Questions about the demise of Myrtle (Voultaine ?) Connolly

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Myrtle was born about 1910 and married Francis Connolly (of the family I'm working on) about 1934.  The only source I have of her existence is the 1940 census record, which has her LNAB transcribed as Voultaine.  Looking at the image, I'm not confident that the transcription is correct but I can't say for sure what else I think it could be.

The plot thickens, though.  I found a death record for "Mary McGrann Connelly" (very frequently seen on Connolly records) who was born about 1909 and had a husband named Francis Connelly when she died in 1960 in New Jersey (where Francis lived for his entire life).  I can find no other records for Mary.

I need help determining if Myrtle died and Francis subsequently married Mary or if she was married to a different Francis (I know of a few, but can rule them out).

I would be ever-so-grateful if anyone can find any more records for Myrtle, Mary, or even Francis than I have already posted on Francis' profile.

(edited to correct a typo)

WikiTree profile: Francis Connolly
asked in Genealogy Help by Gaile Connolly G2G6 Pilot (511k points)
edited by Gaile Connolly

Dear Gaile,

   Here are two sources with a Mary McGrann born in NJ about 1909.

"United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch( : accessed 15 December 2017), Mary Mcgrann in household of Queenie Mcgrann, Atlantic City, Atlantic, New Jersey, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 31, sheet 4A, line 29, family 88, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 1309; FHL microfilm 2,341,044.

"United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch( : accessed 15 December 2017), Mary E Mcgrann in household of Helen E Dickinson, Milford Town, New Haven, Connecticut, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 5-124A, sheet 62A, line 8, family 205, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 518.

  However, I think you may be making a lot of work for yourself. Have you been in touch with St. Peter's, New Brunswick?  If Francis lived in the same area for most of his life, there could be a number of records held by the church on him.

   Keep in mind, there is no guarantee that Voultaine is Myrtle's maiden name.  Her mother may have remarried to that name after Myrtle was born.  Good luck with your research! -NGP

WOW, Nanette - that's an amazing suggestion about contacting Saint Peters!  It's so simple that I'm kicking myself for it having never occurred to me.  Most of the family (for 4 or 5 generations), including Francis, lived there for their entire lives.  My husband's brother was married in St Peters and my husband has some first cousins still living there who attend that church now.  I'll try to get them to do the digging there.  Thank you so very, very much!!!

I realize that names keep changing ... it's starting to remind me of the shell game - every time I find some new piece of info, it always seems to contradict something I thought I knew.  I don't even know if Voultaine is or was ever the correct name for Myrtle's mother - I don't think the transcription is right and there are 3 or 4 possibilities that I see when I look at the image and I'm clueless what the real name is.

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