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United States of America / Fanning Family in Wisconsin 1860
« on: Wednesday 26 February 14 17:58 GMT (UK)  »
Hello,  the following family is found in 1860 in theTownship Of Greenfield, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Hales Corners, WI) but not thereafter.   No clue where the went.   Can anyone spot them in 1870 or 1880?

Mathew Fanning 25 (1835)  Ireland Carpenter
Mary Fanning 21   (1839) Ireland
dau Elizabeth Fanning. 2 months  (1860) Wisconsin

Thank you,


Armed Forces / Where to find Soldier, Job Smith in 1871, 1881
« on: Wednesday 26 June 13 21:58 BST (UK)  »

Job Smith (b. 1843 Aston Clinton, Bucks) marries Mary Ann Slade in 1863

In 1871,  Mary Ann living on her own with son Thomas b. 1867  in Rothchilds Inn a pub in Aston Clinton,  No husband in residence

In 1881,  Mary Ann is still on her own with children Albert age 9 and Eliza age 1 on Weston Road in Aston Clinton.  No husband in residence.

On Eliza's birth registration (b. July 15, 1879) her father, Job Smith is noted as father and a Soldier.

Would Job Smith be on a military census of some sort since he is not in the regular census ?

Family story is that Job was in the Army for 12 years and retires in 1883 therefore would have joined Army about 1871
He immigrates to Canada with the family in 1884 and on to the U.S. by 1890.
His passenger list to Canada indicated “Labourer”  not Soldier in 1884


United States of America / Frank Samuel Charles PASSANT b. 1881 NY
« on: Sunday 21 February 10 17:26 GMT (UK)  »
Helping a friend find out more info on her great grandfather, Frank Samuel Charles PASSANT.     

Frank Passant bc 1881  New York. 
In 1910, Frank’s age computes to a 1884 birth date.
In 1910 and 1930 says his parents from France.
Frank Passant m. Leanna nee Lindsey and they lived in PA --  Newcastle. 
They are in the 1910, 1920 and 1930 census (Butler, PA) 
Thomas L.  b. 1903 is the 1st born child (see below)
Frank died in October 30, 1939 in Pittsburgh

Just this weekend found in a family cedar chest, grandfather’s birth cert (this would be the cert of son, Thomas Lindsey Passant b. 1903 )  which says his father (our subject, Frank Samuel  Passant)  was 22 yrs on April 30, 1903  and shows his birthplace was West Chester, NY.  It's a delayed birth certificate that the son signed as "true and correct".

Most is known after his marriage to Leanna.  However, before that nothing is known about him, his parents etc. 

Have not found Frank S.C. Passant in the 1900 census in NY or PA.
There is a WWI registration filed for him in Alleghany Co., PA
Newspaper archives have various mentions around the Newcastle, PA area for family events, business transactions, deaths of family members  but no further details on Frank found mentioned.  There are mentions of Leanna’s Lindsay side of the family.

There is a mention of Anthony Robert Passant (business transaction in PA) concerning either Frank S.C. or his son Frank S.C. b. 1905.  But no one knows who Anthony Robert is.

Appreciate any insights/information.  Have been looking and looking including various Americanized name derivatives and have found nothing


US Lookup Requests / 1910 Margaret BUCKLEY in Los Angeles - COMPLETED
« on: Thursday 26 November 09 17:33 GMT (UK)  »

Could someone please check the 1920 for Margaret Buckley w/ husband Daniel, daughter Ella and possibly, her mother Johanna Barry age 66 in the household?

I’m looking for a Margaret nee Barry bc 1866 in Ireland  immigration 1880-ish.  Her mother was Johanna nee Lynch Barry who came over from Ireland in 1909 who might have been visiting her in 1910.

Thank you!!!


