Lurena M. “Rena” Tyrrell

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Lurena “Rena” Tyrrell

 

Lurena M. “Rena” Tyrrell was born on September 30, 1888, in Ontario, Ontario to Sarah Jane Coulbeck, age 31, and James Albert Tyrrell, age 23.  We find her in the 1891 & 1901 Census living with in Ontario, Canada.

Lurena arrived in the USA in 1905.  In 1919 & 1921 her sisters, Mildred & Elizabeth, both died.  In 1924, 1929, 1930 & 1931 she was living in Kalamazoo,  MI.

She married Lyman Andrew Wilkinson on June 12, 1929, in South Bend, Indiana, when she was 40 years old.  Lurena M. “Rena” Tyrrell and Lyman Andrew Wilkinson were divorced on December 4, 1937, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, after 8 years of marriage, no children from this marriage.  She then married Fredric Lee Snook on April 19, 1940, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, when she was 51 years old.  Sometime either before Fred or after, she also married W. D. Cook “Woody.”

In 1953 & 1956 she was still living in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Lurena died on May 20, 1960, in Galesburg, Michigan, when she was 71 years old.

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Poem by Bert Webster

I find more & more of the desendants of the Light House Tribe are into writing, most specificly poetry. My mother wrote poem, as did some of her brothers & sisters, their mother Edith Webster-Lash wrote a ton of poems. Here is a poem by

Poem for thought

As I sit here all alone I thank the Lord I have a home.

And now I think I’ve found a gal that will make a real good Pal.

I know that we are getting old so lets not let our love grow cold.

So I nope that we both keep our sight so we will both do things right.

I know it’s hard to leave ones home but it’s much better than being alone.

We might be in a field of clover, so sit rightdown and think it over.

(Page 1)

I know good things are hard to find so don’t think we should change our mind.

And when I go to bed at night I lay and wonder if you will write.

And so if goes the whole night through, I just lay there and think of you.

I hope its plain for you to see so sit right down and write to me.

And tell me just how you feel so we can some day make a deal.

So I will sit and wish and try and so I’ll close and say by by.

With all my Love, Bert

(Page 2)

I just sit and ponder on how this poem was created, was Bert working on the railroad at this time and was Elizabeth (known as Lizzie to her family) living in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada or was she in America already? I wonder if they met while he was working on the line, or if they met through her half brother James. However they met, you can tell that he was smitten with her.

Wedding Day
November 1, 1906

They look so happy in their wedding photo… so sad that 15 short years later Lizzie died only 5 month after giving birth to the youngest of their four daughters of Acute Nephritis (Acute nephritis is a sudden inflammation of the kidney.).

Canadian Genealogy

One of the hardest things for me was genealogy out of the USA!  Here are my ancestors that are from Canada that I am looking for…

James Tyrrell was born 17 Mar 1865 in Bayham, Ontario, Canada the son of Ambrose Tyrrell & Mary Lane. He married Sarah Jane Coulbeck on 19 Oct 1885 in Tilsonburg, Oxford, Ontario, Canada. Sarah was born Abt October 1861 in Eastville, Lincolnshire, England to Charles Coulbeck of Ashby cum Fenby, Lincolnshire, England and Hannah Blythe of Hawerby, Lincolnshire, England.

In 1861 she is in the England Census in Eastville, Lincolnshire, England. She died sometime between 1891-1895 in Ontario, Canada. Sarah & James had 3 daughters, Mildred “Millie” born 1885, Elizabeth “Lizzie” born 1886 and Lorena “Rena” born 1888.  According to the 1891 Census they also had a son John born 1880, but I haven’t found any information on him.
* Looking for more information on James & Sarah (Coulbeck) Tyrrell