Individual Record 580

Name}   Detwiller, Isabella (Bell) Family History} Olson                 
  Title}   Race} White Sex} Female
Birth:   Date} Exa 20 Nov 1878 Place} Fullarton Twp., Perth, Ontario
Marr.: Date} Exa   2 Apr 1903 Place} Avonbank Presbyterian Church, Downie Twp., Perth, ON (Link)
Death: Date} Exa 26 Dec 1959 Place} W.C.A. Hospital, Jamestown, Chautaugua, New York
Burial: Date} Exa 29 Dec 1959 Place} Lakeview Cemetery, Jamestown, Chautaugua, New York
  Grave Marker} Yes
Source 1}   71 = Family notes
Source 2} 353 = Family notes
Source 3} 362 = Letter
Source 4} 499 = Letter
Source 5} 873 = Birth record
Source 6} 247 = 1881 CAN cen
Source 7} 908 = 1891 CAN cen
Source 8} 199 = 1900 USA cen
Source 9} 1298=City directy
Source 10}319 = Marriage rec
Source 11}905 = Marriage rec
Source 12}366 = 1910 USA cen
Source 13}407 = Newspaper
Source 14}950 = 1920 USA cen
Source 15}380 = City directy
Source 16}1389=1925 NY cen
Source 17}951 = 1930 USA cen
Source 18}1355=1940 USA cen
Source 19}408 = Newspaper
Source 20}1362=Photograph
Source 21}198 = Photograph
Source 22}410 = Obituary
Source 23}379 = Cemetery rec
Source 24}409 = Cemetery rec
Source 25}963 = Cemetery rec
Parents: } Alexander Detwiller & Elizabeth Parker
   Relationship No.} 219
1st Household No.} 86 = Fullarton Twp., Perth, Ontario
      Occupation 1} Bookkeeper
       Occupation 2} Housewife
  Religion/Church} Presbyterian
Spouses:   Prime} Rushworth, Orlando Nelson (Nelson)
 Total Number of} 1
Isabella Detwiller Notes:  Isabella Detwiller was born 20 Nov 1878 in Motherwell, Fullarton Twp., Perth, Ontario, to Alexander and Elizabeth Detwiller.  She was the 11th of 13 children.  The family farm was located on Lot 31 of Concession EM (East of Mitchell Road).

In the 1881 Canada census, Isabella's siblings included Rebecca, born in 1860, Marion, 1862, Elizabeth, 1865, John, 1867, Alexander, 1870, Annie, 1873, William, 1875, and James Gavin, 1876.  Bertha, born in 1869, died as an infant, and Christopher, 1863, died in 1876.  By 1885, the family was complete, with the addition of Innis, 1883, and Robert, 1885.  The census records list the family as being Presbyterian.

Isabella's nickname was Bell or Belle.  In later years she dropped the "a" in her formal name, becoming Isabelle.  Her father Alexander died in 1887, and in 1890 she immigrated to the United States with several of her siblings.
In the 1900 U.S. census, Isabella was living with her sisters, Marian and Annie, and brother Gavin at 114 West Eighth Street, Jamestown, Chautauqua, New York.  She was a bookkeeper.  She met Orlando Nelson Rushworth while living in Jamestown.  They returned to Ontario to be married on 2 Apr 1903 in the Avonbank Presbyterian Church in Downie Twp., Perth.  Returning to Jamestown, they eventually settled in their long time family residence at 12 Lakeview Avneue.

Isabella and O. Nelson's first daughter, Ruth Elizabeth, was born in September 1906.  Grace Marion was born in January 1908.  In the 1910 U.S. census, Marion Detwiller, Isabella's older sister was living with the family.  Marion was a private nurse.  Also, living with them was Harry Lorne McNaught, a nephew working in a metal furniture factory.

Isabella's only son, Elverton Crissey, was born in November 1910, followed by Isabelle in November 1916.  In 1919, her sister Marion, who had never married, died and was buried back in Ontario in the Avonbank Presbyterian Cemetery.  In the 1920 U.S. census records the entire family was at 12 Lakeview Avenue.  Now, Elizabeth D. Wilson, a widowed sister of Isabelle was living with the family.

Click to enlarge In the 1930 U.S. census, only Isabelle's two younger children were living in the household.  Her husband, O. Nelson, had become President of the Farmers & Mechanics' Bank.  Isabelle was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Jamestown, and a member of the Parks Bible Class, and the Women's Missionary Society.  She was also a member of the Needlework Guild, and an honorary member of the Visiting Nurses Association.  Bell's four children went on to give her ten grandchildren.  To the left she is seen with grandson Gary Donelson in 1937.

In the 1940 U.S. census, only Isabelle was living at home.  She was an assistant manager for a retail advertising company.  O. Nelson was an insurance agent.

Isabelle died Saturday, 26 Dec 1959, in the W.C.A. Hospital, Jamestown, New York.  Her husband had preceded her in death in 1941.  At the time of her death she was living at 75 Barrett Avenue.  Cause of death was Sarcoma of the Uterus.  Her funeral services were held Tuesday, 29 Dec 1959, at 3p.m. in the Henderson-Lincoln Chapel.  Rev. Gilbert F. vanBever, minister of the First Presbyterian Church presided.  She is buried with her husband in the Lakeview Cemetery, Jamestown, New York.
Time of Birth}   Time of Death} 1:40 PM Fraternal/Social} Women's Club
Baptism Date}   Place}   Click to enlarge
Confirm. Date}   Photos} Belle Rushworth
Immigr'n Date} 1890 Port}  
Education: Grade} Eight grade     or Top 2 Degrees}  
Military: Service}                                    for the State of}  
Health Condition}  
  Cause of Death} Cancer, uterus
Last Updated
by} Karen Hancock
Date Updated} 24 May 2014
Date Created}  25 Nov 1999
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