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Family HistoryFamily History - Margaret Adamson

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 2.“born xxxx” indicates the child is under 18 years of age and the birth date is known but withheld.
This family history features Margaret Adamson and 49 of her descendants down to the fourth generation.


First Generation
1. Margaret Adamson,1 born 30 March 1850 in Guilford, Ireland, the daughter of Samuel Adamson and Mary Crawlers;1, 2 died 27 October 1946 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut.1 Margaret married, 1 February 1876, Harris T. Chapel2, 6 (born 30 August 1819 in East Lyme, New London County, Connecticut, the son of Simon Chapel and Clarissa _____;3, 4, 5 Harris died 17 May 1901 in East Lyme, New London County, Connecticut3).

Margaret emigrated in 1870 from Ireland.2 Margaret came to America in 1870. She and her husband Harris T. Chapel lived in East Lyme where she was a member of the Community Church. After her husband died in 1901, she came to live in Montville. She died at the home of her daughter, Annie Coffey, in Palmertown. Among her survivors was her niece, Mrs. Charles Allen, whom she raised from infancy.2


+2i. Robert William Chapel, born 7 November 1876 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut; died 19 June 1947 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut. Married (1) Christina B. ‘China’ Strong Married (2) Rose Anna Garrett.
+3ii. Elizabeth Chapel, born 18 August 1877 in Chesterfield, New London County, Connecticut; died 8 February 1967 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut. Married (1) _____ Douglass Married (2) John Leonard Clark.
+4iii. Mary Ann Chapel, born 27 August 1880 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut; died 12 August 1968 in Preston, Montville, Connecticut. Married (1) (unidentified) Married (2) Patrick J. Coffey.
+5iv. Samuel Chapel, born 7 January 1884 in East Lyme, New London County, Connecticut; died 15 November 1961 in Waterford, New London County, Connecticut. Married (1) Elizabeth Marie ‘Lizzie’ Way Married (2) Emma Williams.

  1. Death Certificate, Connecticut, Montville, Certificate No. 39 (1946), Margaret Chapel. Copy in possession of Shirley (Chapel) Smith. The certificate shows Margaret’s parents as Samuel Adamson, birthplace Ireland, and Mary Crawlers, birthplace Ireland.
  2. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, Margaret Adamson Chapel, 29 October 1946.
  3. Death Certificate, Connecticut, East Lyme, Harris T. Chapel. Copy in possession of Shirley (Chapel) Smith. The certificate shows father's name as Simon Chapel.
  4. U.S. Federal Census, 1850, Connecticut, New London County, East Lyme, Page 417.
  5. U.S. Federal Census, 1870, Connecticut, New London County, East Lyme, Page Nos. 14, 15, family of Simon Chapel (87, Conn, farmer); Harris D. Chapel (55, Conn, farmer); Lois Beckwith (51, Conn).
  6. U.S. Federal Census, 1900, Connecticut, New London County, East Lyme, Enumeration District 445, Sheet 10B, family of Harris and Margaret Chapel with niece Grace E. Atkinson.
Second Generation
2. Robert William Chapel2 (Margaret1), born 7 November 1876 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut;1 died 19 June 1947 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut.1 Robert married, first, ca. 1902, Christina B. ‘China’ Strong2 (born ca. 1879, the daughter of William Strong and Julia A. Church2). Their marriage ended in divorce before 1914.3 Robert married, second, 3 June 1914 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut, Rose Anna Garrett6 (born 6 December 1892, the daughter of William Garrett and Roseanna Ashton;4 Rose died 12 October 1971 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut4, 5).

+6i. Evelyn Lillian Chapel, born 15 March 1915; died 26 January 1984 in Old Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut. Married Roland Clinton Clark.
+7ii. Robert Elwood Chapel, born 13 April 1917 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut; died 25 May 1980 in New London, New London County, Connecticut. Married Helen Teresa Krupowski.
+8iii. Harold Francis Chapel, born 1 December 1927 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut; died 4 December 2006 in New London, New London County, Connecticut. Married Joann Victoria Haynes.

