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Alice Bushby

Female 1878 - 1918  (40 years)


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  • Name Alice Bushby 
    Born 26 Aug 1878  Cumbria, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Death certificate shows date of birth as 14 Aug 1881, born in Australia. Baptism record for Emmanuel/Abbey Road Church, Barrow-in-Furness (dated 20 Aug 1878) shows date of birth as 26 Aug 1878.
    Christened 20 Oct 1878  Emmanuel/Abbey Road Congregational Church, Barrow-in-Furness Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Death 03 Nov 1918  Tacoma, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location 
    She is shown as age 37 (born 14 Aug 1881 in Australia), a nurse, and a widow. The informant is Lewis J. Raby -- who we believe is her husband. 
    Address:
    1551 South 35th Street
    Tacoma, Washington 98418
    United States 
    Died 03 Nov 1918  Tacoma, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Washington Death Certificates 1907-1960. Film Number 1992537 Digital GS #4220907 Image #1200 Reference #1264
    Buried 06 Nov 1918  Oakwood Cemetery, Tacoma, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I513983999  Walsh - Wilson Family Tree
    Last Modified 23 Apr 2009 

    Father James Bushby,   b. Abt 1832, Sandwith, St. Bees, Cumbria Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Nov 1893, Lochinvar, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 61 years) 
    Mother Martha Aitken,   b. 02 Aug 1839, Killearn, Stirling, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Oct 1922, Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 25 Aug 1857  Killearn, Stirling, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Photos
    The Bushby Brothers
    The Bushby Brothers
    Sitting from left to right: Walter Bushby, Robert Bushby (100% right), John Bushby (100% right)

    Standing Left to Right: Fred (maybe) or William, Wilfred, George

    "We concluded that Wilfred is Wilfred (standing middle) as he does have a noticable scar on his forehead (which is documented on his WW1 record). He also seems to be wearing his "best shirt" again . . same as other photo.)"

    Approximate ages of the boys: Robert 47, Walter 45, John 40, Fred 32 or William 36, George 31 and Wilfred 29.
    Documents
    1871 U.K. Census - James Bushby, Wife Martha, and Family - 7 Harrison Street, Barrow in Furness, Cumbria (LA13)
    1871 U.K. Census - James Bushby, Wife Martha, and Family - 7 Harrison Street, Barrow in Furness, Cumbria (LA13)
    The census report shows James Bushby (age 38, born in St. Bees, Cumbria) living with wife, Martha (age 31, born in Scotland), and children Robert (age 12, born in Scotland), Walter (age 12, born in Scotland), John (age 6, born in Barrow), Martha Jane (age 4, born in Barrow), William James (age 2, born in Barrow), and Harrison (age 3 months, born in Barrow).

    Source Citation: Class: RG10; Piece: 4244; Folio: 44; Page: 24; GSU roll: 848079.

    Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1871 England Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004. Original data: Census Returns of England and Wales, 1871. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO), 1871. Data imaged from the National Archives, London, England.
    1861 U.K. Census - James Bushby and wife Martha - Parish of Dalton, District of Barrow St. George
    1861 U.K. Census - James Bushby and wife Martha - Parish of Dalton, District of Barrow St. George
    The census shows James Bushby (age 32, born in Sandwick [?], Cumbria), a stone mason, living with his wife Martha (age 21, born in Stirling, Scotland), and sons Robert (age 2, born in Stirling, Scotland) and Walter (age 11 months, born in Stirling, Scotland).

    Source Citation: Class: RG9; Piece: 3170; Folio: 52; Page: 24; GSU roll: 543090.

    Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1861 England Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. Original data: Census Returns of England and Wales, 1861. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO), 1861. Data imaged from the National Archives, London, England.
    Family ID F513881750  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Arthur S Barrington,   b. Abt 1877 
    Married 1898  Newtown, Sydney, New South Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Divorced 1907  Sydney, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Last Modified 19 Apr 2009 11:06:20 
    Family ID F513881898  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Lewis Johnston Raby,   b. 17 Mar 1881, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Feb 1964, Neenah, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 03 Oct 1911  Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Last Modified 25 Mar 2009 12:38:38 
    Family ID F513881899  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    1651 South 35th Street - Tacoma, Washington
    1651 South 35th Street - Tacoma, Washington
    This house, built by Lewis Raby in 1918, is described as a "new maternity home" in Alice [Bushby] Raby's obituary.

    These photographs were kindly taken by Sue Kellar.

