In June 1918, 35 year old Nicholas Ralph Malloch married Sarah Grace Woolnough in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Sarah Grace Woolnough’s family is well documented on my tree. But her husband is a bit of a mystery. So far, I’ve only got breadcrumbs to follow.
At the time of his marriage, Nicholas was employed as a jeweller. He gave his place of birth as New York and indicated that his parents were Kenneth Malloch and Nancy Bardell.
I’ve only been able to find two additional documents for Nicholas. One is his US World War I draft registration which was completed at the American Consulate in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
This provides Nicholas’ birth date, confirms that he was a jeweller living in Niagara Falls, Ontario and was married to Grace in 1918.
In January 1918 (before he married), Nicholas completed an extensive application for registration as a native US citizen. This document includes a bit of information about his father – Kenneth Malloch was apparently born in ‘Damascas’ (Damascus, Syria?), arrived in the US about 1880 and died in 1888.
Nicholas’ physical description on this document includes the fact that he was of ‘dark’ complexion with brown eyes and black hair which would fit if he was born to a Syrian father.
There are several other people mentioned in this document:
* uncle Richard Bardawill (who provided an affidavit as to Nicholas’ American birth … is this Nicholas’ mother’s brother?)
* Miss Marie Malloch of Sherbourne Street, Toronto, Ontario (person to be notified in the event of Nicholas’ death or disability)
* an unnamed sister and two unnamed cousins living in Lawrence, Massachusetts
Nicholas also stated that he had resided outside of the US for a number of time periods:
He provided the following reasons for leaving the US:
Throughout the period of my residence in Canada I have been engaged at my trade of watch-making and watch inspector for Canadian Railroads. I am now working at the same occupation and own a jewelry business at Niagara Falls, Canada. I returned to Buffalo in 1915 intending to remain there permanently but it has been necessary for me to return to Canada to look after property which I had previously sold on instalment plan.
Unfortunately, Nicholas’ application for registration as a United States citizen was denied. It seems he wasn’t very clear or consistent on his travel dates:
As of 17 Jun 1918 (the stamped acknowledgement date which appears on the first page of his US registration document), Nicholas Malloch was a man without a country. Ironically, that is the same day he married Sarah Grace Woolnough.
I’ve been unable to find Nicholas or his wife on the 1921 Canada census. No border crossing documents have been found to indicate that he or his family went back into the United States.
Sadly, Sarah Grace Woolnough Malloch died 5 Nov 1928 at the age of 50. She’d only been married to Nicholas for 10 years. Cause of her death was ‘suicide by cyanide poisoning’.
Sarah and Nicholas had at least one child, a son, Wilfred Bruce Malloch (1919-2004). Wilfred is buried with his mother at Drummond Hill Cemetery in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
So, who was Nicholas Ralph Malloch? If he was indeed born to a Syrian father, the spelling of his last name was likely ‘Malik’ or ‘Malouf’. Then there’s the question of his mother’s maiden name. Was it ‘Bardell’ or ‘Bardawill’ or something else entirely? And where did Nicholas and his son Wilfred go after Sarah Grace’s death in 1928?
Lots of breadcrumbs to follow along the trail …