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Last Name: Williamson

First Name: Emma

Middle Name:  

Maiden Name: Tyson

Date of Death: March 23, 1904

Newspaper: Chester Times

Date of Newspaper: March 25, 1904

Contributor: Chris Gibbs

Text of Obituary: "FORMER RESIDENT OF UPLAND DEAD -

Mother of William and Harry Williamson a Victim of Pneumonia: Intelligence reached the borough yesterday afternoon of the death of Mrs. Williamson, mother of William and Harry Williamson, which occurred in Philadelphia yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The deceased was in apparently good health up to a few days ago when she was seized with an attack that afterwards developed into pneumonia and caused her death. Mrs. Williamson formerly resided in the borough and has a number of friends who will be deeply grieved to learn of her demise. Her relatives were notified by telegraph of her death at 4 o'clock and some of them immediately left for Philadelphia. It is very probable that the funeral will take place in the borough."

Notes: As for her husband Lewis Williamson, he was a bartender in his twenties in Chester, however his primary profession was machinist at Roach's Shipyard. Roach's Shipyard was founded in 1859 in Chester. Operated by John Roach and Sons, the shipyard specialized in the repairing and building of various ships including: passenger ferry boats, man o'wars, monitors, patrol boats, steamships, and colliers. From 1872 to 1881 the shipyard manufactured 67 vessels, and employed a staff of 1,900 people. Roach's Shipyard was commissioned to build two vessels for Alexandre & Sons, The City of Washington in 1877 and The City of Alexandria in 1879. (Roach's Shipyard Register of Contracts).

Lewis and his family lived in Chester from 1880 to at least 1886. Their children, all born in Chester, were: William (b 1870), Ella (1873), Mary (1874), Lottie (1878), Harry (1880), Emma (1882), and Lewis (1885). Their addresses in Chester were: Montgomery Street (1880), 230 East 3rd Street (1881-3), 321 Franklin Street (1884-6). They eventually moved to Philadelphia. There in the Richmond section (at that time in the 25th Ward), the family rented house at 1861 East Wishart Street where they lived for the 1900 Census. This was a small row house on a poor street. Later, sometime after his wife Mary "Emma" died in 1904, Lewis made his way back to Chester where he lived at 325 Kerlin (in 1908), and 932 Walnut Street (1912). He died in his daughter's home at 209 West 4th Street in Chester. This daughter, Mary, was married to John Watson.

Lewis and Emma are buried at Chester Rural Cemetery, Section SG, Row 40, Grave 001. Found in the Chester City Directory: 1880-1, 1882-3, 1885-6, 1908-9, 1912-13. Lewis's undertaker was EJ Minshall of Chester.

 

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