3. Elizabeth Chapel2 (Margaret1), born 18 August 1877 in Chesterfield, New London County, Connecticut;7 died 8 February 1967 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut.7 Elizabeth married, first, _____ Douglass8 (born ____, parents not determined). Elizabeth married, second, ca. 1899, John Leonard Clark8, 11 (born 14 August 1875 in Chesterfield, New London County, Connecticut, the son of William E. Clark and Francina Czrina Tooker;7, 9, 10 John died 25 May 1945 in Palmertown, New London County, Connecticut7, 11). Elizabeth is buried in Comstock Cemetery, Montville, New London County, Connecticut.7 John is buried in Comstock Cemetery, Montville, New London County, Connecticut.11

+9i. Clarissa ‘Clara’ Clark (born Douglass), born 12 November 1897 in East Lyme, New London County, Connecticut; died 17 May 1972 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut. Married Roy Nelson.
+10i. Benjamin Henry Clark, born 11 November 1899 in Haddam, Connecticut; died 14 June 1962 in New London, New London County, Connecticut. Married (1) Genevieve V. Jackson Married (2) Louise Myrtle Goff.
+11ii. Mary Elizabeth Clark, born 22 October 1900 in East Lyme, New London County, Connecticut; died 4 December 1959 in New London, New London County, Connecticut. Married (1) Harry Ray Nelson Married (2) Elmer Oliver Hannaford.
+12iii. Earl C. Clark, born 20 August 1903 in Haddam, Connecticut; died 1 July 1966 in Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut. Married Wanda ‘Sally’ Pudlo.
+13iv. Bertha May Clark, born 10 November 1904 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut; died 28 January 1981 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut. Married (1) Edward C. Gwiazdowski Married (2) Emil William Nadeau Partnered with (3) William Hanna Partnered with (4) John McPherson Married (5) Nathan Wilcox Wheeler.
+14v. Mabel Clark, born 9 November 1907 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut; died 15 June 2004 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut. Partnered with (1) (unidentified) Married (2) William Guy Hartling, Sr..

4. Mary Ann Chapel2 (Margaret1), born 27 August 1880 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut;12, 13, 14 died 12 August 1968 in Preston, Montville, Connecticut.14 Mary married, first, after 1900, (unidentified)12 (born ____, parents not determined). Their marriage ended in divorce before 1910.13 Mary married, second, Patrick J. Coffey14, 15 (born ca. 1872 in Massachusetts, parents not determined;15 Patrick died 192114). Mary is buried in Comstock Cemetery, Montville, New London County, Connecticut.14

Ann, as she was known, was a seamstress for the former Palmer Brothers in Montville.14


+15i. John Leonard Coffey, born 3 August 1919 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut; died 3 October 1977 in New London, New London County, Connecticut. Married Hazel M. Watt.

5. Samuel Chapel2 (Margaret1), born 7 January 1884 in East Lyme, New London County, Connecticut;12, 16 died 15 November 1961 in Waterford, New London County, Connecticut.16 Samuel married, first, ca. 1903, Elizabeth Marie ‘Lizzie’ Way17 (born ca. 1889 in Connecticut, parents not determined17). Their marriage ended in divorce. Samuel married, second, 7 August 1920 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut, Emma Williams20 (born 5 December 1897, the daughter of Willett Williams and Fanni Thompson;18, 19 Emma died 30 May 1973 in East Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut18, 19). Samuel is buried in Comstock Cemetery, Montville, New London County, Connecticut.16 Emma is buried in Maplewood Cemetery, Norwich, New London County, Connecticut.18

 16i. Harris Samuel Chapel, born 17 March 1907 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut;21 died 14 August 1907 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut.21 Harris is buried in Comstock Cemetery, Montville, New London County, Connecticut.21
 17i. William Henry Chapel, born 25 January 1921 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut;22 died 11 February 1922 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut.22

