Rilla Rocket

Birth Record: I don't have the original document, but I do know she was born October 9, 1891 in Ontario, probably in the Woodstock area.

Marriage Record: She married (Alfred, "Mose") Charles Biddis on September 19, 1916 in Woodstock, Ontario.

From the Sentinel Review, Tuesday September 19, 1916. The heading is "Biddis-Rockett."

"A quiet wedding was solemnized at the Dundas Street Methodist Parsonage on Saturday evening when the Reverend Thomas Green united in marriage Miss Rilla Rockett of this city and Private Charles A. Biddis of the 168th Battalion, Camp Borden. They were attended by Miss Doris Plummer and Garfied Green."

Children with Charles Biddis

01. Stanley
02. Beatrice
03. Grace
04. Joyce
05. Jessie Mae

Death Record:I have a copy of Rilla's death record. This is what it says: Died December 3, 1972 in the City of Flint, Genesee County, Michigan, at the age of 81. Birth date October 9, 1891. Born in Canada, widowed, no surviving spouse. Occupation: housewife. Residence: 417 East Sherman, Flint, Michigan. Father's name: Charles Biddis. Mother's name: Sarah (unknown). Informant: Mrs. Beatrice Clapp. Reason for the death: adenocarcinoma of the colon. Death occurred 5:34 PM at St Joseph Hospital in Flint.

Obituary: From the Flint Journal, Monday December 4, 1972: Biddis, Rilla... 417 E. Sherman, age 81, died Sunday, December 3, 1972 at St Joseph Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 1 PM Wednesday at the Reigle Funeral Home, Sunset Chapel, 4305 Clio Road, Rev R Kyle Ballard officiating. Burial in Sunset Hills Cemetery. Mrs. Biddis will lie in state at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Grace United Methodist Church. Mrs. Biddis was born in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada October 9, 1891. She was a Blue Star Mother, and a member of the Grace United Methodist Church. Surviving are: Son, Stanley Biddis of Flint; four daughters, Mrs. Frank (Beatrice) Clapp, Mrs. Doug (Grace) Baldwin, both of Swartz Creek, Mrs. Charles (Joyce) Dooley of Valparaiso, Florida, and Mrs. Robert (Jessie) Harper of Flint; 23 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren.

Church Records: According to my father, Mose (Biddis) did not go to church but Rilla (Biddis/Rockett) did. She went to a church on Saginaw Street near where she lived, Presbyterian, I believe

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Cemetery Record:Burial in Sunset Hills Cemetery, Flint, Michigan. Burial December 6, 1972. Funeral Home: Reigle Funeral Home Sunset 4305 Clio Road, Flint Michigan 48504. (plot location and funeral home records?)

Military Record/Draft Registration:Rilla belonged to the Blue Star Mothers; are there records?

Occupation:Rilla was a housewife after the kids were born. The 1916 Woodstock Directory listed Rilla as working at Bean & Westlake (?), and living at 625 Adelaide Street.

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Pictures; Audio Recordings; Documents; Personal Notes: My mother filled in some information about Rilla. She was the youngest of the Rockett children, and when her mother (Sarah melinda) had a stroke (in her seventies?), Rilla had to stay home and take care of her. Rilla had a sister named Rose Rockett (Isn't that a great name).

Spelling Variations:I wonder where the name "Rilla" came from? Is it short for something else? A family name?

Addresses/Migration Record/Passenger Ships/City Directories:Rilla came from Woodstock, Ontario and migrated to Flint Michigan (why? When?). From the 1916 Woodstock Directory: address, 625 Adelaide Street (where is this?).

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Current Focus:

01. Find out how to order vital records (birth, marriage, death) from Ontario Canada (they are on Microfilm only, I printed ways to get the files)

02. Was there an obituary for Rilla (where are the funeral records?) 03. Where did the name Rilla come from?

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