Tuesday, July 22, 2014

52 Ancestors - James Paterson - Glasgow Spirit Dealer

 
Amy Johnson Crow of No Story Too Small issued the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge.  Each week focus on one ancestor and post something about him or her.

Me - My Dad - Johnston Cumberland Paterson - Francis Paterson - Johnston Paterson - James Paterson

The surname Paterson is special to me as it's my birth name. The furthest I've been able to go back on my paternal side is my 3rd great grandfather, James Paterson.  He was born about 1766, probably in Glasgow, Scotland as that is where he was married, had his children, and died. 

James is listed as a spirit dealer in Glasgow when he marries Ann Hunter on June 5, 1810 by  Mr. William Kidston, Burgher Seceder Minister in Glasgow. James and Ann had five boys and one girl that I've discovered in the Old Parish Registers for births and baptisms. Their children:

James born May 1, 1811 is in the May 1811 register. James is listed as a spirit dealer and witnesses are George Crofs & Walter Graham. 

Francis born December 12, 1812, Johnston born December 29, 1814, and George born February 19, 1819 are all in the December 1820 register. James is listed as a porter and witnesses are Edward Crossgrove & James Dow. 

Alexander born August 3, 1823 is in the December 1823 register. James is listed as a grocer & spirit dealer and witnesses are Matthew Anderson & David Drysdale.
Mary born June 7, 1826 is the January 1834 register. James is listed as a labourer and witnesses are Andrew Wortherspoon & William Kerr. Also, at the end of the birth entry it's written: by order of F. Georges' [Sepica]. Not sure what that means.

Some of his children I've been able to trace through the records. I'm still looking into the witnesses to see if any are related to the family.  But I've not found much beyond the birth dates for James and Alexander. Paterson seems to be quite a common surname and so are some of the given names. The easiest given name to find has been Johnston (my direct paternal line) as it's an unusual first name. 

I believe that James died in January of 1840 in Glasgow at the old age of 74. His funeral was January 27, 1840 with a hearse with 2 horses. James is buried  in the lair of George Neilson at St. David's church yard in Glasgow .  He's listed as a grocer. I think this is likely my James as I've found other Patersons buried in the same lair of G. Neilson in St. David's. One of the best clues would be the burial of wee George Paterson, only 2 months old, whom father is listed as Johnston Paterson.  Probably James' grandson. 

 I've discovered an interesting book on google that looks at the evidence of  drunkenness in Glasgow, Ireland and London.  On page 175, Mr. William Collins, a bookseller and the vice president of the Scottish Temperance Society states that in 1832 in Glasgow there were 1360 spirit dealers, making one to every 14 families. Evidence on Drunkenness Presented to The House of Commons published in 1834. 

Another post about James and his wife, Ann Hunter:

Sources:
Glasgow, Scotland, Pre 1855 Banns & Marriages, marriage of James Paterson and Ann Hunter; digital image, ScotlandsPeople (http://scotlandspeople.gov.uk/: 30 April 2008); OPR 644/001 0280 0127.

Glasgow, Scotland, Pre 1855 Births & Baptisms, birth of James Paterson; digital image, ScotlandsPeople (http://scotlandspeople.gov.uk/: 25 January 2012); OPR 644/01 0200 0554.

Glasgow, Scotland, Pre 1855 Births & Baptisms, birth of Francis Paterson, Johnston Paterson, and George Paterson; digital image, ScotlandsPeople (http://scotlandspeople.gov.uk/: 29 April 2008). OPR 644/001 0300 0133. 

Glasgow, Scotland, Pre 1855 Births & Baptisms, birth of Alexander Paterson; digital image, ScotlandsPeople (http://scotlandspeople.gov.uk/: 25 January 2012); OPR 644/01 0310 0327.

Glasgow, Scotland, Pre 1855 Births & Baptisms, birth of Mary Paterson; digital image, ScotlandsPeople (http://scotlandspeople.gov.uk/: 25 January 2012); OPR 644/01 0330 0642.