  1. Death Certificate, Connecticut, Montville, Certificate No. 41 (1947), Robert William Chapel. Copy in possession of Shirley (Chapel) Smith. His death certificate lists his father as Horace Chapel whose name from other records is known to be Harris Chapel.
  2. U.S. Federal Census, 1910, Connecticut, New London County, Montville, Enumeration District 512, Sheet 10B. The census shows that Christina had 3 children with 1 living, but no children are listed with Robert and Christina in this or any subsequent record.
  3. Robert and Christina are presumed to have divorced since later records show each as remarried.
  4. Death Certificate, Connecticut, Montville, Certificate No. 1971-78, Rose Anna Chapel. Copy in possession of Shirley (Chapel) Smith.
  5. Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Rootsweb (website). Rose Chapel, no. 043-20-9240
  6. Index to marriage, death, and land records, Montville, Connecticut, Town Hall Website, file number 1914-00000105, marriage of Robert W. Chapel and Rose Gerret
  7. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, Elizabeth Chapel Clark, 9 February 1967.
  8. U.S. Federal Census, 1900, Connecticut, Middlesex County, Essex, Enumeration District 275, Sheet No. 25B.
  9. Draft Registration Card, World War I, John Leonard Clark, Card Number 1918.
  10. U.S. Federal Census, 1880, Connecticut, Middlesex County, East Haddam, Enumeration District 73, Page No. 5, family of William E. Clark (29, Connecticut); wife Florence Z. Clark (26, Connecticut); son William M. Clark (9, Connecticut); son Herbert M. Clark (7, Connecticut); son John L. Clark (5, Connecticut); daughter Lettie B. Clark (4, Connecticut); son Louis F. Clark (1, Connecticut).
  11. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, John Leonard Clark, 25 May 1945.
  12. U.S. Federal Census, 1900, Connecticut, New London County, East Lyme, Enumeration District 445, Sheet 10B, family of Harris and Margaret Chapel with niece Grace E. Atkinson.
  13. U.S. Federal Census, 1910, Connecticut, New London County, Montville, Enumeration District 512, Sheet 36A, family of Margaret Chapel (46, widow, 4 children with 4 living) with daughter Annie (28, divorced, 3 children with none living) and grand daughter Grace E. Atchison (14).
  14. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, Mary Ann Coffey, 12 August 1968.
  15. U.S. Federal Census, 1920, Connecticut, New London County, Norwich, Enumeration District 278, Sheet 2B, family of Patrick J. and Annie M. Coffey with son John L. Coffey.
  16. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, Samuel Chapel, 15 November 1961.
  17. U.S. Federal Census, 1910, Connecticut, New London County, Montville, Enumeration District 572, Sheet 10A, Samuel and Elizabeth Chapel
  18. Death Certificate, Connecticut, Montville, Certificate No. 1973-034, Emma Williams Chapel. Copy viewed at the Montville Town Hall. Her parents are listed as Willet Williams and _____ Mosier.
  19. Connecticut Death Index, 1949-2001, available at Ancestry.com. Emma Chapel, 30 May 1973.
  20. Marriage Certificate, State of Connecticut, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Town of Montville: Samuel Chapel and Emma Williams, #1920-094. Copy viewed at Montville Town Hall.
  21. Death Certificate, Connecticut, Certificate No. 1907-131, Harris Samuel Chapel. Copy in possession of Shirley (Chapel) Smith.
  22. Death Certificate, Connecticut, Montville, Certificate No. 1922-107, William Henry Chapel. Copy in possession of Shirley (Chapel) Smith.
Third and Fourth Generations
6. Evelyn Lillian Chapel3 (Robert,2 Margaret1), born 15 March 1915;1 died 26 January 1984 in Old Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut.1 Evelyn married, 20 August 1934 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut, Roland Clinton Clark5 (born 17 November 1916 in Connecticut, the son of Hurbert Mansfield Clark and Jennie G. Strong;2, 3 Roland died 10 December 1994 in East Lyme, New London County, Connecticut; his cremated remains are in the possession of his daughter Pat Lallier3, 4). Evelyn is buried in Comstock Cemetery, Montville, New London County, Connecticut.4

 18i. Roland Clinton Clark, Jr., born 1 January 1935 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut;6 died 9 July 1944 in Home Memorial Hospital, New London, Connecticut.6 Roland attended 4th grade at Palmer Memorial School in Palmertown, Connecticut.6 Roland is buried in Comstock Cemetery, Montville, New London County, Connecticut.6
+19ii. Robert Mansfield Clark, Sr., born 27 November 1935 in New London, New London County, Connecticut; died 23 February 1988 in New London, New London County, Connecticut. Married Carol Antonina Bowman.
+20iii. Ronald Lloyd ‘Buck’ Clark, born 7 February 1938 in New London, New London County, Connecticut; died 23 January 1991 in Kenner, Louisiana; ronald donated his body to science. Married Jacqueline Anne Ellis.
+21iv. Larry James ‘Skipper’ Clark, Sr., born 21 February 1940 in New London, New London County, Connecticut; died 21 February 1969 in Warren, Trumbull County, Ohio. Married Donna Mae Aldrich.
+22v. Patricia Ann Clark, born 15 April 1943 in New London, New London County, Connecticut. Married Donald Lewis Lallier.
+23vi. Jean Rose Clark, born 16 January 1947. Married (1) James Irvin Mattos Married (2) William Lyle Kiggans.

