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Elizabeth Fitzsimmons

Elizabeth Fitzsimmons

Female 1876 - 1932  (55 years)

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  • Name Elizabeth Fitzsimmons 
    Born 5 May 1876  Gilosgate Moor, Co. Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 13 Apr 1932  Olypant, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I03711  Tombeau Family Tree
    Last Modified 24 Feb 2007 

    Father Peter Fitzsimmons, Sr.,   b. Aug 1839, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Aug 1922, Olyphant, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years) 
    Mother Ann Joyce,   b. Jul 1844, Ballina, Co. Mayo, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jan 1901, Olyphant, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 56 years) 
    Married Abt 1860  County Mayo, Ireland (?) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1350  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Stephen Mackerel,   b. 1871, Middle Row, Sunny Side, Houghton-le-Spring, County Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1904, Olyphant, PA (heart trouble); burial: St. Patrick's Cemetery, Blakely, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Eddy Mackrell\Mackerel,   b. 6 Oct 1896, Olyphant, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jul 1960, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
    Family ID F1781  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 William Tambo Tombow,   b. 12 Apr 1866, Olyphant, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Dec 1929, Olyphant, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Married 8 Jun 1899  Scranton, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Frances Tambo,   b. 4 Mar 1900, Jessup, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1905, Olyphant, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 4 years)
     2. Ann Tamboo,   b. 9 Apr 1902, Olyphant, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1902, Olyphant, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    +3. Elizabeth Romayne ("Pearl") Tambo,   b. 19 Jul 1903, Olyphant, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 May 1974, Dearborn, MI (burial: St. hedwig, Dearborn, MI) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    +4. William Tambo, Jr.,   b. 24 Feb 1906, Olyphant, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jul 1963, Pontiac, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
    +5. Leo Thomas Tambeau,   b. 11 May 1908, Olyphant, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jan 1973, Dearborn, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
    +6. Margaret ("Peg") Tambo\Tambeau,   b. 18 Dec 1910, Olyphant, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jul 1999, Bradenton, FL (lung cancer) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
    +7. Peter Eugene ("Jack") Tambeau,   b. 14 Feb 1914, Olyphant, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1982, Royal Oak, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     8. Clarence Tambo,   b. 14 Feb 1914, Olyphant, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Feb 1914, OLyphant, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     9. Thomas Woodrow Tambo,   b. Abt 1915, Olyphant, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1915, Olyphant, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
     10. Mary Tambo,   b. 4 Jan 1917, Olyphant, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Oct 1922, Olyphant, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 5 years)
    Family ID F0129  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Elizabeth Fitzsimmons with an unidentified child
    Elizabeth Fitzsimmons with an unidentified child
    Speakeasy at the home of Peter Fitzsimmons, Sr.
    Speakeasy at the home of Peter Fitzsimmons, Sr.
    Elizabeth Fitzsimmons Tambo
    Elizabeth Fitzsimmons Tambo
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Children of William and Elizabeth Tambo: Eddie, Peggy, Willie, Leo, Jack, and Pearl
    Children of William and Elizabeth Tambo: Eddie, Peggy, Willie, Leo, Jack, and Pearl
    William and Elizabeth Tambo with children: Peggy, Leo, Jack, and Mary
    William and Elizabeth Tambo with children: Peggy, Leo, Jack, and Mary
    Pearl Tambo, Catherine, Ethel, and Jane Dunnigan, Elizabeth Fitzsimmons, and Mary 'Polly' Fitzsimmons Dunnigan
    Pearl Tambo, Catherine, Ethel, and Jane Dunnigan, Elizabeth Fitzsimmons, and Mary "Polly" Fitzsimmons Dunnigan

    Documents
    Marriage Certificate of William Tambo, Sr. and Elizabeth Fitzsimmons
    Marriage Certificate of William Tambo, Sr. and Elizabeth Fitzsimmons
    Death Certificate for Elizabeth Fitzsimmons Tombo
    Death Certificate for Elizabeth Fitzsimmons Tombo
    Census from April 1910 in Pennsylvania
    Census from April 1910 in Pennsylvania
    Census from April 15 1910 in which William Tombow his wife Elizabeth and their children Elizabeth, William and Leo appear in, as does William step son Edward Mackrell

  • Notes 
    • The Ancestry of Elizabeth Fitzsimmons Tambo

      Elizabeth Fitzsimmons, the wife of William Tambo, was born May 5, l876, although her birth certificate in England to confirm this has not been sent for. An l88l Census of Durham County, England, indicates that her birth place was Gilosjute Moor, County Durham, England. She is listed as eight years old at the time which conflicts with l876 as her birth year.

      Her parents were Peter Fitzsimmons and Ann Joyce who were born in County Mayo, Ireland, "across the River Moy from County Sligo" says the oral history handed down to my father, by his maternal grandfather, the above named Peter.

