Mary Mettetal was the daughter of Frederick Mettetal and Theresa Silas.Frederick was the son of Pierre Christophe Mettetal and Marie Francoise Doriot.Joseph Shorkey and Mary Mettetal had three children. The oldest was Mabel Shorkey or Maybel Ellen Chartier, born 30 November 1882 in Port Huron, St. Clair, MI. She died 29 October 1942. She married Rudolph Christ Emanuel Kurzhals 29 September1900.
The second daughter was Gertrude Alida Shorkey, born November 1885.She was married to Elmer Littell.
The third daughter was Elizabeth Josephine May Shorkey, born 20 December 1887 in Marine City, MI. She died 16 August 1971. She married James Andrew McDonald 08 September 1906.
My grandmother, Elizabeth Shorkey, said her father (a sailor) drowned(near Kelly's Island, Lake Erie) two months before she was born.As a child she could remember being taken by each grandmother to church to be christened and then baptized when with the other grandmother.Elizabeth's mother was given a job of cook on a ship and she had the two older girls with her.
The date of Mabel's birth in 1882 would fit with Joseph and Mary being married in January of 1882.I have not yet been able to get a copy of any record. I am working on it.
I have an obituary for Mary Shorkey, a former Marine City Woman died Dec. 10, 1941.She was the wife of Robert Shorkey(after the death of Joseph, Mary married four times and the last time to Joseph's cousin, Robert Shorkey. She died at their home 7757 Grover Point Drive, Fair Haven.
She was born in Fair Haven, Aug. 14, 1861. She was married to Joseph Shorkey, a relative(cousin) to her present husband.He was drowned in 1887.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Shorkey; 3
daughters, Mrs. Rudolph Kurzell and Mrs. Elmer Litell, both of Detroit and Mrs. James McDonald of Newport; 2 brothers, David Mettetal, Onstead, and Emil Mettetal, Bay Port. Funeral services held at Anchor Bay Evangelical Church, New Baltimore. Burial in New Haven cemetary.
In my grandmother's bible was an obituary for:Marine City Pioneer Dies in Mt. Clemens.Marine City, January 15, 1929.
Mrs. James B. Dibble, 71, pioneer resident of the St. Clair River district, died in Mt. Clemens. Her home was in Marine City where she lived more than 40 years. She was taken ill while attending a family reunion of the Chartier and Boyer families in Mr. Clemens.
Mrs. Dibble was born in Fair Haven, Oct. 31, 1858, and ws the last of a family of 14 daughters, born to Gabriel and Justine Chartier, pioneer residents of Fair Haven.There were 22 children in the family. Her father married twice. She married James B. Dibble Oct. 12, 1878. They observed their golden wedding anniversary more thana year ago. END
There is more to this obituary. I wonder at the figure of 14 daughters?
In the 1870 Census I could read Chartier, Gabriel, Justina, Gabriel 18 a sailor, Charles 15, Eliz. 11, Joseph 9, Herman 6, Benjamin 3, and Lewis 7/12.The last three names were hard to read, I am not sure if they are spelled correctly.
Also, I found the second marriage of Gabriel William Joseph Chartier married to Marie Daragon La France, 12 Nov. 1878, Anchorville, MI. I cannot find the listing of their children at this time.
My aunt also remembers being somehow related to the Rose Family.They spent a lot of time together as children in Fair Haven when they visited my great grandmother.
I am working backward from my great grandmother and find it hard getting records.I have found IGI records in the LDS files for Mary and Joseph, and the birth, death and burial for Joseph Shorkey/Chartier Lake Erie, Kelleys Island, Erie, Ohio.