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Descendants of Edward Rayner & Mary Watson:
of Joseph Rayner, 1811-1861, & Janet Sharp, 1826-1880,
of Sarah Rayner, 1818-aft 1901, & Alex. Crossman, 1816-1911
7. Joseph Rayner, son of Edward Rayner and Mary Watson, was born at Rayner’s Creek, Richmond, PEI, 15 January 1811. On 28 January 1840 he married Janet ‘Jane’ Sharp. They had ten children. Joseph died 12 June 1861 and Janet died in 1880.
7a Elizabeth Rayner, daughter of Joseph Rayner and Janet Sharp, was born at Travellers Rest 12 February 1841 and was baptized 21 March of that year. She married her first cousin John Waite. Their family has been delineated already in Rayner Part One, pages 6 and 7.
7b John Watson Rayner, son of Joseph Rayner and Janet Sharp, was born 27 April 1842, baptized 2 July 1843 and died in that year.
7c Thomas Rayner, was born 12 September 1844 and baptized 12 October 1845, son of Joseph Rayner and Janet Sharp. A house carpenter, he moved to Boston and at age 25 on 30 July 1873 he married Isabella Bertram, 18, daughter of Joseph and Isabella Bertram, who had emigrated from Scotland in 1869 [Mass. Town Records]. They had two little children in the 1880 census. During the next decade Joseph died. Isabella appears with her son in the 1900 census and finally at age 55 with her daughter in 1910. State records do not inform of her death.
7c1 William Joseph Rayner, son of Thomas Rayner and Isabella Bertram, was born 12 October 1877 in Boston. In the 1900 census he was a bookkeeper, 22, living with his mother. 12 September 1918 at age 40 he provided information for the World War Draft. He was living at Mattapan, MA, owner of Park Garage, and his next of kin was his wife Anna. The 1920 census shows her brother Bernard Thornton, 21, living with the couple and in 1930 Anna’s widowed mother Margaret Thornton, 68, was living with them. State records do not show the marriage of William Rayner and Anna Thornton. World War Two registration found them living in Dorchester, MA, where William Rayner had his own business.
7c2 Jessie Isabella Rayner, daughter of Thomas Rayner and Isabella Bertram, was born at Boston in May of 1879. At the age of 19 she married Alphonso Wallace George at Winthrop, MA, 18 April 1899. He was born at Point Shirley, MA, 6 June 1857, son of Stephen L. George, 1829-1866, and Elizabeth Mary Colby, 1836-1900 [George Family Tree, Norwich, England]. The 1900 census of Winthrop shows Alphonso at 41 and Jessie at 21 and then four children ranging from 18 down to 11 and finally Jessie’s first child, Arthur W, George, 2 months old. If the 1890 census had survived, we would learn the name of Alphonso’s first wife. In the 1920 Jessie is a widow with two sons. Her husband had died 23 December 1916 at Bronx, NY. She died after 1920.
7c2a Arthur Wallace George was born at Winthrop, MA, 18 March 1900, son of Alphonso Wallace George and Jessie L. Rayner. At age 27 he married at Boston 16 September 1927 Lillian T. Mark, who was born at Boston 11 October 1901. They had a daughter, who was born at Boston in 1933. Arthur died at Needham, MA, 16 September 1971 , age 71, and Constance died 30 November 1973, age 72.
7c2b Laurence Bertram George, son of Alphonso Wallace George and Jessie Isabella Rayner, was born 9 September 1902. In the 1930 census of Boston he was living with his married brother and was engaged in real estate insurance. He died 16 March 1979 at Haverhill, MA [Social Security Death Index].
7d Emma June Parker Rayner, daughter of Joseph Rayner and Janet Sharp, was born at Travellers Rest 22 December 1846. On 25 August 1864 when she was seventeen, an age if she was strong would ensure a large family in the nineteenth century, she married Matthew Smith Wood. He was a son of Matthew Smith Wood, 1807-1884, and Margaret M. Enman, 1813-1888. By the time of the 1881 census of Lot 28 they had nine children between the ages of fifteen and one. This family immigrated to the United States in 1887. Probably due to misspelling of the surname, they are not found in the 1900 census of Boston. In 1910 Matthew was 76 and Emma 66 and only Chester and Grace remained with them. Emma died 7 June 1915 and Matthew died in 1918.
