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Sunday, 27 January 2013

My kinda town...Chicago

As a teenager, I was a fan of the band Chicago and loved their music; loved their album covers!! Now I discover a link...

Great great uncle, George Thomas Morris apparently moved there in 1907/8. I'd seen links on Ancestry and wondered if it really was him (too many American family history researchers see a Jones from Wales and think there's a link; Wales is small but there are more Joneses than you can shake a fist at) but I couldn't see any evidence.  Now I have an annual Ancestry Worldwide Membership and can see emigration documents, I can confirm the details. On the passenger listing for the SS Mauretania (no less!!) George and his family arrived in New York (en route for Chicago) on 26 Nov 1909. Mrs Morris of Ladywell Street, Newtown (Montgomeryshire. Wales) was named as 'nearest living relative in country whence alien came'.

I can follow the family up to the 1940 US census in Cook County, Chicago and would like to learn more about son (George William ) Marshall Morris as there's an uncanny sort of link to my maternal side where Marshall is used as a given name in the Stonehouse family (a branch of which also went to America)

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Agar - not just a jelly

Elizabeth Agar, according to copied notes of the Stonehouse family bible, was born at Wood Top, Carlin How on 22 Feb 1828, the daughter of William Agar

I'd been stuck with this for ages as I couldn't find any records for her at either Loftus or Brotton (the nearest churches) but thanks to Ancestry's links I saw someone had her as being baptised in Liverton. And there she was, baptised on 23 Feb 1829, daughter of William Agar and his wife, Elizabeth. This brings into a little doubt her date of birth as being a year previous, but then, some of my Welsh ancestors were baptised when they were 13.

I'd known Elizabeth had an illegitimate child in 1852 and I somehow had the idea that she was pretty much on her own, but having been able to check the censuses, found that she wasn't very far from her dad and her uncle.

In the 1841 census, Elizabeth is with her grandparents, Robert and Mary Pearson/Peirson (see how hard it is to follow families some times?) in Liverton and in 1851 she's in Danby (at the property next door to her dad) with the Baker family and a couple of farmhands who may well be responsible for the illegitimate child.

That child was Mary Jane Agar; at age 8 (1861 census) she's with the Williamson family in Cobble Hall Danby (next to Box Hall where her mam was) and was still there in the 1871 census. My Mam told me that she'd been 'in service' so I was prepared to look further afield for her. In 1881 she was in the Hall, Flasby, Skipton in the household of John Norcliffe Preston (Capt Hussars retd) as a parlourmaid; in 1891 at Baildon (Otley) in the household of Edward Salt (son of Titus Salt of Saltaire) as a waiting maid.

Elizabeth Agar's father, William Agar was baptised on 31 March 1798 in Danby. He first appears in the census of 1841 at age 40 in the same household as Jane Agar, 70, baker. He married Elizabeth Pearson in Liverton on 6 July 1823. A daughter Jane was born in 1824 and our Elizabeth in 1829. Sadly , his wife Elizabeth died in 1829 and William shows in the 1851 census as a widower with the Sawlor /Sowler family with whom he remained til his death in 1872.

William's father was Jonathan Agar, chairmaker and he married a Jane Ableson in 1796 in Danby. More work to do here to carry the line back a little further but I hadn't thought that we were so connected to Danby.  Or Liverton come to that. All places I know quite well but never thought there was a family connection!