Sunday, September 30, 2007

Genealogue Challenge #54

Frances Bavier is best known for her role as Aunt Bee on The Andy Griffith Show.

When did her mother die and in what city was she buried?


According to her obituary, Mary L. Bavier, mother of Frances "Aunt Bee" Bavier, died 21 March 1920 at her home at 138 West 91st in NYC. She was buried in Albany, NY.

Husband and children are listed at the above address on the 1920 census


Frances' mother, Mary Bavier, died March 21, 1920 at her home on West 91st in Manhattan, but was buried in Albany. (according to the NY Times, March 22, 1920).

Found Frances in 1930 living with her sister Marjorie and listed as actress. Marjorie and Frances with father Charles in 1920 (no mom). 1910 census gave me name of Mary for the mother. Death index on Italian Genealogy site gave death date of March 21, 1920 in Manhattan. Then I checked Google News for obit near that date.


Aunt Bee's mother:
Mary L. Bavier died 21 Mar 1920.
burial was Albany NY.
nytimes newspaper archives.

Did her sister Margaret die in California in 1959? In 1920 she was living with Frances in Manhattan, Margaret was a teacher and Frances an actress.


Three correct answers! Here's her death notice. And here's the possible death date for her sister Margaret.

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