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Offline Blueboy007

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George Henry Johnson (and Sarah Clarke)
« on: Saturday 05 January 19 15:11 GMT (UK) »
Whilst researching my Clarke ancestors from Armagh, I found an 1891 census record, for 83 West Street, Govan, Glasgow.

The head of the household is recorded as a Charles Henry Johnson, an unemployed litho artist. He is 27 (birth circa 1863 London). He is married to a Sarah Johnson, 23 (birth circa 1868 Armagh). As well as their children Julia Annie Johnson, Mirian Phoebe Johnson (both born in Nottingham) and Laura Amelia Johnson (born in Patrick), there are two cousins listed, Emily Clarke (a restaurant waitress born Armagh circa 1866) & Minnie Clarke (a milliner born Armagh circa 1868).

I searched for a marriage record for Charles Henry Johnson and Sarah. I found one in Belfast, date 29th November 1884. This is for a GEORGE Henry Johnston, 22, an artist, marriage to Sarah Clarke. George's father is also called George Henry. Sarah's father is a George Clarke, bootmaker.

If this is the right couple, Emily and Minnie would be cousin's of Sarah. Please note that I have separate requests for various Clarke information on the Armagh board, these are:

https://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?topic=805626.0
https://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?topic=785500.msg6405955#msg6405955
https://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?topic=297347.msg1796915#msg1796915

I ordered the birth certificate for Laura Amelia Johnson and it confirms that her father was George Henry Johnson, mother Sarah Clarke, marriage 29th November 1884.

I cannot find any trace of George Henry Johnson or Sarah after this 1891 census (or in any before).

Any help would be really appreciated in locating either George or Sarah.

Incidentally, i searched for Emily Clarke (one of the cousins mentioned above)  and found her in 1901 at 2 Hill Street, Anderston, Glasgow (also in 1911 at Lancefield Street, Anderston). She was married to a Nathaniel Campbell Dobbin. I found the marriage certificate that states that her name is Emily Maud Clarke, father Charles Mills Clarke - boot maker. The other cousin Minnie, her father was also Charles Mills Clarke - boot maker.

Both Sarah Clarke and Emily Maud Clarke appear in private member trees where both my mother and I have DNA matches with the tree owner, so I am particularly keen to explore this link further (I have previously messaged the tree owners but have no reply).
 
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Re: George Henry Johnson (and Sarah Clarke)
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 10 January 19 20:31 GMT (UK) »
An update on the original post. I have since discovered that George emigrated to the United States a few months after the 1891 census was taken. George arrived in the USA on the 5th August 1891. He dropped the surname Johnson and started to use the surname Leighton. He was joined by his wife Sarah and their 3 children, Julia, Mirian and Laura, in 1893.

I have since been in contact with one of the two people who matched both mine and my mothers DNA. They have told me that they believe Sarah left the United States within a year of arriving to return to the UK, leaving her husband and 3 children in Kentucky.

I now know that George married again the following year in Ohio to a Lydia Shorten. The marriage record stated that he was a widower. I could find no record of any death for Sarah between her arrival date and George's 2nd marriage, so perhaps Sarah did return back home.

I found a marriage for a Sarah Clarke in 1929, in Glasgow. It records her age as 61, so around the same birth year as the Sarah Johnson mentioned in the original post. On the marriage certificate it states that she was a spinster, there is no mention of a previous marriage. I am intrigued as it lists her father as a George Henry Clarke - Shoemaker and mother Annie Clarke (nee Lennon). I know that George and Annie married in 1853.
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Craig - Glasgow and Co. Antrim
Evans - Merionethshire & Caernarvonshire
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