The Mystery of the Lady of the Lake
What was the family name of this lady of the lake?
My great grandmother whose given name was Lily was born in St. John, New Brunswick on April 15, 1838 and lived to be 106 years old. Lily read her Bible and the newspaper every day without benefit of glasses until she was 105. Then reading glasses became a necessity. She read nursery rhymes to her great grandchildren just as she had to her own children and grandchildren before them. She told her
grandchildren she was named Lily because she was born on Easter Sunday that year.
Reportedly, Lily grew up and married a man named Robert Evans. She left New Brunswick and went to England where my grandfather Angus Murray Evans was born on June 03, 1973.
She had at least 2 other children, a daughter Mary and another son Walter R. Evans. Some family members believe there may have been a son named Seymour also.
Lily returned to Moncton, N.B. from England with her children and some years later she moved to Hyde Park, Massachusetts. Which is now a part of Boston.
Lily lived with my grandparents, Angus Murray Evans, his wife Margaret E. Evans and their eight children for the rest of her life.
Lily's death certificate lists Scotch Lake, New Brunswick as her birthplace. However the following article states the place of birth was Moncton.
Lily died on July 3, 1944. The front page of the Hyde Park Gazette-Times printed the following on the front page July 6, 1944.
Oldest Boston woman, 106 dies in Hyde Park
Funeral services for Mrs. Lily Evans, 106, of 189 Fairmount St., Hyde Park, the oldest woman in Boston, will be held at Christ Church, Hyde Park, and tomorrow afternoon at 2. Mrs. Evans died Monday night after a short illness. She was born in Moncton, N.B., and came to Boston 33 years ago. She was very active and took a deep interest in the war news until stricken ill recently. She leaves two sons, Angus M., of Hyde Park and Walter R., of Newton, 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Christ Church Hyde Park is an Episcopalian Church, which Lily was a member of while she lived in Hyde Park. Lily was a "lifetime member" of the Legion Auxiliary of Canada according to an earlier newspaper article. Sadly, Lily's sons and their wives have both passed away. All of Angus and Margaret Evans's children have also died with the exception of the younger son who does not know Lily's maiden name. In fact he didn't know her husband's name. That was discovered on her death certificate but no maiden name or parents names were recorded.
Lily Evans was a wonderful lady and always kept the region of her birth close to her heart. Hopefully someone will see this and know something about her or her daughter Mary Evans. She had quite a few grandchildren in New Brunswick and there should be great grandchildren and even great great grandchildren now. There are some here. Even gr., gr., gr. Thank you so much for any assistance in discovering Lily's parentage and any other information about her and my grandfather and their lives in New Brunswick.