Margaret Henderson
Mary Ellen Selkirk
(Cir 1899-1982)


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Thomas James Monteith Sr.

Mary Ellen Selkirk

  • Born: Cir 1899, Kirkcudbright, Scotland
  • Marriage: Thomas James Monteith Sr. in 1917 in Philadalphia, PA
  • Died: 1982, Philadelphia, PA at age 83
  • Buried: Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA

bullet  General Notes:

Mary immigrated to America with her widowed mother, Maggie (Margaret) Selkirk. The 1901 Scotland Census records Mary as an adopted daughter ... see research notes.
Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1800-1945 <>
Name: Mary Selkirk
Arrival Date: July 21, 1902
Age: 2 Year
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1900
Gender: Female
Port of Departure: Liverpool, England on July 9, 1902
Ship Name: Rhynland
Port of Arrival: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Friend's Name: Thos Henderson (appears to be Father)
Last Residence: Dumpries [Scotland]
Also listed is Mrs. Maggie Selkirk (26 years old, a widow)

By 1910 Mary's mother has remarried: The 1910 Federal Census for Philadelphia, PA, 44th Ward, District 1144, page 15B, dated April 19, 1910, records Mary Selkirk (11 - Scotland/Scotland/Scotland) living with her mother Margaret Preston (36 - Scotland/Scotland/Scotland) and step father, Robert Preston Jr. (35 - PA/England/England) living at 5118 Marion Avenue. Also in the household is Robert's son from his former marriage, Robert Preston (10 - PA), Robert's son with Margaret, William Preston (11/12), and Robert's widowed father, Robert Preston Sr. (65 - England/England/England). Both Robert and his father are Moulders at an Iron Factory. Robert Sr. immigrated in 1875.
Note: Robert Preston married Mary Emma Donovan in 1899 (Philadelphia Marriage Records). The 1900 Federal Census for Philadelphia, PA, 27th Ward, District 657, page 281A, dated June 7, 1900, records Robert Preston (Nov 1874 - PA/England/England) with his wife Emma (Feb 1879 - PA/Ireland/Ireland) and son Robert Jr. (Aug 1899) living at 4528 Linmore Street. Robert and Emma have been married for 2 years. Robert is employed as a Moulder. Philadelphia death records show that Robert and Emma had another child, Mary Emma Preston, who died May 12, 1902 as a premature birth. She was 1 day old. The mother died 11 days later from sepsis on May 23, 1902. They are both buried at Holy Cross Cemetery.
By 1920 Margaret's husband, Robert Joseph Preston, has died: The 1920 Federal Census for Philadelphia, PA, 34th Ward, District 1169, page 165B, dated January 20, 1920, records the widow Margaret Preston (44 - Scotland/Scotland/Scotland) with her son William (11) and her father-in-law Robert Preston (76 - England/England/England) living at 1617 Conestoga. Margart indicates she immigrated in 1901 while Robert immigrated in 1878. Robert is still a Moulder at an Iron Foundry.

Mary is listed as the informant on her husband's June 1958 death certificate.

bullet  Research Notes:

1901 Scotland Census
Name: Margt Selkirk
Age: 28
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1873
Relationship: Wife
Spouse's name: James Selkirk
Gender: Female
Where born: Selkirk, Selkirkshire
Registration Number: 821
Registration district: Dumfries
Civil Parish: Dumfries
County: Dumfriesshire
Address: Milldamhead Abbotsford Cotts
ED: 20
Household schedule number: 269
LINE: 15
Roll: CSSCT1901_430
Address: Milldamhead Abbotshire Cotts
Household Members:
James Selkirk 34 born: Dumfries, Dumbfriesshire
Margt Selkirk 28 born: Selkirk, Selkirkshire
Mary A B Davidson 2 - Adopted daughter born in Kirkcudbright, Scotland


Mary married Thomas James Monteith Sr., son of Thomas Weldon Monteith and Anna Rutledge, in 1917 in Philadalphia, PA. (Thomas James Monteith Sr. was born on 13 Feb 1896 in Pennsylvania, died on 12 Jun 1958 in Philadelphia, PA and was buried on 16 Jun 1958 in Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA.) The cause of his death was Medullary Failure / Brain Metastasis.

bullet  Marriage Notes:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Marriage Index, 1885-1951 <>
Name: Thomas J Monteith
Gender: Male
Spouse Surname: Selkirk
Spouse Gender: Female
Marriage Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Marriage Year: 1917
Marriage License Number: 361976
Digital GSU Number: 4141786
This record is cross referenced to the marriage record for Mary E. Selkirk

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