Berkshire / Marriage of William FORD to Amelia ???? 1890-1891
« on: Saturday 11 July 09 17:52 BST (UK)  »

Looking for help with the marriage of William FORD b. 1840 in Bucklebury to an Amelia  ???? . 
Marriage around 1890-1891 likely to be in Bradfield, Bucklebury Berks

William’s parents are James Ford and Leticia nee Lavel.   
1881 William is unm, occ gardner, living with his elderly parents.  Parents die in 1888 and 1889. 
1891 William in Bucklebury now married to Amelia age 30  b. Gloucester  with “adopted son”  James  W F Ford age 1.
1901 William, Amelia, son James age 11  (transcription is blurred/mis transcribed)  and Richard H 7  Thomas G 2   are still living at The Foundry Cottage,  Bucklebury. 
1911 Amelia is a widow living w/ her 3 sons Near The Foundry Bucklebury
Only likely death on Free BMD 1901-1911 is William Ford age 71 Jun 1910

Only marriage I have found for a William Ford to an Amelia is Dec 1890 to Amelia BAINS in So. Shields, Durham ??? but seems unlikely as Williams never appears to travel far from Bucklebury.

Many thanks!


St. George’s Church, Parish of St. George, Birmingham County of Warwick
Henry Johnson age 19  Bachelor Gun Smith 26 Hatchett  Father William Johnson  Button Maker
Mary Ann King  age 17  Spinster  no occupation  12 Barbery St   Father Joseph Hampton (?? not absolutely sure on the surname but it is not “King”)    Steel Toy Maker

Married in the Parish Church after Banns
Officiated  John G. Rice, Curate

Witnessed by William Johnson  and Mary Ann Grace or Grice

All made their mark

Buckinghamshire / Marriage - Mary KING to JOHNSON in Bucks or Warwick
« on: Sunday 28 September 08 18:53 BST (UK)  »
Hello,  hoping a fresh outlook can help....

Mary King b. 1838 in Middle Claydon (often interchanged w/ Steeple Claydon)  Parents:  William and Sarah King

I have her w/her parents in 1841 and 1851.

Can't find her in 1861.

1871 Castle Street  Warwick Castle St. Mary Parish, Warwickshire
Mary Johnson 34  1837  Middle Clayton, Berkshire [ “Bucks” on actual]   Widow   Servant  - Laundry Maid

Then,   BMD
Mar Qtr 1873
George Henry Grubb  m.  Mary Johnson
District: Warwick  County: Warwickshire 
Volume: 6d  Page: 591

1881  41 Smith Street   St. Nicholas  Warwick

George Henry Grubb 59  b. Warwick   Occ:  Smith (Master)
Mary Grubb 43  b. 1838  Steeple Claydon, Buck   Married   Occupation: Laundress  
George's Children:
Agnes Mary Grubb 26 
Annie Foster Grubb 20 
Edward Walter Grubb
Grandson  John Harris Grubb 10    and
Neice  Mary Edith Blake 7  1874  b. Middle Claydon, Buck   Scholar

The niece Mary Edith Blake is the clincher because this is Mary King youngest sister (Marie King Blake's) child.

BUT really need the Marriage of Mary King to a Mr. Johnson sometime between 1851-1871 and to place Mary in 1861.     

(FYI,  I have a death for George Henry Grubb in 1882 in Warwick.   Mary joins her brother in the US in the 1890''s and dies in the US.)

Thanks in advance for any help or advice.


Occupation Interests / Mason/Bricklayer
« on: Saturday 20 September 08 17:50 BST (UK)  »
I have just found the 1870 Passenger List from England to Quebec for my GGgrandfather.   His occupation is listed as "Mason".   In this timeframe,  would that have been the same as "bricklayer" or does it indicate working w/ stone?    I was surprised to see this.  I was expecting Farmer, Laborer or Ag Lab.



Marriage Certificate for

Charles KING  Widower  to Elizabeth MATTHEWS HOMAN  Widow
Married December 12, 1862 at the Parish Church of Waddeston, Buckinghamshire by License
Both were of age; Both resided in Waddeston
Charles was farmer.  His father was Samuel KING, Farmer
Elizabeth's father was John MATTHEWS, Farmer
Witnesses:  Thomas MATTHEWS, John PAYNE, Mary Ann ??  MATTHEWS

If you have further interest, let me know.


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