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James Pelley

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Re: James Pelley

Posted: 1282924683000
Classification: Query
This is not a family that I am researching but I thought I see if I could help out.
Nova Scotia Vital Stats are online at
They are free and easily searchable. You will need to download a viewer program that is free onsite to see the actual record. (Note that the spelling of this name is most often “Pelly” and has also been transcribed as Pulley and Polley)

The marriage certificate of James Pelley is available there. Information as follows
Guysborough County Marriage Registrations Year 1909, Book 29, page 900
October 6, 1909 Guysboro, by License--Methodist
James Pelley, age – 25, bachelor, farmer
Residing Guysboro; born Guysboro, son of John and Elizabeth
Laura Pelley, age 18, spinster,
Residing Guysboro, born Guysboro, dau of Thomas & Esther

In 1901 Census the family of Laura Pelley is listed as
Guysborough subdistrict G, page 14
(all surname Pelley; all born Nova Scotia; all Methodist)\
Thomas M, head, born Jun 4, 1855
Esther C. wife, born Oct. 15, 1862
William, son born Jul 14, 1880
Margaret, daughter, born Mar 20, 1885
Allice, daughter born Apr 2, 1886
Albert, son born Nov 20, 1889
Laura, dau. born May 25, 1891
Joseph, son, born Dec 17, 1894
Thomas, son, born Nov 30, 1897
James, son born Jul 28, 1900

In 1891 & 1901 James is living with his uncle, Reuben Pelley, a widower in Guysborough
1901 Census Guysborough
Reuben Pelley, head, widower, born Jul 10, 1865
Georgene Pushie, housekeeper, single born Oct 15, 1870
John E. Pelley, son born Aug 15, 1885
Elizabeth Pelley, dau born Aug 17, 1888
Sharlotte Pelley, dau born Oct 17, 1889
Lucey Pelley, dau born Mar 1, 1893
Reuben Pelley, son born Apr 12, 1895
Cassie Pelley, dau born Oct 17, 1896
Georginia Pelley, dau born Apr 17, 1900
James Pelley, nephew born Jan 1, 1880

There is a marriage recorded between a Reuben Pelley and Georgene Pushie in 1916. I am assuming it is the above although the ages are a bit off (which is not unusual) and Reuben is described as a bachelor. There isn’t any other Reuben on the 1911 Census who it could be plus they had already been domiciled together many years so its pretty much a forgone conclusion that it must be the above uncle of your James. The marriage record names Reubens parents (your James’ grandparents) as Joseph and Betsy.

In the 1881 Census the family of James is made up as follows
Guysborough District 8-A, page 57
John Pelley, married, male, age 28, born Nova Scotia
Elizabeth Pelley, married, female, age 22, born Nova Scotia
James Pelley, male, age 1, born Nova Scotia
Mary Husha, married, age 37, born Nova Scotia
Victoria Husha, married, age 18, born Nova Scotia

The death certificate of Laura’s mother is online. Ester Catherine Pelley died July 29, 1942 in Sunnyville, Guysborough Co of cardiac failure. She was 83 years old and is recorded as married, not widowed so Thomas must have been still alive. Her birthdate is given as Jan 12, 1859 and she was born in Guysborough Co of Dutch descent. Her parents are listed as Jeremiah Meades born in Guysborough and Mary Armsworthy born Guysborough.

The 1871 Census has the following family group
Guysborough District 202, subdist a (Note-name has been mis-transcribed as Pulley)
All Surname Pelly, all born Nova Scotia
Josia – married - age 72
Elizabeth – married - age 49
James age 23
John age 20
Thomas, age 17
Levi age 12
Elizabeth age 15
Harry age 10 -name difficult to read
Reuben age 6
Albert, age 4

The death certificate of the above Levi Pelley is available online. He died Feb 16, 1926 of influenza. His parents are recorded as Joseph Pelley born Newfoundland (at that time part of the British Isles-didn’t join Canada till several years later) and Elizabeth Dorrington born Canada

The next family on this page is another son of Josia
Joseph Pelly married, age 26
Mary Pelly married age 22
Elsa Pelly age 5 mos
Ester Meades, age 9

The marriage record of the above is online. Joseph Josiah Pelly age 25 bachelor son of Joseph J Pelly and Elizabeth married Mary Eliza Meade age 22, spinster, dau of James and Mary Meade in Guysborough Co in 1870

Sites to access the Canadian Census free are as follows
1901 and 1911



The 1871 Census is not available free online to my knowledge

Hope this helps

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