Glasgow, Scotland, Pre 1855 Deaths & Burials, death of James Paterson; digital image, ScotlandsPeople (http://scotlandspeople.gov.uk/: 20 April 2012); OPR 644/01 0630 0099.

Glasgow, Scotland, Pre 1855 Deaths & Burials, death of George Paterson; digital image, ScotlandsPeople (http://scotlandspeople.gov.uk/: 20 April 2012); OPR 644/01 0630 0095.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

52 Ancestors - Abraham Warry - Non-Conformist

Amy Johnson Crow of No Story Too Small issued the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge.  Each week focus on one ancestor and post something about him or her.

Me - My Dad - Dorothy Eleanor May Warry - Alfred William Warry - George Augustus Warry - William Keen Warry - Abraham Warry

My Warry side of the family has its share of non-conformists. Living in England some of them just didn't conform to the established church. My grandmother (Dorothy Warry) and her family stated they were baptists on the Canadian census records. So it's no surprise to see my 4th grandfather (Abraham Warry) in the England Non-Conformist records.  The surname Warry and his wife's surname Keen can be found sprinkled throughout the non-conformist records. 

Abraham was born probably in 1781 as he was baptized December 31, 1781 at St. Michael in Stockland, Devonshire, England. The same church where his siblings, John, Ann, and Robert were baptized.  He was the son of William Warry and Elizabeth. Most indexes seem to have his mother as Susanah, but I was able to look at the actual image on Find My Past. At the very bottom of the 1781 page is Abraham's baptism. The name Susanah is crossed out and Elizabeth written below.

Abraham Warry baptism St. Michael, Stockland, Devonshire, England

Abraham married Mary Elizabeth Keen about 1807 probably in Bristol, England. Bristol seems to be the place where he began his association with the New Jerusalem/Swedenborgian Church. A religion based on the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) a Swedish scientist and theologian. Their daughter Eliza Warry is found on a list of members baptized into the New Jerusalem Church in Bristol. She was born August 2, 1808 and baptized on August 28, 1808 by William Pownall. Their address at this time is listed as Redcliff Street, Bristol. 

By 1819 the Warry family is in London, England. On December 25, 1819, Abraham is baptized with his nine year old son (William Keen Warry) at the Swedenborgian, Fryars Street Chapel on Friar Street, in London, England. 

Abraham & William Keen Warry baptism London, England

Abraham Warry of Wm & Elizabeth Warry             25 Dec. 1819
(adult)
William Keen Warry of Abraham & Mary Elizabeth
   born  3 March 1810                                        } 25 Dec. 1819




Information on Nonconformist:

More on Abraham's family:

Sources:
St Michael (Stockland, Devon), Devon Baptisms, unpaginated, page dated 1781, Abraham Warry baptism; digital images, Find My Past (http://findmypast.com : accessed 3 June 2014).

"England & Wales, Non-Conformist and Non-Parochial Registers, 1567-1970," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 25 June 2014), Eliza Warry baptism; The National Archives; Kew, England; Piece 1361A: Wooburn Green (Primitive Methodist), 1832-1836. Three images in front of the Wooburn Green (Primitive Methodist) are baptisms from the New Jersusalem Church in Bristol.

"England & Wales, Non-Conformist and Non-Parochial Registers, 1567-1970," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 June 2014), Abraham Warry baptism; The National Archives; Kew, England; Piece 4239: Friar Street, Blackfriars (Swedenborgians), 1787-1837.

Monday, June 23, 2014

52 Ancestors - Donald Francis Belknap

Amy Johnson Crow of No Story Too Small issued the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge.  Each week focus on one ancestor and post something about him or her.

Me -My Mom - Ruby Alberta Belknap - Donald Francis Belknap

Donald Francis Belknap was the first of my great grandparents to  come to Canada. He arrived in 1899 with his father Thomas Jefferson Belknap when he was 17 years old. 

