Vida (Fitz Randolph) Barrs

Vida (Fitz Randolph) Barrs (1903 - 1973)

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Vida Barrs formerly Fitz Randolph
Born in Alfred, Allegany County, New York, United States of Americamap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married (to ) in Alfred, Allegany County, New York, United States of Americamap
Descendants descendants
Mother of [private daughter (1930s - unknown)], [private daughter (1930s - unknown)] and [private son (1940s - unknown)]
Died in Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, United States of Americamap
Profile last modified | Created 15 Jul 2015
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Biography

Vida was born in 1903 in Alfred, NY, the last born of Alva Fitz Randolph and Mary Hoff. Her parents had a farm there and at some point also a house in the village. The family was part of a strong Seventh Day Baptist community. Vida finished high school in 1921, and continued her studies first at Alfred University from 1921 to 1925, graduating cum laude. She then studied at Harvard University, earning a Masters degree. She started working as a hospital laboratory assistant in the Boston, MA area, where she met James Thomas Barrs, a student at Harvard. They married in 1931 at Vida's family's residence in Alfred, NY. They stayed in Boston while James finished his doctoral studies, and they then lived for a while in Georgia where James taught. They had three children in the process, and eventually returned to the Boston area where James was a professor of linguistics at Northeastern University for many years. Vida passed away in 1973 in Colorado Springs, Colorado (possibly while coming down from a visit to Pike's Peak). She was cremated at the Evergreen Shrine of Rest there.

Children:

  • Dorothy Caroline., b. 9 Oct 1937, Boston, m. John Calvin Sterge, 9 Sep 1956, West Newton, div. 12 dec 1981
  • Ann Radcliffe, b. 30 Mar 1939, Douglas, Coffee Co., GA; m. 09 Sep 1961, Robert Murdock List, MD, Wayside Inn, Sudbury, MA, 3 children, div. apr 1980. m(2), 23 Jul 1988 Oscar Bain Lackey, Albuquerque, NM
  • Andrew Fitzrandolph Barrs, b. 8 Jun 1946, Boston, 3 children. m. Marsha Ellen Tift, Warwick, RI.

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Surname note

In this Fitz Randolph family, Fitz appears to have been used by all family members in the family where Mary is a wife as their middle name as if part of their surname: In some censuses, the family is recorded using FitzRandolph or Fitz Randolph as the surname including for Mary C (Catherine) FitzRandolph. The current consensus is therefore to use the surname Fitz Randolph as the married name for Mary. (Need to confirm how Fitz Randolph was used in the Alva Fitz Randolph family in legal documents and when births were recorded.) Please don't hesitate to contact the profile manager if you think this decision should be reviewed!


Sources

Residence in New York

New York, State Census, 1905, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MVBH-JDJ : accessed 15 July 2015), Vida F Randolph, Alfred, E.D. 01, Allegany, New York; citing p. 36, line 11, county offices, New York.; FHL microfilm 501,960. Census date: 1 Jun 1905. Name: Vida F Randolph; Residence Place: Alfred, Allegany, New York; Age: 3; Birth Year (Estimated): 1902; Birthplace: United States; Relationship to Head of Household: Daughter; Race: W; Page: 36; Reference ID: 11. Address: Callen Hill. Household members listed: Alva F Randolph, head, w, m, 38, US, cit, Farmer, own account; Mary F Randolph, wife, w, f, 42, US, cit, housework; Fusia F, daughter, w, f, 16, US, cit, at school (8); Elizabeth F Randolph, daughter, w, f, 14, US, cit, at school (8 1/2); Lowell F Randolph, son, w, m, 10, US, cit, at school (8 1/2); Florence F Randolph, daughter, w, f, 6, US, cit, at school (8 3/2); Vida F Randolph, daughter, w, f, 3, US, cit.

"United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M5Q9-32H : accessed 15 July 2015), Vida F Randolph in household of Alva F Randolph, Alfred, Allegany, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 1, sheet 11A, family 270, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,374,936. Census date: 4 May 1910. Name: Vida F Randolph; Gender: Female; Age: 6; Marital Status: Single; Race: White; Race (Original): White; Relationship to Head of Household: Daughter; Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Daughter; Birth Year (Estimated): 1904; Birthplace: New York; Father's Birthplace: West Virginia; Mother's Birthplace: West Virginia; Household (Role Gender Age Birthplace): Alva F Randolph, Head, M, 43, 1st marriage; yrs married: 21; West Virginia; Farmer, dairy farm, employer; owned farm, with mortgage; has farm schedule. Mary C F Randolph, Wife, F, 47, 1st marriage, yrs married: 21; children born:5;living:5; West Virginia; Fucia F Randolph, Daughter, F, 20, single, West Virginia; Elizabeth F Randolph, Daughter, F, 19, single, New York; Lowell F Randolph, Son, M, 15, single, New York; Florence F Randolph, Daughter, F, 11, single, New York; Vida F Randolph, Daughter, F, 6, single, New York; All parents' birthplaces: West Virginia. Everyone can read/write. All children attending school. NOTE: All children use F as middle initial for Fitz.

