- Jul 8, 1999
I thought as much. Here on ET, it says that Charles Louch's mother was born Maria Gould and both she and her husband Samuel were long time Somerset natives. I wonder if Maria Gould was Joseph Gould's aunt; if so, Clarence & Frances would have been second generation cousins. Looks like there was a bit of consanguinity involved.Something interesting I've come across. Frances Gould's (Clarence's wife) Father, is also Clarence's Uncle. So Clarence and Frances are cousins.
Very interesting. The simple answer would be that Benjamin Gould refused to officiate in a cousins' marriage but I think that is unlikely since that sort of thing was not uncommon in those days. The alternative reason could explain Sean's postcard. For some reason, Clarence and Frances went out of their way to go to Lewistown, a small, out of the way town in Montana, to be married by Charles Donaldson. Was there was some other reason for them to go that far (no simple task in 1916)? Unless Joseph and his wife were planning to settle in Montana, going there makes no sense since Clarence & Frances were settling in California (where William Louch was also a Minister!). Therefore, it looks like they had a very strong reason to be married by Charles Donaldson and that - and the card that the exhausted and bereaved Adelaide Louch sent to Sarah Donaldson 4 years earlier - makes me think that there was some sort of bond between the families. Sarah herself would have been 71 in 1916 and if she was at least a second generation American herself, then that family bond probably was related to her (as yet unidentified) husband.Frances's Father is Joseph Gould. She arrived 5 months later). She came over travelling with her brother Benjamin and his wife. Benjamin is also a Minister, which makes me wonder why they went to Montana to get married and not get her brother to marry them.
It would be interesting to know if Charles and Adelaide Louch planned to go directly to California upon arrival on the Titanic or stop at Ionia, Michigan.