Tombstone Tuesday – August 15, 2017 – Elfie Emma Daly Burpee

Elfie Emma Daly Burpee

Elfie Emma Daly was born on April 26, 1896 to John and Eliza (Green) Daly. She was the last child born in this family of twelve children. John and Eliza’s children were; John (1867), William (1868), Addie (1871) Charles (1874), Marion (1876), May ( 1876), Robert (1879), Adrain (1881), George (1884), Joseph (1885), Henry(1890), Goldie (1894), Elfie (1896).

In the 1900 Federal Census, the John Daly family resides in village of Clio in Vienna Township, Genesee County in Michigan. Five of the twelve children remain at home with John and Eliza which includes Elfie. By the 1910 Census, John Daly has died(1908). Eliza and the two youngest daughters, Goldie and Elfie, have moved to Montrose, Michigan.

Daly Family

John Daly Family taken in about 1902.

Standing in the back row from left to right: Charles, William, Robert, Adrain, Joe, John, May, George, Henry, Marion.

Seated or standing in front row left to right: John Sr., Goldie, Elfie, Eliza

Elfie married Russell Burpee in Flint, Michigan on May 23, 1917. In 1918, when Russell registered for the WWI draft, Russell and Elfie lived in Montrose, Michigan. Russell states that he is working for the Owosso Sugar company. In the 1920 Census, Elfie and Russell are living with Russell’s brother, Jay and his family in Flint, Michigan. Russell lists his occupation as Carpenter. By the 1930 census, Russell and Elfie are in Flint. They have one son, Russell, Jr. They own a meat market. Both Russell and Elfie are working in the market. In a 1936 directory of Owosso, Michigan, Russell and Elfie are listed in the Village of Lennon in Shiawassee County.  The directory states that Lennon is 10 miles east of Corunna, Michigan. They are running a meat Market and grocery store.  Yet in the 1940 Census, the Burpee’s are listed in Flint where they have two sons; Russell Jr is 16 and Gerald is 6 years old. They list their occupations as shop keepers and the business is listed as a grocery store. Did they own two for a time? Or moved away from Flint and then moved back? I can not be certain.  In Russell’s WWII draft registration, he lists Hazelton, Michigan as his place of residence and Lennon, Michigan as his place of employment and he is self employeed. At some point after 1940, they did reside in Shiawassee County and appeared to live there for the rest of their lives. The Burpee family lived in that area for several generations.

Elfie Emma Daly Burpee died on August 15, 1990 in Hazelton Township, Michigan.

Burpee Family Stone

She was buried in the Burpee Plot in the Elmwood Cemetery in New Lothrup.


Rest in Peace, Elfie!

Love , Jan

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