Alice I. Wicks

Female 1863 - 1931  (67 years)


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  • Name Alice I. Wicks  [1
    Born 28 Dec 1863  Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died 1931  Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I10049  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 28 Jul 2020 

    Father David Willson Weeks,   b. 7 Apr 1810, Pamelia, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Sep 1876, Hermon, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Esther Holmes,   b. 1831, Williamsburg, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Oct 1896, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F95  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 William Christopher Walling,   b. 1860, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Aug 1892, Nankin, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years) 
    Married Apr 1880  Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William Christopher Walling,   b. Jul 1879, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec 1932, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 53 years)  [natural]
     2. Edith Walling,   b. May 1882, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Dec 1954, Willow Grove, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 28 Jul 2020 
    Family ID F22  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 John McCarthy,   b. 1866, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1898 and 1902, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years) 
    Married 12 Nov 1887  Oswegatchie, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 28 Jul 2020 
    Family ID F215  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Headstones
    Alice Wicks McCarthy
    Alice Wicks McCarthy

  • Notes 
    • - 1880 U.S. census, Ogdensburg, 1st ward: Alice is 18 years old and living her mother Esther, her brothers John and Walter, her husband William Walling (20) and son William (11 months).

      - About 1885, William Walling leaves his family and relocates to Michigan.

      - Aug. 15, 1899: Police Court: For stealing wine and whiskey from the liquor story of J.P. Ames, Isabella Street, Delia Clark and Alice McCarthy were arrested yesterday and spent the afternoon and early evening hours in the city jail. Last evening they were brought before Justice McRoatis for examination. Both women admitted their guilt. A brother of the McCarthy woman appared and led his erring sister home upon the promise that she appear this morning, when she was fined $3.

      - 1900 U.S. census: Alice McCarthy, 35, is a boarder living in the Town of Oswegatchie with her daughter Edith and Edith's husband Ernest Russell. She indicates she is married and has been married for 21 years and has had two children. But there is no husband living with her.

      - 1910 U.S. census, Ogdensburg: Alice McCarthy is 45 years old and is working as a laundress in a hotel. She is living with her daughter Edith and her daugher's husband, Ernest Russell, and their five children. She indicates she has been married for 27 years.

      - Ogdensburg Journal, Aug-Dec, 1913: At 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon another motor car accident occurred on the streets of Ogdensburg. A woman named Mrs. Alice McCarthy, aged 51, was crossing State Street at the corner of Greene on her way home from work. Mrs. Frank J. Dow, driving a touring car west on Greene Street, approached the crossing at the same time that a horse and carriage going south drew near on State Street. The pedestrian being blind in the left eye, saw the horse but did not see the auto and in trying to avoid one she was struck by the other. The wheels of the car passed over her and her clothing was almost torn from her body. She was carried into the home of Dr. W. Daly, who made a superficial examination and found no bones broken nor any sign of serious injury beyond shock and a severe shaking up. She was taken to the city hospital and then to her home.

      - 1920: Alice is 50, working as a servant and residing at the Ralph Goss home on Catherine St., listing her profession as a hotel cook.

      - Alice doesn't die until 1931 but is not found in the 1930 census.

      - Ogdensburg City Cemetery gravestone: "Grandmother Alice I. McCarthy 1865 - 1931"

