Ancestor Bio – Florence (Reid) Hingston (1891-1984)

52 Ancestors – Week 2018-13
By Don Taylor

A life lived simply is a life well lived. Florence Reid overcame the early death of her father, married for 40 years until widowed, and continued living in the same house for another 30 years until her death at age 93.

Bradley-Hingston Project – Ancestor #7

List of Grandparents

  • Grandmother: Florence (Reid) Hingston
  • 1st Great-grandfather:  Samuel Reid
  • 2nd Great-grandfather: James E. Reid

Florence (Reid) Hingston (1891-1984)

Florence was born on 28 May 1891 in Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts. She was the first of eight children born to Samuel and Sarah J. (Locke) Reid.  Her siblings include:

  • James E Reid              b. 1893
  • George S Reid            b. 1895
  • Mary E Reid               b. 1899
  • Thomas L Reid          b. ~ 1901
  • William Reid              b. ~ 1903
  • Sarah J Reid                b. ~ 1905
  • Margaret Reid            b. ~ 1908

The 1900 Census shows Florence living with her parents and her first three siblings at 29 Summit Street.

On November 21st, 1909 tragedy struck. Her father, William Robert Hingston, died leaving a widow and eight children. The 1910 Census shows mom as keeping house and 18-year-old Florence working as a Stenographer for a hat bleacher. Sixteen-year-old James is working as a leather worked at a leather shop and 14-year old George is an apprentice in the bleaching industry.  None of the children were attending school.

Marriage

On 24 February 1914, Florence married William Robert Hingston. William was a machinist who was also a reserve police officer. William already had a house at 250 Washington in Peabody and the young family settled there, It was the only house that William ever lived in and Florence would live there for 70 years.

The couple had three children

  • Barbara Reid Hingston born 11 September 1914.
  • Pricilla Ann Hingston born 12 June 1923,
  • Allen R Hingston b. c. Jan 1926.

Florence’s husband died in 1954 and Florence survived him until her death on 20 October 1984. I have been unable to find an internment location for either Florence or her husband.

Sources

  • 1900 Census, 1900 Census – Samuel Reid – Salem, Exxes, MA (FS). “United States Census, 1900,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M9RD-W5N : accessed 18 March 2018), Florence Reid in household of Samuel Reid, Salem city Ward 4, Essex, Massachusetts, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 451, sheet 2A, family 34, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,647.
  • 1910 Census, 1910 Census – Sara Reid – Salem, Essex, MA (FS). “United States Census, 1910,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M2JJ-BM8 : accessed 18 March 2018), Florence Reid in household of Sara Reid, Salem Ward 4, Essex, Massachusetts, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 465, sheet 16A, family 328, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 588; FHL microfilm 1,374,601.
  • 1930 Census (FS), Family Search, William R Hingston – Peabody, Essex, Massachusetts. “United States Census, 1930,” database with images, FamilySearch : accessed 8 December 2017), William R Hingston, Peabody, Essex, Massachusetts, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 228, sheet 2A, line 12, family 28.
  • 1940 Census (FS), Family Search, William R Hingston – Peabody, Essex, Massachusetts. “United States Census, 1940,” database with images, FamilySearch: accessed 9 December 2017), William R Hingston, Ward 1, Peabody, Peabody City, Essex, Massachusetts, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 5-302, sheet 1B, line 67, family 22, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627.  Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 – 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 1588.
  • Boston Herald (GB), Genealogy Bank, 1954-02-09, Page 7 – Genealogy Bank Ex-Policeman Dies in Peabody, Fireman Aiding Him Collapses.
  • Current Obituary, CurrentObituary.Com, Obit – Priscilla A. (Hingston) Bradley. Sitkowski & Malboeuf Funeral Home. http://www.currentobituary.com/member/obit/14944.
  • Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915, Family Search, Barbara R. Hingston – 11 Sep 1914. “Massachusetts Births, 1841­1915,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FXV1­VS4 : 11 March 2018), William R. Hingston in entry for Barbara R. Hingston, 11 Sep 1914, Peabody, Essex, Massachusetts; citing reference ID #p 721, Massachusetts Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 2,409,800.
  • Massachusetts Death Index, 1970-2003, Family Search, Florence Hingston – Death 20 Oct 1984. “Massachusetts Death Index, 1970-2003,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VZTD-5BR : 4 December 2014), Florence Hingston, 20 Oct 1984; from “Massachusetts Death Index, 1970-2003,” database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2005); citing Peabody, Massachusetts, death certificate number 051024, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Health Services, Boston.
  • Massachusetts Marriages, 1841­-1915, Family Search, William R Hingston – Florence Reid – 24 Feb 1914. “Massachusetts Marriages, 1841­1915,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N46B­91L : 18 January 2018), William R Hingston and Florence Reid, 24 Feb 1914; citing Peabody, Essex, Massachusetts, United States, State Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 2,409,947.
  • U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007, Ancestry.Com, Priscilla Ann Hingston (b. 1923) – No Image. Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. https://search.ancestry.com/collections/60901/records/19492049.
  • United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Family Search, William Robert Hingston. “United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V12F­STV : 9 March 2018), William Robert Hingston, 1942; citing NARA microfilm publication M1936, M1937, M1939, M1951, M1962, M1964, M1986, M2090, and M2097 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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