    Documents
    Lewis Johnston Raby - Declaration of Intention Number 1158
    Lewis Johnston Raby - Declaration of Intention Number 1158
    Lewis Johnson [sp?] Raby - World War 1 Draft Card
    Lewis Johnson [sp?] Raby - World War 1 Draft Card
    Occupation shown as Shipwright at the Seaborn Shipyard Company, Tideflats, Tacoma, Washington. Date of birth shown as 17 Mar 1882, which is a year older than shown on naturalisation papers (in 1916), perhaps to avoid military service.

    Name: Lewis Johnson Raby
    City: Tacoma
    County: Pierce
    State: Washington
    Birth Date: 17 Mar 1882
    Race: White
    Roll: 1992175
    DraftBoard: 4

    Source Citation: Registration Location: Pierce County, Washington; Roll: 1992175; Draft Board: 4.

    Source Information: Ancestry.com. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. Original data: United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls.
    Alien Passengers Applying for Admission to the United States - Vancouver, B.C. - 24 Jun 1916
    Alien Passengers Applying for Admission to the United States - Vancouver, B.C. - 24 Jun 1916
    The manifest shows the Raby family arriving on the Princess Victoria on 24 Jun 1916:

    Lewis Johnston Raby, age 33, broker, resident at 1120 Howe Street, Vancouver, B.C., $75 on hand, born in Duncan, Canada, first visit to United States, 5 feet 9.5 inches, black hair, hazel eyes.

    Alice Raby, age 36, no occupation, $250 on hand, born Sydney, Australia, last visited United States "summer of 1908," 5 feet 7.5 inches, brown hair, brown eyes.

    Martha Bushby, age 77, no occupation, no cash on hand, born Killearn, Scotland, 5 foot 6 inches, grey hair, blue eyes.

    Source Information: Ancestry.com. Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1956 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2008.
    Alice Bushby - Passenger Manifest - 28 Jul 1909
    Alice Bushby - Passenger Manifest - 28 Jul 1909
    The manifest for the S.S. Marama sailing from Sydney to Vancouver shows passenger Alice Bushby, age 26, born in Lancashire, England and a resident of Sydney, Australia. She is an operatic artist, and has been to the United States previously: 1906 in San Francisco.

    Her brother is W. Bushby, address shown as Stoneleigh Cottage [illegible]. Her final destination is New York. Height 5 foot 7.25 inches, dark hair, brown eyes.

    Source Information: Ancestry.com. Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1956 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2008
    Death Certificate - Alice [Bushby] Raby - Washington State Board of Health
    Death Certificate - Alice [Bushby] Raby - Washington State Board of Health
    This death certificate shows that Alice Raby died on 3 Nov 1918 of broncho pneumonia following Spanish influenza. She was attended by E. L. Carlsen, M.D. from 28 Oct 1918 to the time of her death, at 10:15 PM.

    She is shown as born on 14 Aug 1881 in Australia, and employed as a nurse. Her father is shown as James Bushly [Bushby], and her mother as Martha Aitken. she is a 37 year old widow, yet the informant is Lewis J. Raby, 1651 South 35th Street, believed to be her husband. She was buried in Oakwood Cemetery on 6 Nov 1918.
    Alice [Bushby] Raby Obituary - <i>Tacoma News Tribune</i> - 5 Nov 1918
    Alice [Bushby] Raby Obituary - Tacoma News Tribune - 5 Nov 1918
    "Mrs. Lewis Raby - Mrs. Alice Raby, 37 years old, wife of Lewis Raby, 1651 South 35th Street, died Sunday night of pneumonia. She was a private nurse and with her husband had only a few days ago completed and taken possession of a new maternity home. The body was removed to George W. Piper's."

    Thanks to Sue Kellar for obtaining this copy for us.
    'Day Develops No New Cases' - <i>The Daily Ledger</i>, Tacoma, Washington, 4 Nov 1918
    "Day Develops No New Cases" - The Daily Ledger, Tacoma, Washington, 4 Nov 1918
    Health Officers Cheered at the Letup of Influenza

    With not one new case of influenza reported to the health department Monday morning, the city officials are cheerful in the hope that the epidemic is about over.

    Although this condition of optimism prevails here, Dr. T D Tuttle, state health officer at Seattle, in telephone conversation with Miss Edith I. Moody Monday morning, insisted on everybody in the state wearing a mask. No formal order, however has been issued by the state health board to this effect and Dr R D Wilson, Tacoma health officer, is not making any new rules in face of the favorable outlook.

    At the health office conditions are assuming the normal. CW O'Flyne, quarantine officer, after a week's tussle with influenza is back on the job. Miss Edith I Moody, statistician of the health department had nearly two weeks of flu experience, but is back. All others in the department are now free from the disease and eager to a fight against the spread of the epidemic.

