839. Alexine "Ella Roberta" B.9 Marshall (Robert Henry8, Robert Nairn7, Robert Henry6, Esme5, Thomas4, John3, Thomas2, John1) was born in Snow Hill, MD August 15, 1843. Alexine died February 7, 1919 in Roanoke, VA, at 75 years of age.
She married Littleton Henry Sturgis January 5, 1867. Littleton was born in Coventry Parish, Somerset Co., MD May 17, 1839. Littleton was the son of Littleton Sturgis and Priscilla Dryden. Littleton died May 2, 1906 in Cape Charles, VA, at 66 years of age. Littleton appears in the 1850 and 1860 census in his parents' household, Dublin District, Somerset Co. MD. His children's ages taken from 1880 census. Littleton's date of death was recorded on a funeral card. (Leslie Powell Dryden, Dryden Family and Descendants, Book I, 1992, p. 219)
Littleton was one of the first businessmen in Cape Charles, VA. He was proprietor of a small 5-room hotel located on railroad property in 1883 and later the Arlington Hotel, which opened in Cape Charles in 1886. The family Bible belonging to her brother spells her name with "i" and it has been transcribed as Alexene and also written this way in an 1894 diary. But she went by the name Ella for all her official records. It is thought the middle initial, "B" is for Birckhead, her mother's maiden name.
The family Bible of her brother also showed her date and place of birth and written in pencil after the entry "Mrs. Littleton H. Sturgis"
In her 1894 diary, Ida Lankford noted "Alexene came." It would appear it was a day visit, as Ida did not mention that her guest stayed the night; Ida was Alexene's cousin and lived at Princess Anne.
Ella's death certificate gave her name as Ella Roberta Sturgis and shows she was buried on February 9, 1919 at Fairview Cemetery, Roanoke, VA. She was living with her daughter, Ella Rolly, on Day Street, Roanoke, Virginia. A letter from Ella Sturgis dated 1919 indicates she may have had a stroke sometime shortly before her death. She signed her letters "Mama Ella" and "Mama Sturgis."
For more information on this Marshall family, see family journal for Marshalls of Northampton County.
Alexine "Ella Roberta" B. Marshall and C. F. Foster had the following child:
1273 i. Ella10 Foster was born about 1861. She married twice. She married John Alphens Lankford. John was the son of John Lankford and Julia Corbin. She married Unknown Rolley. A family photo has "my Ella Rolly, Carrolls half sister" written on it by Ella Sturgis. Another photo is identified "Elmer Rolly, Gussie's son."
Alexine "Ella Roberta" B. Marshall and Littleton Henry Sturgis had the following children:
He married Helen Fletcher Cooper. Helen was born in Bethlehem, MD about 1892. Helen died February 4, 1959 in Washington, DC, at 66 years of age. HELEN was the daughter of FLETCHER COOPER and ANNA OZMON.
He married Mary "Mae" P.(wife of Carroll Sturgis). 1920 census shows him living in Baltimore, occupation as chef. Carroll and Helen divorced about 1930. Carroll owned a restaurant in Pennsylvania. He is buried at Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA. (death certificate) The telegram announcing Carroll's death was in possession of his daughter. Another death registration letter was sent to Mrs. F. J. Schmoele in Norfolk, VA. (It is unknown, but believed that one of Carroll's sisters married Schmoele.) (research of Frank Courtney)
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