Did You Use All of the Information in the Documents? – The Rest of the Story


As promised here is the rest of the story about Gordon Frederick’s second wife, Edith or Elizabeth (Ripley) Dosenberg. The marriage registration for Edith and John Dosenberger arrived in my mailbox a few hours after my blog post went live. A helpful genealogist found the obituary for Elizabeth Campbell the same day via GenealogyBank and emailed a digital copy to me.1

Marriage Registration for John and Edith May (Ripley) Dosenberger
John Dosenberger, son of Joseph Dosenberger and Anna Swietzer, and Edith May Ripley, daughter of Frank Ripley and Emma Ward, were married at St. Barnabas Church, Calgary, Alberta, 6 June 1921.2 Edith was 20 years old; born Oldham, Lancashire, England; working as a stenographer and residing at General Hospital, Calgary at the time of the marriage. The information fits for our Elizabeth Ripley but does not explain the use of the name Edith. As well it is interesting that by the time of her marriage to Frederick the “er” ending has been dropped from her name.

Obituary for Elizabeth Campbell
The obituary for Elizabeth provides some information that the abstract of her death registration did not plus some already known:
Wife of Gordon F. Campbell
Mother of John Edward Dosenberg, Vancouver, B.C.
Daughter of Frank Ripley, Brighouse, B.C.
Sister of Mrs. Alberta D. Walker, Englewood, California; Mrs. Edith Armstrong, Calgary and Edward Ripley, B.C.
Interment Evergreen, Vancouver, B.C.

I now had the death record firmly attached to Elizabeth (Ripley) Campbell. Learning the location of her place of interment is a bonus which should narrow my search that has been unproductive to date.

Still puzzled by the use of the name Edith in the marriage record for John and her and by her step daughters I decided to check for birth and baptismal records in England. The England and Wales civil birth index [note index not actual birth registration] only has the one given name Eliza.3 In the digital image of Elizabeth’s baptismal record her name is recorded as Eliza as well with no other given names.4 Perhaps this is one of those genealogical anomalies that will never be explained.

1. Registration of Marriage for John Dosenberger and Edith May Ripley, Province of Alberta, record no. 383 of 1921, Provincial Archives of Alberta.
2. Obituary for Elizabeth (Ripley) Campbell, Seattle Daily Times (Seattle, Washington), 23 May 1951, p. 27.
3. Eliza Ripley entry, England and Wales Civil Birth Index, Quarter 3, July, August and September 1901, downloaded from www.ancestry.com 26 November 2018.
4. Eliza Ripley entry, Oldham, Parish of St. James, Lancashire, England, baptismal date 26 June 1901, Manchester, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1915, downloaded from www.ancestry.ca 26 November 2018.

Alan Campbell
The Ontario Genealogical Society
© 2018


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