      Mary Judith Voinski Juliano, a great granddaughter of Peter, has written a family history of some branches of the Fitzsimmons Family, entitled "Lackawanna County Heritage: A Family History" privately published in l986 (Judith Juliano, Briarwood, l58ll West l36th St., Olahte, Kansas 66062 as of l988)

      The earliest known Fitzsimmons' ancestors were William Fitzsimmons and Mary Grimes, reported on Peter Fitzsimmons death certificate as his parents. They were born in Ireland in the early l800's. Their son, Peter Fitzsimmons, would have been born in l84l according to the l88l County Durham Census age he is given, (Durham County, England, l88l Census, Village of Boyne, dwelling #l52, 23 School Street) or in August of l839, according to the l900 U.S. Federal Census, Lackawanna County, Olyphant, Pennsylvania, dwelling #l69. Peter's wife, Anna Joyce, was born in l843, according to her age in the l88l English Census, or in July of l844 according to her age in the l900 U.S. Federal Census. From the naming of Peter and Anna's children, they appeared to have adopted the Nineteenth Century custom of naming the first two children of each gender after the children's grandparents. On this basis Anna's parents would have been Patrick and Margaret Joyce.

      According to the Juliano book, Peter and Anna married in County Mayo, Ireland, in l860 (U.S. l900 Federal Census states they were married for 40 years). They left Ireland for County Durham England because of the poor economic conditions resulting from the Irish Potato Famine. They did so shortly after their marriage as their first son William, according to the l88l English Census was born in Framwellgate, County Durham, England.

      Juliano states in her book that Peter and Anna Fitzsimmons first settled in the village of Houghton-Le-Spring, on the east coast of England, near Newcastle, the famous mining town, subject of the famous proverb about useless activity "like carrying coals to New Castle". Houghton-Le-Spring is in County Durham near the Scottish Border.

      Peter became a coal miner in England and the birth towns of their children recorded in the l88l English Census indicate that the family lived a nomadic existance: William was born in Framwellgate, Patrick in Pity Me, Margaret in New Durham, Elizabeth in Gilosjute Moor, Annie and Peter in Boyne, and Anthony in Kimblesworth. Peter and Anna had ten children in all, nine of whom reached adulthood and settled in and around Olyphant, Pennsylvania. Their names were William, Mary, Patrick, Margaret, Elizabeth (the writer's grandmother), Ann, Peter, Jr., Anthony, and Kathryn Fitzsimmons. The tenth child, a son believed to be named Thomas died in his youth, perhaps in England. The l900 U.S. Census confirms that Peter and Anna Fitzsimmons had ten children.

      Family tradition has it that Peter came first with his oldest son William, again took up work coal mining, and gradually bought the passage of his wife and other children to the States.

      Naturalization papers for Peter Fitzsimmons indicate that he came to the U.S. by way of the port of New York on l9 March l887. it must be admitted, however, that Peter's signature is an "X" on these papers and that his birth year is said to be l852, which conflicts drastically with the Census returns of England and the U.S. There is no other identifying data on these papers to determine whether this is our ancestor, or another Peter Fitzsimmons. The l900 Census does state he was naturalized, but that he came to the States in l885. More research will be necessary to confirm whether the naturalization papers in the hands of the writer are indeed ancestor Peter's. Clerks at the Lackawanna Court House were unable to find papers for any other Peter Fitzsimmons, however.

      Anna Joyce Fitzsimmons died 4 January l90l, a date found on her obelisk tombstone in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Blakely, PA. A death certificate has not been found because Pennsylvania did not have a compulsory vital statistics law until l906. The cause of her death was a heart attack, according to her grandaughter, Dora Roberts Leek. Anna died at the age of 56-57. The early deaths of so many of her descendants of heart attacks and strokes suggest that it is she who brought into the family the lethal gene that causes cholesterol to accumulate in the arteries of those who inherit it.

      While a photograph of Anna Joyce Fitzsimmons has not been found, her granddaughter, Dora Roberts Leek states that Anna and her daughter, Ann Fitzsimmons Roberts (Dora's mother) were the "image" of each other. A picture of Ann Fitzsimmons Roberts' has been included with this history.

      Peter Fitzsimmons lived on until l August l922, just days short of his 83rd birthday. The cause of death on his death certificate was noted as myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle. A contributing factor to the cause of death was atheroschlerosis, or hardening of the arteries. He is buried next to his wife of 4l years in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Blakely, PA.

      Turning now from Elizabeth's family to Elizabeth herself, we have already reported her in the l88l English Census, in the village of Boyne, County Durham.