7. Robert Elwood Chapel3 (Robert,2 Margaret1), born 13 April 1917 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut;7 died 25 May 1980 in New London, New London County, Connecticut.7 Robert married, 14 September 1940 in Uncasville, New London County, Connecticut, Helen Teresa Krupowski10 (born 14 July 1920 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut, the daughter of Alexander Krupowski and Marcella ‘Mary’ Zacharowa;8 Helen died 26 May 2010 in New London, New London County, Connecticut9). Robert and Helen are buried in Comstock Cemetery, Montville, New London County, Connecticut.4

Robert is a WWII Army veteran serving at the Battle of the Bulge and spending time wounded in Stalag 4B POW camp in Muhlberg, Germany. Prior to the war he worked at Robert Gair Mill and afterward he worked for 30 years at Robertson Paper Box in Montville where he was a box machine operator.11


+24i. Robert Elwood ‘Red’ Chapel, Jr., born 1 December 1942 in New London, New London County, Connecticut; died 2 December 2010 in Quaker Hill, Connecticut. Married Dale Mae Strickland.
+25ii. Raymond Edward Chapel, born 17 March 1951; died 21 November 2009 in New London, New London County, Connecticut. Married Patricia Lynn Hatch.
+26iii. Shirley Ellen Chapel, born 8 May 1954 in New London, New London County, Connecticut. Married Peter Ramsay Smith.

8. Harold Francis Chapel3 (Robert,2 Margaret1), born 1 December 1927 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut;12 died 4 December 2006 in New London, New London County, Connecticut.13 Harold married, 1 September 1956 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut, Joann Victoria Haynes15 (born 14 September 1938, the daughter of John Elsworth Haynes and Magna Victoria Englund14). Their marriage ended in divorce in 1986 in Connecticut.16 Harold is buried in Comstock Cemetery, Montville, New London County, Connecticut.12

Harold worked at Robertson Paper Box in Montville and stayed on as a consultant for many years when it changed to Rand Whitney. He served in the U. S. Army during World War II. Harold was a member of the American Legion Post 0112 in Montville. He had many musical talents.12, 13, 17


+27i. John Robert Chapel, born 18 January 1958. Married Patricia A. Harmon.
+28ii. Joann Carol Chapel, born 14 November 1960. Married Wayne Kenneth Records.
+29iii. Kathryn Anne Chapel, born 20 October 1963. Married Christopher J. Pianta.

9. Clarissa ‘Clara’ Clark (born Douglass)3 (Elizabeth,2 Margaret1), born 12 November 1897 in East Lyme, New London County, Connecticut;18, 19, 20 died 17 May 1972 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut.18, 20, 21 Clara married, 1 August 1918 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut, Roy Nelson25 (born 26 June 1894 in Prentice, Price County, Wisconsin, the son of Harry Nelson and Mary Tobias;22, 23, 24 Roy died 6 June 1948 in Rocky Hill, Hartford County, Connecticut24). Clara and Roy are buried in Comstock Cemetery, Montville, New London County, Connecticut.20, 23, 23, 24

Clara was a member of Huntington Street Baptist Church and the Auxiliaries of the John Coleman Prince Post, American Legion, and the Thames Valley Barracks, Veterans of World War I in New London, Connecticut.20

Roy served in the Coast Artillery Corps, Fifth Company as a corporal during World War I, and as a private first class in Company E, 118th Quartermaster Corps of the National Guard during World War II. He belonged to the John Coleman Prince post, American Legion, in New London, Connecticut. Roy was a member of the Huntington Street Baptist Church, also in New London. He was a truck driver for Pequot Coal Company, and previously employed at the Fort Trumbull branch of the University of Connecticut in the maintenance department.24

His World War II draft registration card dated 27 April 1942 indicates that he was in the U. S. Coast Guard at the Custom House, Bank Street, New London, Connecticut.26


+30i. John Lute Nelson, born 21 June 1921 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut; died 28 July 1961 in Preston, Montville, Connecticut. Married Ruby E. _____.
+31ii. Harrietta Mary ‘Harriet’ Nelson, born 13 January 1924 in New London, New London County, Connecticut; died 27 October 1986 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut. Married (1) Charles Hudson Obday, Jr. Married (2) Elmer Oliver Hannaford Married (3) Asa Douglas Oliver.
 32iii. Raymond Nelson, born 13 February 1925 in Michigan;27 died 15 August 1988 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut.27
 33iv. Theodore E. Nelson, born 6 March 1929;28 died 12 April 1989 in Newburyport, Essex County, Massachusetts.28

10. Benjamin Henry Clark3 (Elizabeth,2 Margaret1), born 11 November 1899 in Haddam, Connecticut;29, 30, 31 died 14 June 1962 in New London, New London County, Connecticut.31 Benjamin married, first, ca. 1921, Genevieve V. Jackson (born ca. 1901, the daughter of W. Eugene Jackson and (unidentified)32). Their marriage ended in divorce before 1930.33 Benjamin married, second, 27 May 1930 in Essex, Middlesex County, Connecticut, Louise Myrtle Goff31, 34 (born 14 May 1914 in Haddam, Connecticut, the daughter of Jeremiah R. Goff and Clara M. Brown;34, 35 Louise died 24 July 2008 in Uncasville, New London County, Connecticut35). Benjamin is buried in Comstock Cemetery, Montville, New London County, Connecticut.31 Louise is buried in Comstock Cemetery, Montville, New London County, Connecticut.36

