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:

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.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

52 Ancestors - David Bristol - Nonagerarian

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 - Thomas Jefferson Belknap - Betsey Ann Bristol - Justus Bristol - Simeon Bristol (David is son of Simeon)

David Bristol is the brother of my 4th great grandfather, Justus Bristol. He's a great example of why you should look into siblings of your ancestors. Just after David's 90th birthday in 1888,  he was interviewed by The Daily Times of Troy, New York about the story of his life. It's a great wealth of information about his family and the history of the area during his lifetime. He mentions his parents, Simeon Bristol and Abigail Faulkner. David, also, mentions his siblings including Justus and their unsuccessful venture in farming. My 4th great granduncle lived to be just shy of one hundred. 

Articles about David Bristol can be found on the great website, Old Fulton New York Post Cards: http://www.fultonhistory.com/fulton.html

Thomas M. Tryniski, "A NONAGENARIAN," The Daily Times, Troy, NY, Saturday Afternoon, Nov. 24 1888, David Bristol - Story of his Life; Old Fulton NY Post Cards (http://fultonhistory.com : accessed 29 December 2012); Troy NY Daily Times 1888-1889-0373.pdf.

Thomas M. Tryniski, "Wayside Whispers," The Daily Times, Troy, NY, 19 July 1890, David Bristol - oldest living Trojan; Old Fulton NY Post Cards (http://fultonhistory.com : accessed 28 December 2012), Troy NY Daily Times 1889-1890-1135.pdf.
Thomas M. Tryniski, "Almost A Century Old," Hudson, NY Evening Register , 30 September 1898, death of David Bristol; Old Fulton Post Cards (http://fultonhistory.com : accessed 28 December 2012). Hudson NY Evening Register 1898 Grayscale - 1867.pdf.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

52 Ancestors - Edith Elinore Smith (Warry) - Unconventional Great Grandmother

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 - Edith Elinore Smith 

Everyone seems to have a Smith in their family, even if they didn't want one.  Mine is my Dad's grandmother, Edith Elinore Smith. I was quite apprehensive when I discovered her surname. I was a genealogy newbie at the time and wondered how I would ever find the right Smith from so many. But my grandmothers left me a few clues. Edith named one of her sons John William, which happen to be her father's name. But I didn't know it at the time. Her daughter, Dorothy, gave one of her sons the middle name of Wakeman. Which really help piece it together, as that is the maiden name of John William's wife, Sarah. Of course, after I figured it out the hard way, my aunt and uncle handed me her birth certificate. See my post with copy of her birth certificate.
Edith was the youngest the seven children of John William Smith and Sarah Everton Wakeman born August 4, 1876 at Constitution Hill, Kinson, Dorset, England.  Like all her siblings, her father, and her father's siblings she was baptized at St. Peter church in Parkstone, Dorest, England. (Can be seen on street view Google maps.)
St. Peter Church, courtesy of Sophie Smith
But unlike her family, Edith may have been a bit unconventional for her time. She married Alfred William Warry, a baptist,  on August 2, 1897 at the Baptist Chapel Buckland Road Branksome. (Can be seen on street view on Google Maps.) 

Baptist Chapel, courtesy of Sophie Smith
So the girl from the family that went to the church of England for generations married a baptist boy in a baptist church.   She even becomes a baptist stating in the Canadian census for 1911 and 1921 that her religion is baptist.
In the 1901 England census, Edith and Alfred are living at 110 High Street in Chiswick, Middlesex, England with their 2 year old daughter, Dorothy. This is the same address as the Public Benefit Boot Company Shop where Alfred is a manager. Edith was probably pregnant at the time of this census, as Sydney Alfred is born in December 1901. In July of 1904, they welcome another baby boy, John William (Jack). But things are changing as Alfred becomes bankrupt and heads to Canada in March of 1906.

Edith stays in England till December of 1907 when she and the children join Alfred in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I'm not sure where Edith and the children were staying for over a year and a half before they went to Canada. Maybe relatives took them in. The children mostly grow up in Toronto and are there when the first world war starts. Edith's oldest son, Sydney is anxious to join.  In May of 1919, after  previously being rejected for being under aged, Sydney, signs attestation papers for the first world war. Even then he made a little adjustment to his age by stating he was born a year earlier. After the war, Sydney stays in eastern Canada while the rest of the family moves to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. By the 1921 census, Edith and Alfred are in Edmonton, Alberta with two of their children, Dorothy and John.  

