BURNELL Fidelia Gertrude

Female 1884 - 1983

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  • Alt. Birth  8 Sep 1884 
    Birth  9 Sep 1884  , Grant, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender  Female 
    _UID  9AB9607C42CC44F9A3747E93C0A1B54B03F7 
    Died  15 Apr 1983  , Hennepin, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Person ID  I4980  Allen
    Last Modified  1 Feb 2012 

    Father  BURNELL Herbert R.,   b. 1858, , , New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1911 
    Mother  DUNNELL Milly,   b. 1862, , , Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1903 
    Married  1881 
    Family ID  F3055  Group Sheet

    Family  CARGILL Robert Guy,   b. Abt 1878, , , Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Nov 1933, , Hennepin, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Abt 1901 
    Children 
     1. CARGILL Sylvester Herbert,   b. 29 May 1903, , , Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jan 1962, Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. CARGILL Robert Guy, Jr.,   b. Abt 1904, , , Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Sep 1956, , Hennepin, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. CARGILL Nannette
     4. CARGILL Elizabeth Jane
    Last Modified  1 Feb 2012 
    Family ID  F3057  Group Sheet

  • Photos 5 Generations
    Susie, Gubby, Alice Mary, Sally
    Mark, Stephanie, Brad (At least one living individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Cargill Family
    Cargill Family
    The Head Rabbit - Sweater
    The Head Rabbit - Sweater
    Gubby was fondly referred to as the "Head Rabbit." Sally made her a sweater with rabbits (front back and sleeve) holding balloons that were embroidered with each child, grandchild and great-grandchild's name.

  • Notes 
    • The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 162
      page 202

      Mrs. Fidelia Gertrude Burnell Cargill.
      DAR ID Number: 161660
      Born in Grant County, S. Dak.
      Wife of Robert G. Cargill.
      Descendant of Nathaniel Hill, as follows:
      1. Herbert R. Burnell (1858-1911) m. 1881 Milly Dunnell (1862-1903).
      2. Samuel Dunnell, Jr. (1819-95), m. 1843 Hannah Nason (1823-96).
      3. Samuel Dunnell (1781-1863) m. 1804 Achsah Hill (1784-1859).
      4. Nathaniel Hill m. 1773 Martha Crockett (d. 1824).
      Nathaniel Hill (1748-1801) served as private in Capt. John Elden's company at the Lexington Alarm. He was born in Biddeford; died in Buxton, Maine.


      To Emily: Christmas 08 - You probably remember very little about Gubby except things like she ate tomato aspic (gag me!!), she wanted to call you “Emz”… I remember her stories… ok, AND the tomato aspic.

      She met “Mr. Cargill” while they both sang in their church choir. I only remember hearing her refer to her husband as “Mr. Cargill.”

      She was Grandma Cargill's mother-in-law but she always called her “Mother.”

      She was called “The Christmas Lady” and recorded a record of about 15 Christmas stories. Unfortunately, thru two husbands and 4 or 5 moves I can no longer find my copy… I need to hunt! I remember Grandma and Grandpa having cassette tapes made of the record. Maybe there are some of those around.

      She served as the Director of Christian Education at St James on the Parkway Episcopal Church in Minneapolis. “The final addition to the St. James campus was the Education Wing, built in 1966 through the generosity of the Klammerer family of St. Paul and dedicated to Fidelia Cargill, the Parish's longtime Director of Christian Education.” There was also a memorial library in her name that has since been converted into a sacristy.

      One Christmas, as she was preparing costumes for the annual pageant, one of her “Wisemen” came to her, VERY distressed! He had been in a bicycle accident and scraped up one whole side of his face. (I'm sure his mother was nearly hysterical that, having finally landed a leading role, she was not going to get a Christmas card picture out of it!) Gubby gave him a hug and instructed him to tell everyone that he had fallen off his camel and scraped his face on the desert sand. Many decades later that boy sent a Christmas card to Gubby while she was in the nursing home… she remembered him well even after all of those years.

      I remember attending the 100th anniversary service of St. Martin's by the Lake with Gubby. (Others must have been there too but I was with Gubby.) We sat at the service together on that very hot summer day and she told me when to sit, stand, kneel or genuflect… yes, at 85 years old she would still reverence the altar on her way in and out of the pew!

      Gubby had two charm bracelets filled with a charm for each of her children and grandchildren. I don't remember the words she used but I remember her explaining to me that each of the charms on her bracelets, which seemed so big and heavy for her frail wrists, helped her to remember each of her loved ones in her prayers daily. I have the gold “Stephanie” charm that was Gubby's reminder of me and grandma and grandpa's silver charms. She had one silver bracelet and one gold.

      But you know what, I have NO idea how she got her nickname. I do remember Mom, Grandma and Grandma Cargill being disappointed that at her funeral the rector at St Steven's never called her “Gubby” during her memorial service. (SKH 122208) [3]

  • Sources 
    1. [S170] Minnesota Death Index, 1908-2002, Ancestry.com, (Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network,Inc., 2001.Original data - State of Minnesota. Minnesota Death Index,1908-1002. Minneapolis, MN, USA: Minnesota Department ofHealth.Original data: State of Minnesota. Minnesota Death Index, 19;).

    2. [S171] Minnesota Death Index, 1908-2002, Ancestry.com, (Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network,Inc., 2001.Original data - State of Minnesota. Minnesota Death Index,1908-1002. Minneapolis, MN, USA: Minnesota Department ofHealth.Original data: State of Minnesota. Minnesota Death Index,).

    3. [S174] Welcome To St. James on the PArkway, St. James Episcopal Parish, (http://www.stjamesotp.org/), accessed 22 Dec 2008), Fidelia Cargill Education Wing (Reliability: 3).
      http://www.stjamesotp.org/about/history.html


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