Benjamin was a truck driver for 15 years for the Town of Montville, Highway Department. He was previously a garage mechanic for the New England Transportation Co. of New London for five years. He attended Union Baptist Church in Montville.31


+34i. Benjamin Eugene Clark, Sr., born 8 November 1922; died 10 May 2001 in New London, New London County, Connecticut. Married Winifred Barbara ‘Winnie’ Goff.
+35i. Benjamin Henry ‘Cy’ Clark, Jr., born 2 September 1931 in Middletown, Connecticut; died 5 January 2011 in North Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina. Married (1) Matilda Patricia (née Peters) Fox Married (2) Patricia A. Fontaine.
+36ii. Walter Robert Clark, Sr., born 31 December 1933 in New London, New London County, Connecticut; died 5 July 2001 in New London, New London County, Connecticut. Married Colleen Aloha Williams.

11. Mary Elizabeth Clark3 (Elizabeth,2 Margaret1), born 22 October 1900 in East Lyme, New London County, Connecticut;37, 38, 39 died 4 December 1959 in New London, New London County, Connecticut.39, 40 Mary married, first, 28 October 1919 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut, Harry Ray Nelson42, 43 (born 26 June 1894 in Prentice, Price County, Wisconsin, the son of Harry Nelson and Mary Tobias38, 41, 42). Mary married, second, 24 November 1926 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut, Elmer Oliver Hannaford45, 46 (born 21 November 1903 in Winthrop, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, the son of Thomas S. Hannaford and Adelaide Clarke;44, 45 Elmer died 5 September 1980 in Ledyard, Connecticut44). Mary is buried in Comstock Cemetery, Montville, New London County, Connecticut.39 Elmer is buried in Comstock Cemetery, Montville, New London County, Connecticut.44

Elmer served in the U.S. Coast Guard as a pay clerk. He is listed twice in the 1930 US Census, once with his first wife Mary and a second time as a crew member on the USS Champlain.45, 47


+37i. Dolores Ruth ‘Dee’ Nadeau, born 8 June 1938 in East Lyme, New London County, Connecticut; died 5 April 2012 in New London, New London County, Connecticut. Married Randolph V. ‘Randy’ Fox.

12. Earl C. Clark3 (Elizabeth,2 Margaret1), born 20 August 1903 in Haddam, Connecticut;37, 48, 49 died 1 July 1966 in Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut.48, 49 Earl married Wanda ‘Sally’ Pudlo49, 50 (born 14 July 1910 in Glastonbury, Hartford County, Connecticut, the daughter of Joseph Pudlo and Caroline _____;50 Sally died 14 July 2005 in Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut50). Earl is buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut.49 Sally is buried in Neipsic Cemetery, Glastonbury, Hartford County, Connecticut.50

13. Bertha May Clark3 (Elizabeth,2 Margaret1), born 10 November 1904 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut;51 died 28 January 1981 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut.51 Bertha married, first, Edward C. Gwiazdowski51, 54 (born ca. 1902, the son of Andrew J. Gwiazdowski and Veronica Kozlowski;52 Edward died 192953). Bertha married, second, 25 January 1930 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut, Emil William Nadeau55 (born ca. 1910 in Fall River, Massachusetts, the son of John Nadeau and Margaret Williams55). Bertha partnered with, third, ca. 1930, William Hanna56 (born ____, parents not determined). Bertha partnered with, fourth, ca. 1937, John McPherson (born ____, parents not determined). Bertha married, fifth, 31 October 1943 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut, Nathan Wilcox Wheeler58 (born 8 December 1910 in Killingly, Windham County, Connecticut, the son of Nelson Woodward Wheeler and Flora Belle Young;57 Nathan died 23 September 1994 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut57). Bertha is buried in Westfield Cemetery, Danielson, Windham County, Connecticut.51 Edward is buried in St. Joseph Cemetery, Norwich, New London County, Connecticut.53

Bertha had six children from two marriages and two partnerships. The obituary for Bertha Wheeler names five of her children: sons Edward Gwiazdowski, Russell Nadeau, and Nathan Wilcox, and daughters Marge Anilowski and Shirley Botelho. Her daughter Dolores Fox is inexplicably not included.51

Her first marriage to Edward Gwiazdowski in the early 1920s produced one child, also named Edward Gwiazdowski, born in 1924. Her husband Edward died in 1929, and Bertha married Emil William Nadeau the next year. It is believe that Bertha and Emil had no children together, and that their marriage was short and ended in divorce. The cause may have been related to Bertha giving birth to daughter Marguerite (Marge) in late 1930, and to daughter Shirley in late 1931, both by William Hanna, who is identified as their father in Shirley’s obituary (she died in 2002). The same obituary also lists Marilyn Daniel as a sister of Shirley, but Marilyn is believed to be the daughter of William and a woman other than Bertha. William Hanna has not been found in any other records.

