Helen Lawrie Black

ID # 5933, (1848-1914)
FatherJohn Black (1820-1885)
MotherHelen Bone (1818-1855)
BirthHelen Lawrie Black was born on 19 March 1848 at Cabusnethan, Lanark, Scotland. 
MarriageShe married William Alex Lamb, son of John Lamb and Mary Dewar, on 19 November 1868 at Lincoln County.
MS248 reel 10 Vol. 33, page 104
Lincoln County Marriage Register

Extracted from a list of marriages solemnized by Rev. Geo. Burson for the year ending Dec. 31st, A.D. 1868

William Alex Lamb, 25, born Canada, residing Ottawa City. Parents John Lamb and Mary Dewar.
Helen L. Black, 20, born Scotland, residing St. Catharines. Parents John Black and Helen Bone.
Witnesses John Black and Jane M. Ingraham, both of St. Catharines.
On Nov. 19th, 1868.

Exact locations of marriages in the county registers are not usually given. An 1869 gazetteer shows George Burson in Port Dalhousie and since Helen's family was located there it's probable that she was married in Port Dalhousie.
 
DeathShe died on 20 March 1914 at Ottawa, Carleton Co., Ontario, at age 66. 
BurialShe was buried on 19 May 1914 at Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa. 
NoteMary's middle name appears as Lourie in the 1851 Scottish census, but is shown as Lawrie on her gravestone in Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa.

Helen and Magdalene Black, sisters, and William and James Lamb, brothers, are buried in the same plot in Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa.

A transcription of Beechwood's burial registers, as provided by the Ottawa branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, tells that while Helen died on March 20, 1914, she was buried on May 19, 1914. At first glance, this has the look of being a typographical error. Ancestry, however, provides images of the pages of the Beechwood burial books and, indeed, her date of death is shown in neat handwriting as 20 March, 1914, and her burial as 19 May 1914. In those days, at the very least, there were no doubt ice houses, and this may have been an exceptionally hard winter with ground frozen to some depth. Even at that, mid May does seem a late burial for a March death.

Death reg. 009936-14 Ottawa, Carleton Co.
Helen Laurie Black Lamb died 20 March 1914. Age 66. Born Scotland. Place of death 222 Clemow Ave. Married. Parents John Black and Helen Bone. Physician Dr. Hanna. Informant W. A. Lamb, 222 Clemow Ave. 
Last Edited27 Feb 2018