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Offline Blackwater Park

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Two vanishing families from Abberley
« on: Friday 08 August 14 15:07 BST (UK) »
I thought I'd throw these two little mini brick walls open for suggestions. They both involve members of the Morris family of Abberley.

1. Amelia Hope was b. Abberley in 1872, the daughter of Charles Hope and Sarah (nee Morris). In 1890 Amelia married Alfred James Bell and they had a daughter Olive Silvia Bell. In the 1891 census they are in East Street, Kidderminster with Alfred's father James Bell. And after that I can't find any trace of them at all - does anybody know where they went?

2. Alfred Mills married Louisa Beard in 1865 and a year later they had a daughter, Isabella L. Mills in Worcester. In 1868 Louisa died and Alfred then married Ellen Morris in Abberley in May 1870. By the 1871 census they have a son John and the four of them are living at Shelsley Walsh. And then they vanish completely as well.

All suggestions gratefully received!
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Re: Two vanishing families from Abberley
« Reply #1 on: Friday 08 August 14 15:31 BST (UK) »
Looks like Olive Sylvia Bell emigrated - there's a marriage for her in Massachusetts & an immigration record on the familysearch site: -

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N46K-N9N

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/23X3-4HK
GOATER, LAN, ALL
BOURKE, MAYO/ LAN
LONERGAN, TIP
McGREAL, MAYO
FLAHERTY, GALWAY/ ALL
HOUGH, LAN/ ALL

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Re: Two vanishing families from Abberley
« Reply #2 on: Friday 08 August 14 15:32 BST (UK) »
Looks like Amelia & Alfred on the 1930 US census: -

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XQT6-535
GOATER, LAN, ALL
BOURKE, MAYO/ LAN
LONERGAN, TIP
McGREAL, MAYO
FLAHERTY, GALWAY/ ALL
HOUGH, LAN/ ALL


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Re: Two vanishing families from Abberley
« Reply #3 on: Friday 08 August 14 15:34 BST (UK) »
GOATER, LAN, ALL
BOURKE, MAYO/ LAN
LONERGAN, TIP
McGREAL, MAYO
FLAHERTY, GALWAY/ ALL
HOUGH, LAN/ ALL

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Re: Two vanishing families from Abberley
« Reply #4 on: Friday 08 August 14 15:47 BST (UK) »
Thank you very much Miriam! I knew I could count on somebody on here to find them.

It looks as though Alfred Bell must have been made of more adventurous stuff than the rest of my family, most of whom never ventured more than about 10 miles in any direction over the last 200 years. I shall have to see if I can trace any descendants of Olive...

Lots of intriguing questions there though... on the immigration record it lists their last place of residence as Dundee, Scotland (!) and Alfred must have gone separately because there's only Amelia, Olive and another daughter I wasn't aware of.
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