Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Mary CHARNOCK-OTWELL (1874-1935)

Mary OTWELL, Olcott Beach 1923
Photo courtesy Aunt Pat H.

BIRTH - Mary Jane Charnock was born March 3, 1874 in London, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada.  Her parents were Robert Charnock and Eliza Scott.  They were both from England. "Mary Jane" was the name of Robert's older sister.  When Mary Jane was four-years old, her father passed away.

Olive, Mary, Edna with Freddie,
Billy and Jack, 1928
Photo courtesy Aunt Delores S.

MARRIAGE - Mary Jane married Edwin James Otwell on March 31, 1892 in St. Mary's, Ontario, Canada.  She was 18 and Edwin was 20 years old.  They were both listed as Methodists.

FAMILY - Mary and Edwin had 10 children:  Lillian, Irene, Gertrude, Marian, Harold, Olive, Frederick, twins Edwin and Edna, and Dorothy.  Both Marian and Dorothy died at age one.  In 1915 Edwin ran out in front of a car at the age of 10 and was killed.  His death devastated the family.

In 1920 when Mary was 46 her husband, Edwin, died.

From 1874 to 1892 Mary lived in London, Ontario, Canada.
In 1892 she immigrated into the United States.
On the 1900 US Census she lived at 818 Seneca Street, Buffalo, New York.
On the 1910 US Census she lived at 34 Lord Street, Buffalo, New York.
From the 1920 census until her death she lived at 33 Lord Street, Buffalo, New York.  We are not sure if the 33 & 34 Lord Street were the same residence and recorded wrong on the census or two separate residences.

Mary OTWELL, Jim MCKENNA, cousin Elsie CONN
and Olive MCKENNA
Buffalo, circa 1925
Photo from cousin Arlene ROLA
DEATH - Mary Jane Charnock Otwell died October 18, 1935 in Buffalo, NY.  She was 61-years old and died from chronic myocarditis (inflammation and damage of the heart muscle).  She was buried October 21, 1935 at Ridge Lawn Cemetery, Cheektowaga, NY.  The gravestone was purchased by her granddaughter, Arlene (and Al) Rola.

Mary's Obit, Buffalo Evening News, 1935
(Found on Old Fulton NY Postcards)
Photo courtesy of cousin Tracy O.

Visit her on-line memorial:


1915 Buffalo Evening News
(Old Fulton NY Postcards)
1925, Buffalo Morning Express
(Old Fulton NY Postcards)
Mary and the MCKENNAs, Olcott Beach, 1923
Aunt Pat's original photo

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