Ada Kate (English) Densmore Founded Duluth’s Children’s Welfare League of Morgan Park (Blog 37)

Ada Kate English, my second great grandmother was the first child of John English and Philena Ninetta Carpenter.  She born around April 1854 in Newcastle, Canada (the only source for her birth date is the 1900 census, the location is from her marriage record).

On June 28, 1877, Ada married Levi Benson Densmore, a farmer. They lived in Canada until 1882 when they moved to Michigan where Levi worked as a dry goods merchant.  In 1902 they moved to Ann Arbor where their daughter Ada May was attending the University of Michigan.  Levi & Ada moved back to Harbor Springs in 1903.  In December 1903, while Levi was walking from the train to his brother’s funeral in Reed City, he was paralyzed.  He died a little over a year later on January 16, 1905.

Ada moved back to Ann Arbor with her daughter Alice.  She  stayed with Alice after her marriage to Harrison Morton Wadsworth and followed them to Duluth, Michigan.  Ada

Mrs A K Densmore Social Activities of the Week at Morgan Park, The Duluth Herald (Duluth, Minnesota), 3 March 1917

The Duluth Herald (Duluth, Minnesota), 3 March 1917

worked as a domiciliary at the hospital and became very active in the Ladies Guild, the women of Morgan Park, and The West Duluth Study club.  In November 1916 the group helped form a Children’s Welfare Society and elected Mrs Ada K Densmore president of the society.  The society held monthly educational meetings with presentations by students, teachers, and musical performances.  They promoted the establishment of children’s playgrounds, supported medical and dental examinations of children, provided lunches for children, and helped organized mothers and teacher’s clubs.  Ada gave talks on Civic Pride, promoted talks on Women in Industry after the War, “Woman’s Part in Reconstruction”, and many other presentations.

In 1929, Ada’s son-in-law Harrison Morton Wadsworth was burned in an accident at the Steel Mill and died in 1931.   Her daughter Alice moved to Miami with her three children, the eldest who was attending college there.  Ada moved to the Lutheran Home for the Aged in Grand Rapids.  We believe she died there in 1943.  She was buried next to her husband in Reed City, Michigan.

Ada who was widowed at the age of 50 supported two daughters after her husband’s death, one, my great grandmother who graduated from the University of Michigan in 1904.  After her youngest daughter was married, in addition to earning a living, she worked in her new community of Duluth to ensure quality programs for children and parents and ensured continuing education of herself and other women in her community.

CHILDREN:

Ada May Densmore (1878-1889)

Harriet Marion Densmore (1879-????) – married Francis Philip Amo in 1901 who she divorced in 1906

Eleanor Philena Agnes Densmore (1881-1965) – graduated from the University of Michigan in 1904, married Edward Chace Greene, author of Panama Sketches

Alice E Densmore (1890-1979) – married Harrison Morton Wadsworth

Research questions:  Why did Levi move from Canada to Michigan?  Can we find Ada’s birth record?  When did Ada die and can we find Ada’s death record?  Also where did Ada’s daughter Harriet move after her divorce and when did she die?

This research about Ada Kate (my second great grandmother) was initiated due to some wonderful collaboration from other relatives of Ada Kate (English) Densmore who we wish to thank for their sharing and collaboration!

All posts on this website are a work in progress.  We’d love to learn of any corrections or additions to the information shared.  Also we’d love it if  you’d like the post here as that helps share the post with others. Thanks!

SOURCES:

1861 Census, Ontario, population schedule, Marysburgh, Prince Edward, Page 59-60, No 49, John English; digital images, MyHeritage Library Edition(https://myheritagelibraryedition.com : accessed 27 February 2018).

1871 Census, Quebec, population schedule, St Patrick, Montcalm, Page 53, dwelling 164, family 164, John English; digital images, MyHeritage Library Edition(https://myheritagelibraryedition.com : accessed 27 February 2018).

1881 Census, Ontario, population schedule, , Page 50-51, dwelling 246, family 262 (corrected in pencil), Levi B Densmore; digital images, MyHeritage Library Edition(https://myheritagelibraryedition.com : accessed 3 October 2018).

1900 United States Federal Census, Osceola County, Michigan, population schedule, Richmond Township, Village of Reed City, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 156, Sheet No 11, dwelling 234, family 236, Banson L Densmore; digital images, FamilySearch(http://familysearch.org : accessed 20 September 2014).

1910 United States Federal Census, Washtenaw County, Michigan, population schedule, Ann Arbor, enumeration district (ED) 120, Sheet No 7B, 526 Church St, dwelling No 192, family 220, Ada K Densmore; digital images, Ancestry.com(http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 19 October 2018).

1920 United States Federal Census, St Louis County, Minnesota, population schedule, Duluth, enumeration district (ED) 138, Sheet No 15A, Ada K Dinsmore; digital images, Ancestry.com(http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 16 October 2018).

1930 United States Federal Census, St Louis County, Minnesota, population schedule, Duluth, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 69-42, Sheet No 7A, 104 stamped, dwelling 141, family 143, Harrison Wadsworth; digital images, Ancestry.com(http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 20 September 2014).

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