Hilda (Wambolt) Oldford
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Hildred May (Wambolt) Oldford (1893 - 1975)

Hildred May (Hilda) Oldford formerly Wambolt
Born in Camperdown, Nova Scotia, Canadamap
Ancestors ancestors
Daughter of [father unknown] and DNA confirmed
Wife of — married 28 Apr 1917 in Cambridge, MAmap
Descendants descendants
Mother of [private son (1910s - 2000s)], , , [private son (1920s - 1970s)], and [private daughter (1930s - unknown)]
Died at age 81 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
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Hilda and both her parents were born in Nova Scotia. She came from a town called Camperdown. She later moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her parents.

According to Peg Nelson, Hilda's name at birth was "Hildred" but she changed it.

The 1901 Census of Canada has Hilda living in Bridgewater, Lunenberg, Nova Scotia with Leonard Womboldt (spelled Wambolt) and his wife Olivia as well as their sons Isaac and Bennett. Hilda is listed as Leonard's adopted daughter. [1]

According to Peg (Oldford) Nelson:

"Hilda lived with Olivia when she was small and thought she was her mother until one day she heard the old man Leonard tell Olivia that Maggie (Nana Beaton) should come and get her own brat. Leonard was old and feeble and probably rather jealous of the attention given Hilda. Hilda adored her grandmother (who also adored her). Hilda (our mother) said that Ruben Boliva was a very kind, dear man."

She came to the US in 1906 as a minor with a sponsor, her aunt Adelia. Apparently Adelia and her family had a boarding house.[2] This is where she met Stewart.

She married Stewart April 28, 1917.

At the time of the 1920 census, the family (with just Jimmy and Elsie) were living at 6 Stanford Terrace in Somerville, Mass.

Hilda was a charter member of V.F.W. in Billerica and was honored by them as a Gold Star mother.

She lived at 23 Church Lane in Burlington, Massachusetts.

Rock and Harriet (Howes) Boyd rented the little house below Hilda and Stewart. For the first years of their marriage, Bill and Barbara (Oldford) Waldroup rented the upstairs apartment in Hilda and Stewart's own house.


  1. 1901 Census of Canada
  2. This was reported by Peg Nelson and is supported by the 1910 census.
  • From Peg: "There is a man in Nova Scotia named Ivan Womboldt who has all the family history. He gave Bud and I quite a bit." Some people spell the Womboldt name without the "d," but Peg always knew it with the "d". Elsie (Oldford) Howes spelled it Wamboldt (unless her cursive o's just look like a's, and Elsie's birth certificate has it recorded this way (but her birth certificate also has her father's name as Steward). Peg (Oldford) Nelson spells it Womboldt. Barbara (Oldford) Waldroup is confident it is Wambolt. Barbara has naturalization papers and other official documents with this spelling.
  • From the 1910 Census for Cambridge Ward 7, Middlesex, Massachusetts:
    • Charles E. McPhee, age 38, married 16 yrs, b. Canada, Parents b. Canada, Came to the US in 1870, Occupation: Tailor
    • Adelia C. McPhee, wife, age 38, married 16 yrs, had 3 children, 1 living child, b. Canada, Parents b. Canada, Came to the US in 1870
    • Roy E. McPhee, son, age 8, b. MA
    • Hilda Wambolt, niece, age 16, b. Canada, Parents b. Canada, Came to the US in 1906.
  • Maternal relationship is confirmed by multiple DNA test matches between Chris Whitten and Wambolt descendants including three great-grandchildren of James Albert Wambolt: R.B. and his son E.B. on 23andMe who share a 30 cM segment on chromosome 8 between 4000000 to 19000000 on 23andMe, and D.Y. on Family Tree DNA who shares a 24 cM segment on chromosome 8 between position 5216304 and 19765113.

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Massachusetts: Vital Records, 1916-1920. From original records held by the Massachusetts Archives. Online database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2018.) Original index: Massachusetts State Vital Records, 1841-1920. FamilySearch, 2011.)

Name Hildred May WAMBOLT Marriage 4/28/1917 Location Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States

Father Leonard Wambolt Mother Olivia Daury Spouse Stewart Oldford

posted by Kitty (Cooper) Smith
Charlie McPhee with whom Hilda was living in 1910 is the husband of Adelia Wambolt, daughter of Leonard Wambolt & Olivia Dorey (listed as Hilda's parents on her wedding register & listed as her adoptive parents on the 1901 Canada Census).
posted by Doug Lockwood
This record shows the same parents listed on her actual marriage register that I posted on Stewart Oldfield father's profile (only open profile):

Name: Hilda May Wambolt Gender: Female Marital Status: Single Age: 7 Birth Year: 1893 Birthplace: Ns Relation to Head of House: Adopted Daughter (Adopted) Racial or Tribal Origin: German Nationality: Canadian Religion: Lutheran Province: Nova Scotia District: Lunenburg District Number: 37 Sub-District: Bridgewater (South/Sud) Sub-District Number: G-1 Neighbors: View others on page Household Members: Name Age Leonard Wambolt 81 Olivia Wambolt 55 Isaac Wambolt 27 Bennett Wambolt 21 Hilda May Wambolt 7 Save Cancel Source Citation Year: 1901; Census Place: Bridgewater (South/Sud), Lunenburg, Nova Scotia; Page: 19; Family No: 199

posted by Doug Lockwood
You can add the category

Gold Star Mothers, Massachusetts

posted by Philip Smith
Trust me Chris -- Nan always spelled her last name as Wambolt!


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