Neither Bertha, husband Emil, nor son Edward have been found in the 1930 census, and nothing more is known about Emil. Bertha is probably the Mrs. Bertha M. Nadeau shown in the 1933-37 city directories for New London, Connecticut.

Family sources indicate that Bertha had two children by John McPherson, although his name has not been found in any associated records. Their son Russell was born in 1937 in New London, and their daughter Dolores was born in 1938 in the Connecticut State Farm for Women, Niantic, (now York Correctional Institution) while Bertha was incarcerated there. Both Dolores and Russell were born with the Nadeau surname since Bertha continued to use her married name Nadeau until 1943 when she married Nathan W. Wheeler. Their son Nathan W. Wheeler, Jr., was born in 1945.

Nathan was a member of the Norwich Auxiliary Police and the American Polish Club in Montville. He was employed at Electric Boat in Groton.57


+38i. Edward Charles ‘Cochise’ Gwiazdowski, born 1 February 1924 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut; died 3 September 2000 in West Haven, Connecticut. Married Dorothy May (née Evans) Lacharite.
+39i. Marguerite ‘Marge’ Hanna, born 24 October 1930. Married Theodore L. Anilowski.
+40ii. Shirley Barbara Hanna, born 5 October 1931 in New London, New London County, Connecticut; died 12 November 2002 in Fall River, Massachusetts. Married James J. Botelho.
+41i. Russell John Nadeau, born 22 April 1937 in New London, New London County, Connecticut. Married Sarah Ann ‘Sally’ Hart.
+42i. Nathan Woodard Wheeler, born 2 December 1945. Married (1) Barbara A. Ouimette Married (2) Linda M. Fletcher Married (3) Donna Marie Bode.

14. Mabel Clark3 (Elizabeth,2 Margaret1), born 9 November 1907 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut;59 died 15 June 2004 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut.59 Mabel partnered with, first, (unidentified) (born ____, parents not determined). Mabel married, second, 5 May 1934 in New London, New London County, Connecticut, William Guy Hartling, Sr.61 (born 11 October 1907 in Port Dufferin, Nova Scotia, the son of William Hartling and Anna Hotchkiss;60, 61 William died 31 January 1989 in Waterford, New London County, Connecticut60, 61).

William was a truck driver for Adley Express in New London for many years. He retired in 1962. William was a member of the Union Methodist Church in New London.61


+43i. Lawrence Theodore Clark, born 5 February 1931 in Staten Island, New York. Married Joann Scovish.
+44i. William John Hartling, born 14 August 1935 in New London, New London County, Connecticut; died 25 March 1982 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut. Married Margery Elizabeth (née Collomore) Schuessler.
 45ii. Allan R. Hartling, born 17 June 1937 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut;62 died 17 March 2005 in Waterford, New London County, Connecticut.62 Allan worked in the restaurant field.62
+46iii. Elizabeth Ann Hartling, born 19 July 1938. Partnered with (1) Norman Cornelius Clifford Married (2) George William Stamm, Jr. Married (3) Thomas James Price, Jr. Married (4) William Lee Vallett Married (5) James Alden Bonville.

15. John Leonard Coffey3 (Mary,2 Margaret1), born 3 August 1919 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut;63, 64 died 3 October 1977 in New London, New London County, Connecticut.64 John married, 15 October 1938 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut, Hazel M. Watt64, 65, 66 (born 8 July 1919 in New London, New London County, Connecticut, the daughter of William Archibald Watt and Bessie M. Davis;65 Hazel died 5 April 2004 in Waterford, New London County, Connecticut65). John and Hazel are buried in Comstock Cemetery, Montville, New London County, Connecticut.64, 65

John served in the U. S. Navy in World War II. He was a member of several organizations, including the Retired Teamsters Union; Montville Posts of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (charter member) and American Legion; St. James Masonic Lodge in Norwich; Nemrod Grotto of Norwich, Independent Order of Odd Fellows; Montville Polish Club; and Northern Fishing Club of Montville.64

Hazel was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post No. 10060 in Uncasville, Connecticut.65


+47i. William Leonard Coffey, born 18 April 1939; died 9 November 2010 in Waterford, New London County, Connecticut. Married Susie Solange Daigneault.
+48ii. Bessie Ann Coffey, born 11 October 1940. Married Wayne Irving Badger.
+49iii. Charlotte Mae Coffey, born 28 January 1942. Married Allen George Rainville.
+50iv. Sheila Marie Coffey, born 22 August 1943; died 24 February 2000 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut. Married (1) Charles William Neeley Married (2) John Eugene ‘Beetle’ Beetham, Jr..

