19 December 2011

Matrilineal Monday - Elsie May Decamp

Elsie May Decamp (1883-1947)

Elsie May Decamp was born on 17 May 1883, in Newark, Essex Co, New Jersey, USA.  She was born the youngest child to a storage warehouser, Job Decamp and an English immigrant, Ammie Miles.  

The Decamps have long been known in the Newark area of New Jersey.  Dating back to Elsie's GrGrGr Grandfather, Lambert Decamp, a Revolutionary War vet.  

The progenitor of the Decamp family was Laurens Jansen DeCamp, a French immigrant, who arrived in New Amsterdam (current day New York City) in about 1664.  He served as the first pastor of the Staten Island Dutch Church. 

Elsie's Great Grandfather, Job DeCamp, married his second cousin, Rachel DeCamp.

In the 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Elsie was living with her father, Job, and stepmothther, Kate Lambert Tay.  They resided at 953 Broad St, Newark, Essex, NJ, USA.  Also living there at the time, was her sister Edith and two brothers Frederick and Robert.

On 12 August 1903, she married Walter Lewis Eckert, son of Edward V Eckert and Harriet E Adams.  Walter was the Chief Financial Officer at Thomas A. Edison, Inc.  After a falling out with Mr. Edison himself, Walter also worked as General Auditor for Pathe Frere, and Comptroller for S.S. White Dental. 

Elsie and Walter Eckert had the following children:
  • Walter Lewis Eckert (1905-2001)
  • Miles Edward Eckert (1908-1971)
  • Stanley Edson Eckert (1913-1992)
In the 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Elsie May was living at 228 Halsted St, East Orange, NJ with her husband and two children.  They were living at the same address as William Norman and his wife, Gertrude.

In the 1920 U.S. Federal Census, Elsie and Walter and family were living at 5840 Hadfield St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.  

In the 1930 U.S. Federal Census, the Eckert family was residing at 835 Cornell Ave, Upper Darby, Delaware Co, Pennsylvania, USA.

Elsie May Decamp Eckert passed away in 1947.

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