Charles Benjamin Husband

ID # 786, (1866-1940)
FatherHenry Husband (1835-1920)
MotherMary Alderson (1840-1866)
BirthCharles Benjamin Husband was born in 1866 at Canada West. 
MarriageHe married Catherine Connelly on 17 August 1906 at Detroit, Michigan; Marriage registration at Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan:
Record nbr. 51775 Date of License August 17, 1906.
Charles B. Husband, 41, residing Detroit, Michigan, born Canada. Glass-Packer.
Parents Henry (Husband) and Mary 'Alrich'. Not previously married.
Catherine Connelly, 43, residing Detroit, born West Virginia. Domestic.
Parents Ellery (Connelly) and Mary Meyers. Not previously married.
Marriage date August 17, 1906, at Detroit, by Geo. Humbert, Justice of the Peace.
Witnesses Julius Krimmel and Jos. L. Thiesen, both residing Detroit. 
DeathHe died on 19 July 1940 at Collier Twp, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; Y. 
BurialHe was buried at St. Jude's Cemetery, Oakville, Ontario. 
NoteFrom the notes of Val Husband Brook:

Charles Benjamin 1864- This was Henry and Mary's 4th son. For most of Henry's diary, Charley was missing somewhere in the United States. Eventually, Henry received a letter from Charlie.


When Charles married Catherine in Detroit in 1906, he was shown as a glass packer. By the 1920 census, he is in Pittsburgh and shown as working in a glass factory. With him is wife Clara, 2 years his senior, and the census states that she was born in Virginia. Since Catherine is shown on their marriage registration as two years his senior and born in West Virginia, it seems likely that she is the same woman. What became of Catherine, we do not presently know. The 1920 census shown Charles as coming to the U.S. in 1895.

By the time of the 1930 census, Charles is in the Allegheny County Jail in Pennsylvania. He is age 65 and shown as a widower. Catherine/Clara has not been found. Information peripheral to the transcription of Henry Husband's diary states that Charles is buried in St. Jude's Cemetery in Oakville, but St. Jude's Cemetery office does not find a record for Charles.

It does now seem rather likely that Charlie died in Pennsylvania. At the time of the 1940 U.S. census, he is an inmate in the Mayview State Hospital in South Fayette Township, Pennsylvania. Here, he is shown as being age 76 and as a widower. The Mayview facility was enumerated for the 1940 census on April 16.

Find-a-Grave (courtesy 'Annette') states that Charles died 20 July, 1940, and that he was cremated 27 July, 1940. There is a photo provided of a gravestone in St. Jude's, Oakville, for Charles. It reads:

Charles B. Husband/Died July 20, 1940/Isabel R. Husband Died Dec. 27, 1956.

St. Jude's Cemetery office, in a phone conversation, states that they do not have the remains for a Charles B. Husband buried there.

More has been found:

The Pittsburgh Press issue of Saturday, July 20, 1940, page 2 (Per Google News), has the following item under Around the Town:

Killed By Train - Charles Husband, 75, who has been an inmate of the city home at Mayview since Dec. 26, 1939, was killed yesterday, one and one-half miles from Bridgeville when struck by a Pennsylvania railroad train en route from Washington, Pa., to Pittsburgh.

Finally, Ancestry provides a death registration for Charlie. This is under a title Pennsylvania Death Certificates, 1906-1963.

Certificate of Death nbr. 380
County Allegheny, Township Collier
Location Penna. R.R. Tracks
Charles Husbnd, 905 Arch St., Pittsburgh, PA
Widower, age abt 75. Date of death July 19th 1940
An inquest was held on the 23rd of July 1940. Cause of death: Body mangled due to being struck and run over by a train.
Born Canada.
Father Henry Husband, born Canada.
Mother Mary.
Informant Coroner's Office at Pittsburgh
Cremation July 24, 1940
The disposition of the ashes is not stated.

905 Arch Street does not appear to exist as a street address in February of 2016. 
Last Edited22 Jul 2016