  1. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, Evelyn L. Clark, 27 January 1984
  2. U.S. Federal Census, 1920, Connecticut, New London County, Montville, Enumeration District 256, Sheet 10B, family of Hurbert (spelled Hebert in the census) and Jennie Clark (spelled Clarks in the census)
  3. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, Roland C. Clark, 11 December 1994
  4. Email from Shirley (Chapel) Smith to Lee Gazlay 14 November 2010.
  5. Index to marriage, death, and land records, Montville, Connecticut, Town Hall Website, file number 1934-00000026, marriage of Roland C. Clark and Evelyn L. Chapel
  6. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, Roland C. Clark, Jr., 10 July 1944
  7. Death Certificate, Connecticut, Montville, Certificate No. 10 (1980), Robert E. Chapel. Copy in possession of Shirley (Chapel) Smith.
  8. Birth Certificate, Connecticut, Yetovinia Krupowski. Certified copy in possession of Shirley (Chapel) Smith. The name ‘Helen Teresa’ was added to the certificate on 9/11/72.
  9. Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Rootsweb (website). Helen T. Chapel, no. 041-07-1997
  10. Marriage Certificate, State of Connecticut, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Town of Montville: Robert Elwood Chapel and Helen Teresa Krupowski. Certified copy in possession of Shirley (Chapel) Smith.
  11. Information provided from personal knowledge by Shirley Ellen (Chapel) Smith
  12. Headstone, Comstock Cemetery, Montville, Connecticut, Harold F. Chapel (headstone and military grave marker)
  13. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, Harold Francis Chapel, 6 December 1976.
  14. This is publicly viewable information found in various public information repositories, people finding websites, and/or social media.
  15. Index to marriage, death, and land records, Montville, Connecticut, Town Hall Website, file number 1956-00000243, marriage of Harold Francis Chapel and Joann Victoria Haynes
  16. Connecticut Divorce Index, 1968 - 1997. Available at Ancestry.com.
  17. U.S. Army World War II Army Enlistment Records 1938-1946, available at Ancestry.com. Harold F. Chapel, birth year 1927, enlistment date 5 March 1946.
  18. Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Rootsweb (website). Clara Nelson, no. 043-03-0956
  19. U.S. Federal Census, 1900, Connecticut, Middlesex County, Essex, Enumeration District 275, Sheet No. 25B.
  20. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, Clara Clark Nelson, 18 May 1972
  21. Connecticut Death Index, 1949-2001, available at Ancestry.com. Clara Nelson, 17 May 1972
  22. Index of Births, Wisconsin Births 1820-1907, available at ancestry.com: Roy Nelson, 26 Jun 1894, Price County. [Roy is the twin of Ray (Harry) Nelson]
  23. Headstone, Comstock Cemetery, Montville, Connecticut, Nelson: Roy 1894-1948, Clara 1897-1972
  24. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, Roy Nelson, 7 June 1948. The obituary lists his birth year as 1893 which is believed to be incorrect since several other sources list the year as 1894.
  25. Index to marriage, death, and land records, Montville, Connecticut, Town Hall Website, file number 1918-00000096, marriage of Roy Nelson and Clara Clark
  26. Draft Registration Card, World War II, Roy Nelson, Serial Number U3023
  27. Connecticut Death Index, 1949-2001, available at Ancestry.com. Raymond Nelson, 15 August 1988
  28. Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Rootsweb (website). Theodore E. Nelson, no. 040-22-8384
  29. Draft Registration Card, World War I, Benjamin Henry Clark, Card Serial Number 1359. His birth date is listed as Nov 11, 1899.
  30. U.S. Federal Census, 1900, Connecticut, Middlesex County, Essex, Enumeration District 275, Sheet No. 25B. His birth date shows as November 1899 and age as 6/12 (i.e., 6 months old on 1 June 1900).
  31. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, Benjamin Henry Clark, 14 June 1962. The obituary indicates his birth date as 11 November 1898 but the 1900 census and his WWI draft registration card give the year as 1899 which is considered more accurate.
  32. U.S. Federal Census, 1930, Connecticut, New Haven County, Town of Madison, Enumeration District 5, Sheet No. 2B. Family of George G. Densmore.
  33. U.S. Federal Census, 1930, Connecticut, New London County, Montville, Enumeration District 6-22, Sheet No. 13B. Family of John L. Clark.
