Margaret (Wambolt) Beaton
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Margaret Mary Ann (Wambolt) Beaton (1875 - 1972)

Margaret Mary Ann Beaton formerly Wambolt
Born in Camperdown, Lunenberg, Nova Scotia, Canadamap [uncertain]
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Wife of — married 29 Sep 1897 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 96 in Massachusettsmap
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Margaret was born in Camperdown, Nova Scotia, in on 7 Dec 1875.[1]

Her parents were from Nova Scotia as well.

She came to the United States in 1892.

Margaret married John S. Beaton in 1897 or 1898 in the US.[2] Catherine was born soon after.

At the time of the 1930 census the 54-year-old widowed Margaret was the head of a large household at Castle Gate North, Wayland, Massachusetts. She had her daughter Pearl and son-in-law Edward and their five children. She also had her sons John and Alexander, and her adopted daughter Thelma. Nobody seemed to have a job except Edward.

Margaret adopted her granddaughter Thelma because Thelma's mother Hilda needed to return to Canada when Thelma was just a baby. By the time Hilda returned to the US, young Thelma had been living with Margaret for two years and the family didn't want to confuse her. In later life, Thelma took care of Margaret.[3]


  1. Peg Nelson and Family Group Sheet 111-2.
  2. Family Group Sheet 111-2 has 1897.
  3. Peg Nelson.
  • Family Group Sheet 111-2 at the Lunenberg (South Shore) Genealogical Association, as photographed by Rod Blumenau, and later e-mailed to Chris Whitten. No primary sources included on the page but sheet 111-1 for John Leonard and Sophia Zwicker includes these source notes: "Lutheran Church and Corin Blumenau, granddaughter of James Albert Wambolt."
  • "Canada Census, 1881," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 30 November 2015), Margret Wombolt in household of Leonard Wombolt, Bridgewater, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada; citing p. 25; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13170, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,375,806.
  • Census of Canada; Year: 1891; Census Place: Bridgewater, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia; Roll: T-6318; Family No: 69 ( link)
  • US Federal Census; Year: 1900; Census Place: Boston Ward 14, Suffolk, Massachusetts; Roll: 682; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 1353; FHL microfilm: 1240682 ( link)
  • US Federal Census; Year: 1910; Census Place: Boston Ward 13, Suffolk, Massachusetts; Roll: T624_619; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 1456; FHL microfilm: 1374632 ( link)
  • US Federal Census; Year: 1920; Census Place: Cambridge Ward 7, Middlesex, Massachusetts; Roll: T625_707; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 68; Image: 758 ( link)
  • US Federal Census; Year: 1930; Census Place: Wayland, Middlesex, Massachusetts; Roll: 932; Page: 19B; Enumeration District: 0529; Image: 64.0; FHL microfilm: 2340667 ( link)
  • "Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 30 November 2015), John Samuel Beaton and Margaret M. Wamboldt, 29 Sep 1897; citing p125-16, Cambridge, Massachusetts, State Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 1,843,702.
  • U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2011. ( link)
  • Paternal 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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The couple behind Margaret Maryann(Wambolt) must be Margaret's daughter Hilda with her husband Steward Oldford.
posted 17 Feb 2014 by Marjorie Petty   [thank Marjorie]
To add to the Margaret Maryann(Wambolt) Beaton story and her children Pearl, Hilda (Oldford), Catherine (Harrison), John and Alexander. Her Son John married Thelma and had a daughter named Margaret Beaton who was two years old, according to the 1940 census, living with John's sister Pearl Beaton and her husband Edward James McGuirk. They had 7 sons, the eldest of whom is also named Edward James McGuirk born Feb 19, 1920. According to Edward James McGuirk, he and his six brothers treated Margaret like a little sister. Little Margaret had other siblings Edward, Johnny, and George. It's not clear if they lived with their father John and Thelma. The Funeral Card for Margaret Wambolt Beaton says she lived with her grand-daughter Mrs. James W. Midgette of Ashland.
posted 17 Feb 2014 by Marjorie Petty   [thank Marjorie]
Margaret (Oldford) Nelson wrote, "Nana lived in a funny old house in Cochituate. There was a pond there and we all loved visiting Nana because of it."
posted 8 Aug 2008 by Chris Whitten
Elsie (Oldford) Howes wrote, "Nanna Beaton lived in Cochiuate Mass., right near Dudley Pond. We had many great times visiting her in her little cabin."
posted 8 Aug 2008 by Chris Whitten
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