"New York, State Census, 1915," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K9X2-5L8 : accessed 15 July 2015), Vida Fitzrandolph, Alfred, A.D. 01, E.D. 01, Allegany, New York, United States; from "New York, State Census, 1915," database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2012); citing p. 24, line 47, state population census schedules, 1915, New York State Archives, Albany. Census date: 1 Jun 1915. Name: Vida Fitzrandolph; Gender: Female; Age: 11; Relationship to Head of Household: Daughter; Birth Year (Estimated): 1904; House Number: Un; Page: 24; Line Number: 47. Address: Cross Road, R.D. 1. Farm. Household members listed: Alva FitzRandolph; head, w, m, 49, US, cit, farmer, emp.; Mary C FitzRandolph, wife, w, f, 53, US, cit, housework; Fucia FitzRandolph, daughter, w, f, 25, US, cit, teacher, wages, Hancock NY; Elizabeth FitzRandolph, daughter, w, f, 24, US, cit, teacher, wages, Wellsville, NY; Lowell FitzRandolph, son, w, m, 20, US, cit, college; Florence FitzRandolph, daughter, w, f, 16 US, cit, school; Vida FitzRandolph, daughter, w, f, 11, US, Cit, school; Perry Ralph, servant, w, m, 19, US, cit, farm laborer, wages.

"United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MJKD-G8L : accessed 15 July 2015), Vida Fitzrandolph in household of Alva Fitzrandolph, Alfred, Allegany, New York, United States; citing sheet 9B, family 250, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,821,084. Census date: 28 Jan 1920. Name: Vida Fitzrandolph; Gender: Female; Age: 16; Marital Status: Single; Race: White; Race (Original): White; Relationship to Head of Household: Daughter; Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Daughter; Birth Year (Estimated): 1904; Birthplace: New York; Father's Birthplace: West Virginia; Mother's Birthplace: West Virginia; Household (Role Gender Age Birthplace): Alva Fitzrandolph, Head, M, 52, married, West Virginia; farmer, general farm, own account, farm schedule 66; Mary C Fitzrandolph, Wife, F, 56, married, West Virginia; no occupation; Fucia Fitzrandolph, Daughter, F, 30, single, West Virginia; teacher, high school, wages; Elizabeth Fitzrandolph, Daughter, F, 29, single, New York; attended school!; no occupation; Lowell Fitzrandolph, Son, M, 25, single, New York; teacher, university, wages; Florence Fitzrandolph, Daughter, F, 20, single, New York; no occupation; Vida Fitzrandolph, Daughter, F, 16, single, New York; attended school; Arthur Moland, Hired man, M, 67, single, New York; parents' birthplace: NY; farm laborer, working out, wages. Address: Randolph Road, Farm, Owned, no mortgage. All parents' birthplace: West Virginia.

"New York, State Census, 1925," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KSMC-7B2 : accessed 15 July 2015), Vida F Randolph, Alfred, A.D. 01, E.D. 01, Allegany, New York, United States; from "New York, State Census, 1925," database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2012); citing state population census schedules, 1925, p. 5, line 47, New York State Archives, Albany. Census date: 1 Jun 1925. Name: Vida C Randolph; Gender: Female; Age: 22; Nationality: United States; Race: White; Relationship to Head of Household: Daughter; Birth Year (Estimated): 1903; Page: 5; Line Number: 47. Household members: Alva F Randolph, head, w, m, 58, US, cit, farmer, own account; Marcy C. Randolph, wife, w, f, 62, US, cit, housework; Vida F Randolph, daught, w, f, 22, US, cit, college. Address: S. Main St.

"United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XQGY-T4R : accessed 15 July 2015), Vida Randolph in household of Vera Rogers, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0059, sheet 4A, family 132, line 40, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 916; FHL microfilm 2,340,651. Census date: 5-6 Apr 1930. Name: Vida Randolph; Gender: Female; Age: 26; Marital Status: Single; Race: White; Race (Original): White; Relationship to Head of Household: Lodger; Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Lodger; Birth Year (Estimated): 1904; Birthplace: New York; Father's Birthplace: West Virginia; Mother's Birthplace: West Virginia; Household (Role Gender Age Birthplace): Vera Rogers, Head, F, 28, single, Vermont; parents' birthplace: f:Mass; m:Vermont; Teacher, public school, wages, employed; Vida Randolph, Lodger, F, 26, single, New York; parents' birthplace: WV; Laboratory ass't, hospital, wages, employed. Address: 28 Langdon Street. Rented $72.50; no radio, not a farm.

"United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K7LC-7ZQ : accessed 15 July 2015), Vida F Barrs in household of James T Barrs, Ward 2, Douglas, Militia District 748, Coffee, Georgia, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 34-3, sheet 4B, family 88, NARA digital publication T627 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012), roll 659. Census date: 4 Apr 1940. Name: Vida F Barrs; Gender: Female; Age: 36; Marital Status: Married; Race (Original): White; Race: White; Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Wife; Relationship to Head of Household: Wife; Birthplace: New York; Birth Year (Estimated): 1904; Last Place of Residence: Randolph, Massachusetts; Household (Role Gender Age Birthplace): James T Barrs, Head, M, 35, married, educ: C-10?;Georgia; employed; teacher, SMS College, wages; 45 hrs/49 weeks; income: 1800; no other income; Vida F Barrs, Wife, F, 36, married, educ: C-6; New York; Housework; no other income; Dorothy C Barrs, Daughter, F, 2, Massachusetts; Ann R Barrs, Daughter, F, 1, Georgia. Rented, $23. In 1935: Randolph, Mass.

Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. accessed 15 Jul 2015. Name: Vida R Barrs; Gender: Female; Residence Year:

  • Name: 1949; Street address: 166 Chestnut WN; Residence Place: Newton, Massachusetts, USA; Spouse: James T Barrs, Prof, Northeastern Univ.; Publication Title: Newton, Massachusetts, City Directory, 1948
  • 1949, 1951, 1953, 1955, 1957
  • 1963; Residence Place: Newton, Massachusetts, USA; Spouse: James T Barrs, prof, Northeastern Univ.; Publication Title: Newton, Massachusetts, City Directory, 1963.

Marriage

"New York, County Marriages, 1847-1848; 1908-1936," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V6HD-93V : accessed 15 July 2015), James Thomas Barrs and Vida Fitz Randolph, 02 Sep 1931; citing , New York, United States, county offices, New York; FHL microfilm 1,006,586. Name: James Thomas Barrs; Residence: Cadwell, Laurens Co., GA. Num of marriage: 1st; Event Type: Marriage License; Event Date: 27 Aug 1931; Event Place: , New York, United States; Age: 26; Birthdate: 2 Sep 1904; Birth Year (Estimated): 1905; Birthplace: Danville, GA; Occupation: Teacher; Father's Name: Andrew R Barrs; Birthplace: US; Mother's Name: Dolly Lee Brown; Birthplace: US; Spouse's Name: Vida Fitz Randolph; Spouse residence: Alfred, Allegany Co., NY; Spouse occupation: Laboratory Ass't; Birthplace: Alfred, NY; Spouse's Age: 28; Spouse birthdate: 7 Jun 1903; Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated): 1903; Spouse num of marriage: 1st; Spouse's Father's Name: Alva F Randolph; birthplace: US; Spouse's Mother's Name: Mary Carolyn Hoff; birthplace: US. Future address: 6 Washington Ave, Cambridge, Mass.

"New York, County Marriages, 1847-1848; 1908-1936," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FFRW-N3Z : accessed 14 July 2015), Mary Carolyn Hoff in entry for James Thomas Barrs and Nida Fitz Randolph, 02 Sep 1931; citing Allegany, New York, United States, county offices, New York; FHL microfilm 1,006,590. Name: James Thomas Barrs; Event Type: Marriage; Event Date: 02 Sep 1931; Event Place: Allegany, New York, United States; Age: 26; Birth Year (Estimated): 1905; Father's Name: Andrew R Barrs; Mother's Name: Dolly Lee Brown; Spouse's Name: Nida Fitz Randolph; Spouse's Age: 28; Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated): 1903; Spouse's Father's Name: Alva F Randolph; Spouse's Mother's Name: Mary Carolyn Hoff.

University records

Alfred University, Herrick Memorial Library, University Archives, Alfred, NY. (Laurie McFadden): Email to Tom Randolph, dated 18 Sep 2015. Name: Vida Fitz Randolph; Home address: Alfred, NY; Dates registered: 1921 - 1925; Degree: B.S. Science (1925) cum laude; honors in biology; Science course; major – biology; minor – philosophy & education.

Death

State of Colorado Certificate of Death; R. Fitz Randolph genealogy documents; consulted 2 Aug 2015. Name: Vida R. Barrs; Gender: Female; Date of death: 13 Sep 1973; Race: White; Age: 70 yrs; Date of birth: 7 Jun 1903; Place of Death: Colorado Springs, El Paso County; outside city limits; Hospital: St Francis Hospital; Birth state: NY; Citizen: USA; Marital status: married; Surviving spouse: James T. Barrs; SSN: 023-22-4244; Occupation: Housewife; Residence: 166 Chestnut St, West Newton, Middlesex Co., Mass. 02165. inside city limits; Father: Alva F. Randolph; Mother: Mary Hoff; Informant name: James T. Barrs, husband, same address; Cause of death: Cardiac Tamponade (6 hrs) Rupture aortic aneurysm. Autopsy performed: yes; Cremation; Evergreen Shrine of Rest, Colorado Springs, CO; Date: 14 Sep 1973.

"United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JBLW-K6N : accessed 15 July 2015), Vida Barrs, Sep 1973; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing). Age: 70; Given Name: Vida; Surname: Barrs; Birth Date: 07 Jun 1903; State: Massachusetts; Last Place of Residence: Middlesex, Massachusetts; Previous Residence Postal Code: 02165; Event Date: Sep 1973.



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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Vida by comparing test results with other carriers of her mitochondrial DNA. However, there are no known mtDNA test-takers in her direct maternal line. It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Vida:

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Images: 2
Alva Fitz Randolph family in 1917
Alva Fitz Randolph family in 1917

Vida's notes c. 1923
Vida's notes c. 1923

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