Friday, March 24, 2017

Robert J. Young - UPDATE

Robert J. Young - UPDATE - 3/24/2017

I received in the mail from NYC Vital Statistics Robert and Dorothy's marriage certificate.  It provides more information about Dorothy and Robert.  It reveals that Robert's middle name is Joseph and he was 22 when they were married.  He lived in Stapleton, Staten Island.  Likewise, it also provides more information regarding Dorothy ('Aunt Dot').  According to the certificate, her real name was Dagmar Dorothy Rasmussen!  She was 21 and living in West New Brighton, Staten Island.  The marriage took place on 1 September 1923 at the Ascension (Episcopal) Church and the ceremony was performed by Rev. Pascal Harrower.  It was witnessed by Vincent Savadel, Ruth Young and Alice Rasmussen (not shown in image as she was listed on the reverse side of the marriage certificate).  Vincent and Ruth (Robert's sister) would later also be wed.

 So this provides more evidence of their marriage, but what about his illness and subsequent death?  I came across and interesting 'brief' found in The Staten Island Leader ... September 25, 1925.  We know that in his letter's to Dot he was determined to come home.  This articles serves as verification that he did indeed return home, still ill, and was staying at the home of his mother.

Moved by this new information I continued to pursue what happened to him.  Finally I found an index of death records for NYC and located his death.  It seems that Robert Joseph Young died 25 November 1925, but until I get a copy of his death certificate, we can safely assume that he and aunt Dot where married for just over two years before he passed.  Hopefully the death certificate can answer how he died and verify his birth as well ... here's hoping!  

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