In Edmonton, Edith and Alfred open a picture framing, arts and crafts store at 10148 Whyte Avenue, Edmonton. They, also, operate the Acme Dog Kennel, where Edith gains recognition as a lady handler for dogs. 
From family stories and photos, I  learned that Edith is once again shown to be unconventional by taking in and raising a little girl of colour, Myrtle.  She had already raised her own three children and was a grandmother.  Although I don't know the whole story of my great grandmother, she  seemed to be a woman ahead of her time with her own mind. 
Edith with Myrtle, her four grandsons, and son (Jack).

See more about Edith's family:

Edith Elinore Smith entry, Register Book of Births, No. 7: Entry No. 226, Registrar for the District of Poole, County of Dorset, England.
Dorset History Centre, "Dorset, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 May 2013), entry for Edith Elinor Smith; Reference: PE/PAR(SP): RE 1/1, 1/2; p. 182, no. 1,053.

Certified Copy of an Entry of Marriage, District of Poole, Application 135356/1.
1901 England Census, Middlesex, Chiswick, District 11, p. 8, no. 44, Alfred W Warry; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 May 2014); citing Class: RG13; Piece: 1199; Folio: 8; Page: 8.

1911 Canada census, Ontario, population schedule, district 128 West Toronto, subdistrict 1, division 67, p. 13, dwelling 132, family 144, Alfred Warry ; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 May 2014); citing Library and Archives Canada Series RG31-C-1. Statistics Canada Fonds. Microfilm reels T-20326 to T-20460.

1921 Census of Canada, Edmonton (City), Alberta, population schedule, Strathcona, enumeration district (ED) 42, p. 16, dwelling 157, family 158, Alfred Warry; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 12 May 2013); Library and Archives Canada. Sixth Census of Canada, 1921. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada, 2013. Series RG31. Statistics Canada Fonds.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

52 Ancestors - Clarissa Fuller (Knox) - Pioneer Woman

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-Bessie Beatrice Landers-Angleine Henrietta Littrell-Letis Ellen Knox-Clarissa S. Fuller

My 4th great grandmother, Clarissa Fuller, is another woman in my direct maternal line and another resilient pioneer. She lived to the old age of 81.  She was born about 1809 in Jay, Franklin, Maine, U.S.A. to Erza Fuller and Avis Briggs. She was only 5 years old when her mother passed away leaving a home full of children. Clarissa's father remarries the widow Sarah Morse Stubbs (also known as Sally). She probably helped him raise the younger children. 

Clarissa grows up in her hometown and marries George W. Knox in September of 1827. Shortly after her father dies in October of 1842, Clarissa and her family join a wagon train going west to Mercer County, Illinois. Many of Clarissa's and George's relatives and friends are on the journey. Clarissa is now the mother of three children. Her oldest daughter, Letis Ellen, would have been about twelve year old. 

In Mercer county, Illinois, the family settles on a farm and three more children are born. But their lives about to change, as the civil war is coming. Like so many families during that time period, Clarissa watches as her oldest son (George E. Knox) enlist in the Union army. Their family is one of the lucky ones, as George makes it home.

Clarissa losses her husband sometime between 1860 and 1880. See my post about George W. Knox. In the 1880 census, Clarissa is living with her children, Lydia and Joseph in Abington, Mercer, Illinois. According to Clarissa's obituary, when she died on February 24, 1891, she is living with her son-in-law, Issac Downs. Isaac was the husband of her daughter, Samantha. The obituary lists her children and where they where living in 1891. George E., Letits Ellen, who resides in Nebraska, , Lydia, living near Keithsburg, Sarah Sullivan, of Millersburg, Mrs. Isaac Downs and Joseph B Knox of Joy.

"Maine, Births and Christenings, 1739-1900," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F44Q-SZY : accessed 05 May 2014), Ezra Fuller in entry for Claracy Fuller, 1809; citing JAY,FRANKLIN,MAINE; FHL microfilm 11037. 

"Maine, Marriages, 1771-1907," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F4FD-YZD : accessed 05 May 2014), George W. Knox and Clarissa S. Fuller, 09 Sep 1827; citing Jay,Franklin,Maine, reference ; FHL microfilm 11037. 

1880 U.S. Census, Mercer County, Illinois, population schedule, Abington, enumeration district (ED) 172, Sheet 263A (stamped), dwelling 153, family 155, Clarrissa Knox; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 7 April 2014); NARA microfilm publication T9.

Volume, VII, #34, The Times Record, Aledo, IL, 26 February 1891. obituary for Clarissa Fuller Knox.