A Surname Inquiry

Shea, Steeves, Unknown


 June 23, 2024

I'm looking for the maiden name of William Harold Edgar Shea's wife, Sophie/Sophia. He was born abt 1901 and died unknown. I have no dates for her. His parents, Theodore and Sarah (Flynn) Shea, are buried in Burks Falls Cemetery.Edgar and Sophie adopted a son circa the 1940s, whose biological mother was apparently a sister of Sophie's. If we can find out Sophie's maiden name, we can probably find out who the biological parents were.Thank you!


  • Thank you so much! I think he will be thrilled to hear this… Gives me a project for next weekend too!

  • Diane Shaw

    This must just have been added to Ancestry as it wasn’t there last time I looked for it.
    MarriageHarold Edgar Shea, 30, b Burks Falls, living 627 Dundas St E Toronto Ont, Anglican, bachelor, barber, s/o Theodore Shea and Jane Flynn, married Sophie Zelensky, 25, born Winnipeg Manitoba, living 1074 Magnus Ave Winnipeg, d/o Frederick Zelensky and Kathleen Maxen, married in Kingston Ont 30 July 1934, witn: Martha E Leach and Mary H Flinn both of Kemptville Ont. Bridegroom’s father born Sarnia; bride’s father b Poland.The license was issued in Toronto 27 July 1934. Registration # 014460.She lived Winnipeg, he lived Toronto and they got married in Kingston???No births of Zelenskys on Manitoba Vital Stats but there is one death of a Charles Zelensky, aged 26, died 28 April 1927.Marriage:Laudic Zelensky married Kathleen Pollock in Winnipeg 21 Jan 1930. Rego # 1930,0031291921 census Winnipeg Manitoba has one Sophia Zelensky but parents are given as Stephen and Ann.No Frederick or Kathleen on 1921 census anywhere.Did not find them on any immigration site or border crossings to US.1921 census is free on Ancestry.Voter’s Lists1949 list on Grandville AveShea, Edgar, barberMrs Sophia1957, 1963, 1968, 7 Avalon Street Toronto Electoral District of York Humber later Etobicoke1972 and 1974 Etobicoke at same address is Mrs Sophia Shea by herself. She is not listed as a widow but there is no sign of Edgar so perhaps he is dead.Her obit, if you know when she died, would likely name siblings.Good luck.

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