  34. Marriage Certificate, State of Connecticut, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Town of Montville: Benjamin H. Clark and Louise M Goff, #1930-094. Copy viewed at Montville Town Hall. The certificate lists their places of birth and the names of their parents.
  35. Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Rootsweb (website). Louise M. Molyneux, no. 048-12-6386
  36. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, Louise Goff Clark, 28 July 2008.
  37. U.S. Federal Census, 1910, Connecticut, New London County, Montville, Enumeration District 572, Sheet 14A
  38. U.S. Federal Census, 1920, Connecticut, New London County, Montville, Enumeration District 256, Sheet 9B, family of John L. Clark
  39. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, Mary E. Hannaford, 4 December 1959
  40. Connecticut Death Index, 1949-2001, available at Ancestry.com. Mary E. Hannaford, 4 December 1959
  41. Index of Births, Wisconsin Births 1820-1907, available at ancestry.com: Ray Nelson, 26 Jun 1894, Price County. [Ray, also known as Harry, is the twin of Roy Nelson]
  42. Marriage Certificate, State of Connecticut, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Town of Montville: Harry Nelson and Mary Clark, #1919-121. Copy viewed at Montville Town Hall.
  43. Index to marriage, death, and land records, Montville, Connecticut, Town Hall Website, file number 1919-00000121, marriage of Harry Nelson and Mary Clark
  44. Death Certificate, Connecticut, Ledyard, Elmer Oliver Hannaford, 5 September 1980. Copy viewed at Ledyard Town Hall.
  45. U.S. Federal Census, 1930, New York, Richmond County, New York City, Enumeration District 435, Sheet 9B, Elmer and Mary Hannaford.
  46. Marriage Certificate, State of Connecticut, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Town of Montville: Elmer Hannaford and Mary Nelson, #1926-108. Copy viewed at Montville Town Hall.
  47. U.S. Federal Census, 1930, New York, Richmond County, New York City, Enumeration District 43-103, Sheet 8A, Coast Guard crew of the USS Champlain including Elmer O. Hannaford
  48. Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Rootsweb (website). Earl Clark, no. 040-18-3549
  49. Obituary, Hartford Courant, Hartford, Connecticut, Earl Clark, 3 July 1966
  50. Obituary, Hartford Courant, Hartford, Connecticut, Wanda Pudlo Clark, 22 July 2005
  51. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, Bertha Wheeler, 29 January 1981
  52. U.S. Federal Census, 1910, Connecticut, New London County, Norwich, Enumeration District 537, Sheet 26B, family of Andrew and Veronica Gwiazdowski.
  53. Headstone, St. Joseph Cemetery, Norwich, Connecticut, Gwiazdowski: Andrew J., wife Veronica, son Frank, son Edward, and daughter Victoria.
  54. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, Edward Charles Gwiazdowski, 13 September 2000. This is the obituary for the son of Bertha (Clark) and Edward C. Gwiazdowski.
  55. Marriage Certificate, State of Connecticut, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Town of Montville: Emil William Nadeau and Bertha Gwiazdowski, #1930-083. Copy viewed at Montville Town Hall. The certificate gives their ages and birth places, and the names of their parents.
  56. Obituary, Providence Journal, Providence, Rhode Island, Shirley B. (Hanna) Botelho, 14 November 2002
  57. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, Nathan Wheeler, 25 September 1994
  58. Index to marriage, death, and land records, Montville, Connecticut, Town Hall Website, file number 1943-00000044, marriage of Nathan Wilcox Wheeler and Bertha May Nadeau
  59. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, Mabel Hartling, 17 June 2004
  60. Death Certificate, Connecticut, Montville, Certificate No. 1989-010, William G. Hartling. Copy viewed at the Montville Town Hall. His parents are listed as William Hartling and Anna Hotchkiss.
  61. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, William Guy Hartling, Sr., 1 February 1989
  62. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, Allan R. Hartling, 19 March 2005
  63. U.S. Federal Census, 1920, Connecticut, New London County, Norwich, Enumeration District 278, Sheet 2B, family of Patrick J. and Annie M. Coffey with son John L. Coffey.
  64. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, John L. Coffey, 3 October 1977.
  65. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, Hazel M. (Watt) Coffey, 7 April 2004.
  66. Index to marriage, death, and land records, Montville, Connecticut, Town Hall Website, file number 1938-00000139, marriage of John L. Coffey and Hazel M. Watt