7d1 Alonzo Boulter Wood, son of Matthew Wood and Emma Jane Rayner, was born at Travellers Rest 22 June 1865. He married 3 June 1884 Eliza Agnes Kinsman, who was born 15 July 1870 at Summerside. With a young son they moved to Boston and then with two sons to Santa Rosa, California. Eliza died 10 October 1939 and Alonzo died 3 January 1943 [California Vital Records].
7d1a Ralph Smith Wood, was born at Summerside 30 October 1885. He married Sadie May Hattie at Santa Rosa, CA, 9 January 1913. The family is recorded in census of 1920, 1930 and 1940. Ralph was first an auto mechanic and then the owner of a radio shop. He died 16 January 1964.
7d1a1 Edna Louise Wood, daughter of Ralph Wood and Sadie Hattie, was born 27 August 1918 at Glenn, CA. She married a Mr. Stewart. She died 5 June 1991 at Sonoma County, CA.
7d1a2 Earl Ralph Wood, son of Ralph Wood and Sadie Hattie, was born at Santa Rosa 4 October 1926 and died 27 January 1960. Having been a naval cadet during World War Two. he was buried in the military cemetery there.
7d1b Benjamin Milford Wood, was born 17 December 1885, son of Alonzo Wood and Emma Jane Rayner. He died 6 October 1958 at Kern, California.
7d2 Virginia Ellen Jeanette Wood, daughter of Matthew Smith Wood and Emma Jane Parker Rayner, was born 27 March 1867 at Travellers Rest. In the 1881 census of Lot 28 Virginia was 14. At Boston 6 February 1895 she married George Allen Wetmore, a house carpenter [MA Vital Records]. Born at Norton, New Brunswick 25 June 1865, he was the son of Charles Enos Wetmore, 1829-1916, and Margaret MacElheney,1841-1908 [Baird/Wetmore Family Tree]. Matthew and Virginia’s family was enumerated at Boston in 1900 and then at Quincy up to 1940, when George, 74, was shown as widowed, for Virginia had died 13 March of that year. They had a daughter and two sons.
7d2a Florence Emma Wetmore was born at Boston 21 December 1895 to George Wetmore and Virginia Ellen Jeanette Wood. In the 1920 census of Quincy, MA, she is listed as head , age 24, single, a dental assistant., with her brothers Harry and Elmer in the household. Like her husband Waldo A Ries, whom she married 25 November 1926 at Wollaston, MA, she attended high school and the Clarke School for the Deaf. They had two daughters. Florence died at Burlington, Vermont , 1 March 1981. Waldo, born at Harlem, NY, 6 December 1895, died 21 October 1990 at Danvers, MA [Enman Families out of PEI].
7d2b Harry Ernest Wetmore was born 7 June 1898 at Boston, son of George Wetmore and Jeanette Wood. In 1924 he married Helen Eugenia Flewelling, born 25 May 1896 in Kings County, New Brunswick to Leonard Flewelling, 1896-1953, and Ella Thorne Dixon, 1876-1959. At Quincy Helen died 9 April 1953 and Harry died 28 November 1988.
7d2b1 Kenneth R. Wetmore was born at Quincy 24 May 1926, son of Harry Wetmore and Helen Flewelling.. He married 24 May 1952 Elaine Brenton, who was born 8 June 1931 at Lexington, MA. She died 18 June 2004 and he died 17 March 2005 (obituary 24 March in the Lexington Minuteman).
7d2c Elmer Allen Wetmore, son of George Wetmore and Jeanette Wood, was born at Boston 8 March 1900. On 15 October 1924 he married Blanche Mary Marflette Roberts, 30 November 1900 – 29 November 1998. The 1930 census of Hartford, CT, enumerated a son nearly 5 years and a daughter, 3—namesakes.
Elmer married again 23 January 1936 Mary Josephine Johnson [L Foster Family Tree]. He died at Yellowstone 1 February 1956 [Montana Death Index].. Blanche died 29 November 1998 at age 97. Mary died at Cromwell, CT, 7 February 1981.
