This is one of my favorite clippings:
My great-grandparents, Russell and Eva (Murdock) Darling, holding my brother and my cousin on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary in 1954. The boys almost look like they’re roughhousing – a scenario that would be replayed, along with their brothers, on every holiday and summer get-together for the next 20 years.
For those who have Darling ancestors, I have a few helpful links
- Dennis Darling of Braintree and Mendon and Some of his Descendants, by William A Martin and Lou Ella J. Martin, c 2006, by the author. Available electronically through the Family History Library. This book is nicely footnoted.
- “Darling Family” from Clark’s Kindred Genealogies on Archives.org
- Darling Family Genealogy, 1600-1880, a web site.
- The Darling Family in America by Herbert H. Clemens; has an interesting bibliography.
And now the question:
I found a transcription of a Cumberland, R.I. vital record in the “Clark’s Kindred” book. It is:
I do hereby certify that Elias Darling of Cumberland, son of John Darling, and Nancy Alexander of said Cumberland, daughter of Anna Allison was lawfully joined together in marriage on the thirty-first day of December, AD 1789, by me, Simon Wilkinson, Justice of the Peace. Recorded January 30, 1790. John Dexter, Town Clerk.
Question: What could it mean that Nancy Alexander’s parentage is given as “Anna Allison”? Clearly, the father must be deceased. But is the mother Anna Allison Alexander? An unmarried Anna Allison? A remarried Anna? There are few or no residents with the surname “Allison” in the area.
I’m stumped. Any guesses would be much appreciated!