Elinor Winsome Leitch Knight

Elinor Winsome Leitch was my great grandmother on my mother’s mother’s side. She was born 10 June 1902 in Maine to Reverend Frederick A. Leitch and Lyda Elliot. As an adult, Elinor discovered that when her father had filled out her birth certificate, it simply read “Winsome Leitch.” She was the youngest child, with an elder brother Merrill (b. 1896) and sister Fredonna (b. 1899). Aunt Donna was a great friend to Elinor’s daughter Joy in their later years.

Elinor grew up in New England. She was known as a great reader by all who knew her. As a girl, she would often hide up in her father’s church’s belltower to read books and eat chocolates. When her mother would call her, she’d pretend not to hear! Elinor attended a physical education school in Boston. She later became an athletic director, before her marriage.

Elinor met her husband Douglas in Maine, and they were married in the summer of 1925. Their first child Douglas Jr. was born just a few months later in September. By 1930, the young Knight family had moved to Abington, Pennsylvania. Their daughter Joy Evelyn (my grandmother) was born there in 1932.

Elinor and Doug were very active people and loved golfing, gardening and raising dogs together. They retired to Mesa, Arizona in their later years. Elinor passed away in 1973.

top (l to r): Douglas Ewart Knight, Lyda Elliot Leitch, Elinor Winsome Leitch.
bottom (l to r): Rev. Frederick Arthur Leitch, Merrill Leitch, Fredonna Leitch
(l to r): Doug Jr., Doug Sr., Lyda Elliot, Joy, Elinor, probably in the early 1950s.

Uncle Merrill, Aunt Donna, Doug, and Elinor, probably in the mid-1960s.


7 Comments to “Elinor Winsome Leitch Knight”

  1. Doug Jr. was born in 1926, not in 1925. He was six years older than Joy, who was born in 1932.

  2. Somewhere in there, a date is incorrect. Elinor was the daughter of a Methodist minister. If she had conceived a child out of wedlock, do you really think she would wait until she was seven months pregnant to marry his father?

    Waiting that long simply was not done in those days. This makes no sense, given the day and age and knowing my grandmother AND my grandfather as I did. She was VERY proper. Everything was done “just so.” She was the one who had at least one maid in the house with a little bell discretely place under her place at the dining room table to call them to serve the next course or to pour more water.

    Think Downtown Abbey, although of course on a much smaller scale. The mindset was the same. IF she had conceived out of wedlock, which I HIGHLY doubt, it would have been a very quick marriage, at least for appearances sake, to avoid the scandal.

    Perhaps you have the year of their marriage wrong. I would check into that.

    • Look, I am just going by the dates I found in 3 different US government records. I don’t really care if it’s true or not, as what’s done is done and families have skeletons in their closet that they don’t talk about. But if this is so important to you, then you do the research yourself.

      Maybe the next time you visit my blog, you can appreciate all the hard work I (and I alone) have done, instead of criticizing it. Thanks.

  3. I think that this is a great website, deserving of a lot of credit since you’re the only one in the family who’s done work like this. It’s good to know where we came from. And, not to toot my own horn, but some of our ancestors were good looking. I see where we got it. We may not like some of the details of our history, but we should nonetheless be proud of where we came from.

  4. You might want to take another look at new.familysearch.org. I found there was another daughter in the family – a sister to Elinor who was born two years before she was. Her name was, of all things, Donaldo! Joy had never heard of her. She must have died as a baby. I wonder what happened. Also, I found in a marriage record of Lyda and Frederick that Lyda’s mother’s name was Catharine.

    When you are in England, are you going to find the graves? If so, are you going to making a rubbing with pencil and paper of the headstone? I hope you also take pictures, not only of the graves but also of where they lived. That would be fascinating to see.

    • I know the neighborhoods where they lived, but not the streets. I can not find any gravesites. I am going to go the place where Thomas Leitch did his apprenticeship, though, and to the St. Pancras Old Parish Church, where he was married to Mary Ann, which is also where her parents were married. That’s all I have for specific places. But I am going to take pictures… the church has been around for over 1,600 years! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Pancras_Old_Church

      Also, I am not surprised that we didn’t know about Donaldo (her father evidently had a habit of putting masculine names on his daughters’ birth certificates). This was the era where people Did Not Talk About Things, especially if they were uncomfortable. Sad, but that’s the way the world was back then.

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