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Trevor Popkin Mordecai, Dr. of Divinity

Male 1888 - 1963  (75 years)


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  • Name Trevor Popkin Mordecai 
    Suffix Dr. of Divinity 
    Born 3 Apr 1888  Pontypridd, Brynsaddler, Llantrisaint, Glamorganshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 16 Sep 1888  Ystradowen Church, Ystradowen, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Military 15 Jun 1917 
    Draft Registration #31-9-185-A, Queens, NY 
    Education 1918  Princeton Theology Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey; Education: Doctor of Divinity Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 2 Jan 1920  Wilmington City, Newcastle Co., Delaware, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 29 Jun 1963  Birmingham, Jefferson Co., AL, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, Jefferson Co., AL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3015  MyTree
    Last Modified 27 Feb 2014 

    Father Thomas Popkin Mordecai,   b. Abt 1848, Newtoron, Ystradowen, Pentregthin Rd, Swansea, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Aug 1922, Ystradowen, Swansea, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years) 
    Mother Mary Teague,   b. Abt 1861, Trecynon, Aberdare, Glamorgan, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Mar 1938, Ystradowen, Swansea, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years) 
    Married 7 Nov 1885  Siloa Chapel, Aberdare, Merthyr Tydfil Co., Wales (Glamorgan & Brecon) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Mary Teague's address at the time of her marriage was 90 Cemetary
      Rd., Aberdare.
      Mary Teague's address at the time of her marriage was 90 Cemetary Rd.,
      Aberdare.
    Family ID F2076  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Charlotte Clayton Walker,   b. 13 Aug 1885, St. Johnsbury, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1963, Birmingham, Jefferson Co., AL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married Abt 1916  New York, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Muriel Walker Mordecai,   b. 23 Dec 1917, Brooklyn, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Aug 1977, Pittsford, Monroe Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
    +2. Dr. Trevor Teague Mordecai, PhD,   b. 23 Feb 1934, New Smyrna Beach, FL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 2005, Chesterland, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F2073  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsDied - 29 Jun 1963 - Birmingham, Jefferson Co., AL, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 

    • England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915
      about T*[C_]T[O_]R Popkin Mordecai
      Name: T*[C_]T[O_]R Popkin Mordecai
      Year of Registration: 1888
      Quarter of Registration: Apr-May-Jun
      District: Pontypridd
      County: Glamorgan, Mid Glamorgan
      Volume: 11a
      Page: 431 (click to see others on page)
      Source: Certified copy of an Entry of Birth. CM 935040;
      Dist. of Pontypridd, 1888 birth in Sub-district Llantrisaint, in
      County of Glamorgan;
      No. 430; born second April 1888, Brynsaddler, Llantrisaint R.S.D.;
      Boy; father: Thomas Mordecai; mother: Mary Mordecai, formerly Teague;
      occupation of father: Lime Merchant; Signature, description: Thomas
      Mordcai, Father, Brynsaddler, Llantrisaint; when reg. 5th May 1888;
      Signature of registrar: Howel Davies Registrar.

      1891 Wales Census
      Name: Thomas Mordecai
      Age: 43
      Estimated Birth Year: abt 1848
      Relation: Head
      Spouse's Name: May (sic - should be Mary)
      Gender: Male
      Where born: Ystradowen, Glamorgan, Wales
      Civil Parish: Llantwitfardre
      Ecclesiastical parish: Glyntaff
      Town: Newtoron
      County/Island: Glamorgan
      Country: Wales
      Registration district: Pontypridd
      Sub registration district: Llantrisant
      ED, institution, or vessel: 18
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      Thomas Mordecai 43
      May Mordecai 30 (Mary)
      Trefor P Mordecai 3
      Margaret Teague 23
      Catherine Price 17

      (Source: Ancestry.com: T.P.Mordecai first entry into USA)
      Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1956
      about Trevor P Mordecai
      Name: Trevor P Mordecai
      Arrival Date: 16 Sep 1913
      Age: 25
      Birth Date: abt 1888
      Birth Country: Wales
      Gender: Male
      Race/Nationality: Welsh
      Ship Name: Ionian
      Port of Arrival: Quebec, Canada

      World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
      about Trevor Mordecai
      Name: Trevor Mordecai
      City: Queens
      County: Queens
      State: New York
      Birth Date: 2 Apr 1888
      Race: Caucasian (White)
      FHL Roll Number: 1818488
      DraftBoard: 185

      1920 United States Federal Census
      Name: Trevor Mordecai
      [Trevor Moracai]
      Home in 1920: Wilmington Ward 9, New Castle, Delaware
      Age: 31
      Estimated birth year: abt 1889
      Birthplace: Wales
      Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
      [Head]
      Spouse's name: Charlotte Mordcai
      Father's Birth Place: Wales
      Mother's Birth Place: Wales
      Marital Status: Married
      Race: White
      Sex: Male
      Home owned: Rent
      Year of immigration: 1913
      Able to read: Yes
      Able to Write: Yes
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      Trevor Mordcai 31
      Charlotte Mordcai 30

      UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960
      about Mr Trabor Mordecai
      Name: Mr Trabor Mordecai
      Birth Date: abt 1888
      Age: 34
      Port of Departure: New York, New York, United States
      Arrival Date: 11 Jun 1922
      Port of Arrival: Plymouth, England
      Ship Name: President Taft
      Search Ship Database: View the 'President Taft' in the 'Passenger Ships and Images' database
      Shipping line: United States Line
      Official Number: 221844

      (Sources: Ancestry.com: New York Passenger List)
      Name: Trevor P Mordecai
      Arrival Date: 31 Jul 1922
      Estimated Birth Year: abt 1888
      Age: 34
      Gender: Male
      Port of Departure: Southampton, England
      Ethnicity/Race­/Nationality: English
      Ship Name: Saxonia
      Search Ship Database: View the Saxonia in the 'Passenger Ships and Images' database
      Port of Arrival: New York, New York
      Nativity: Wales
      Line: 13
      Microfilm Serial: T715
      Microfilm Roll: T715_3150
      Birth Location: Wales
      Birth Location Other: glen brynsaddln
      Page Number: 143
      (This must have been when his father died.)

      UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960
      about Rev Trevor Mordecai
      Name: Rev Trevor Mordecai
      Birth Date: abt 1888
      Age: 37
      Port of Departure: New York, New York, United States
      Arrival Date: 19 Jun 1925
      Port of Arrival: Southampton, England
      Ship Name: Majestic
      Search Ship Database: View the 'Majestic' in the 'Passenger Ships and Images' database
      Shipping line: White Star Line
      Official Number: 146555

      New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957
      about Trevor Mordecai
      Name: Trevor Mordecai
      Arrival Date: 8 Aug 1925
      Birth Year: abt 1888
      Birth Location: England
      Birth Location Other: llantrssnt
      Age: 37
      Gender: Male
      Ethnicity/Race-
      /Nationality: English
      Port of Departure: Cherbourg, France
      Port of Arrival: New York, New York
      Ship Name: Pittsburgh

      U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989
      Name: Rev Trevor Mordecai
      Gender: Male
      Residence Year: 1926
      Residence Place: Birmingham, Alabama
      Occupation: Pastor
      Spouse: Charlotte W Mordecai
      Publication Title: Birmingham, Alabama, City Directory, 1926

      UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960
      about Trevor Mordecai
      Name: Trevor Mordecai
      Birth Date: abt 1888
      Age: 38
      Port of Departure: New York, New York, United States
      Arrival Date: 14 Aug 1926
      Port of Arrival: Southampton, England
      Ship Name: Lapland
      Search Ship Database: View the 'Lapland' in the 'Passenger Ships and Images' database
      Shipping line: Red Star Line
      Official Number: 137398

      1930 United States Federal Census
      Name: Trevar Mardecai
      [Trevor Mordecai]
      Gender: Male
      Birth Year: abt 1888
      [abt 1887]
      Birthplace: England
      Race: White
      Home in 1930: Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama
      Marital Status: Married
      Relation to Head of House: Head
      Spouse's Name: Charlotte Mardecai
      Father's Birthplace: England (Wales)
      Mother's Birthplace: England (Wales)
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      Trevar Mardecai 42 [43]
      Charlotte Mardecai 40
      Muiiel Mardecai 12 (Muriel)

      U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989
      Name: Rev Trevor P Mordecai
      Gender: Male
      Residence Year: 1931
      Residence Place: Birmingham, Alabama
      Occupation: Pastor
      Spouse: Charlotte W Mordecai
      Publication Title: Birmingham, Alabama, City Directory, 1931

      Search Ship Database: Search the American Merchant in the 'Passenger Ships and Ship Name: American Merchant
      Port of Arrival: New York, New York
      Nativity: Wales
      Line: 11
      Microfilm Serial: T715
      Name: Trevor P Mordecai
      Arrival Date: 20 Apr 1931
      Estimated Birth Year: abt 1888
      Age: 43
      Gender: Male
      Port of Departure: London, England
      Ethnicity/Race­/Nationality: English
      Microfilm Roll: T715_4946
      Birth Location: Wales
      Birth Location Other: llantresaint
      Page Number: 221

      Alabama, Naturalization Records, 1909-1991
      Name: Trevor Popkin Mordecai
      Gender: Male
      Birth Date: 2 Apr 1888
      Birth Place: Brynsaddler, South Wales
      Civil Date: 20 Jan 1932
      Court City: Birmingham
      Court District: U.S. District Court for the Southern (Birmingham) Division of the Northern District of Alabama.

      Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1956
      about Trevor Mordecai
      Name: Trevor Mordecai
      Arrival Date: 12 Jul 1934
      Port of Arrival: St Albans, Vermont, United States
      Ship Name: Empress of Britain
      Port of Departure: Southampton, England
      Age: 45
      Birth Date: abt 1889
      Birth Country: Wales
      Gender: Male
      Race/Nationality: English
      Record Type: Manifests

      1940 United States Federal Census
      Name: Trevor Mardecai Junior (not a Jr.)
      [Trevor Mordecai]
      Age: 6
      Estimated Birth Year: abt 1934
      Gender: Male
      Race: White
      Birthplace: Florida
      Marital Status: Single
      Relation to Head of House: Son
      Home in 1940: New Smyrna Beach, Volusia, Florida
      Map of Home in 1940: View map
      Street: Faulkner Street
      House Number: 304
      Inferred Residence in 1935: New Smyrna Beach, Volusia, Florida
      Residence in 1935: Same House
      Sheet Number: 4A
      Attended School or College: No
      Highest Grade Completed: None
      Neighbors: View others on page
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      Trevor Mardecai 51
      Charlotte Mardecai 51
      Trevor Mardecai 6

      Social Security Death Index
      Name: Trevor Mordecai
      SSN: 419-56-3918
      Last Residence:
      Born: 2 Apr 1888
      Died: Jun 1963
      State (Year) SSN issued: Alabama (1959)

      Martha, while we are on this Mordecai spree, I’ve had a file sitting on my desktop to send you for a while. It is nothing more than two little tidbits about Grandpa that I got from a “snippet view” of two sources in Google Books. The second one takes a little while to show up. Sadly, I never was able to find the whole thing, in either case, but they offer a tantalizing clue to why Grandpa left the Presbyterian church. It does seem to fit mother’s explanation somewhat that they disapproved of his starting a soup kitchen during the Depression, which drew “riff-raff” into the church. Margaret Colliers’ explanation was that he preached an unpopular sermon again the establishing of the Community Chest because he felt that the Churches were relinquishing their role of caring for the poor. Perhaps that’s what is meant by differences “over the application” or “exemplification of the social gospel.” Interesting.
      I’ve attached the “snippets.”
      Love,
      Sheri

      Rev. Scofield of Douglaston Park (sic) and Rev. John Baumeister of Flushing officiated at the first Lord's Supper on October 31, 1915. In November of that year, Rev. Scofield volunteered to preach until a regular preacher could be retained. Trevor P. Mordecai, A Princeton Theological Seminary student, became the part-
      time student supply preacher in November, 1916.
      The congregation's first social event was a reception in honor of Rev. and Mrs. Scofield on February 9, 1916.
      This information was abstracted from the Church's history compiled in 1965. There are no other references to Rev. Scofield in the history. It was noted that he compiled the “Scofield Reference Bible”.

      Excerpt from an Article dated June 26, 2005 by Dr. Edwin Gray Hurley:
      D. L. Moody, the Billy Graham evangelist of the 19th century in America
      had such an experience. He said, “I cannot describe it. I seldom refer
      to it. It is almost too sacred an experience to name… I can only say
      God revealed himself to me, and I had such an experience of love that
      I had to ask him to stay his hand… I would not now be placed back
      where I was before that blessed experience, if you should give me all
      the world.” Peter Marshall, the great World War 2 era Chaplain of the
      United States Senate, while still a young man in Scotland, was
      wrestling with God’s call on him to become a preacher. A cousin he had
      not seen in 19 years came home from America on business and offered to pay
      for his ship passage to immigrate to the United States. Peter
      struggled in prayer, finally deciding to come to the United States,
      and found himself in New Jersey digging ditches, with no clear
      direction that would lead him toward ministry. He writes, “Then came a
      letter from Birmingham, Alabama, offering me a position with a
      newspaper there. I felt, at once, that this might be the second step
      in my guidance. So I made it a matter of prayer. Should I go South?”
      Was this the way into the ministry? Within a week I knew it was… I
      borrowed money, and made my way to Birmingham. There I found friends.
      I met Dr. Trevor Mordecai of the First Presbyterian Church, (of
      Birmingham), to whom I owe more than I shall ever be able to repay…
      Within the space of a few short weeks, I had joined the First
      Presbyterian Church, had been recommended by the Session as a
      candidate for the gospel ministry, had spoken at prayer meeting, had
      been elected president of the young people’s league, had
      become interested in the Boy Scouts of that church, and had been asked
      to become the teacher of the Men’s Bible Class. All of this took only
      a few short weeks… A man walks on through life- with the external call
      ringing in his ears but with no response stirring in his heart, and
      then suddenly, without any warning, the Spirit taps him on the
      shoulder". (Peter Marshall, Mr. Jones Meets the Master, “The Tap On
      the Shoulder”, p. 26-28.)

      Rev. Dr. Cyrus Ingerson Scofield
      By Joseph Hellmann
      January 20, 2002
      A plaque in the Community Church of Douglaston on the rear interior wall of the sanctuary (epistle side or right side as you face the rear) is dedicated to Cyrus Ingerson Scofield, 1844-1921, with the inscription “a pioneer in the organization of this Church 1915”.
      On April 18, 1915 eleven men met in a private home for the purpose to organizing a church to serve the spiritual needs of the community's Protestants. Rev. Scoffield was not listed among the eleven. The first service was held on May 2nd of that year at the Douglaston Club with Rev. Ulysses Grant Warren of Brooklyn preaching. By the end of that month the congregation leased a store on Main Ave. north of the train station (now 235th Street). The store was to be the church's home for the next four and a half years, until the temporary church building was completed on the site of the present church building in Sept. 1919.