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.
I've blogged about my great grandfather, Alfred William Warry before, focusing on his work. Alfred was born in London, England on July 2, 1876. His parents were George Augustus Warry and Emily Worthington. He was the oldest of six children, two dying young. He left England in 1906, immigrating to Canada to start a new life at the age of 30. I've often wondered why he would leave England, as in the 1901 census he is listed as the manager of a boot shop in Chiswick, London. While looking through old newspapers, I think I've discovered why. I guess once you see your name in the paper as a failure, it's time to move on.
FAILURE OF AN ASHFORD BOOTMAKER
Under the failure of Alfred William Warry, of
59 High Street, Ashford bootmaker, the statement
of affairs shows a total indebtedness of £380 8s 9d.,
and net assets £144 11s 8d. The cause of failure is
stated to be "Want of capital."
The Official Receiver states, - The receiving order
was make on the debtor's petition, and he has been
adjudicated a bankrupt upon his own application.
The bankrupt commenced business in March 1902,
as a bootmaker, at his present address, with a
borrowed capital of £60, which he has since paid
back. He states that he has not been in a position
to pay his debts at any time since commencing
business. With the exception of a sum of £50 for
money lent, all the debts scheduled are stated to be
for goods supplied to the business. In addition to
attributing his insolvency to want of capital, the
bankrupt states that the bankruptcy is in some
measure due to the expense of summonses and writs,
he having been very much pressed by his creditors
for some time past. The books kept by the bankrupt
consist of ledger, day, and cash books.
Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald November 19, 1904
Page 7 of 8, Column 5
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