Belfast and Philadelphia

My Connection with the Silcocks: On 25th November 1925 Thomas Frederick Smith (my great uncle) married Charlotte Evelyn Silcock in Philadelphia. The newspaper articles on this page are quotes from Delaware County Library System (Philadelphia) online archives. I have published this information for other researchers who may get a positive hit from their internet search engine.

Eliza and John William Silcock

Eliza and John Silcock

In 1887, John William Silcock (b:1861) from the Crumlin Road in Belfast married Eliza Jane Silcock (b: 1867). They had 10 children.

  1. Eliza Jane Silcock b: 1892
  2. Matthew Silcock b: 1893
  3. Annie Silcock b: 1896
  4. John Silcock b: 1898
  5. Mary Silcock b: 1899
  6. David Calvert Silcock b: 1900
  7. Charlotte Evelyn Silcock b; 1901
  8. Rachel Silcock b: 1903
  9. + 2 Infant deaths

Elizabeth Joan McConnell

Elizabeth Joan McConnell was born as Eliza Jane Silcock in Belfast 1892 and emigrated to America in 1920. The 1940 census shows her married to Edward McConnell (also from Belfast) in 1921. Edward is described in several documents as a Taxi Cab Labourer and chauffeur living at 1st Precinct 7th Street in Darby Borough of Philadelphia. Edward died on 21st March 1961 and was buried at Chester Rural Cemetery. They had 3 children together.

  1. Margaret C McConnell (b: 1922)
  2. Edward D McConnell (b: 1924)
  3. Elizabeth J (b: 1929)

Engagement Notice: March 26 1954

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Lieutenant Lillian Maglauglin USN Nurse Corps of Delta, (PA) and Lieutenant Edward David McConnell, son of Mr. and Mrs Edward McConnell of 419 Swarthmore Ave, Ridley Park. Lt Maglauglin is stationed at the US Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia. Lt. McConnell is a graduate of Ridley Park High School, is stationed at the US Naval Base at Weeksville, Elizabeth City in North Carolina. The wedding will take place in he Naval Chapel at Weeksville on Easter Sunday, April 18.

David Calvert Silcock

David Silcock

David Silcock arrived in America in 1922 (2 years after his sister Elizabeth) and worked as an Iron Moulder in the Sun Shipyard (Dry-Dock) an engineering company in Chester. He married a young Scottish girl, Isabella (Bella) Liston who was born around 1910 who had moved to the United States in 1924.

While in Belfast David Silcock was an Apprentice Moulder at the start of the World War 1. He was too young for the initial enlistment however in 1915 he managed to join the 17th Royal Irish Rifles Battalion, his attestation form clearly showing he lied about his age.

In 1925 at the age of 18, a newspaper article reports that Bella was crowned Miss Aberfoyle which came with a Cash prize at the Aberfoyle Manufacturing Company. It was a unanimous decision from 33 entrants by the judges for the young 18 year old who had been in America only one year after coming over from Edinburgh, Scotland. She planned to enter Miss Liberty the following year at the Philadelphia Sesquicentennial in 1926.

Bella Silcock (nee Liston) died a few months after her wedding.

On 26th December 1929 Mr. and Mrs. James Liston announced the engagement of their daughter Miss Isabella Watt Liston and David Calvert Silcock . The couple married in early 1930. In the 1930 census (April) David and Bella lived on the 2nd Precinct, Chester Pike, Sharon Hill Borough, County Delaware (PA) but tragedy was to strike the newly married couple shortly after as reported in the local newspaper on 17th July 1930.

The funeral of Mrs Bella Watt Silcock, who died on Friday in the West Philadelphia Homeopathic Hospital was held yesterday afternoon from the home of her parents. Mr and Mrs James Liston of 110 Spring Street, Sharon Hill. The burial was In Arlington cemetery. Mrs. Silcock was well known in Chester, and as Bella Liston and was crowned “Miss Aberfoyle” several years ago, previous to her marriage

I’m not sure how Bella died but by 1940 David was remarried to Mary (nee Dillon). Mary was born in Ireland around 1904 and records show in 1935 she lived in Plainfield, Union County in New Jersey. David and Mary were granted a licence to get married on 24th February 1937 and had a daughter Elizabeth C. (b: 1939) at their home address 110 Ridley Park, Delaware (PA). Elizabeth would eventually marry into the Ohrt family.

David died on August 29, 1974 (Chester). He was described as a long time resident of Collingdale and a retired Iron Moulder and was a member of Grace Reformed Episcopal Church. He was survived by his wife Mary, his sister Elizabeth Joan McConnell of Ridley Park, a brother and 2 sisters in Ireland. Mary died in Delaware PA in 1987.

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