Effie (Legge) Whitten
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Effie Laurentine (Legge) Whitten (1887 - 1963)

Effie Laurentine Whitten formerly Legge
Born in Canning, Kings, Nova Scotia, Canadamap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 29 Aug 1918 in Scots Bay Road, Nova Scotiamap
Descendants descendants
Mother of , [private daughter (1920s - unknown)], and
Died at age 75 in Lunenburg, Worcester, Massachusetts, United Statesmap [uncertain]
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Effie was born in Canning, Scot's Bay, Nova Scotia.

From the 1901 Canadian census: The family was Baptist. They could all speak English and French.

After her mother died she left school to stay home and take care of her father.

She was still living at the family home on Scots Bay Road in Canning at the time of the 1911 census.

As a teenager, around 1914-1915, she went to live with her sister Ella Maxwell and Ella's husband Alber in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Effie ended up living in Fitchburg for most of her life. Effie also worked at a hat factory in Amherst, Massachusetts as a young woman.

A border crossing manifest from August 1917 has her leaving from Yarmouth, N.S., on her way back to Framingham, Mass. This is definitely Effie, since she lists Benjamin as her father, but the age is wrong. She is listed as 25 but in 1917 her age would have been 20. It must have been a visit home.

She probably met Edward at the Whalom Rollerskating Rink in Lunenburg. This was one of their favorite spots. Although they met in Massachusetts, they married in her home town, Canning, N.S. The wedding was August 29, 1918. NovaScotiaGenealogy.com has a record of their marriage (Kings County).

They lived at 320 (?) Pearl Street, later on Winter Street, and later at 35 Brigham Park in Fitchburg.

Cora Legge, Effie's sister, came down from Nova Scotia to live with Effie and Edward. Cora returned to Nova Scotia to get married to Ralph Lyons.

Effie died at the age of 74, in March 1963. When she passed away she was living at 179 White Street in Lunenburg, next to her son Edward and his family.


  • Paternal and maternal relationships are confirmed with a 23andMe test match between Chris Whitten and Glenn Legge, second cousins once removed. Predicted relationship by 23andMe: 2nd to 3rd Cousin based on 1.87% DNA shared across 6 segments.

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On Thanksgiving, 1961, my parents (Lou and Cora Lyons Ciaramello,) my brother and I went to Fitchburg for dinner. I believe it was Aunt Effie's house. She certainly was in charge of the dinner and cheerfully gave each of us preparation tasks in the kitchen. In retrospect, it was one of those special days in my life, when one of the Legge sisters set a strong example for a young girl. I was a freshman in high school then and had brought my copy of ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT, to finish for a test the following Monday. Perhaps, I also felt it would make the day easier for a shy teenager, to have a diversion. No need to worry about shyness. It was a wonderful day with family. Marsha Auger
posted 17 Sep 2009 by Marsha (Ciaramello) Auger
Great Aunt Beck (Bartlett) Nally wrote to Alex: "Effie was a cheerful, hard working lady -- a real lady. Busy with family and friends."
posted 31 Jul 2008 by Chris Whitten
Great Aunt Beck to Alex: "Effie had gone home to Scot's Bay, Nova Scotia, to visit a sick relative when her first baby was born -- Aunt Joyce. What makes that of extra interest is that from the Bartlett side of the family, your great great grandmother was also born in Scot's Bay!"
posted 31 Jul 2008 by Chris Whitten
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"United States Census, 1940," Database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K4J3-MD6 : accessed 19 June 2015), Effie Whitten in household of Edward Whitten, Ward 6, Fitchburg, Fitchburg City, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 14-100, sheet 11B, family 245, NARA digital publication T627 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012), roll 1648.
posted by Vincent Piazza
"United States Census, 1920," Database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MF9V-W7J : accessed 19 June 2015), Effie L Whitten in household of Edward D Whitten, Fitchburg Ward 1, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States; citing sheet 6B, family 139, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,820,745.
posted by Vincent Piazza

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