Friday, December 11, 2015

52 Ancestors No.45: My Grand Aunt Mabel (Moynahan) Morkin (1902-1945)

Mabel Morkin (1902-1945) is seated at the far right in this picture dated 1904
Left to Right: Ernest, Mary Aileen, Erlan Raymond, and Mary Mabel
Mabel (Moynahan) Morkin was born on the 27th of September 1902 the daughter of Essex county school teacher John Moynahan and Mary Broderick. The family was living at 297 Talbot Road in Maidstone, Ontario at the time.

Source: Ontario, Canada Births, 1869-1913 [database on-line].
Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2010.

I love these photos of Mabel (below) taken in the early years. I have edited them from the family group photos. There is a lovely innocence in her face and I love that her hair was always in ringlets with a lovely large bow.


Mabel Moynahan's 1927 border crossing card says that she was living at 251 Campbell with her father John Moynahan who is also listed as nearest relative and that she was working as a bank clerk.

Marriage 1930

I have been unable to locate a marriage record for Mabel, but I estimate that the marriage occurred between 1929-1930 based on the birth years that I found for her children on the 1940 Michigan census (below).

The married couple Martin P and Mabel Morkin are on the 1930 census at 15858 Snowden, Detroit, Michigan and Martin P is an accountant in the oil industry (Source: "United States Census, 1930", database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 13 December 2015), Martin P Morkin, 1930.

Eldest Son: Frederick "Freddie" Morkin 

Mabel and Martin's first son Frederick (known as "Freddie") was born on March 6, 1931, in Detroit, Michigan.

He would be twenty years old when both of his parents had passed on and he had two younger brothers to care for (aged 16 and 13 years old).

Frederick died in Ipswich, Suffolk, England and is buried in Vancouver, Clark County, Washington, USA in 1994 at Evergreen Memorial Gardens.

Freddie Morkin

Freddie Morkin

Frederick married and I cannot locate any records on his spouse, but I did have this photo from my grandparents that had "Alice, Freddy and Billy" written on the back.

Close up: Freddy, Alice and Billy

Alice, Freddy and Billy
photographed in my grandparents backyard
(Marentette, Windsor, Ontario)

Fred was struck by a car and killed in 1994 while visiting Suffolk, England.

Evergreen Memorial Gardens
Vancouver, Clark County, Washington, USA

Middle Son: Martin Thomas 

A second son was born in 1935, Martin Thomas.

I know so very little about Martin Thomas if it were not for the California Death Index and the U.S. Social Security information. 

Martin died in San Francisco in 1988 at the age of 52. The San Francisco Main Library provides a free, five (5) per month, obituary search service. so I have made a request there. I will update this page if I am successful in obtaining Martin's obituary.

Photo of Frederick (the older child) and his brother Martin Thomas

Youngest Son William (Billy) Morkin

Billy with Gerald Moynahan and Federick Morkin (right)

Billy Morkin

Billy Morkin

The Morkin Family
1940 Detroit Michigan Census

15858 Snowden

In 1940, Martin Morkin and his family were living in Detroit, Michigan (15858 Snowden) where he was working as a credit manager for the Wholesale Oil Company

1940 Census: Detroit (Wayne County) Michigan
Martin (44 years old; born 1896) and Mabel (38 years old; born 1902) had three children:
  • Frederick ("Freddie") 9 years old (Born in Michigan; 6th of March 1931)
  • Thomas 5 years old (Born in Michigan; 1935)
  • Bill (William) 2 years old (Born in Michigan; 1938)

1940 Census: Detroit (Wayne County) Michigan
WW II Draft Registration Cards 
for the Morkin Brothers

Left to Right: Thomas Morkin, Gerald Moynahan, Freddie Morkin, and
Billy Morkin in the front.
Mabel Morkin Dies 1945

Mabel Morkin died on the 19th of November 1945 at the age of 43. Her obituary is in the Windsor Star Nov 20, 1945, and it was not available in the google newspaper archives. Thankfully, a genealogist member of the Essex OGS went to the Windsor Public Library to get me a copy. (Thank you Shayne Dauson Lee Johnston-Trudell !)

Martin Morkin Dies 1951

Martin Patrick  Morkin (1895-1951)
Source: Births Ontario 1869-1910; Family Search

Mabel's husband Martin Morkin was born in London, Ontario the son of hotel keeper T.J. Mokin and Catherine Toohey. We know from his death certificate in Michigan that his father was Thomas J. Morkin and his mother was Catherine Toohy. He died suddenly in 1951.

In 1951, Martin's father T.J. was living in Toronto and his brother William was living in New York. Three sisters were also living in Toronto at the time of his death in 1951: Mrs. Jack Nopper, Mrs. Fred Stanbach and Stella Morkin.

The Morkins of London, Ontario

In 1901. Mabel's husband Martin was living in London, Ontario with his parents and siblings. His father was a teacher.

Source Citation Year: 1901; Census Place: London (City/Cité) Ward/Quartier No 2, London (city/cité), Ontario;
Page: 20; Family No: 155
The 1901 census shows the following family members
  • Head: Thomas J. (born: 9 Dec 1860 )
  • Wife: Catherine (born: 3 Nov 1860 )
  • Daughter: Bella M. (born: 19 Sep 1887 )
  • Daughter: Cathleen E (born: 7 Feb 1889 )
  • Daughter: Josephine (born: 24 Aug 1890)
  • Son: Thomas W. (born: 2 Feb 1895) (census error?)
  • Son: Martin P (born: 9 May 1895)
Son Martin P. Morkin left London, Ontario to move to Detroit Michigan about 1916 based on the information below:

Source: "Vermont, St. Albans Canadian Border Crossings, 1895-1954," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 13 December 2015), Martin Morkin, 1895-1924; citing M1461, Soundex Index to Canadian Border Entries through the St. Albans, Vermont, District, 1895-1924, 279, NARA microfilm publications M1461, M1463, M1464, and M1465 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, publication year); FHL microfilm 1,473,079.

This blog post is dedicated to Mabel's youngest son Billy. Merry Christmas!


The Ontario Numismatist

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