Mabel descends from my 4th great grandparents Isabella Hargrave and Zacharias Goff. They were hard working people who were some of the first to settle in Lac Megantic, Quebec. Zacharias (1787-1874) had 23 children,11 with wife #2 Isabella Hargave. Mabel's grandmother was Mary Ann Goff McMechan, my 4th great aunt. Her parents, Sarah Jane McMechan (1845 - 1938) and Joseph Capes Broadbent (1840-1918) raised their family in London, Ontario, Canada. There are some really great photos of the Broadbents and the McMechans which were shared by Catherine Curtis on ancestry.com. Catherine's family and mine are in a DNA Circle for both Isabella Hargrave and Zacharias Goff. Her great grandmother was Florence Evelyn Broadbent, Mabel's younger sister. Here are some of Catherine's photos that were shared on ancestry.com:
The first is Sarah McMechan Broadbent (1845-1938), Mabel's mother and my 1st cousin 4 x removed. I'm not sure what the occasion is for the black veil and dark clothing, but they sure are striking. She's holding some kind of envelope. It appears as though something significant is happening here. A photo taken when Sarah was older is to the right. I just love the period dress.
|Harry Ira William Ball|
Mabel died on June 1, 1921 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She was 50 years old. The family moved some time between 1907 and 1911. She died of bilateral polycystic kidney disease. Both kidneys are filled with multiple renal cysts. It is a congenital and hereditary disease.
Mabel Broadbent Ball, previously a name on a page, has become more of a living and breathing person this week. It's clear that she was dearly loved by her family. Grateful to get to know her through them.