Donald was born May 14, 1882 in Marshalltown, Marshall, Iowa, USA. He was the youngest of the three children of Thomas Jefferson Belknap and Mary Elizabeth Fiddler. His older siblings were Martin Henry Belknap and Birdie Eldora Leona Belknap

Donald was 16 when his mother Mary died in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. After her death, Donald and his father Thomas went to Alberta, Canada. In 1905 Donald purchased NE 4-40-24-4 by Lacombe, Alberta. His father Thomas purchased the quarter to the west. 
The purchases can be viewed at the Library and Archives Canada website under Land Grants of Western Canada, 1870-1930 for Donald Francis Belknap and Thomas Belknap.

In March of 1906 Donald married Bertha Todd. Donald and Bertha can be found on the 1906 census with the post office address of Valley City in Sub-District 28, Strathcona, Alberta.  Sadly she died on his birthday just a year later in 1907. She is buried at the Fairview Cemetery in Lacombe. 
 
In 1910 Donald is back in the USA in Geddes, Charles Mix, South Dakota.  I wasn't sure why he would go to South Dakota. But taking a second look at his family I realized that his maternal grandmother Frances George Fiddler went to Geddes after her husband Henry Fiddler died in 1896. She probably went to live with her daughter Eldora Elizabeth Fiddler Pierce. So Donald would have had family in South Dakota.
 
It was in South Dakota that Donald married his 2nd wife Bessie Landers. After a couple of years in South Dakota and losing a newborn son Donald took his wife back to Canada by Lacombe. They cross the North Portal, Saskatchewan, Canada border on September 25, 1912.
 
Donald and Bessie had three girls, Bertha (Betty), Ruby, and Frances. They are in the Lacombe area till about 1918, as Donald is mentioned in  several publications around that area mostly for his water dowsing abilities. See my post Workday Wednesday - Water Witch. 
  
Donald is then found in Telkwa, British Columbia along with his father Thomas  and sister Birdie. He's in the Wrigley's British Columbia Directories under Telkwa for quite a few years in the 1920s either as a mixed farmer or lather. I've found the death records for two children born in Telkwa to Donald and Bessie. Uruon Azasiah Belknap was born in 1923 and Mary Elizabeth Belknap was born in 1925. They both died before the age of one. 
 
Donald is back in the Lacombe area by 1928, as he's once again appears in publications. In the Western Globe on December 8 1938:
 
TEES. - Tees news ten years
ago: After an absence of several
years, Don Belknap returned
to prove that his divining for
water wells had not been im-
paired by his sojourn in British
Columbia. Just a decade ago,
Dec. 1 1928, Don commenced a
well for B. M. Armstrong. Since
that time he has dug or located
several flowing wells, in addition
to many that didn't quite over-
flow. During this intervening
period. Donald has never hit a
dry hole, when after water.
 
Donald and Bessie end up in Edmonton, Alberta. Donald's wife Bessie died in Edmonton on January 27, 1947. Donald died 18 years later in Edmonton, on August 13 1965. He's buried at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery. I visited the cemetery a couple of years ago and was disappointed to find no grave maker at his plot. 
 
More posts on Donald's family:

Sources:
Donald Francis Belknap, birth certificate Bk 1, Pg B13 (1882), Marshalltown, Marshall, Iowa, Iowa Department of Public Health, Des Moines, Polk, Iowa.
 "British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLKK-NR3 : accessed 22 Jun 2014), Uruon Azasiah Belknap, 07 Jul 1924; citing Telkwa, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13125, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1927302. 

 "British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL2H-LVW : accessed 22 Jun 2014), Mary Elizabeth Belknap, 08 Feb 1926; citing Telkwa, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13130, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1927349. 

