittsfield, until 1918 when he moved to New Jersey.-.

    11. [S72] Frederica Holmes Trapnell, Joseph Trapnell Descendants, (1964), Had date as 1926. Since disproved by more accurate source.

    12. [S655] RAWLING-James Rawling - Laura Trapnell Marriage, Announcement is made of the marriage of Miss Laura Trapnell of 18 North Hillside Avenue and James Rawling of Massachusetts on December 26, 1926 at New York. Rev H Pierson performed the ceremony.-.

    13. [S859] 1920 Census.

    14. [S855] Mrs. Lillie L. Rawling.

    15. [S655] RAWLING-James Rawling - Laura Trapnell Marriage.

    16. [S854] Rawling / Lester, Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.



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