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Aubrey Cecil Mathers was born on September 7, 1883 to Lewis mathers and Elizabeth M. Marks in Park Hill, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada. Aubrey had at least one older sister, Laurentia Vivian, and at least one younger sister, Lily May.

Aubrey Mathers married Ruth May Crowder on October 30, 1901 in Port Edward, Ontario, Canada. The couple soon moved to Genesee County, Michigan where they had nine children: Julia L on November 4, 1902; Elizabeth Ann on February 8, 1905; Hellen in 1908; Lewis Charles on June 2, 1910; Ruth Ann on October 26, 1918; Luella on August 23, 1923; Cecil on July 17, 1926; Guyida on August 9, 1928; and Aubrey E on April 12, 1932. All the children lived to adulthood except for Cecil, who only lived a few hours.

According to the 1910 US Census, Aubrey Mathers and his family lived at 2414 or 2514 Vanness Street in Port Huron, St. Clair County, Michigan. At that time, Ruth Mather’s recently divorced sister Caroline M Hunt lived with the family, along with her two children Eugene and John. Aubrey Mather’s in-laws, Charles and Elizabeth Crowder, live next door (or across the street) at 2411 Vanness Street. In 1910, Aubrey worked as a moulder in a “malleable works” or metal shop. A high percentage of residents in Aubrey’s neighborhood also worked at the metal shop, including father-in-law Charles Crowder and brother-in-law Walter Crowder.

By 1920, Aubrey Mathers moved his family from Port Huron to Genesee Township, Genesee County, Michigan. There, Aubrey worked as a grinder at an auto factory.

By 1930, Aubrey Mathers has moved his family yet again from the more rural Genesee Township into the city of Flint. The Mathers lived at 3706 Franklin Street and Aubrey worked as an engineer for the City Water Works. Around the corner at 1915 Knapman Street, Aubrey’s sister-in-law Caroline M Hunt lived with her second husband Guy Gregory, her son Eugene, and his wife and daughter.

In 1937, Ruth Crowder Mathers passed away. Sometime soon after, Aubrey moves from Franklin Street around the corner to 1927 Colon Street. In March of 1953, Aubrey Mathers was diagnosed with Prostatic Carcinoma, or Prostate Cancer. In October of 1953, Aubrey Mathers is diagnosed with Carcinomatosis, meaning that the cancer had widely spread to other parts of his body.

On February 14, 1954 Aubrey Cecil Mathers died of Terminal Pneumonia as a result of his prostate cancer. He was buried on February 17, 1954 in Avondale Cemetery, Flint, Genesee County, Michigan.

I haven’t found Aubrey or Ruth’s headstones yet. Any additional information, photographs, etc would be greatly appreciated.  

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