    Hospital Still Short

    The emergency hospital is still a busy place. Three new cases were taken in Sunday, but four were released. There is still a serious shortage of help at the hospital, although several public spirited person have been volunteering their services. Mrs. Hiram Argue, wife of Dr. Argue has been a faithful assistant to Miss Rose Peterson the city nurse. Harry Pelletier has been volunteering in the evenings for services as intern and has put in several mights until midnight.

    Four of the regular staff of assistants at the church hospital are now ill, including J D Montgomery, the male nurse who at the end of his first week in the place refused to take any pay for his services.

    The following deaths from pneumonia were reported from Saturday to Monday:"

    16 names, including Mrs. Alice Raby, 37, 1651 So 35th."

    Article and transcription courtesy of Sue Kellar.
    Passenger Manifest - <i>S.S. Sierra</i> - Arrival in San Francisco 15 Jan 1906
    Passenger Manifest - S.S. Sierra - Arrival in San Francisco 15 Jan 1906
    The manifest of the S.S. Sierra shows Alice Barrington, age 25, a nurse born in England, arriving in San Francisco on 15 Jan 1906 with Ada Tozer, age 24 [born c.1884], a nurse born in Sydney. Both were second class salon passengers from Sydney, Australia.

    Information about the vessel:

    SIERRA / GDANSK 1900
    5,989 gross tons, length 400.0ft x beam 50.2ft, two funnels, two masts, twin screw, speed 17 knots. Built 1900 by W. Cramp & Sons, Philadelphia for Oceanic SS Co, San Francisco (Spreckels Line), she made her maiden voyage in Sep 1900 between San Francisco, Honolulu, Auckland and Sydney. 1907 laid up. 1910 transferred to San Francisco - Honolulu service. 1915 San Francisco - Sydney service.

    Jul 1918 - Sep 1919 became US Navy troopship and then returned to lay up.

    1920 sold to Green Star SS Co, New York. 1921 sold to Polish American Navigation Corp, New York, one funnel removed, speed now 14 knots, renamed GDANSK. Used on the NY - Danzig service until 1922 when she reverted to the name SIERRA, owned by Walter A. Rush, NY.

    1923 repurchased by Oceanic SS Co, refitted and 1924 resumed service San Francisco - Honolulu - Sydney. In 1934 control of the Oceanic SS Co passed to the Matson Line and the SIERRA sailed for Japan under the name SIERRA MARU and was scrapped. [North Star to Southern Cross by J. Maber] [Register of Merchant Ships Completed 1900 by
    Starke / Schell]

    Ancestry.com. California Passenger and Crew Lists, 1893-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2008.

    Headstones
    Alice [Bushby] Raby Grave at Oakwood Hill Cemetery, Tacoma, Washington
    Alice [Bushby] Raby Grave at Oakwood Hill Cemetery, Tacoma, Washington
    Plot: Block 9 - 5 - 8
    Location of Alice [Bushby] Raby's Grave
    Location of Alice [Bushby] Raby's Grave
    Sue Keller kindly took this photograph at Oakwood Hill Cemetery in April 2009. She e-mailed, "I located 75% of the graves listed on the spreadsheet for Block 9 at Oakwood. There is a marker for J.A. Walter, but only empty grass on both sides of him. Alice has no marker. There was one old marker that was impossible to read. It appeared to say "Baby" across the top, but it was worn and could possibly be Raby. I cannot read the lettering by sight. I could do a rubbing on a dry day and see if there is a chance that it is her's. Typically the surname is the large word across the top of a stone, so it left me wondering. Most of the graves in that area are 1918 flu epidemic graves and so most are from 1918-1919."
    Plot: Block 9-5-8

    Albums
    Alice Bushby Raby - Tacoma, Washington Probate Doc
    Alice Bushby Raby - Tacoma, Washington Probate Doc (6)
    Copies of documents from the Superior Court of the State of Washington, Pierce County, for the probate of the Estate of Alice Raby, Deceased. Case 12781

  • Sources 
    1. [S5019] Baptisms - Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria (Reliability: 3), 20 Aug 1878.

    2. [S4952] Scottish Statutory Records, (www.scotslandspeople.gov.uk) (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S4900] New South Wales Registry of BDM, Registration 3785/1898 (Reliability: 3), 1898.

    4. [S5002] New South Wales Dept. of Commerce, Divorce 6160 - Divorce Index (Reliability: 3), 1907.

    5. [S5003] British Columbia Archives - Canada, (www.bcarchives.gov.bc.ca), Reg Number 1911-09-066265; BC Archives Microfilm B11376; GSU Microfilm 1983704 (Reliability: 3), 03 Oct 1911.