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.
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