"Western Globe," newspaper, University of Alberta, Peel's Prairie Provinces (http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/index.html : accessed 23 June 2014), December 8, 1938, Item Ar00507
 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

52 Ancestors - William Keen Warry - Professor of Music

Amy Johnson Crow of No Story Too Small issued the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge.  Each week focus on one ancestor and post something about him or her.

Me - My Dad - Dorothy Eleanor May Warry - Alfred William Warry - George Augustus Warry - William Keen Warry

My 3rd great grandfather William Keen Warry was born March 3, 1810 in Redcliffe, Bristol, England. By 1819 he was living in London, England as William and his father, Abraham, were baptized the same day at the Fryars Street Chapel on Friar Street, London. The Warry family lived in London during a time when pianos and organs where common place in a middle class homes, places of entertainment, and churches. Musical instruments, including the piano seemed to be big business in London during the nineteenth century. Looking at William's occupations on several records, it seems like my 3rd great grandfather may have be a part of this industry. 

The earliest record I found that lists William's occupation is the baptism of his daughter Mary Ann Eliza on January 24, 1836. His occupation is recorded as professor of music. On the England census records of 1841, 1851, 1861, and baptism record of his daughter Sarah Ann on November 27, 1837 William's occupation is stated as a musician. In the 1848 Post Office Directory, the baptism record of his daughter Emily in 1856, and in the marriage record of his son  William Albert Warry in 1864 he is listed as a musical instrument maker. On the England 1871 census and his son George Augustus Warry marriage record in 1875 his occupation is ivory maker.This occupation makes me wonder if he was involved with the keys of a piano.  The last census record in 1881 before his death on June 15, 1889 he is listed as a retired musician. It looks like William spent his life in the music business.

William's sons may have been involved in the music business as well. His son William Albert was definitely involved with the music business. He's listed as pianoforte finisher or maker in all of the records that I've found him in. Revisiting some of the records of my 2nd great grandfather George Augustus, I realize that he may have done some work on pianofortes. Being a carpenter and fancy cabinet maker George would have had the skills to work on the cases of pianofortes. 

Looking through old English newspapers I've found a couple of sales of households in 1894 and 1895 that includes pianofortes by Warry. Maybe made by my relatives?
Shields Daily Gazette September 21, 1894
Page 1 of 4
 
Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette February 28, 1895
Page 2 of 4
  
Interesting books on pianofortes:


More on William's family:
52 Ancestors - George Augustus Warry - Londoner

Sources:
"England & Wales, Non-Conformist and Non-Parochial Registers, 1567-1970," digital                                 images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 June 2014), William Keen Warry baptism; The National Archives; Kew, England; Piece 4239: Friar Street, Blackfriars (Swedenborgians), 1787-1837.

"England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 16 May 2014), entry for Mary Ann Eliza Warry; London Metropolitan Archives, Clerkenwell St John, Register of Baptism, p76/jnb, Item 003, p. 9, no. 69.
 "England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 16 May 2014), entry for Sarah Ann Warry; London Metropolitan Archives, St George the Martyr, Register of Baptism, p92/geo, Item 154, p. 104, no. 831.

1841 England Census, St Andrew Holborn (Above the Bars), Middlesex, ED 9, p. 2, line 19, Willis Warry; digital images, The National Archives of the UK (TNA), Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 June 2014); citing Class: HO107; Piece: 671; Book: 8; Folio: 5; GSU roll: 438786.

1851 England Census, St Pancras, Middlesex, p. 2, William K Warry; digital images, The National Archives of the UK (TNA), Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 June 2014); citing Class: HO107; Piece: 1494; Folio: 371; GSU roll: 87824-87825.

"England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 16 May 2014), entry for Emily Warry; London Metropolitan Archives, Islington St Mary, Register of Baptism, p83/mry1, Item 1180. p. 215, no. 1717.

The Small Edition of the Post Office London Directory (London: W. Kelly & Co., 1848), p. 1136, Warry, Wm Keen; digital image, Ancestry.com (htttp://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 June 2014).