7d3 Artemas Rayner Wood, son of Matthew Wood and Emma Rayner, was born at Travellers Rest 16 August 1869 and immigrated to Boston about 1895. He married 2 December 1891 Mary J. Hickey, who was born in Massachusetts in August 1874. His family was enumerated at Boston in census from 1920 to 1940. Artemas died at Boston 31 December 1950 and Mary outlived him.
7d3a Robert Bibber Wood, born 8 November 1893 at Boston, was the son of Artemas Rayner Wood and Mary Hickey [MA Vital Records]. In World War I Draft Registration he was a cable officer of New England Tel and Tel, a member of the naval militia, and single. In the 1920 and 1930 census of Everett, MA, he was married to Marion Elizabeth Boyd and they had a daughter born in 1920. Marion was the daughter of Edwin Boyd and Josephine Erskine. She died at New Bedford, MA, 27 November 1982 [Testa Family Tree]. In the 1940 census of Somerville, MA, Robert was married to Rose M. and they had a daughter born in 1936. WW2 Draft Registration found him in Harbor Defense at Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He died in April 1967 at Manomet, Plymouth County, MA.
7d3b Francis Elmer Wood was born at Boston 17 February 1896 to Artemas Rayner Wood and Mary Hickey. He was in his parents’ home at age 22 in the 1920 census. He married Maude Eunice Wright, who was born at Waltham, MA, 25 July 1901, daughter of John Wright, 1872-, and Elizabeth Hawes, 1872- [Testa Family Tree]. In the 1940 census of Boston, Francis and Maude had five children between 13 years and six months. In the WWII Draft Registration he was recorded as the chief officer of the Oceanographic Institute at Woods Hole, MA. He died at Brookline, MA, 25 September 1954 and Maude died at Milton, MA, 28 June 1984.
7d3c Edwin Russell Wood, son of Artemas Rayner Wood and Mary J. Hickey, was born at Boston 19 May 1899 and was 10 years old in the 1910 census of Boston. In WW1 Registration 12 September 1918 he was unmarried and a chauffeur. After that no census or other record found until his death 17 September 1965 at Dover, New Hampshire [SSDI].
7d3d Ethel M. Wood was born 14 February 1901 at Boston to Artemas Rayner Wood and Mary J. Hickey. In the 1920 Boston census Ethel was 18 and at home. No further record found.
7d3e Artemas Rayner Wood II, called Ray, was born at Milton, MA, to Artemas Rayner Wood and Mary J. Hickey. In 1927 at age 23 he married Dorothy Margaret Hurlebaus, who was born at Boston 30 September 1904, daughter of William Henry Hurlebaus, 1881-1976, and Margaret Mary Kelly, 1885-1952. In the 1940 census of Boston, Art was 34 and Dorothy was 35 and they had a son 11 years old. In the 1969 Boston Directory, Art was listed as owner and operator of a service and auto repair station. He died at Boston 30 November 1968 and Dorothy died 22 May 1979 [SSDI].
7d3e1 Artemas Rayner Wood III was born at Boston 22 August 1928 and died at Winthrop, MA, 23 December 2006. He married in 1954 and he and his wife had a son and a daughter [George E. C. Jordan – Madeleine R. Hurlebaus Tree].
7d4 Edward Matthew Edmund Wood, son of Matthew Smith Wood and Emma June Parker Rayner, was born at Travellers Rest, PEI, 27 April 1871. He moved to Boston about 1888. He married Annie Jane Bevins 28 March 1895. In the 1910 census Edmund was 39 and Annie 35 and they had four children of age 12 down to 1 year. Edmund died 14 April 1918, age 47. In the 1920 census the widowed Annie had her three youngest at home between 17 and 11 years. In the 1930 census of Boston she was married to Raymond Hay, a fireman and 1n the 1940 census of Quincy, MA, she was 64 and he was 43. Her son Edmund, 35, was living with them. Raymond was the son of Walter Hay from England via Canada and his wife Annie, an Irish woman. Annie Bevins Wood Hay died 16 November 1949 at age 75.
7d4a Annie Jane Wood, born at Boston 25 December 1897, the daughter of Matthew Edmund Wood and Annie Jane Bevins, was enumerated with her parents in the 1910 and 1920 census. At the Methodist Episcopal Church in Rockingham, Vermont, on 5 March 1917 she married Lyman Wing Sayward, both nineteen years of age. An electrician, he was born 17 September 1897 to Albert H. and Elizabeth A. Sayward. They had two sons [1930 Quincy census & 1940 Hingham census ]. Lyman died at Weymouth, MA. 15 July 1971 and Annie died at Quincy 20 November 1986 in her 89th year[Massachusetts Death Index].