      As with her mother, Alice Wicks became pregnant out of wedlock and, as with her mother, her husband abandoned her with young children.
      Alice grew up in a dysfunctional home, her mother Esther Holmes living with and having her four children by a married man, David Weeks, who after 10 years with Esther, returned to his wife and children, leaving Esther to raise her children alone and without apparent support. Throughout this period Esther and David used fictitious names to hide that he was a married man with a family in a nearby town. When David left Esther about 1871, Alice was only eight years old.
      In October, 1878, Esther Holmes and her children, twins John and Alice, 15, and David, 11, (and possibly her oldest son Joseph, 21) were living on Congress Street in Ogdensburg. At age 14, Alice became pregnant by William C. Walling, 18, who lived with his father Robert Walling on New York Ave. She had the baby in July of 1879 at age 15. Apparently, William Walling was not providing support and in March of 1880 was arrested and jailed at Canton, NY, the county seat, on a bastardy petition. The next month, when the baby was nine months old, he was released when he apparently took responsibility for the child and immediately moved in with Alice at her mother's home.
      When the U.S. census was taken in June, 1880, William and Alice indicated they had been married for one year (not true.) They apparently stayed together through the birth of a second child Edith in May of 1882, and perhaps for some time after that. But in 1885, William abandoned them and moved to Detroit, Michigan, with his brother Timothy.
      Alice and the baby apparently stayed with her mother Esther and brother Walter at least until 1890 when she is residing with John Wicks at 204 S. Water St. In the 1894 city directory, Mrs. Esther Wicks and Walter are at 166 S. Water. The house is owned and also occupied by John McCarthy, laborer, and John H. McCarthy. Whether Alice is married to John is unknown.
      In 1898, John McCarthy resides at the rear of 48 Lake St., and presumably Alice, and her daughter Edith and husband Ernest are also there. In 1900, Alice is living with Edith and Ernest Russell in Town of Oswegatchie, now using the name Alice McCarthy. In that census, she stated she was married and has been for 21 years (implying she has been married to someone named McCarthy for that period) which would place her marriage in 1879, the year that William Jr. was born, but one year before her marriage to William Walling (if indeed there was a marriage.)
      In the 1902 directory, Alice resides at 28 Mill St. and is listed as the widow of John McCarthy. And so John has died between 1898 and 1900.
      In the 1907 city directory, Alice is boarding at 1 Tanbark Place but by 1910, working as a laundress in a hotel, she was back residing with her daughter's family. By 1920 Alice is working as a servant in a private home, also listing her profession as a hotel clerk, and in 1925, she is boarding at 25 Lake St. and employed at the Oswegatchie House hotel, later Chappel's Hotel. She is not found in the 1930 census and died in 1931. Her cemetery gravestone reads "Grandmother Alice I. McCarthy 1865-1931."
      Several John McCarthy's are found in Ogdensburb between 1882 and 1902. They include John, a shoemaker who resided at 106 Patterson; John, a laborer who resided at 93 Main; and John, a laborer who resided at 329 Ford. Each of them is found at those addresses in the city directories of 1882, 1890, 1894, 1896, 1898, 1900, and 1902, and so may be eliminated as John, husband of Alice Wicks.
      That leaves a John McCarthy who first shows up in the 1894 directory at 166 S. Water. In 1896 he's at 91 Jefferson Ave. In 1898 he's at rear of 48 Lake St. Two years later in the 1900 census, Alice is living on Lake Street with daughter Edith and her husband Ernest. So it may be that Alice was with John McCarthy from 1894 when she was with him on S. Water St., through 1896 when he lived on Jefferson Ave., and 1898 when he was living on Lake St., and stayed there with Edith and Ernest through 1900 when all three are together on Lake St.
      John is not found in 1900. In 1902, Alice is found at 28 Mill St., as the widow of John McCarthy. And so, John McCarthy who married Alice Wicks arrived in Ogdensburg between 1890 and 1894, is with Alice in 1894, and apparently dies between 1898-1902.
      The 1880 census does not show any John McCarthy's in Ogdensburg. So, this John took up with Alice in 1894 when she was 31. He likely would be between 25 and 45 years of age at that time, so we looked for a John McCarthy anywhere in the county in 1880, born between 1849 and 1869. The only one who is single is John, 21, b. 1859, NY, resides Canton with his father, Thomas, 69, b. Ireland. But he shows up in 1900 married, with children, so he's out.
      There is no record in Ogdensburg newspapers of the death of a John McCarthy between 1895 and 1902, nor is there a stone for him at local cemeteries. Alice is buried alone

      - TIMELINE:
      - 1863: Alice born Dec. 28 at Ogdensburg
      - 1871: Father David Wicks leaves family and returns to wife.
      - 1878: October, resides with mother, siblings on Congress Street.
      - 1878: November: Impregnated at age 14 by William Walling
      - 1879: July: gives birth to William C. Walling Jr.
      - 1880: March, William Walling arrested on bastardy petition.
      - 1880: April: William Walling released from Canton jail and takes up residence with Alice.
      - 1880: June: Age 18 and residing with her mother, brothers, husband William, 20, and son William, 11 mos.
      - 1880: April, marries William C. Walling.
      - 1882: May: gives birth to Edith Walling
      - 1885: William Walling abandons Alice and two children and goes to Detroit with brother.
      - 1887: Alice married John McCarthy.
      - 1890: John and Alice Wicks reside 204 S. Water.
      - 1894: Alice resides S. Water St. with John McCarthy, mother Mrs. Esther Wicks and brother Walter.
      - 1896: Alice's mother dies. Alice likely living at 91 Jefferson Ave. with John McCarthy.
      - 1898: John McCarthy resides 48 Lake St. and so does Ernest Russell. So Alice is there with John, and Edith is there with Ernest.
      - 1898-1900: It appears that John McCarthy died during this period.
      - 1899: August: Arrested for stealing wine and whiskey from liquor store.
      - 1900: Census: Alice McCarthy, 35, boards with daughter Edith and Ernest Russell at 26 Lake St. She says she is married and has been for 21 years, but there's no John McCarthy with her.
      - 1900: Alice not found in city directory (nor is John McCarthy) and likely is still with daughter Edith and husband Ernest Russell who reside at 48 Lake St.
      - 1902: Alice McCarthy, widow of John, resides 28 Mill St.
      - 1907: Alice boards alone at 1 Tanbark Place.
      - 1910: Alice McCarthy, 45, works as laundress at hotel and resides with Edith/Ernest Russell
      - 1913: October, Struck by car when crossing State St. at corner with Greene St. when on way home from work.
      - 1920: Alice McCarthy, 50, works as a servant resides at Ralph Goss home, Catherine St.
      - 1925: Boards and works at Oswegatchie House, later Chappels' Hotel.
      - 1931: Dies at Ogdensburg.

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