1861 England Census, St Pancras, Middlesex, Ed 2, p. 67, William Warry; digital images, The National Archives of the UK (TNA), Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed ); citing Class: RG 9; Piece: 104; Folio: 87; GSU roll: 542574.

"London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 7 June 2014), William Albert Warry and Sarah Anne Kay marriage; London Metropolitan Archives, Saint Pancras Parish Church, Register of marriages, P90/PAN1, Item 134.

1871 England Census, St. Pancras, London, ED 2, p. 48, William K Warry; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 June 2014); Class: RG10; Piece: 213; Folio: 79; Page: 48; GSU roll: 824597.

England, certified copy of an entry of marriage for George Augustus Warry and Emily Worthington, 1B/199/241, Pancras registration district, General Registry, Office, Southport.

1881 England Census, Islington, London, ED 72a, p. 27, William K Warry; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 10 June 2014); Class: RG11; Piece: 246; Folio: 81; GSU roll: 1341054.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

52 Ancestors - George Augustus Warry - Londoner

Amy Johnson Crow of No Story Too Small issued the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge.  Each week focus on one ancestor and post something about him or her.

Me - My Dad - Dorothy Eleanor May Warry - Alfred William Warry - George Augustus Warry

My 2nd great grandfather, George Augustus Warry lived his whole life in London, England.  He was born about 1848 in Islington, London, England to William Keen Warry and  Mary Ann Taylor. George grew up with one older brother (William), two older sisters (Elizabeth and Mary) and a younger sister (Emily). 

In the 1871 census George is living with his parents, his older sister (Elizabeth) and younger sister (Emily) in St. Pancras.  He's listed as an apprentice of boot finishing. Boot finishing doesn't seem to be his thing, as by the  time of his marriage to Emily Worthington  on June 20, 1875, his profession is listed as cabinet maker. His son (Alfred William Warry) didn't seem to have much luck in the boot business, either.
 
George & Emily Marriage
 
By the 1881 census, George, Emily, and their growing family have moved to Campsbourne Road in Hornsey. George's mother-in-law (Sarah), his brother-in-law (Alfred), and sister-in-law (Jane) have moved in with them. It must have been a busy household. George is now working as a venetian blind maker. 

On most records, George's occupation is listed as venetian blind maker or carpenter and joiner. George and his wife ( Emily) are still at Campsbourne Road in the 1911 census. At the age of 62, he is listed as a joiner and fancy cabinet maker. George passes away at the age of 68 in 1916. He's buried at the St. Pancras Cemetery.

George and Emily had six children, losing one daughter (Eliza Helen) and one son (Albert Edward) as  babies. Three of their children (George Frederick, John Arthur Charles, and Lily Marian Elizabeth) lived their lives close to London. My great grandfather (Alfred William) was the only one to immigrate. 

More about George's family:

Sources: 
1871 England Census, St. Pancras, London, ED 2, no. 324, George Warry in household of William K Warry; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 26 May 2014); citing Class: RG10; Piece: 213; Folio: 79; Page: 48; GSU roll: 824597.

England, certified copy of an entry of marriage for George Augustus Warry and Emily Worthington, 1B/199/241, Pancras registration district, General Registry, Office, Southport.

1881 England Census, Hornsey, Middlesex, ED 2a, no. 256, George A Warry; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 26 May 2014); citing Class: RG11; Piece: 1374; Folio: 62; Page: 51; GSU roll: 1341334.

1911 England Census, Hornsey, Middlesex, George Augustus Warry; digital images, Ancestry.com (http:www.ancestry.com : accessed 26 May 2014); citing Class: RG14; Piece: 7219; Schedule Number: 336.

Deaceased Online Ltd., "Central database for UK burials and cremations," database, Deceased Online (https://www.deceasedonline.com : accessed 24 February 2013), George Augustus Warry burial.