      The l890 Federal Census was destroyed and so no entry can be found for her there. Her next appearance is in the l900 Census, where she has a double entry. The first entry is in Jessup, PA., dwelling #70, with her husband William, boarding with Margaret Cummings, and elderly widow of 73. This entry is so garbled about essential facts about the family that it may be assumed that neither William or Liza were there that day and the information given out was that of Mrs. Cummings' recollections of them. (l900 Federal Census, Lackawanna County, Jessup, p. 256B)

      Her second entry in the l900 Census apparently reflects a visit with her parents on the date of the Census, l2 June l900 (Olyphant, dwelling #l69, p. ll B). The full entry is as follows, reflecting the presence in the home on that date of Elizabeth's parents, three of her brothers and sisters, herself and her young daughter, Frances:

      Peter Fitzsimmons, white male, 60 years old, birthdate August l839; married 40 years; born in Ireland; mother born in Ireland; father born in Ireland; not able to read and write; employed as a coal miner; not employed for the last three months; immigrant to the U.S. in l885; naturalized citizen; speaks English; owns home; residing in U.S. for l5 years.

      (This entry suggests that Peter could not read or write. As was noted earlier, the naturalization papers of Peter Fitzsimmons bear only the "X" of the man to whom they belong.)

      Ann Fitzsimmons, wife, white female, age 55 years; birth date July l864 (an error in view of her stated age, should read l844); had ten children, only nine living; married 40 years, born in Ireland; mother born in Ireland; father born in Ireland; immigrated to U.S. in l885, residing in U.S. l5 years; not able to read or write; speaks English.

      Peter Fitzsimmons, son, white male; 2l years old; born May, l879, in England; laborer in coal mines; not employed for last three months; single; reads, writes, and speaks English; came to U.S. in l885; residing in U.S. l5 years; both parents born in Ireland.

      Anthony Fitzsimmons, son, white male, l8 years old; born October l88l in England; laborer in coal mines; not employed for the last three months; single; reads, writes and speaks English; came to U.S. in l885; resided in U.S. for l5 years; parents born in Ireland.

      Katie Fitzsimmons, daughter, white female, l7 years old, born March, l883, in England; single; reads, writes, and speaks English; came to U.S. in l885; resided in U.S. l5 years; parents born in Ireland.

      Tambo, Elizabeth, daughter, white female, 24 years old; born May, l886, in England (must be error for l876, considering her age); married one year; one child who is still living; came to the U.S. in l885; resided in U.S. for l5 years; reads, writes and speaks English; parents born in Ireland.

      Tambo, Frances, white female, age 2/l2, born March, l900, in Pennsylvania; father born in Pennsylvania; mother born in england; single, niece to head of the household (obvious error for granddaughter)

      In the l9l0 Federal Census (Olyphant, Dwelling # 256, p. l7 B), the year l889, rather than l885 is listed as her year of entry to the U.S. In the l920 Federal Census (Olyphant, dwelling l05, p. 8 B), the year of entry is l882 (an obvious error), but her date of naturalization is stated as l892. The Peter Fitzsimmons papers for naturalization were taken out 7 October l892, when she would still have been a minor child and would have obtained naturalization at the same time as her father.)

      In the l9l0 Census, she reports that she had had 6 children, 4 of which were still living. This information was not requested in the l920 Census.

      Physically, Elizabeth was a slightly built woman, on the frail side in
      old age, as the pictures of her that survive attest. Obviously her size, however, did not stop her from throwing hellish fits of Irish temper as family memory and anecdotes related earlier indicate.

      She also had a skeleton in her closet who was raised with the William Tambo family: her illegitimate son, Eddy Mackrell. It is certainly a fine tribute to William that he chose to raise another man's son in his home as his own. Eddy appears in family pictures as another son in the family.

      Eddy was the son of Stephen Mackrell, a brother of Jenny Mackrell, who married Elizabeth's brother, Patrick. The Mackrells and Fitzsimmons Family are said to have known each other in England before they came to the U.S. Eddy was born 6 October l896 in Olyphant and would have been about three years old at the time of his mother's marriage to William Tambo. Eddy Mackerel (as it is also spelled) came to Michigan in l922 and eventually settled in River Rouge, Michigan. But his story would take us too far a field and is recorded elsewhere in this writer's records.

      Elizabeth Fitzsimmons Tambo died in her daughter Pearl Tambeau's home at l524 Monsey St., Scranton, PA., on l3 April l932 at 7 pm, a few weeks shy of her 56th birthday. She was apparently unaware of the seriousness of her condition, as she awoke from what was thought to be a coma when she heard her daughters making funeral arrangements. She died of stomach cancer, as did her husband. As none of the children of this couple died of stomach cancer, having moved in their young adulthood to Michigan, perhaps these two deaths could be attributed to coal dust that must have permeated the air and been ingested during the course of swallowing.

      Her son, Jack, also reports that some time before her final illness she had suffered a small stroke which effected her right side.

      Elizabeth is buried in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Blakely, PA., next to her husband, in an unmarked grave in Section P, plot 39, below the Flood Family monument and to the right of the Gibbons' grave markers. St. Patrick's Church records indicate that on 28 December l929, Mrs William Tambo, of Dickson city, paid $50.00 for four grave sites. Two sites remain vacant to this day.