7d4a1 Albert M. Sayward, son of Lyman Wing Sayward and Annie Jane Wood, was born at Quincy 19 October 1917 and died in April 1966 [SSDI].
7d4a2 Lyman Sayward, Jr., was born 7 August 1921, enlisted 26 November 1942, and died 7 July 1985.
7d5 Jane Alexandra Wood, 1873-1891, was a daughter of Matthew Smith Wood and Emma Jane Parker Rayner.
7d6 Leonard Southmead Wood was born in PEI on 16 April 1875, son of Matthew Smith Wood and Emma Jane Parker Rayner. In 1896 at Boston he married Maude Esther Cooke, born in February 1877, daughter of George W, Cooke, who had come from Canada in 1886. In WW1 Registration at Manomet, Plymouth County, he was recorded as a carpenter. The census of 1910recorded the young family at Boston and the census from 1920 to 1940 found this family of eight children at Plymouth. There he died 2 October 1952 and Maude died 18 November 1952.
7d6a Everett Bernard Wood was born at Boston 24 December 1897 to Leonard Southmead Wood and Maude Esther Cooke. By 1910 the family had moved to Plymouth. In WW1 Registration, Everett of 1917-1918 was a single truck driver. The marriage index fails to gives us the date and place of his wedding and the surname of his wife, whose name Gertrude E. is provided in census. Everett died at Plymouth 18 September1973. They had three daughters, who were born 1926, 1930 and 1931
7d6b Edith Alexandra Wood, daughter of Leonard Southmead Wood and Maude Esther Cooke. Born at Boston about 1901 she was 19 and with the family in the Plymouth census of 1920 but not in ensuing census. If she married in Massachusetts its index fails to give us that information. Death under her maiden name is not found.
7d6c Elveretta M. Wood was born in 1903 to Leonard Southmead Wood and Maude Esther Cooke. After the 1920 the same situation applies as with Edith.
7d6d Chester Alvin Wood, son of Leonard Southmead Wood and Maude Esther Cooke, was born 10 April 1906. He married Elva Tecla Paoli, born 16 August 1912, daughter of Joseph and Hattie Pauli. They had a son and three daughters, who were born in the 1930’s and 1940’s. Chester, a fireman captain, died at Plymouth 20 March 1969. His wife Elva died 2 December 2005 at Plymouth [SSDI]
7d6e Irving L. Wood was born 25 September 1908, married Mary E, just starting a family with a son of one year in the 1920 census of Plymouth. He died at Holyoke, MA, 13 September 1993 [SSDI].
7d6f Leonard Elgin Wood, son of Leonard Southmead Wood and Maude Esther Cooke, was born at Plymouth about 1912. In the 1940 census of Plymouth, MA, he was living with his parents ar age 28. At Gill on 8 October 1955 when he was 43 he married Helen Agnes Rittal, 32, daughter of Leonard Rittal and Dimelia Brown [Massachusetts Vital Records]. Death registration not found.
7d6g Merrill Wood was born 29 March 1915 and died in March 1987 [MA Vital Records]. In the 1940 census of Plymouth, MA, at age 25 he was living in his parents’ home.
7d6h Shirley Elinor Wood, youngest child of Leonard Southmead Wood and Maude Esther Cook was born at Plymouth, MA, 25 August 1916. In the 1940 census of her parents’ home she was 23. She married Harry Halunen, who was born at Carver, MA, to Svante Halunen, 1883-1955, and Elsa Maria Kotilainen, 1881-1945, immigrants from Finland. The wedding, as often, is not found in the Vital Records of Massachusetts online. Harry and Shirley had a daughter. Harvey died in January 1968 and Shirley died 1 January 1992 at Plymouth [Peckman Family Tree].
7d7 Ida Maude Wood, daughter of Matthew Smith Wood and Emma Jane Parker Rayner, was born at Travellers Rest, PEI, 7 May 1877. At Quincy, MA, in 1897 she married George Folger Webber, who was born 12 November 1876 to William C. Webber and Margaretta E. Mullen.